101 truths of travel

101 truths about travel | The Travel Hack

  1. Travelling alone is fun
  2. Travelling with your best friend is better
  3. You can never take too many photos
  4. You’ll always wish you had a better camera until you’ve completely maxed out your budget on a fancy camera
  5. You quickly stop caring what you look like when you travel for a long time
  6. You feel like an idiot taking selfies….
  7. ….but you’re always glad you persevered when you manage to get a good selfie
  8. Travellers, backpackers and tourists are all the same thing. Call yourself whatever you like but don’t judge someone by their travel style.
  9. Always be wary when strangers approach you in the street…
  10. …but don’t let it stop you from chatting to people.SONY DSC
  11. You’ll get the shits at some point
  12. Travelling as light as possible is always a good idea
  13. You’ll never regret getting up early
  14. You’ll never regret going somewhere special to watch the sun set
  15. You’ll never wear the skyscraper heels you packed
  16. You’ll always be shocked when you see a monk with a smartphone or DSLR
  17. Paying to use gross and dirty toilets is really annoying
  18. Everyone hates enormous tour groups
  19. Don’t be afraid of getting lost. That’s usually when you find the best places
  20. But Google Maps is still one of the best inventions ever101 rules of travel #12
  21. You can never find a public toilet when you’re so desperate you might actually pee yourself
  22. If you’re travelling on a budget (hostels and local transport) you will have something stolen eventually
  23. Insurance that covers medical expenses is vital
  24. Insurance that covers your belongings is a very good idea…
  25. …but a lot of insurance is bollocks because you have to pay so much excess to get anything replaced anyway
  26. Always call your mum and dad, no matter where you are in the world and even if it’s only for two minutes to tell them you’re safe
  27. Don’t over-brag on Facebook. Your friends will quickly get bored
  28. Smartphones make travelling so much easier..
  29. …but remember to put your phone down and enjoy the moment
  30. Most museums are boring…
  31. …but good museums are flipping awesome (Natural History Museum in London, I’m taking to you)
  32. No matter how switched on you are, you will be scammed at some point
  33. Airports were designed for no other reason than to fleece you of all your money. Everything from parking to a bottle of water is a rip-off
  34. Always get out of the way for other people’s photos at tourist hotspots. There’s such a thing as Photo Karma
  35. You’ll start wearing clothes you wouldn’t have even worn to bed at home
  36. Always try the local food. You can eat McDonalds at home
  37. Asking a local for directions will just confuse you, especially if you’re not speaking the same language
  38. Travelling on a budget is often more fun than luxury travel
  39. When eating street food, choose the stall with the longest queue to guarantee freshness
  40. You know you’ve been travelling a long time when toilet roll becomes a luxury
  41. Airport security is infuriating….
  42. …but not as infuriating as the guy with the hand luggage filled with liquids, sharp objects, aerosols and electronics
  43. Always learn a few phrases in the local language
  44. Always have a safety supply of cash tucked away for emergencies
  45. Don’t forget to take breaks. Tiredness and dehydration can ruin travel
  46. The best way to see a city is by bike
  47. Open-top bus tours sound like a better idea than they ever are
  48. Everywhere is nicer when the sun shines
  49. ‘Handmade local crafts’ look beautiful when you’re on holiday but look like cheap crap when you get them home (especially because they’re nearly always made in China no matter where in world you are)
  50. You’ll always talk about the food you miss when you meet someone from your home country
  51. Pushy touts are the most annoying people in the world. Surely they’d sell more if they left people alone?
  52. Everyone feels homesick sometimes
  53. Don’t buy cheap luggage, it’s not worth it
  54. Don’t over-plan your travels. Leave room for the unexpected…
  55. …but do some basic research to make sure you get the most out of your destination
  56. You can never take good photos through the window of a moving vehicle. Sit back and enjoy the view and don’t waste your time
  57. Whether or not you like a place will be determined by your mood, the people you’re with and the weather as much as the destination itself101 rules of travel #57
  58. Your bucket list will never get shorter
  59. Everyone should keep some kind of journal or blog to help remember their travels
  60. There is such a thing as seeing too many temples/museums/churches/monuments/historical buildings. Are a while they all blend into one and you forget which is which.
  61. If you can’t carry your own bag it’s too heavy
  62. There’s no need to wear ‘explorer clothes’ when you travel. Unless you really want to look like Crocodile Dundee or you have a fetish for pants that zip off at the knee, you’ll be fine in whatever you normally wear at home
  63. No other country makes tea or coffee the way you have it at home
  64. There’s nothing better than a familiar face meeting you at a train station or airport
  65. You can never, ever get rid of sand in a backpack
  66. When you get home, very few people will actually care about your travels…
  67. …but you know you’ll be friends for life with the people who do
  68. You’ll only wear about 30% of the clothes you packed
  69. You’ll meet so many people and become Facebook friends but you’ll completely forget who they are or where you met one year later. If they get married and change their name you’ve got no chance
  70. Material possessions like big houses, flash cars, giant TVs and the latest gadgets seem pointless when you realise you could travel for a year for the price of a car
  71. No matter how much you travel, you still have that ‘Oh my God, I’ve lost my passport’ moment at least 5 times on the way to the airport
  72. Men who are travelling are so happy beards are cool again
  73. If a natural disaster or some kind of protest or attack happens in a place you’re visiting, you’ll suddenly realise how many people care about you by all the ‘Are you OK?’ messages you’ll receive.
  74. Travelling with a cheap tablet is a really good idea
  75. Shopping in different cities is always more fun than shopping at home
  76. Getting a hair cut in a foreign country is unnecessarily terrifying
  77. You’ll never look at a map of the world in the same way again without being overwhelmed by memories
  78. Plane journeys are much more tolerable when everyone respects the Arm Rest Rule and stays in their own space
  79. When boarding a plane, everyone has their fingers crossed they’re not sat next to the fat guy
  80. You’ll become friends with people who speak the same language as you, even if you have nothing in common
  81. You’ll get so fed up with shit wifi. Why doesn’t it just work!?
  82. When travelling in Asia, you get really good at using chopsticks…
  83. …and any traveller who can’t use chopsticks is considered a failure
  84. Anklets with bells on should be banned. You’re not a cat, take it off
  85. You will develop a love/hate relationship with TripAdvisor
  86. It is possible to have a full conversation with someone when neither of you speak a single word of the same language
  87. You’ll avoid having ice in your drinks for about a week and then realise you’d rather have Delhi Belly than warm drinks
  88. Irish people are everywhere. There’s a crazy amount of them for such a small country
  89. When you get home, your travels will feel like a weird and wonderful dream far too quickly
  90. Everyone is scared about travelling before they goSONY DSC
  91. You can’t help but feel really smug when travel with hand luggage only and stroll past all your fellow passengers waiting by the baggage carousel
  92. It’s never acceptable to clap when the plane lands. This makes all the other passengers wonder if there was an emergency we knew nothing about
  93. Travel can often be a better education than an uni degree
  94. Everyone panics when they’re one of the last at the luggage carousel
  95. You will always, always go over budget
  96. You will undoubtedly have the best time of your life
  97. You’ll wonder why you didn’t go sooner
  98. You’ll try to encourage all of your friends to do the same
  99. You’ll begin way to many sentences with, ‘This one time while I was travelling…’
  100. As soon as you get home you’ll start saving for your next adventure
  101. You will never be the same again

