There are a number of things that make travelling as good as it can be. A sturdy raincoat if you’re heading somewhere a tad wet, for example. A suitcase big enough for all the wares you decide to buy! But do you know what else makes travelling a heck of a lot better? Knowledge! First of all, knowing the best time to visit. Or where you will be safest. Then, once you arrive, knowing what to expect when the plane touches down. Understanding that taxi driver when he asks you a questions. Knowing which mannerisms are considered warm, and which are considered rude.
So, what is the most important knowledge you need for a fantastic, successful trip? Here is a list of the topics you’ll want to brush up on....
Where the safe areas are
There is pretty much nowhere in the world where you will be 100% safe, 100% of the time. It’s a shame, but it’s the reality. However, there are some places where you are safer than others. Say, for example, you are a solo female wanting to have a backpacking adventure on your own! While South America might seem very tempting, Scandinavia could prove a better choice. Knowing things like kidnap rates and crime rates in different countries you are considering isn't so you get scared. It’s so you have the knowledge. It also means that if you do decide to go to a place where crime rates are high, you can be as best prepared as possible. So, you might decide to hire one driver for the entire trip, rather than using taxis and public transport.
When the best time to visit is
Visiting at a place at the wrong time can be detrimental to your experience in all sorts of ways. Firstly, cost. Going in peak season if you could go out of peak season is going to cause more damage to your precious savings. Flights, hotels, and even ad-hoc taxi journeys might cost more. Secondly, on the topic of peak season, if you go then, the place could be overrun with tourists. As travellers to Venice will tell you, too many tourists can ruin the feel of a place. Furthermore, events and sights. There will be nothing more anything than arriving at a place, only to find that an incredible local festival is due to start the day that you leave. And what about the main thing you are travelling for? If you are going to see a particular spectacle, do your research. When is the best time for the Northern Lights? When is the best time to see Machu Picchu? When are the parades at Disneyland? Knowing these things will make all the difference!
What the local consider 'rude'
The last thing you want during your holiday or adventure is to offend or upset the locals. Of course, you would never do this intentionally. However, there are some things that are considered rude in other countries, that are totally acceptable in your own. Be sure to research local customs before you travel to avoid any offence or misunderstandings.