Travel Taboos You Should Break
“The world is a book, and those who don't travel only read one page,” said Augustine of Hippo. I fully believe this to be true. How can you say you have a good grasp on the world if you've never traveled outside of your own country? But when it comes down to it, even the most resistant people will finally go travel, but follow every tip to the letter. What's exciting about that?
Travel isn't about following the rules, it's about breaking them and making memories.
The following are travel taboos that a lot of people aren't brave enough to break, but I dare you to try and see how much more adventurous your journey becomes when you do.
Going places alone is not weird, doesn't have to be lonely and can make you into an entirely different person. In a world that encourages partner travel (ever noticed how when you book certain tours, the single price is so much higher than when you book for two?) it's hard to get up the courage to see the world alone. But traveling by yourself can be completely enlightening. Even I, a proud introvert and big advocate of solo travel, was once afraid to go anywhere alone. But after many trips getting canceled due to flaky friends (me sometimes being the flaky friend) I realized that the only way I'll get to go where I want, when I want is to go alone. It seems scary, but it's really not. You'll find that your natural instincts to explore and be friendly will kick in and make up for lack of travel companion.
Not Saving Up Money
Okay, I get it, travel can be very expensive, so it makes sense to save up tons of money before you leave so you can afford the trip, right? Well, I disagree. While buying the flights can be a huge chunk of change and definitely needs a savings plan, once you arrive, I'm all for making the most of your adventure with as little cash as possible. Honestly, most places in the world can be seen and not paid for.
The admission price is most often not worth it, and most buildings are prettier on the outside than on the inside.
Unless you're a die hard foodie, it's not necessary to spend a lot on local delicacies. A lot of street food vendors have great food and for a low price. Basically what I'm saying is your Euro-trip budget for two weeks does not need to be in the thousands and you don't have to save like mad to enjoy travel.
Flying To A Specific Location
I know you. I know you're like, "Okay, this year is the Hawaii trip I've always wanted to take. Oh no, flights are so expensive. Guess I can't go." Well I'm here to tell you that having your heart set on one location and just not going because of expensive flights or some weird outside influence is kind of lame. While I definitely have my wanderlist, I also am super open to going almost anywhere. SkyScanner has a feature where you can show everywhere and what the prices are to fly there. This makes flexible vacations a thing that can happen. If Hawaii isn't available, but you still want to go somewhere tropical, I'm sure you can find another place to go at the same time for much less. Maybe it's not your first choice, but don't make location a deal-breaker.
At this point you probably think I'm crazy and don't understand travel at all and should shut up. Okay, cool. Take your boring trip somewhere predictable, I don't care. What makes travel exciting to me is not knowing what's going to happen and being open to new opportunities. Something that ends up stifling a lot of trips is over-preparing. Knowing every single step of your trip is going to make it lose its excitement. That's why I tend to try and make my trips as fluid as possible. Yes, researching before you leave is important, but if you know every step you're going to take, then there's no mystery. Try going somewhere under-prepared and see how much you have to think on your feet and how intense and fun it can make your experience. If anything, it makes for better stories to tell.
Staying in Hotels
Unless you're Oprah and need luxury in your life, why would you stay in a hotel? They're expensive and stuff and will make you look like such a tourist when you walk out of the revolving doors in your khaki shorts, map in hand. There's a whole new world of travel accommodations at hand. Hostels, home-stays, AirBnb, couchsurfing, WWOOFing, friends with floor space, etc; it's not hard to find a place to stay for a very cheap amount.
I guess if you're into the whole tiny shampoos and soaps you can hoard and take home with you, then a hotel is for you, but if you're not into spending $200+ a night, then being open to the multitude of other possibilities can save you money and make you friends for a lifetime.
It may seem like a "younger person" thing to do, but anyone of any age can try it and you'll never go back to hotels again, I promise.