Tuesday, 28 April 2015

10 Things Every Traveller Should Know!


Being a frequent traveller, I make many mistakes on my travels and I learn from them, too. Now that I am a more experienced traveller, I am more aware of certain things that normally happen during a trip. I believe travel costs a lot – money, time and energy. Thus, it’s important that we make the most of each travel experience. So how do we do it?

There are ‘smarter’ ways to travel that every traveller should know! The first thing that you should have in your mind is that you don’t need to do what others are doing. You can do your own thing and be perfectly happy, which means you can choose your own itinerary, skip places that you want to, eat at restaurants that nobody has recommended and still have an enriching trip at the end of the day.

SO WHAT EXACTLY SHOULD YOU KNOW AS A TRAVELLER?

1/ Every beautiful site looks more beautiful in the mellow sunlight – I have usually seen people hogging a site between 10 am to 3 pm when the sun is scorching like mad. I’d like to admit that even I am one of them sometimes. Although I realise (as a photographer) that everything (landscapes, monuments, markets and people) looks more appealing in the mild sunlight, I tend to start my day when the sun has ascended high. Sightseeing in the harsh sun is more of a task than a joy. So, start your day around 6 am. Divide your sightseeing in two parts – morning and late afternoon. Chill out at a nice cafĂ© after 11 am or you can return to your hotel and relax in your room, have lunch, talk to your fellow travellers, read a book, listen to some good music and then set out again in the evening around 3:30 pm.


2/ Disappointment is part of travel – Not everything is supposed to be rosy on your trip. So, accept the flow of events as they come. Don’t blame yourself or others for anything that goes wrong. Just like life, travel is unpredictable. One really doesn’t know what to expect from a place – it may be great or a total disaster. So, travel with an open mind.  



3/ Lesser-known places are usually more inviting – It’s not just me, but there are many travellers who have found better experiences and more natural beauty in lesser-known places. It goes without saying that places that are popular among tourists have got some significance, however, that doesn’t mean that the places that have not been discovered are no good. In fact, there are quite a few benefits of travelling in such places – they are beautiful, less crowded, peaceful, and more affordable.  


4/ Budget travel doesn’t mean filthy hotel rooms – Most travellers presume that if you are tight on budget, you have no option but to pick a dirty room to stay. That’s not always true. You can actually find a nice, comfy and a clean place to stay on a low price, too. All you need to have is a little bit of patience and research skills. I am a budget traveller myself, but I make sure that I get a decent place to stay.


5/ Being spontaneous is not always a bad idea – Although it’s recommended to plan things ahead and be well-researched, spontaneity can make your trip more interesting and memorable. So, always be ready to play around with different ideas on your travels. Perhaps you never planned to visit a certain region, but somebody mentioned it to you and now you feel intrigued about it. Go ahead and change your plan!

6/ Studying maps is a good practice – I have learnt this very important lesson lately that studying your destination geographically saves you a lot of time, energy and money. When you understand your destination from coast to coast, you are more confident about the distances, you can make better decisions with your transport and you won’t need to ask too many questions from anybody. For instance, there wouldn’t be such moments when you ask in wonderment, “Oh, I didn’t know it would be that far and it would cost me so much!”


7/ Photographs are the most precious souvenirs that you can ever bring home – Most people tend to get irritated by too much of photography. They want to just soak in the atmosphere, enjoy the vibe and not bother about snapping photos. But, remember that it’s the collection of photos that help you relive your precious moments again and again.


8/ It’s not always necessary to do what your companions want to do – If your companions want to sleep in, you can still wake up early to watch the sunrise. You don’t have to do everything together to enjoy your trip. If you like talking to locals, exploring the markets or casual strolling, you can set out alone for some time and join your companions later.



9/ To have preconceived notions about a place is the worst thing a traveller can ever do – This one is quite similar to point 2, but I want to stress more on the “open-mindedness” part here. Never ever travel to a place with preconceived ideas. Allow the place to surprise you. Different people have different opinions about places, but you don’t have to tune your mood or inclination according to what others have to say, right? I’d advise you to turn a deaf ear to what naysayers have to blabber and go wherever you want to go!

