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Do’s And Dont’s: Essential Travel Etiquette Every Traveler Must Know

Travelling is one of the most exciting and fulfilling privileges of life has to offer. You get to do so much more adventures than you could ever think, you could go to places your feet cannot reach only by walking, you get to meet new people, and get to know their cultures.

Many people or should I say everyone is hook on travelling not because, they could have something to brag on their friends or have photos to post in squares – but because traveling is one of the most effective tools in enjoying life to the fullest. Might as well take time to read this simple yet a helpful list of the things you must and must not do when planning a travel.

Do’s Of Travelling:



  1. Book your flight as early as possible and as soon as you can. It would give you more time to save for pocket money and to prepare as well.
  2. Always make time to check your documents such as your passport, identification cards, visa (if applicable), plane/train ticket and etcetera to avoid delay or cancellation of flights.
  3. To have your documents photocopied is a must and if not, is advisable. Why? This is for emergency purposes,
  4. If you are traveling on land via private vehicle, you must check your car’s engine, especially the brakes, and the gas. You better have a nice and fit car for a smooth and safe ride.
  5. Check if you have enough cash in your wallet. So, you would know how much you would spend for adventure, food, accommodation, and etcetera.
  6. Book your hotel accommodations a week or not less than five days before your travel. In this case, you don’t have to cram anymore when you reach your destination.
  7. Have a thorough research on the place you are visiting; culture, religion, top destinations, and politics.  This is only one of the primary things you must do before your departure.
  8. Check the weather from the day of your departure to your arrival and stay in the place. Better keep yourself abreast.
  9. Check your luggage. This is important, so your flight wouldn’t get delayed. You must be aware of the rules and regulations of the airport.
  10. Check your toiletries such as toothbrush and paste, sanitary napkins (no boys allowed!), razors (for gentlemen), etc.
  11. Research and learn about their language. Of course! Exert some effort in learning even the very basics of their language.
  12. Check for the travel itineraries. This is very advisable because it serves as your guide if you can’t decide on what things you would do or where would you go. Especially when you don’t hire a tourist/local guide.
  13. Read blogs and/or public reviews regarding the place/country you are visiting – this is highly advisable in looking for hotels, restaurants, recreation, and entertainment centres,
  14. Search for the nearest hospitals and police stations on the specific city or state you are visiting. Your safety and protection must not go on a vacation.
  15. Respect the locals and environment of the place. Always apply the golden rule wherever you go, “Treat people the way you want to be treated”.

Dont’s Of Travelling:



  1. Forget your passport or visa!  (if applicable) Your travel wouldn’t be possible without these two. This would possibly cause a delay, cancellation or rebooking of your flight.
  2. Speak about political hates. This is beyond your limit if you do such a thing. Especially when you travel abroad,
  3. Speak about opinion on religions. This could be the most sensitive subject you could ever open up in a certain foreign land.
  4. Wear too much jewelry.  Do not show off your treasure because you’re not on a treasure island!
  5. Leave your belongings especially your gadgets, wallet, and important documents in the crowd.
  6. Do drugs. Don’t ever try to use drugs wherever you go. This is an illegal act and most of the countries in Asia have a severe penalty for this that may lead to the death penalty.
  7. Say no to new discoveries and adventures. You travel to expand your list of the things you’ve done in life, not to lengthen the list you rejected.
  8. Hesitate to try exotic or local foods. You are advised to get out of your box and try once in a lifetime experience such this.
  9. Travel or go on dangerous locations especially without a local guide to stay by your side. You are advised to explore but there are certain limitations.
  10. Carry a bag of cash around in public. There is no safe place, whether you only go there to have fun, the prying eyes won’t be tamed.
  11. Violate ordinances or laws in the place you are visiting if you don’t want to go home with foreign violations.
  12. Act lost all the time. You are more prone to prying eyes if you act obviously like a tourist – a lost tourist.
  13. Overstay in your hotel room. There is so much to explore and too much to witness. Don’t get stuck in the four corners of your room.
  14. Smoke everywhere. If you are a smoker, you are advised to keep in mind to be aware of the smoking areas before you light up your stick.
  15. Throw garbage anywhere. Wherever you go, please don’t do harm on nature. You must take care of them not litter them.

Travelling has lots of rules and regulations. But if these are too much for your eyes to read and your brain and mind to memorize, then keep these in mind instead – 1. have fun and do everything under the sun, 2. Know your limitations and always keep in mind to respect the place and the people of the place you are visiting.

Anyone can be a traveler but only a few can be a good and respectful one. So, if you are planning to go somewhere, better equip yourself with this little reminder for the sake of a happier and worthier trip.

Author Bio:

Kath Ramirez is a journalism graduate who aims to turn her dreams into her passion. Her love for writing started when she was seven years old, reading illustrated books. Writing articles, reading books, and dancing is her passion and she breathes into life with these. Kath is also engaged in exploring different places to stay for vacation or Holidays and a food addict but health conscious. She now works as a writer for West HQ, one of the best travel locations in the heart of Western Sydney.

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