News & more!Escapes
My trip reviewsGallery
My travel photosPlanning
Toxic Behaviour That Can Ruin Your Travel Experience
Bad habits can be intoxicating to an otherwise enjoyable travel experience.
We all do them more or less. Usually unaware...
So, what are these toxic habits and how to get rid of them?
I say: if you travel, you have to focus on just that! Don't put anything else into the basket.
Don't bring your problems from home with you.
Don't bring your work either, nor your daily habits, mechanical routine-based behaviour, not even your toxic thoughts and beliefs!
If you can get rid of these toxic habits, you'll enjoy traveling a heck-of-a-lot more!
Source: © Morguefile.com/hotblack
Whenever I'm away, I focus on "squeezing out the juice" my travels and I scrap potentially toxic behaviour: whatever is time-consuming, effort-consuming, tiring and so on and so forth...
Some of the most common bad habits we have are associated with relaxation, fun, entertainment. And yeah, "why not do it, since we're traveling?"... Well, here's why...
#1 Wasting on Entertainment
Traveling by itself serves as entertainment.
I don't usually feel the need to find "additional sources".
So, when I'm away, I tend to focus on what's special about the destination I'm at and I exclude most of what I can do back home anyway.
It's the tourist's and the holiday makers' habit to seek fun and entertainment (and I don't mean to offend anyone), but that's not the way to go it you consider yourself a real traveler.
Why travel potentially thousands of miles and spend hundreds or thousands of dollars just to do the things you can do at home?
That's a terrible wast of money, time and energy...
#2 Alcohol drinking, spending time in bars, clubs
Most of the time there's nothing "special" about spending time/money and wasting your effort at a bar/club, yet many of us do this in excess.
I can't count the number of times I wasted nights at bars and clubs when traveling.
But these are things we can all do back home.
Apart from a few occasions when it's justified, you shouldn't do this. Instead, focus on "pure travel" activities.
If you drink and spend nights at bars, clubs, restaurants, this will backfire by draining your energy and its effects could be felt for days.
#3 Playing PC or smartphone games
How many of us have the obsession of playing all sorts of flash games, other PC games or smartphone games?
It doesn't have to be a real obsession from the psychological point-of-view, it's enough it it's a habit. And that' pretty toxic to do when traveling.
The internet can drain you too
We have gotten to the point where we can't live without technology. But technology can ruin trips too, it's a double-edged sword.
And while we all seek WiFi connections when traveling, using the internet is terribly time- and effort-consuming.
Cut out Facebook, spend less time navigating the internet or doing anything online that's not related to your travels.
But even if you're doing "serious stuff" like planning your trip with Google Earth, checking hotels and searching for local attractions and reviews, it can be overdone.
My advice is: leave the internet for the times when you're tired (like for evenings when you're back at your hotel) and withhold yourself from using it during the day.
I can't think of any other activity that makes "time fly" more than merely using the internet. And wasting time is just as bad as wasting money when traveling.
What is your opinion about toxic behaviours when traveling?
Feel free to comment in the section below...
About the Author:
Escape Hunter, the young solo traveler in his early 30's explores the World driven by curiosity, thirst for adventure, deep passion for beauty, love for freedom and diversity.
With a nuanced, even humorous approach to travel, an obsession for art and design, Escape Hunter prefers to travel slowly, in order to learn and "soak up" the local atmosphere...
comments powered by Disqus
As "Escape Hunter" - the curious incognito traveler with an insatiable drive to explore, I embark on slow and deep travels around
our beautiful World.
Join me and I will show you exciting destinations
"from within", through my
Travel Slang Dictionary
Guide to my personal travel slang vocabulary, which seasons my content...