Traveling is not as effortless as it might seem. It has its challenges and involves some fairly complex logistics that might give you a couple of headaches.
In most cases, proper travel planning is necessary to make sure everything goes well. But not everybody knows exactly how to plan a trip and how to behave at the airport and in the country or city they are visiting.
These travelers are often considered bad travelers due to all the minor mistakes they make along the way. From buying flight tickets to boarding the flight back, there’s a lot that can go wrong on your fault.
In this article, we will share with you 8 common behaviors that will let you know if you’re a terrible traveler or not!
1. You Constantly Overpack
Let’s be honest. Overpacking is a rookie’s mistake and an obvious indicator of poor planning.
After all, do you need three pairs of shoes and four trenchcoats for a weekend in Paris? No, you don’t. Besides being overloaded with travel bags at the airport, you’ll probably end up paying an overweight fee for your checked bag.
Be smart. Check what the weather will be like in your vacation destination and pack accordingly. Take all the essentials and a few extras with you and don’t forget to leave some room in your suitcase to bring back some souvenirs for your loved ones! These are two important travel hacks you should follow.
2. You Arrive Late At The Airport
You already know that you should arrive at the airport at least an hour before your flight – it might be a little bit more if you have booked an international flight. So, what’s the point of arriving late? You will only be standing in a security line leaning over your luggage cart, anxious about missing your flight.
Just leave your house a little early to avoid any setbacks. The worst that can happen is that you have to stay at the boarding gate for an extra half an hour scrolling through your Instagram to kill some time.
Here’s another quick travel tip for you: don’t forget to put your ID and flight tickets in an easily accessible compartment of your carry-on bag (outside pockets are usually a great option).
You’ll have to take them out several times at the airport, and you don’t want to waste a couple of minutes every time you have to do it. All the travelers behind you and agents at the security checkpoints will hate you.
3. You Know Very Little About Your Travel Destination
To fully enjoy your travel, you need to do your research and have all your travel plans well defined. If you don’t know what you want to visit, what the best places to eat are, and how to move around the city, you’ll end up not making the most of your trip. Nobody wants that!
Also, you should check the schedules of the points of interest you want to visit. This is very important to avoid making the mistake of planning a museum visit on a day when it is closed, for example.
4. You Use A Selfie Stick In Overcrowded Tourist Attractions
Using a selfie stick can help you take great and memorable selfies at amazing locations. That’s why this small gadget became so popular a few years ago.
However, it can also be tremendously irritating, especially when tourists use them in overcrowded locations without worrying if they are bothering the people walking around.
Spoiler alert: usually, they are.
5. You are not toleran
If there’s something wrong with your hotel room, or if you have any problem at a restaurant, don’t start yelling at people and writing a negative review on their Facebook page straight away. Be tolerant. Try to explain yourself in the best possible way without getting angry or making it personal.
In most cases, the staff will do everything they can to help you out.
On the other hand, if the cheap hotel room you booked turned out to be more expensive than you thought due to some extra fee, don’t be afraid to question it. On some rare occasions, businesses try to take advantage of tourists. Just don’t lose your temper.
6. You don’t respect the cultural differences
When you are visiting a country with a completely different culture, you have to do your best to adapt. Don’t just expect everyone to speak perfect English and behave similarly to your fellow countrymen.
Make an effort to speak the local language, even if it is only basic things such as “hello” and “thank you.” Locals will certainly appreciate your effort.
Culture and manners will be a lot different, and that’s why traveling is so much fun. Always keep in mind that you are privileged to be able to explore a different country and get in touch with a different culture. Enjoy your experience abroad, and be respectful.
PS: Don’t take pictures of random locals without asking for permission. That’s somewhat rude.
7. You Spend Too Much Time Taking Photos
Photos are important. They are beautiful souvenirs that remain for posterity and that one day later will help us revive our memory. It is also fun to post a couple of travel photos on our social media for our followers to enjoy. But you don’t have to be constantly taking pictures.
Put your smartphone down for a while, and enjoy the place you are visiting. See everything through your own eyes instead of through the phone’s camera lens.
8. Don’t be too cheap
There’s nothing wrong with being a cheap traveler. This is a very common mindset, especially among young backpack travelers who don’t have much money to spend.
But being frugal doesn’t mean being cheap. You can stay at low-cost hotels, take the bus to move around the city, and eat at cheap local restaurants (sometimes these restaurants turn out amazing!). That’s fine. Just don’t try to haggle with local vendors and taxi drivers firmly.