The right way to travel
more travel tips with jane of deluminators

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The Lovely JANE of DELUMINATORS is back with another awesome article about travel – this time about the right way to travel. Read on to hear her thoughts (and be sure to check out these past travel tips as well!)

– Rae

Something that I think about a lot when I travel is whether or not I’m doing it the “right” way. For some reason, there’s a lot of pressure to things a certain way when you travel. You need to use a backpack and stay in hostels, or you’re not a real traveller. You need to eat at the trendiest restaurant you can find and put that aerial food shot on Instagram, or you’re not discovering the city properly. The age old “traveller vs. tourist” question in combination with social media has left me feeling conflicted and, frankly, self-conscious about what I choose to do on a trip.

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Sometimes I’ll be innocently wandering through a museum, looking at famous artworks that I can’t see anywhere else in person, and there’ll be a snide voice in my head whispering “This is really touristy. You should be sitting in an overpriced café in that hip neighbourhood you saw on someone’s blog, even though it looks exactly like the hip neighbourhood back home and the coffee probably isn’t as good.” Are we really going to say that major monuments or museums with huge historical value aren’t worth seeing, just because everyone goes?

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But, on the other hand, just because everyone else loves something doesn’t mean you’re going to enjoy it. There have been times I’ve talked myself into going to places just for their high Tripadvisor rankings, only to be underwhelmed out of my mind and wishing that I’d saved my precious time and money to do literally anything else instead. Prime example: a certain ship museum rated #1 on things to do in Stockholm. I decided that I had to go, even though I don’t have any interest in ships. It was as interesting as you would expect a museum centering around a ship to be to a person not interested in ships. I could have spent my time better doing literally anything else, like wandering along the water, people-watching in a café, or hell, even going to the ABBA Museum (rated #8, by the way).

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Another bone I have to pick is the idea that to be a real traveller, you shouldn’t plan a single thing. If that’s your style, go for it. But I’m that type of person who plans her day out running errands downtown in my own city. If I’m going to be in an unfamilar place for the first time, I’m definitely going to plan my days. If I’m travelling alone, you can be damn sure I’ll over-plan on how to get from A to B safely. Otherwise, I’m just going to be spending all my time worrying about logistics and whether or not I’m doing things the most efficient way, rather than actually enjoying the moment (I do see the irony). Plus, if the best stories come from plans not working out, you need plans in the first place right? I guess I’m reaching a bit there.

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And yet, some of the best times I’ve had while travelling have been when there hasn’t been a plan. Like the time we went to Stone Town in Zanzibar; after dumping our bags at the hotel, we went wandering around the maze of deserted laneways as the call to prayer rang out. We chanced upon an amazing coffee house, the insane markets, and at sunset we finally made it to the harbour where it seemed the entire city’s population of teenage boys were doing cannonballs into the water. Granted, trying to find our way back to the hotel later that evening in the pitch black was a harrowing experience, but it was worth it. If you’re an overplanner like I am, I recommend leaving some time blank in your itinerary, and see where that takes you.

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So what am I trying to say? Know what you like, and do what you want. You don’t have to drop all your usual personality traits and interests when you travel. As long as you’re being respectful, enjoying yourself, and learning something, there’s no right or wrong way to travel.

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  • That’s the best travel advise! Thanks Jane :)

    -Christine
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  • Ron

    I think there’s nothing wrong with seeing places where the tourists go. After all, it must be worth seeing. However, after I’ve seen these tourist attractions, I love getting lost in the city and going where the locals are. I’m also not afraid to chat it up with the locals and ask them for their food recommendations or where to lose myself. I definitely agree: know what you like and do what you want! Great read :D

    Ron | Nearby Wanderer

  • Very well said! I’ve always felt like more of a tourist because I don’t feel like I’m doing “cool enough” things. But really, when it’s my experience and my enjoyment of the trip, why should I care?? xxx
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  • These are such great tips! Thanks for sharing!

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  • I agree! Also funnily, I plan my trips well, as well. I am rather well aware of how I can get where I need to get, than get lost :D

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  • I always like to have a mixture of visiting touristy places like museums and monuments and getting lost and wandering around a city. I always find Time Out guides are full of good places to eat that might not be the cookie cutter cool that we see on instagram, but are more authentic to the city they’re in. I remember eating in Florence surrounded by locals eating traditional tuscan cuisine. It was awesome!

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  • This was such a wonderful read, Jane. I don’t really travel often, but am looking at a potential trip with friends this summer, so I really do need all the insight I can get. Planning is definitely essential in my book. While some people can enjoy without a plan, I like to plan my days out (or trips out, in this case) no matter the case.

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  • I think I tend to do museums, landmarks, and places of historical interest (and high on TripAdvisor), and not really anything “cool”. My version of experiencing local food is usually limited to cheap coffee, ice cream, supermarkets, and farmers’ markets — not very adventurous, which I hope to change. However, wandering around and getting figuratively lost in a new place is great as well.

    Too bad about the ship museum! My sibling and I had a blast in Hamburg’s supersized Internationales Maritimes Museum (10 warehouse floors all about ships, every topic imaginable about ships and seafaring).

  • Great article, Rae. I agree that it’s often best to lean to the side where no plans are nailing me down. I love love love just wandering around, turn right here, left there, just floating with the vibes of an unknown city. I love watching where people go, right there on the street.
    But I think it’s good reading about a place as well, if something sticks in memory, then good.
    Have a good rest of the week.
    Cheers,
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  • I think we have very similar ways of planning our travels! I often overplan, even writing down which train I’m gonna catch, and also the times of my back up trains in case I miss that one, or in case I arrive early. But I also leave space in my itinerary blank, in case it takes me longer to do/find something, or in case I’m really enjoying something and want to spend more time there :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • Sophie Lee

    Totally agree with your idea on travel <3

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