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5 Things NOT to Do When Travelling

Travel experts and blogs often talk about what TO DO when travelling. It usually consists of things to do and must-see attractions. Do this, go here, see that. But what about the things you SHOULD NOT do while on a trip? There are so many travel mistakes that waste a lot of money, time and opportunities. It’s easy to say what to do, but most of us often forget what not to do. It’s also worth knowing the don’ts in order to do what’s right.

1. Don’t exchange money at airports

You’ll get the worst exchange rates at airports. To get the best rates, use your credit or debit card instead. But since you will eventually need some cash, have your money exchanged at a bank downtown where you’ll get fewer fees and better rates. When going shopping or dining somewhere fancy, stick to your cards as much as possible.

2. Don’t take cabs

Cabs are where budget travellers die—they are always overpriced wherever you may be. So, if you want to save, skip them and take the bus instead. The only instance that it’s worth it to take cab is when you’re splitting the fare among others or you have an emergency late at night. As much as possible, use public transportation.

3. Don’t skip the local tourist office

Local tourist offices are your best source of current events, upcoming festivities and off-the-beaten-path info that you don’t typically find in guidebooks. Their job is to inform you of everything about the place. When you get to a city, head first to the tourism office and check to see what’s currently going on, what to do, where to go and where the best deals are. They can provide you comprehensive maps, discount cards and help book your accommodation.

4. Don’t display too much affection in public places

If going on a European trip, there’s no problem with hugging and kissing in public as Europeans consider this normal. However, when travelling somewhere in Asia or Middle East, know that these acts can result to imprisonment. To be safe, avoid displaying too much affection. As much as possible, blend in and avoid making a scene that would catch people’s attention.

5. Don’t accept bags from strangers

In foreign airports, you might meet a fellow compatriot who has gone over their baggage weight limits and request to pass off one of their luggage as yours. Do not accept it. You don’t know what’s in the bag. Politely, but firmly decline the request.

Avoiding these common mistakes will help you explore your destination more without wasting money, time and effort. Those travellers who always follow the guidebooks and just ‘click and go’ when booking online end up spending more. If you put in a bit of extra work, you can save big, which means more travel for you.

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