Holidays are a great chance to let your hair down and get involved with activities which you wouldn’t be able to most other times of the year. That said, some things are more worth doing than others. Today, let’s run through five stupid things which you should avoid doing when you’re on holiday.
Taking items from hotel fridges
This is one of the biggest rookie mistakes you can possibly make when you head off on a holiday. The price of food and drink in the small fridges provided in hotel rooms is extortionate at the best of times, so save yourself a pretty penny or two by avoiding consuming any items.
We’d actually advise refraining from opening the fridge door altogether, with some reports out there suggesting hotels have even gone as far as to install motion sensor devices which can detect when you open doors and charge you every time you do. Best to just not go near them.
Not trying to fit in
While we wouldn’t suggest going above and beyond to act as much like a local as possible, it’s never a smart move to make no conscious effort to blend in a touch. This can be as simple as talking obnoxiously loudly in your native tongue, to acting in a very “touristy” manner.
The locals won’t hold it massively against you if you’re acting a little differently, but it could make you a target for theft if you’re sticking out like a sore thumb.
Leaving things lying around
It sounds like an overtly obvious thing to point out, but if you leave items lying around when you’re on your adventures, you’re going to find yourself have a very bad time. Don’t place your items down for even a second overseas if you’re going to leave them unattended.
This is a sure-fire way of losing any insurance cover you have on them. Placing your possessions in view of potential thieves when inside your car is also likely to see you lose your coverage. Don’t get caught out.
Staying in your resort
You’ve just arrived at one of the most sort after holiday destinations in the world. What’s the first thing you do? If you said check out the hotel pool, you’ve sadly fallen into a category of traveller you should probably want to avoid.
All-inclusive holidays are certainly good when it comes to thinking about your pocket, but they do restrict you from getting out and experiencing the natural culture of the surrounding areas. If you’re happy with that, fair play to you. However, if you came to experience more than the hotel bar, don’t waste all your time there.
Showing no respect for the locals
Yes, you’re on holiday in an exciting foreign destination – but that doesn’t mean you have a right to think you run the place. Playing loud music, causing property damage or just generally being disruptive is not part of having fun. Or rather, it shouldn’t be.
Remember, for the locals this isn’t some wondrous foreign paradise, it’s their own. Be mindful of them at all times and make sure to show them respect throughout the time you spend there. They don’t need to be unsettled from their daily routines.
Avoid doing these stupid things on your next vacation and you’ll find yourself having a much better time in the process.