7 already irrelevant tips for tourists, after listening to which, you need to do the opposite
Children are looking forward to holidays and birthday gifts. But these emotions modestly pale in comparison with the dreams of adults about a long-awaited vacation. It seems that for them the rest begins already at the planning stage. And it is rare to prepare for a trip without reading tips and guides. Well, trust, but double-check: these “unshakable” rules of the tourist have long been irrelevant. And following them, you will only waste time and money.
Preparing for a trip is sometimes even more enjoyable than the trip itself. The secret is that the reality coincides with high expectations from the voyage. And in order for this to happen, try to avoid the most popular tourist tips. No matter how solid they seem.
1. “All Inclusive hotels are the best choice for holidays»
A misconception that is most popular among vacationers from the former socialist camp countries. Of course, everything in this world is relative and will find its lover. If you want to spend the entire vacation lying by the pool, looking forward to the next meal, and not worry about anything – “all inclusive” can become a Paradise on earth. But it is worth remembering one feature: usually hotel complexes are located far from the city. So getting out to breathe the exotic air and taste the local flavor can be very difficult. It is possible that you will have to pay for an expensive transfer from the hotel again and again. And this is already a solid item of expenditure.
2. “Do not take the risk and rent housing from local residents»
Who in times of turbulent youth did not rent a house or a room from the owner somewhere in the Crimea? This still seems quite normal, but eating out for a couple of days abroad is not. But in vain. Of course, you should not look for “realtors” with signs at a busy train station in Phuket. But such a popular Internet service as Airbnb will surely save you a considerable amount of money. You can use it to find turnkey housing anywhere in the world. And often a whole cozy apartment will cost much cheaper than the most modest hotel room. A guarantee of security will be detailed photos, reviews of other travelers and a reliable electronic payment system-without “cash” and other pitfalls.
3. “You need to go to the main attractions early in the morning»
According to popular wisdom, those who get up early, then they want to sleep all day. Yes, there are many advantages to getting up early. But the opportunity to see the sights in peace and quiet, unfortunately, does not apply to them. In the tourist season, the Eiffel tower or Colosseum will be crowded with the same “tricky” tourists at 7 am, and the queue at the Louvre runs out just before it closes. And you just have to accept it. Well, or come exactly in the middle of the day: the midday heat usually disperses the most unstable travelers to cozy cafes and other places with air conditioning.
4. “It’s best to avoid unfamiliar street food»
Vainly. Street Food is one of the most pleasant (and delicious) features of the local flavor. And it’s also a good way to get to know someone else’s culture, and save a considerable amount of money. Still, dinner “on the go” is clearly cheaper than in a restaurant. The rules for choosing street food abroad are the same as at home: look for places where more locals crowd, and the “cook” looks neat. That’s just activated carbon and a pack of napkins is always better to carry with you. Just in case.
5. “Always ask the locals – they know better»
Here you can explain to a stranger how to get from the center of your hometown to a hotel with an unfamiliar name? Or, for example, are you perfectly versed in all urban transport routes? Here is and from local not worth wait miracles. In any unclear situation, it is better to ask Google. It’s safer that way.
6. “Money should be carried in a special “secret” bag or even hidden in underwear»
Let’s be honest: it is unlikely that you will meet a Frenchman with a badger or a German with a “secret” case around his neck. At least in the natural environment. For all of the above directly shouts the word “TOURIST” in the face of every passer-by. So these friends are much more likely to attract the attention of scammers. It is best to solve the money issue on a trip as simply as possible – with a Bank card with a low Commission. After all, there are fewer places in the world that accept only cash, and more ATMs. And even in restaurants, you can leave a tip to the waiters by debiting a small amount from the card. And if you can’t go anywhere without a wallet and bills, then carry them in your breast pocket. Never in your pants pocket.
7. “Duty Free is always cheaper»
This is a delusion that hundreds of thousands of tourists believe in when they are trying to drive carts with alcohol, perfume and luxury cosmetics to the checkout. Yes, there are good promotions in the boutiques at the airport and sometimes there are rare copies. But in General, the prices here are 20 percent higher than in regular stores. So if you want to bring absinthe from the Czech Republic or a new fragrance from Dior from Paris, it is better to buy them in the city itself. It will be cheaper.
We hope that any of your holidays will be perfect and will be remembered for a long time. But it is better to refrain from going to these 10 most dangerous cities.