I started this blog exactly 1 month ago, and it’s turned into something quite important to me. I was originally going to just write about the struggles of growing up in your 20s, but I realized that I have so many great travel stories and good advice, so I’ve kind of turned this into a life/travel blog. As you can tell, I love adding humor to these posts, and I love laughing at myself. Whenever something goes wrong, I think of it as a learning experience and as a good story to tell. Well here are a few of those rather specific lessons that I’ve learned from traveling. Enjoy!
Don’t get sick and sleep on a top bunk in a 4-person crammed room on an overnight sleeper train from Budapest-Munich and keep dropping tissues and clothes on Korean twins who won’t stop laughing. Even though you’re on vacation, at least take some Emergen-C.
ALWAYS DRINK BOTTLED WATER
Don’t drink from a “clean” huge water fountain in Dubrovnik, Croatia (pictured above) when you’re about to be stuck on a plane to Budapest for the next few hours. Remember that the locals are more used to the water than you are, even though it may be considered good water. Pretty crappy situation if you ask me…no pun intended. Okay, yes pun intended.
BEWARE OF ANIMALS
Even though your tour guide tells you to not touch the monkeys as they climb all over you on your excursion in Isla Roatan, Honduras, it’s still considered sexual harassment if it’s from a monkey. Just take that little pervert’s hands and make them pick bugs out of your hair instead of groping you.
SAY NO TO DRUGS
Don’t buy a lollipop in Amsterdam right before a flight to Spain. There may be an extra something that is in that lollipop. Or, DO buy that lollipop…I have never slept so well through turbulence in my entire life.
PEE WHEN YOU NEED TO
Just pee in a damn bush after drinking two bottles of water on a 4-hour hike in Israel. Or else you may almost burst before making the bus pull over on the side of the highway and pee behind a bus stop. Bush > Bus stop.
ALWAYS BRING EXTRA CASH
Don’t take a daytrip to Rosarito, Mexico and eat at a restaurant that tells you once you’re done eating that they take cash only. You may spend all your taxi money on the meal and realize you may be stuck in Mexico forever (luckily I brought my Charles Schwab ATM travel card that had just enough money on it to get us back.)
LEARN ABOUT THE COUNTRY YOU’RE IN
Don’t casually stumble upon a street fair in Barcelona, Spain with a parade going on where the performers are chasing people in the crowd and spraying firework sparklers onto them. You may get separated from you group and find yourself crying and hiding behind a porta potty after being chased. Stupid Spanish traditions…
ALWAYS LOOK AT THE BRIGHT SIDE
Don’t be mad when you go on a safari at Kruger National Park in South Africa the only two days it’s supposed to be cold and have light rain. It may not be like how you dreamt it to be, but now it’s colder and all the animals will come out. (I didn’t just see the Big 5…I SAW THE MAGNIFICENT 7.)
So those are 8 random lessons I’ve learned and personally experienced while traveling. I hope you get a laugh out of it and can possibly learn from my mistakes. Are there any important lessons you have learned from travel or have any good stories you would like to share? I would love to hear them!