The 8 golden rules of travel
Some of life’s usual rules go out of the window when you’re travelling. You don’t have to set your alarm clock and you don’t have to worry about ironing, washing the dishes or any of that other boring grown-up stuff.
1. Take risks
You could skip the Eiffel Tower in favour of a few lesser-known sights, or simply avoid Paris altogether and check out a sleepy backwater that gets far fewer visitors.
Sure, there’s a risk that you might be disappointed when you arrive, but the potential rewards are worth it. You might find a perfect café, get a beautiful view all to yourself, or wind up meeting the person of your dreams. For better or worse, stories get more interesting when you leave the beaten track.
2. Try something new every day
When you’re travelling, though, you’re exposed to new sights, smells, flavours and experiences all the time. Make it a rule that you’ll try something new every day, and at least if you do end up back at Zumba, you’ll have a nice spring in your step.
3. Make connections
You’ll be surprised by how much you can discover; there are friendly, welcoming people all over the world, and they’re often just as keen to learn from strangers as you are.
4. Tread lightly
We’re not saying that you should drink straight from the tap in New Delhi in a bid to save the planet (definitely don’t do that), but it’s good to remember that as a visitor, you can have a disproportionately high impact on the environment. Tread as lightly as you can, and think carefully about what you’re leaving behind.
5. Give something back
It could be as simple as helping locals clean up a beach, or donating a few books to kids who want to read. A little bit of effort can go a long way, and you don’t always need the help of an NGO to make a big difference.
6. Remember that expensive isn’t always better
7. Pack lightly
8. Take photos… thoughtfully
Remember also that people, however exotic you may think they are, don’t usually appreciate having their picture taken by strangers. If in doubt, ask – or just forget the photo and flash them a smile instead.
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