One of the fringe benefits of being a jet setter is the experience that's developed over time. Knowing the ins and outs of traveling saves money, time, and effort. There's a lot to learn from the wealth of knowledge these travel experts have, especially these tips that fly in the face of conventional opinions.
1. Tourist Isn't a Bad Word
The word tourist is practically blasphemous among diehard travelers, implying a level of unsophistication that self-described worldly travelers don't display. However, several globetrotters take a more generous view of the word, sayings it's not only acceptable to call yourself a tourist but that it also means having the freedom to visit someplace new simply because you want to, which is pretty incredible when you think about it.
2. Hotels Are in Style Again
When Airbnb first started, it was a novel concept that made staying at hotels seem old-fashioned. Since then, many Airbnb's have gone commercial and have increased their prices and added fees that have turned off many early supporters. Hotels have become more reasonable alternatives.
3. All McDonald's Aren't the Same
Believe it or not, the menu at McDonald's is different at every location worldwide. One sightseer extols the McDonald's restaurants in Austria, which serve curly fries, apricot dumplings, and beer, plus has an upscale McCafe section for coffee enthusiasts. Another traveler says that checking out the local McDonald's has become a tradition when they visit another country.
4. Group Tours Are Great
Group tours are often perceived as the ultimate sign of inexperience when traveling. Still, excursionists in the discussion explain how they “like having a local guide explain the significance of a historical site” and how the local guides referred them to places they otherwise never would have discovered.
5. Bus Travel Can Be Fun
Navigating busy cities by bus is a great way to see different attractions, say some wayfarers on the thread. Someone advises their fellow travelers to buy day passes for the local buses because they're a great way to deal with jet lag while taking in the sights with minimal stress.
6. Popular Sites Aren't Tourist Traps
Just because a particular destination is popular among visitors doesn't mean it's a tourist trap. They're popular because of their historical significance, distinctive architecture, and natural beauty.
7. Viva Las Vegas
Trashing Las Vegas is standard for some gallivants. For others, it's an unnecessary and unfair criticism of what they consider a fantastic place to visit. Somebody describes it as “A city that knows what it is and doesn't try to be anything else. There is something for everyone there.” The city's proximity to rock climbing and hiking spots is another draw for those looking for something to do besides party and gamble.
8. Solo Travel Is Underrated
Traveling alone doesn't mean you're isolated and lonely. It's an excellent opportunity to stay in communal places like hostels, which facilitate meeting other vacationers, getting to know the local population, and exploring at leisure without feeling rushed to meet someone else's itinerary.
9. Don't Pass on Cruises
There are legitimate criticisms of cruise ships, but don't be so quick to dismiss them, insists a digital nomad. They continue with, “Cruises are fine when you're short on time and want to see a lot of places in one trip and get a taste for a place. Not everyone can take a month off to travel.” Cruises are a viable alternative to taking longer trips to one destination.
10. Packing Light Isn't Always Great
There's such a thing as overpacking for a trip but packing too little is also a thing. Going abroad with a tiny suitcase for a two-week vacation doesn't make you a travel genius; it means you'll probably be stuck wearing the same outfit for several days. Packing for different elements of your trip is perfectly acceptable, like a nice outfit for dining out and comfortable shoes for hiking and walking.
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