The most important thing as a traveler – the golden rule

Each person that travels discovers new places, enjoys new foods, people, countries, cultures and so on. In order to manage to really have a great time, I think that there is a golden rule of traveling, something that can be considered as the most important thing a traveler should do.

This thing/golden rule is very simple, yet not used unfortunately by everyone – though it’s not available only for some people, but is truly for everyone.

Document yourself!

Yes, I think that this is the golden rule of traveling, the thing each traveler must do. Here are the reasons why I believe this is the golden rule:

  • document about the culture and you won’t be caught unprepared, you won’t make a fool out of yourself and, most important, you won’t do anything wrong. Different cultures mean different rules that one must obey. It is important to know the specific of the area you are traveling to in order to be dressed, to speak and act properly.
  • document about the money – national money, rate exchange, potential problems, regular prices etc. In this way you will minimize the chances of getting robbed – paying 10 euros for a Cola for instance.
  • document about the weather – it is important to know the specific weather conditions in the area you are about to visit. This will enable you to take proper clothing and plan your visit there better (to know whether it’s rainy and so on). Document about the weather prognosis in the period you visit that area – also for a proper planning of the trip.
  • document about local problems – be informed (the who has information, has the power). Stay up to date with the situation in the country, nearby areas, zone and city. You may end up canceling your reservation if you find out about fire problems or a mutiny, but this way may be the only one guaranteeing you remain alive.
  • document about the specifics – find out as much as possible about customs, specific food, festivals and so on. In this way you will be able to choose the perfect time for a vacation in a certain city and maximize your opportunities to view and experience great local stuff.
  • document about the touristic objectives – also another very important thing because by knowing what is there to be seen, you can make a proper visiting plan. You’ll be able to choose touristic objectives in an area one day and other to view in the next days. Also you’ll be able to find out what is there worth visiting – and proper moments of the day. For instance in Vienna the light show fountain should be visited at down/by night in order to admire the colors.
  • document about prices at tourism agencies or online – in order to make the best choice of an offer – and not to risk being tricked – you should have an idea about accommodation prices, conditions etc. You can find out many interesting tips and tricks online, you can read about other travelers’ experiences and so on.
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Document, document, document and than document yourself again! Research! That’s the golden rule of traveling! I always document myself before choosing a destination, before choosing a given period for my trip and so on. I’m prod to say that documenting made the difference, helped me better planning my vacations.

And no, if you document, that doesn’t mean you wont be surprised or have anything new to discover once you get at your destination. It means you have a good start and the opportunity to make the best of a vacation 😉


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11 thoughts on “The most important thing as a traveler – the golden rule

  • 2 June, 2011 at 19:56

    I totally agree with you. Study and research before traveling are very important.
    Personally, I consider them part of the journey, and one of the main ingredients. I love preparing a trip quite as much as making it! Because traveling is first and foremost a mindset…

    • 6 June, 2011 at 21:50

      I think each part of traveling is great: planning, the road and also the actual visiting part. A good preparation can save on a lot of trouble and offer the possibility to enjoy as much as one can in an trip/vacation 🙂

  • 12 April, 2012 at 03:14

    Thank you Lori for this very interesting study. I agree 100% with the statement that researching before any trip is the better way to enjoy the trip. It is better to spend time BEFORE and not during the trip making hotel and transportation arragements, deciding where and how to go, where to eat, deciding interesting places to visit…
    Time is precious when you are traveling, and therefore, it is also important to be prepared with safety issues like car insurance, if you are going to rent a car.

    There are some people that unfortunately do not come prepared and if they have a car accident as a tourist they believe are not responsible to cover any medical expenses, it would be a good idea if the check the following link that talks about their responsibilities.

    Tourist needs to understand that they are responsible for their actions, and they need to have all necessary precautions like car and health insurance.

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  • 8 August, 2017 at 13:54

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