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Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a full time blogger and has travelled around the world in search of affordable luxury travel experiences.Monica lives in Wales with her growing family and now also blogs about travelling with young children!

SHOWHIDE Comments (21)
  1. Haha, great list here! I could relate to so many of them – I’m starting to understand the issues of love and hate with Trip Advisor, I too will never regret going somewhere for a great sunset, I’m glad it’s ok to get lost because I’m ALWAYS getting lost! And I really learned my lesson about going to the toilet when you can after a long car drive in Sri Lanka when I was absolutely desperate and the wait from telling the driver to him finding a bathroom felt like the longest time in the world!

  2. I full on cackled at #, why do you want to alert people of your presence with bells on your jewellery. Not acceptable when travelling and certainly not acceptable at home. And #93 is so, so true, so happy I’ve graduated so I can get back on the road again!

  3. Love #34 about photo karma- I HATE HATE HATE when someone just camps out in the best photo spot and their significant other takes 400 photos of them. Seriously,if you can’t get your shot in 20 seconds your time is up.

  4. #90 is particularly true – and sadly that fear stops some people even doing it.
    But I love #16 – I’ll always remember a time in Zakopane, Poland when I watched a bunch of backpacking nuns in full habits going on their summer vacation.

  5. #57 & #70. YES!
    We are humans and we are emotional, so everything is connected in our experiences (#57). I went to Paris with my mom when I was 16 and we saw the sights, but I’ll go with my husband soon, and it will be a completely different experience!

    We like niceties, but finding that balance of things we want and places we want to go is a hard balance! (#70)

    Thanks for this post! It gives a lot to think about.

    1. Same here. I went to Paris with school and it feels like a completely different place as a adult. And I’m sure it would be a different city again travelling with friends or a partner.

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