There are all sorts of unique and fascinating things to do while traveling. There are as many unique and exciting things to avoid! If you want to have the best time possible, you have to find a balance between the good and the evil when it comes to traveling, which may mean that you have to do a little bit of thinking in advance.
Some of the easiest things to avoid concerning traveling pitfalls include sleepless nights, drugs, dangerous areas, and the ever-popular over-scheduling of activities. If those are the only four things that you completely stay away from, you should be on the upper end of the bell curve regarding enjoyment.
For as much as you want to stay up and experience the nightlife during your travels, sleepless nights are the best way to be cranky and unproductive the next day. If you drink too much alcohol or caffeine at night or stay up trying to impress people, you’re going to pay for it the next day. If the purpose of your journey is to do things at night, you can be realistic and take a few hours during the day to get your sleep in, but being sleep deprived is no way to spend a vacation.
If you go to certain areas that are known for partying, there’s a good chance there will be drugs at these places. You can get a hold of prescription drugs, illicit drugs, and drugs you may never even have heard of before but are local to an area. How many horror stories have you heard of people that have overdone it or got in dangerous or illegal situations because of not enough control regarding what they have imbibed? Don’t let yourself fall into a trap that you will regret later, so be very cautious about drug use.
At any travel location, there will be known dangerous areas. These are places that you may want to avoid particularly at night, or particularly during some time when there is a tense event going on. There is unrest everywhere in the world. There is crime everywhere in the world. If you’re on vacation, find out where bad things happen and avoid them! The formula is that simple.
And finally, if you over-schedule activities, there’s a good chance you’re going to end up frustrated and unsatisfied. When you go on a vacation, you should leave some buffer time to go with the flow so that you aren’t always pushing to finish some preconceived notion of time management. Smashing too many things in a short period will mean that you don’t experience any of them entirely.