10 Tips To Consider When Taking Travel Advice
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10 Tips To Consider When Taking Travel Advice

One of my favorite things about travel is meeting new and diverse people.  Connecting with the world, rather than just moving about in it, is one of the most rewarding aspects of travel. Whether venturing near or far, I love engaging in interesting conversation, hearing different points of view, sharing my journey’s successes and hiccups, and uniting with fellow wanderers. There are 10 tips to consider when taking travel advice.

Sharing With Other Travelers

Jenny at dinner with Earth Wind and Fire in Nice, France
Jenny with Friends in Nice, France

A great advantage to socializing during travel is the ability to share travel stories and discoveries- places you may not have had on your radar that someone introduces you to, restaurants that are great, or ones to avoid, things to see and do that you may not have thought of, various tips, and bucket list adds. There are generally 10 tips I consider when taking travel advice.

I often find that hearing about another person’s travel highlights gives me ideas and contributes to my current and/or future travel plans. 

Sometimes I am undecided day to day on my plan and I will, for example, meet people at dinner that tell me about this great little town between here and wherever and suddenly, I have my plan for tomorrow.  What a treat it is to connect with people and exchange experiences and information.

Listening to other people’s adventures tends to motivate and excite me to do more, see more, be more. In my opinion, one of the best aspects of travel is the camaraderie along the way. The energy of travel is infectious. 

10 Tips to Consider When Taking Travel Advice from People I Have Known Forever, and New Friends Alike :

1)Be clear on your own travel goals

While something may sound fun or exciting, if you originally set out on a trip to photograph wildlife, you may not want to end up in a big city.  Or maybe you do. 

Perhaps a 10 day village hike sounds intriguing, but you do not have your hiking gear with you this time.  You could go buy your supplies and take the “here and now” approach, or you could make a mental note to return another time. Neither choice is wrong- nor is changing your plan; It’s just easy to get swept up in the excitement- so think about your choices, especially when time is limited or you when you have a specific goal in mind.

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2)Know your own values

For example, in a past trip, I was curious to visit a concentration camp. Obviously this is a place of deep sadness, but also a place of history and remembrance. My travel companion felt uncomfortable visiting and was not interested.

Point being, what is okay for one person may not feel right for another. In this instance, separating for a few hours was one solution. Always be respectful of yourself and others and do what feels right for you.

3)Be mindful of your budget and/or time constraints

You may get a great suggestion of a place to visit a few hours away by train, but if you are flying out early the next morning and the transportation is less than reliable, you may want to save that outing for another time, unless you are okay with the potential of missing your flight.

4)Take any physical limitations into consideration

Sometimes in order to visit a scenic spot or a special beach, it requires a certain level of fitness due to steep hills or rough terrain. I would not deter anyone who wants to “go for it,” but safety is always a priority.

If you do not feel you are up for the physical challenge, perhaps you could find a similar experience elsewhere.  It is never a good idea to engage in an activity that feels unsafe for you.  If you do decide to partake, always be sure to have the necessary supplies with you for the circumstance, such as water, proper footwear, or a flashlight

10 tips to consider when taking travel advice

5)Be prepared for your adventure choice

Bring the necessary supplies in order to enjoy and be safe – for example, if you rent a boat for the day, you may want to pack a lunch, sunscreen, a sweatshirt, a towel, and a dry bag.

If you are hiking, you definitely need water, perhaps a compass, and a picnic.  Each situation requires different supplies, but preparedness is an important part of safety and enjoyment. See Jenny’s Travel Essentials for “Must-Bring” lists for various situations.

6)Always treat others with respect and courtesy

Make an effort to communicate in the language of your new friends; don’t just expect them to speak your language, even if you are terrible at their language. This shows interest in them and their culture, and effort toward a friendship.

Remember that one of the most fulfilling things about travel is gaining a broader perspective of the world, which includes new languages, customs, and ideas – not just a change of scenery.

Jenny with friend in LA
Jenny and Kylene in LA

7)Be open to possibilities

Sometimes the old adage, “you don’t know if you like something until you try it,” is very true and often rewarding. Our automatic response to something unfamiliar or different than our norm, be it food or an activity, may be to say “no,” without even thinking about why this is our gut answer.

Obviously, do not do something you are morally opposed to, or that feels unsafe, but trying new things, having new experiences, delving into the unknown, well that is what travel is all about.

8)Give and take

Take tips and offer tips – It can be draining to meet someone and ask so many questions that you seem like you are expecting them to be your travel planner and guide. Sometimes in travel you can feel far from home, alone, or lost. I get this. Most of us have been there at one time or another.

However, no one enjoys neediness. People are usually friendly and often helpful, but remember that the art of conversation goes two ways, as does making friends. It is respectful to take information, but also to share it too. Other people would likely appreciate your feedback or tips as well.

Opportunity: Share and exchange information on ASK JENNY

9)Keep A Journal

It is helpful to keep a journal or list of travel advice I am given. Often I do this as a list on my phone or laptop, or sometimes in a written book. I love this journal in particular because you can add or remove pages, making it thinner or thicker, and essentially start over for each trip. It offers flexibility to glue memorabilia and even offers a pouch.

Amazon Travel Journal Image
Travel Journal

Some suggestions I may not be able to utilize in the moment, but I may want to remember them in the future. In the moment, I used to think that it was such a great conversation or tidbit, of course I will remember! But if I do not write the information down, I often cannot recall the name of a restaurant or small town that someone mentioned two trips ago over drinks.

10)Creating Lasting Friendships

Engaging with others, especially during travel, is almost always meaningful, but will not always lead to a friendship. That is not to say sharing a lunch, or exchanging travel information is not fun and useful.

However, certain people you meet, you may just connect with on another level. If you think you’d like to stay in touch, be sure to exchange contact information or social media. It is often hard to track someone down, especially a nomad, once you part ways.

Jenny with friends in Reims, Champagne, France
Jenny with friends in Reims, Champagne, France

Read more on my post Creating and Maintaining Global Friendships

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