Travelling is amazing; there is no doubt about that! It is great to get out there and see things for yourself and create those memories that will last a lifetime. There is a whole wide world out there for you to explore. Of course you want to experience everything for yourself and if you make a mistake/have an accident surely that’s part of the fun? Right? That is until you end up in a South American jail, penniless and with no idea how you got there! I must add this has never happened to Mr ESLT and I but I think that, that is more to do with luck rather than judgement 🙂
I’m sure before any trip you have taken, whether it has been a night away to a round the world adventure you have been given advice by someone(/everyone and their dog) and you have not taken a blind bit of notice of what they have had to say and possibly regretted it? I know we have! As travel bloggers are frequent travellers (it’s in the job description) we have reached out to a number of them and asked :-
‘What is the best piece of travel advice you have ever received?’
‘The best bit of travel advice I ever got was from a 70 year old Canadian couple, they gave me the importance of ‘NOW’ than thinking of ‘LATER’, one should omit in our thoughts the word ‘LATER’ as it will hinder the purpose of creating a person’s dreams, especially about travelling – Ferna, Everywhere with Ferna
‘The best travel advice that I have received so far was from my love (Amit). He always insists on using maps for directions and even has one in case of an emergency. Since we all use smartphones, the best bet is to download offline maps which you can use later en route. One such app is ‘Offline Maps’ that I use on my android phone and it is awesome. The app is user friendly and easy to use, you can save the offline maps for use without the need for internet connection and save yourself a lot of time and energy – hassle free travel at your fingertips.’ – Le Travel Chica, Itchy Feet with Sunburn
‘A great piece of advice is to carry a small notebook and pen to jot down important information like a hostel address. It works great when there is a language barrier – you just need to point at it!’ – Victoria, Away We Roam
‘The best piece of travel advice I have received was from my dad. He said ‘go, if you get there and it’s awful, you can always come home, what have you got to lose!” – Jessica, Weekend Tourist
‘The only thing you need to pack is a passport and a credit card….and an open mind’ – Nicole, Travelangelista
‘The best advice I ever received was from a bearded backpacker in a New Zealand hotel on my very first nigh of a three month adventure. He told me to try not to spend all of my time in one destination anticipating and planning for the next stop on my itinerary. A good reminder to live in the moment, I think!’ – Danielle, While I’m Young and Skinny
‘My advice is if you wouldn’t do it at home, don’t do it abroad e.g. leave bags unattended on a beach then be surprised when they’re stolen also be spontaneous and don’t stick to the guidebook; some of the best places I’ve found have been by accident’ – Rachel, Based Traveler Shenzhen
‘We got a travel gem from a dude who got mugged in China – have some sort of emergency back up plan in place in case of the worst. Travel with someone else should you lose you money/passport/luggage is helpful as travelling solo and being in the same situation isn’t fun. Stash some cash in a secret pocket, and have a line of credit just in case – Stu & Eloise, Am I Nearly There Yet
‘One of the best bits of travel advice we have been given was when travelling in Thailand stay off the Chang, we ignored this advice and paid the price! We now understand what a great piece of advice this was!’ – Paul & Carole, Paul and Carole Love to Travel
And what’s our advice?
Say YES! So many times do we simply say NO without weighing up the pros and cons. Life is short! If offered something that a) won’t kill you and b) won’t cost you a fortune why not just go for it! However if you do end up in a South American jail, penniless and with no idea how you got there please don’t blame us 🙂
What’s the best piece of travel advice you have ever received – please let us know by commenting below!