Many people treat travelling as their religion and some as an activity for their spare times. Whatever it may be, traveling is important for all kinds of people to gain knowledge about the world they are living in and to have some soul-time for themselves.
Though travelling requires you to have an enjoyable time, it does not include offending the locals, doing offensive or harmful things. Here are some things that you should not do while travelling, even if you find entertainment in them:
As we can see in the reports of many researchers, there has been increasing amount of plastics floating in the seas and also in the lands. Plastics and other garbage are damaging Mother Earth deeply. So, one should avoid throwing their junks here and there while travelling to some place. One should actually maintain this all the time.
2) Indulge in Animal Tourism:
There is a very dark side to animal tourism. While going through travel pictures, it is not rare to come across people riding on elephants or posing beside a tiger. If you do love wildlife, check in to safari companies, natural preserves and safe havens for animals. Animals are ought to live freely amongst the nature, not to entertain humans on their vacations.
3) Damaging Landmarks:
Many tourists tend to damage landmarks by trying to carve their names or taking broken pieces from them as souvenirs. People also tend to take shells and starfishes, crabs with them from the beach. What this does it damages the historical landmarks and also damages the ecosystem of those places. Take a photo to keep the memory and do not be a part of such heinous act.
4) Offending the locals:
There are many acts including gestures-postures, body movement, artifacts etc. considered as offensive in many countries. One should strictly know about the rules and norms of the place they are visiting and abide by them. If one wishes to visit a religious site, he or she should be prepared accordingly and cover heads and other body parts to show respect.
5) Eating near a major tourist spot:
Most of the foods near any major tourist spot is expensive than other parts of the place. The price is usually the double and the quality is almost never maintained. Instead, walk for a few minutes and find some other restaurants to have your food at a reasonable price. There are also apps like Yelp, Foursquare, OpenRice, which will help you find local restaurants based on their ratings.
6) Exchange money at the airport:
If you are not at a fix, avoid exchanging money at the airport. If you really have to, then use ATM or credit cards to get best rates. It is much advisable to exchange at the local banks where you will be charged with less fees.
7) Use a bank card with fees:
If you can, try to avoid bank fees and Atm fees when travelling. In many countries, like the U.S.A., one can use Charles Schwab and Barclays Arrival Plus World Mastercard for free credit card transactions. You can also earn points through them. Here are some sites you can look up to if you are a non-U.S. resident:
- https://www.finder.com.au/credit-cards/travel-rewards-credit-cards (Australia)
- https://www.money.co.uk/credit-cards/credit-cards-with-no-foreign-transaction-fees.htm (UK)
- https://www.rewardscanada.ca/ (Canada)
8) Skip travel insurance:
Travel insurance may seem an extra addition to your expenses, but it is very important. Anything can happen while you are traveling. This insurances will provide you protections when you are abroad. Travel insurance can help you with any kinds of emergencies, let it be a medical or a non-medical one.
9) Ruling out hostels:
Most people avoid staying at hostels because they think all hostels have unhealthy environment. This concept has also been popularized over TV shows and films. But most hostel provide varieties of facilities these days, that too at a cheap price. They are also much cleaner and can also help you form a travel community easily.
10) Avoiding hospitality networks:
Do not ever avoid looking at hospitality networks while travelling. These networks will help you find a local home in a foreign place and will also give you the chance to be a part of the local culture. There is common notion that, you get to sleep in couches by doing so. That’s not true. Airbnb is a very popular hospitality network that let’s you choose from a wide range of local houses. You can also look up for homes in Couchsurfing, Servas, BeWelcome etc. websites.