Today we have a guest post from Kelly of the blog A Lovely Life, Indeed. Kelly shares her thoughts on travel regrets and how to avoid them!
Travel is an amazing and
transformative experience, but it also can be overwhelming, for novices
and seasoned travelers alike. Jet lag, hectic schedules, and culture
shock can create tension and anxiety that keeps tourists from fully
experiencing the beauty and wonder of a trip abroad, or even, at times,
Travel has a sweet spot…the key is finding yours.
mistakes can help you avoid your own travel pitfalls and better insure
that your own journey will fulfill, or even exceed, your own
Wait…where am I?
When you’re visiting a
new city for the first time, it’s exciting to see the places you’ve seen
only on television or in movies. Perhaps you bought a guide book or
looked up the must-see locations online.
As tempting as it is to
try and fit in everything, refrain. You may end up exhausted and cranky,
overwhelmed, and feel like you’re only moving from place to place,
snapping photos of landmarks that you passed too quickly to truly
And, if you haven’t
seen everything, you have a reason to go back. Don’t look at your
travels as some grand checklist or “Been there, done that.” Live like a
local and less like a tourist.
I wish I had tried that…
When you travel abroad,
or even out of your home region, it may be tempting to stick to what you
know. If you have dietary restrictions, I empathize with why this makes
sense. But, if you are able to eat, throwing abandon to the wind, so
Go off the beaten path
and eat where the locals do. Nothing sends me farther away than when I
see an “American menu” abroad. Even in the most tourist driven areas of
Spain, you can enjoy the Menu del Dia, and experiment with flavors and culturally adored comfort food. Why search out pizza when you can experiment with tortilla
española. Even if you don’t like it, you can be assured that, more than
likely, it was properly prepared and cooked, not simply cut out a
bag, standardized across a chain or franchise of restaurants.
What a waste…I never even used that…
tempting to pack options. With variable weather and dining options,
it’s hard to know exactly what you will need when you travel.
Here’s what I learned. Overpacking is a nightmare. Worst case scenario,
you buy something in your destination and you end up with a souvenir.
It’s a win-win.
you are traveling to the most remote areas of civilization, I can
almost guarantee they have what you need. If sizing is an issue, I
appreciate your concern, but nevertheless, you may be carrying that bag
around…at least at the airport. Think before you pack.
out everything you want to bring. And then, aim to remove half of it.
Bring your most versatile items that can serve double duty. And
truly consider what you need versus what you want. Less is more. And
you’ll feel like a packing ninja!
is a transformative experience. As someone blissfully infected with
wanderlust, I can vouch for the power of the journey. But making
mistakes, like the ones above, can diminish the experience and prevent
people from taking chances on longer, more extensive trips.
is power. Note people’s success and learn from their mistakes and set
off on your own journey. And then inspire others to take that first step
What travel advice would you offer novices?