Monday, November 11, 2013

17 Things Every Traveler Should Know

1. Take risks and face your fears.

For me, the risk was flying, driving on the Hana Highway, and rock climbing. But the reward was so worth facing the fear. 

2. Be open to new things.
Food. Ideas. Activities. Don't limit yourself with a "my way or the highway" mentality, it will cause unnecessary suffering for you and the people you're with. 

3. Patience is key.
Not everything is going to go the way you planned and not everyone is going to be how you want them to be. We're all fighting a hard battle and it's important to recognize we're all doing the best we can. Give people the benefit of the doubt through patience. 

4. Make connections.
Whether it's on the plane, in line at a store, on an adventure. Connect with those around you. You never know what they have to offer. I met some of the coolest peeps in places I never would have guessed. 

5. Limit social networking.
Stay present. Who cares what updates are on Facebook or Twitter. Take in real surroundings, not virtual ones. 

6. Pack light.

Seriously. You won't wear/use half the stuff you pack. And you'll save yourself the embarrassment of emptying your overweight suitcase into your carry on, twice. Oops. 

7. Relax. It'll all work out. 
ecause, when you focus on what you're not doing, you miss out on what you are doing. Just relax and all you wish to achieve will manifest. 

8. Have zero expectations. 
When you go into a situation with high expectations, or any expectations at all, you're bound for disappointment. Go into your travels with a blank slate and no preconceived notion of how your trip "should" go.

9. Be grateful. 

Every, and I mean every, moment is a blessing. Some people don't have the opportunity to travel. That alone is enough to appreciate. 

10. There is something to be learned, even on vacation.  
It is said that there are two things you should never do with friends: live with them or go on vacation with them. Fortunately, I have done both and there is never a dull moment. You learn what works and what doesn't, both of which I experienced on this trip, and you will too! So keep your eyes and ears open. 

11. Eat. 
Pray. Love. Just kidding...kind of. Immerse yourself in the culture by sharing what is sacred to the area in which you're traveling: food. It energizes you and bonds you to the people you're with. This is your time to indulge. 

12. Maximize your time. 
You can sit, get drunk, be hungover, watch TV, and sleep in ANYWHERE!!! Take advantage of where you are and all the land has to offer. Seriously, you'll regret the things you don't do way more than the things you do do.

13. When things don't go right, go left. 
Planning can be trying, and as we all know, doesn't always go as you had hoped. So instead of complaining about what's not going as planned, get up and do something about it. Take responsibility for your experience. 

14. Explore. 
Duh! Don't let yourself become accustomed to the luxuries of resorts and hotels. Get out there and explore off the beaten path. You never know what you might find. ::wink::

15. Capture the moments that can't be captured. 
I'm obsessed with candid shots and videos. If you're one of those people who "hate" his/her picture being taken, I have three words for you: get over it! Someday you'll look back and wish you took pictures or videos of your experiences. You can't replicate the moments you wish to re-live, but you sure can photograph them. Save yourself the heartbreak and start today.

16. Say yes. 
A guy I met along my travels told me the best thing he learned while traveling was to just say yes. Hiking? Yes. How's this place? Yes. Catch the sunrise? Yes. When you place your authentic trust in another person/activity, I promise you you will not be disappointed. 

17. Love. 
Give it. Get it. Use it. Share it. 

Am I forgetting something? Post a comment below and tell me what you think travelers should know! I'd love to hear from you.

Keep smiling,


  1. This is all great! I think you hit everything. Most importantly, travel for yourself and to see who you are and who you want to be. Opening yourself up to different experiences and cultures will do that and you will soon learn what makes you happy and where you need to be.

    Thanks Britt! Cya soon :)

    1. I LOVE this Tyler thank you!!! I could not agree more. Can't wait to catch up soon!