10/ Postponing your travel plans too often is a sin – Most people desire to travel as much as others do, but they fail to have the determination that others have. If you want to travel often, stick to your travel plans! Let nothing compel you to postpone your travel plans. Of course, there are situations when you are genuinely helpless and you have no option but to forget about travelling. But, don’t let that happen again and again.


What have you learnt from your travels?

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28 comments:

  1. That's a good list. Travel teaches us everywhere and we should learn from it. The sooner the better.

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    1. Yes, Nisha! We should keep learning and growing. :-)

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  2. I think you do a very good job with your blog Renuka. I post many of your trips on my FB page for my Indian friends to see and hopefully follow. Keep up the good work.
    Sandra from California

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    1. Thanks so much, Sandra! Nice to know that I'm able to inspire your friends! :-)

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  3. Very well written Renuka. Agree with all the points. In fact we use maps a lot to plan our trips.

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    1. Thanks Param! :-) Yes, using maps must be helpful. Though, I don't use maps while I travel. What I tried to say in this post is that one should study the region geographically while planning the trip.

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  4. I have learn from travels: photography is the best between evening hours
    And many more I learn. Maybe someday write on blog. Thanks for the post.

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  5. I agree with pretty much everything here. I wish I could be one of those travelers who wakes up at 6am. I always tell myself I'm going to do it, but then I end up staying up too late. But the time I've gotten my stuff together and had breakfast, it will be 11am. The sun is always scorching and my photos are always overexposed. When will I learn?!

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    1. Haha! :D I know it happens. I do manage to set out early on my most travels, but I want to do it on all my travels. I hope we find inspiration from one another.

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  6. Good advise! The pic with the horse carriage on the beach, is that taken in Myanmar?

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    1. Thanks Steve! That's Murud in Maharashtra, India.

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  7. "It’s not always necessary to do what your companions want to do"

    Oh man, this was one of the hardest lessons for me to learn, but I'm so glad I did! We put so much pressure on ourselves to stay together, be part of the group, not spoil the party etc... when often our travel companions don't really mind if we split away for a bit and do our own thing! Often they're quite happy for us to do that!

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    1. Exactly! Travel is more about enjoying the place and if it takes splitting away for a while, it's fine!

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  8. I totally agree with all the points and very well written Renuka. You photos are very good.......

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    1. Thanks so much, SelfDrive Trips!

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  9. Agree very strongly on point No 3 & 7

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    1. Yes, Haddock! Discovering the lesser known is always a privilege, and photographs are special souvenirs.

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  10. Hey I have been silently following your blog and I really am in awe of how you just explore and travel alone. Have done that a couple of times but I need atleast one more partner in crime! And regarding the post, I agree with everything. Loved the point of starting early. Now that I think back to my travels, probably I could have had more time and peace to explore if I had been to the spot early. And ofcourse I totally agree about the budget rooms. We get a lot of options which are budget friendly and also clean and nice. Just need some more hard research :) Found the most amazing places in Jaipur and Goa for a steal.

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    1. That's nice to know, Soujanya! I'm glad you enjoyed the post!

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  11. That's a great post! I agree 100% with all of those, particularly 3 and 9!

    www.camilleinwonderlands.com

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    1. Thanks! Yes, one should never have preconceived notions about a place. It's best to enjoy a place spontaneously.

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  12. Wonderful post and gorgeous photos!

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    1. Thanks Linda! I'm glad you liked it.

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  13. Hi Renuka! I was planning my trip to Istanbul,Turkey in coming Oct with friends, that's when I came across your blog and read most of the articles. I have explored eight countries till date either with friends or family. I'm very much inspired by the concept of Lone Traveler of which I was skeptical until I read your articles. Thank you for inspiring

    Cheers!!

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    1. I'm glad to hear that, Vinay! Keep traveling!

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