10 Things Travelers Regret Most: Don’t Let This Be You
Traveling can be an extremely educational and exciting experience, no matter where you go. However, sometimes we don’t have the best foresight and leave our trip feeling regretful—for whatever reason. Avoid making these mistakes so you have a smooth and enjoyable trip.
1. Not Saving or Budgeting
These days, there are travel hacks for almost everything that help you save money while traveling. But there are still some things visitors to a new destination want to splurge on. Look at your finances beforehand to make the most of your trip so you don’t feel restrained.
2. Focusing On Tourist Spots
It’s unfair to call all tourist hubs “tourist traps,” but many are overpriced and overcrowded. Although some are iconic bucket list places (like the Hollywood Sign or the Eiffel Tower), some of the best parts of a new (to you) city are found off the beaten path.
3. Not Traveling Internationally
There’s comfort and security when we stick to the places, cultures, and way of life we know. But many of the most exhilarating experiences come from stepping outside our comfort zone and learning about other parts and people of the world. Don’t be afraid to explore!
4. Avoiding Tours
Sure, tours cost extra and typically cover the most popular places or landmarks. But going on a tour also gives you insight into local history and culture, thanks to knowledgeable tour guides and museum docents. Plus, you’ll support local organizations, which is excellent for everyone.
5. Sticking To The Hotel
Many hotels and resorts offer amenities that don’t require you to leave the property. But what are you gaining by laying poolside or cooped up in your room all day? Experiences happen out in life, after all.
6. Lack of Research
Some travelers can wing it and go where the wind takes them. Most travelers, though, need to do at least a little bit of planning. Look up ticket and hotel accommodations, but you also want to research things like local currency conversion, cell phone, and data service.
7. Not Learning Local History
Each destination is unique, with its own culture and historical significance. As tourists, we often think of the place we’re visiting as a vacation spot. There are always museums, local landmarks, and organizations in each city that can offer insight into the city’s history.
8. Extra Travel Fees
Traveling can get expensive, especially international plane tickets. It’s always best to double-check (and triple-check) your ticket information and itinerary to ensure you know the dates and times you’re traveling. Otherwise, you may be faced with some pricey cancellation or booking fees.
9. Not Packing Appropriate Clothing
This relates to researching and knowing what time of the year you’re planning your trip. You also want a general idea of the activities you want to do, as sandals will only get you so far on a 10-mile hike. Packing light is always ideal, but don’t forget essentials just to avoid baggage fees.
10. Waiting To Travel
Across the board, many travelers regret waiting to start traveling until they are older. For some, it is due to not having enough money saved or waiting on friends to be available, but the time spent sitting at home is time you could devote to globetrotting.
15 Bucket List Hot Spots To See the Northern Lights Starting in September
One of the most enchanting natural phenomena in the Northern Hemisphere is the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis. On the proper night, with perfect weather conditions and peak solar activity, you can see the stunning lights that paint the night sky. Here are some of the best places to view the Northern Lights.
15 States in the U.S. Perfect for a Colorful Weekend of “Leaf Peeping”
Who wouldn’t want to capture the trees changing color, the crunch of dry leaves underfoot, and a pumpkin-spiced latte in hand?
“Leaf peeping” is an informal term to describe the activity of visiting areas to see the fall foliage, and these 15 states in the U.S. are perfect for this kind of activity.
10 of the Most Haunted Places in the World
For centuries, people have been fascinated by tales of haunted places and ghostly apparitions. Whether it’s an abandoned asylum, a decaying mansion, or a lonely graveyard, these sites draw in those seeking a glimpse of the supernatural. Here are some of the most haunted places in the world that will send chills down your spine.
15 Best Places in America That Do Halloween Tourism “Right”
Are you looking to do a bit of traveling this Halloween season but need help knowing where to go? We’ve looked at some of the best and scariest attractions and events to get your “fright on” this Halloween.
Whether you’re into parades, costume contests, or haunted houses, the U.S. has spooky spots to enjoy All Hallow’s Eve.
15 Incredible Places in the U.S. You Might Not Have Realized Were UNESCO Sites
There’s nothing better than discovering there’s even more to a place than you thought. Whether you know it or not, these 15 incredible places in the U.S. are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and all worth visiting.