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12 unforgiving travel sins

Travel is a way of life post Covid-19 but at the same time it can lead to having a guilt trip while on the trip or after the trip is over. To avoid falling into any kind of a negative rut. It’s always better to do your research and planning properly. Below are pointers to help you avoid falling into a guilt trip while on holiday.  

Not respecting the local culture

Majuli mask village

The golden rule of travel is to read, understand and follow the local norms. But many times people end up travelling without knowing the dos and don’ts of the local culture. If you’re the kind who travels blind without any prior reading, it’s time you make changes to how you travel. Not respecting the local culture will end up landing you in trouble 

Expecting everything to go to plan 

Yolo Kasol

Life isn’t perfect and travel is just a part of your journey in life, so don’t ever expect it to be perfect. Accepting all the imperfections is the best way to adapt and enjoy your holiday. Going with the flow is the best way to avoid getting annoyed when things don’t go to plan. 

Over packing 

Solo traveller

One of the biggest buzz kills is carrying a heavy bag around. It all starts at home with you packing more than what’s needed for your holiday. Remember regardless of how you are travelling, if you pack extra you will have to carry that load all over the journey. 

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Falling short of money 

Lady counting money in Shillong

Not budgeting correct is like the biggest travel sin. This will always turn your holiday into a nightmare. It’s very common to overspend and run out of money way through your trip. This is the kind of travel sin which will put your entire holiday out of balance. Always remember to budget properly and never over spend while on the road.  Stick to the budget to avoid any further hassles. 

Missing your bus/train/flight 

Guwahati Railway satiation

This can happen for various reasons from over sleeping, just procrastination or just leaving late and underestimating the traffic status. But when you miss a mode of transportation, it’s horrible. The whole process or knowing you wasted time and money on a holiday and then have to scramble around to get another ticket. It’s the worst kind of feeling you will end up sulking on for a long time to come. 

Losing your wallet

Dawki river camping

A nightmare in short is to lose your wallet while travelling which results in a panic like nothing else. To avoid such a state of panic, the best way to go about it is to always carry two wallets on a trip. One for your running expenses which has the bare minimum that’s needed. Another one which can be kept in your daypack which has all your money, bank cards and documents.

Leaving plastic trash 

Plastic trash

When you travel anywhere in the world, it’s important to remember to be a responsible traveller. The first step towards taking responsibility is to avoid using plastic on any part of your journey. This starts with carrying your own water bottle so you don’t have to buy packaged water and can refill water along the way. Not leaving any kind of plastic trash will go a long way in making the world a better place to live for our future generations. 

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Not having toilet etiquettes 

Yolo manali cottage washroom

Leaving the washroom clean will definitely win you blessings from the people who are sharing the room or using the washroom after you. It’s always important to keep things clean and it starts with the toilet. While travelling, use the washroom, the same way you would want others to use the one at your house.  

Smoking in public

Guwahati bustling streets

Smoking in public is pretty much banned in 80% of the tourist places around the world. So to avoid getting an unwanted fine and wasting money which can buy you a better meal, keep the vices to your room or in places where you’re allowed to smoke.  

Forgetting things at home 

Yolo café Kasol

It’s very common that we end up packing at the very last minute. This kind of packing results in missing out on things which are needed on the trip. Like forgetting your power bank or your camera charger. These small things become a big issue when you’re on the road and have no way of getting a replacement.

Not getting a room 

Dawki camping

Travel has changed post Covid-19 forever with everything now going online. It’s always better to book a room in advance so you don’t have to reach a destination and end up being stranded without a bed for the night. 

Not getting enough souvenirs 

After you return home from a holiday, you always tend to catch up with family and friends. It’s only when you return back from the trip, that you remember souvenirs which could have been purchased for your loved ones while on the road. The best way to avoid being on this guilt trip is by having a checklist for the people who you need to get things back for. 

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