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1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

What are the biggest mistakes you have learned from whilst travelling?

2. Posted by vxmike (Budding Member 64 posts) 9y

An investment in good shoes will pay off handsomely.

Last summer I hiked down the Grand Canyon and back up with a friend. In my typical frugal fashion I cheaped out and purchased poor shoes and my feet were in unimaginable condition after the trip (not to mention the horrible pain). My friend had spent considerably more $$ on proper footware, and the $60 I saved was in no way worthwhile. Still had a great time but OUCH.

Never again will I scrimp on footware.

3. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

God question Evelyn.

1. Never travel with someone who's not as keen as you. They will be like a dead weight around your neck that you have to keep pushing, prodding and motivating.

2. Don't worry about the small stuff. i.e. if you get ripped off somehwere or whatever, get angry about it, then get over it. Your trip is too precious to waste time angry and bitter.

4. Posted by anglosurma (Respected Member 106 posts) 9y

Vx Mike
i totally agree , i bought cheap footwear and ended up with bad feet whilst working on a farm, i will definately invest in some good footwerar next time.

+ Dont take to much in your backpack you end up lugging stuff u will never use for months.

+ never listen to people back home begging you to come home when travelling , even if you miss them ,
forfill your dream to the fullest first.

5. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 9y

Beware of Chang beer

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Along the same lines as James' reply...

Choose your travel companions very, very carefully or (preferably) travel alone. The best of friends at home can become ex-friends in a very short period of time.

(A ten year friendship disintegrated during a ten day roadtrip and all the "rekindling" in the world could not fix it.) :(

7. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

It is a HUGE mistake not to send postcards to the TP faithful!

Oh and watch out for "Black Russians" (the drink not people) in Prague - they can have devastating effects!

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 28, 2007, at 5:19 AM by Purdy ]

8. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Quoting Isadora

Along the same lines as James' reply...

Choose your travel companions very, very carefully or (preferably) travel alone.

Ditto, ditto, ditto.

Plus buy a backpack/suitcase that's comfortable, compact and easily dragged on and off trains and busses.

9. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 9y

I don't know if I learned this from past mistakes or not, but on my latest trip I learned that it really pays off to just say "yes" as often as possible. I've found that there is a comfort zone that one can get into that makes one hesitant to take local people up on their hospitality. Sometimes it just sounds more appealing to enjoy a quiet night on your own or to not be committed to something.

Obviously this attitude has to be taken with some concern for personal safety, but I know that specifically on my last trip I was presented with many opportunities where I could have said yes or no to certain offers, and making the conscious decision to always lean towards "yes" lead me to some surreal experiences that have produced the best memories.

Oh, and don't overpack. I'm hopeless in that department.

10. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

Quoting john7buck

I don't know if I learned this from past mistakes or not, but on my latest trip I learned that it really pays off to just say "yes" as often as possible.

Particularly to friendly blondes...