1. Skip the Must-Sees

Traveler Mistakes

Despite its popularity with international tourists, some people simply don`t have interest in seeing the Greenwich Meridian Line. For some travelers, Times Square on New Year’s Eve is a dream; and for others, it’s an absolute nightmare.

Guess what? You don’t have to see or do anything you don’t want. If you’re not truly interested, then skip any supposed “must see” or “once in a lifetime experience.” This is your trip: you enjoy it as you want it.

2. Get Lost

Traveler Mistakes

We always want to plan out each day of your trip. You wouldn’t want to miss anything or waste some day. But for at least a few hours on every trip, try ditching the map and skipping the planning apps, and see what happens. All the best adventures are ones that are unplanned.

3. Talk to Strangers

Traveler Mistakes

Talking with the server who brings you your morning latte. Share a bench and conversation in a park. Ask a local about the places you cab visit. Smile at a stranger and see what happens. A new place is all about new people, you should meet some of them.

4. Waste the Day

Traveler Mistakes

Stay out too late and sleep in. Make the night before well worth it and miss a whole day of sightseeing and stay in bed all day long.

5. Act Like a Tourist

Traveler Mistakes

Acting like a tourist does not mean that you should wear a fanny pack or only speak loudly in your own language; instead, I mean stop worrying about looking cool and wear that beret in France; take the dorky photo leaning on the Tower of Pisa; trek for miles just to taste the best fries in Belgium. Don’t be afraid to be a typical tourist.

6. Ditch the Camera

Traveler Mistakes

Come out from behind the lens and do something new without the burden of documenting it. Instead of reaching for your phone and post it on Facebook, breathe deeply and fully enjoy a new experience or place by just being there.

7. Do Something You Suck At

Traveler Mistakes

If you are scared of heights, go rock scrambling. You can’t cook, take a local cooking class. We spend our whole lives avoiding stuff we are not good at. When we travel we get to try new things; most people look silly doing things they’ve never done before. You may suck at it, but do it anyway.

8. Forget About Your Loved Ones Back Home

Traveler Mistakes

Usually, we spend many hours searching for the perfect presents to bring home for everyone, including roommates, grandparents, and coworkers.

Skip the souvenir shopping and instead bring home lots of local treats, like candy, to give out to your colleagues, friends, and family. By bringing home food, you show your loved one that you were thinking about them.

9. Buy Yourself Something Useless

Traveler Mistakes

There is no need for explanation. Just buy something that you really like but you will never buy it at home. Just remember, you deserve it!

10. Dislike a Place

Traveler Mistakes

There’s no rule that says you need to fall in with love every place you visit. It does not matter how much money you invested or how far you traveled, you have no obligation to absolutely love a place and vow to return again and again.

To know what you don`t like is important as knowing what you really like.