One of my favourite things about travel is the opportunity to see new things! Sure, there’s the whole hassle of planing the actual logistics of the trip (which contrary to how that sounds, I actually enjoy) and not to mention the dent that travel can make to your wallet but once these barriers are crossed (kudos on doing so!), travel is plain and simple, one of the most exciting ways to open yourself to new things and experiences.

Lloyd and Yaya in The Blue Lagoon, Iceland

When we travel though, we all owe it to ourselves, the places we visit and the people we travel with, to strive to be good and decent travellers. There are lots of ways to do this of course and to that end, here are 8 simple things we can all do to become better travellers.

8 Ways To Be A Better Traveller

1.) Travel isn’t always an escape

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We all travel for very valid and different reasons – one of which is that travel is a great way to escape the stress or hard reality of daily life. Travelling to escape isn’t necessarily a bad thing but we should be mindful of using this time to overcome and re-evaluate the ways in which our daily life can be less stressful. Take the opportunity to learn what makes you stressed, sad, unhappy in daily life and consider ways to implement a positive change that will benefit you much more than just a relaxing week away.

We can all learn to use travel to break cycles, take ourselves out of an emotional bubble that may help in seeing solutions that will assist your well-being.

 

2.) Embrace yourself  and your loved ones

The Best Place To Watch The Sunset In Ibiza AND Where To Go For An Amazing 10 Course Gourmet Dinner! (9)Travel is a great way to create some beautiful memories with the people you travel with. This in itself is a key part of travel to be honest.

I will be finally visiting Italy this week with my parents. The whole trip has been a long time coming as my mum fought cancer for the last two years (which I wrote about here). My mum is now thankfully well enough to travel and it has made me ever more grateful to enjoy travel with people that mean so much to me. This is more significant than most things and will forever be cherished and remembered within my own memories.

As travellers, we have an opportunity to embrace these beautiful experiences with loved ones. By appreciating the importance of loved ones, we can make time to enjoy beautiful experiences with loved ones – which is always good!

 

3.) Don’t just consume 

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Our travels should always be about more than being a self-interested consumer that negatively impacts the place we visit, we should always consider the impact that our actions have on others and places around us.

For instance, that fleeting picture you just paid to have with a snake charmer (See more on the problems with some snake charming here) or standing with a chained monkey may seem rather insignificant in the short term but it has a much wider impact on long-term travel related problems. All these actions can have consequences and can contribute to a much wider related industry of exploitation and neglect, that as travellers, we should all be aware of.

 

4.) Don’t be judgemental 

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Like it or lump it, we all make first impressions when arriving at a new and exciting destination. That in itself isn’t bad but its very important keep in mind the impact that outright judgement has on others.

For instance, it shouldn’t matter if a fellow traveller has a fanny pack and selfie stick at the Eiffel Tower – even if they’re not your chosen accessories of choice, this person will be having a smashing time and enjoying a destination that they want to share with their friends and family, none of us have a right to judge someone over something so menial. After all, our experiences are no better or more valid than a selfie-stick waving mum trying to shoot a timeless family shot that will be a treasured family photo.

 

5.) Travel is personal

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Thought we’d start with an obvious one here! 🙂

It’s important to realise that travel is, in so many ways, a self-serving pursuit. Taking the time to understand the motivation behind your need to travel and truly help you define what type of travel is best for you …which is exactly the type of travelling you should be doing. All the other stuff (how fancy a destination is, how close or far away it is from home, how popular it is… etc) is all just secondary to identifying what kind of travel (and destination) would make you truly happy.

 

6.) Embrace difference 

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Being a better traveller is all about embracing the beauty of the world and people we surround ourselves with. We live on a multi-cultural planet that is blessed with a mix of amazing people that are different from one place to the next. One of the biggest things that travel teaches us is to realise the importance of embracing difference – whether that’s gender, sexuality or race.

Difference is rarely bad and equality should always be embraced and promoted. By keeping to this mindset, we all have the ability to crush prejudice and drive away inequality that WILL rub off on people around you. Be an advocate for positive change and make this world a fairer place.

 

7.) Respect 

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In so many ways, respect comes down to being positive and taking a reflective moment to understand certain places and situations. By being respectful and mindful of others, you’ll not only have much more fruitful travel experiences, you’ll also leave a particular person with positive sentiments and emotions that won’t cloud their own day. It doesn’t cost anything to be nice, pleasant and respectful.

No matter who it is, I always endeavour to speak to anyone in the same way as I’d like them to speak to my own parents – If I’m not doing that, I’ve failed!

 

8.) Push a boundary 

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Whether it’s big or small – push your own boundaries. This doesn’t mean you need to jump from a plane, base jump of the Empire State Building or eat live scorpions to prove a point but, it does mean that you should test yourself to experience some things you might say no to otherwise.

By saying yes instead of no – you open up a whole array of new travel experiences that you might not have had otherwise, which you may not always love but will ALWAYS learn from… and lets be honest, that’s what travel is all about!

 


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  • Great post! As someone who’s currently travelling around Australia and heading to Singapore this week, I can relate to everything you’ve said. I think the main thing is to just expect the unexpected and to go with the flow x
    http://my–socalledlife.blogspot.com.au/

    • HandLuggageOnly

      So glad you agree, Kate – Totally agree with you, it’s always good to expect the unexpected. Travelling around Australia sounds EPIC! We used to live in Singapore, give us a shout if you need any tips – happy to help if we can

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • well said! yes, travel is very personal and the way we travel, how, where it all uncovers our personality:)

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Exactly, so glad you think so too, Tanja 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Jessica Fletcher

    Love this list Lloyd, I especially like number 3. I’ve found in the past that it’s easy to get mislead when we aren’t familiar with a country or culture and it pays to do the research beforehand, that way when we opt to go on any travel excursion/trip/wildlife experience we can rest assured that we’re not contributing to any cruelty or wrong doing.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It’s so true. Knowledge is power, right!?!

      So glad you agree, Jessica.

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Great list! Definitely things we should all keep in mind while traveling!

    Kate | http://www.petiteadventures.org/

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks Kate 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • This is such a great list, and such important points! 🙂 I can definitely relate to all of it!

    — LisaLDN.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      I knew you would Lisa. We’re totally on the same page… I just know it! 🙂

      Lloyd xx

  • Love this list, very well said! Hope you have a really lovely trip with your mum Lloyd!

    C x | Lux Life

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much Catherine! I’m so happy about it – it means so much!

      Big hugs,
      Lloyd xx

  • I love the first point about not being an escape. Too many people get caught up in the idea that their day to day life is awful and need to travel to escape their lives. That is one of the saddest things so I love that you feel the same! It’s not an escape, it’s an adventure!

    http://whenhealthymettasty.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      So glad you agree Caroline – Travel really is a massive adventure that we can enjoy and learn – it’s one of the main reasons I love travelling whenever I can.

      Lloyd xx

  • Diana Maria

    Everything you’ve said is so true! Travelling isn’t an escape, you can’t escape yourself and your problems by travelling. I feel as though travelling actually forces us to deal with ourselves and grow through the adventure. Really loved this post!

    My Lovelier Days

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Awwwww thanks Diana – so glad I’m not alone into thinking that. 🙂

      big hugs,

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • First, I am so glad to hear your mom is doing better and will be able to explore Italy with you =o) Second, every person should read this post before they travel! You really hit the nail on the head with all of these points, especially the part about being respectful, so incredible important when discovering new cultures and places =o)

    http://dreamofadventures.blogspot.com/

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much! 🙂

      I’m so happy you like the post – being respectful is such an important thing for us to remember – so glad you think so too (then again, we knew you would)! 🙂

      Big hugs,

      Lloyd & Yaya xx