For the past 15 years, I have traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad. The U.S. has been interesting to say and internationally has been adventurous. However, as I get older and become a little bit knowledgeable, there are five things that I will not do.
- Budget Airlines
The biggest thing to hit the airline industry are the budget airlines such as Spirit, WOW, or Norwegian. Living in South Florida where Spirit Airlines is based, I see the less than $200 tickets to the Caribbean, Central and South America. However, I hear the horror stories of delayed flights, long lines, paying for luggage, seats, air, and meals. My time and patience are so much more important that saving a couple of dollars.
The next great thing is hostels. The word already implies hostility. They are dorm-like housing where a night stay is under $50. I left college about 20 years ago. In my 20s, the dorms were happening spot on campus. I am now in my 40s. I want a hotel or an Airbnb. I don’t want to share a room with 2 or more people. I don’t want to sleep in bunk beds. I don’t want to share a bathroom with 10 or so people. I don’t want to sleep with my possessions in fear that it could be stolen. I want privacy and a bit of control of my sleeping environment.
- Cruise Ships
There is going to be a strong word. I DETEST cruises. Here is another analogy, I won’t date a guy who thinks traveling is cruising. It will not happen! Now before you judge me, I have done 3 cruises and I hated every one of them. There were times I wanted to throw myself overboard just to get away. Also, I was one of those people who drank the entire time to forget she was on a cruise. I understand that cruising is affordable and you can take the entire family. But do you understand, you see the same people for xx amount days and basically eat the same food. Another example, in South Florida and on Carnival, you can take a 3-day cruise to the Bahamas. I can get a ticket on American Airline and be there in an hour and spend 3 days exploring the Bahamas eating conch salad rather than seeing the ocean and the same people over and over again.
- Dating Abroad
We all know about “How Stella Got Her Groove Back”. Well, my groove is going to stay in the United States. I will not do Tinder or any online dating app when I am traveling. If I strike up a conversation with a man in a public place, I will keep it in that public place. My cautious nature just will not allow it. My nature will be thinking of the following: (1) He wants a Green Card to the U.S. or (2) a Sex Slave operation. That is not happening. My travels are for my enjoyment and not for a love connection.
- Traveling with a Diva
I have some great friends and at the same time, I know my friends. I am an active and adventurous traveler. You will never catch me at the Mall (i.e. shopping) and/or clubbing in a foreign country. I didn’t leave the States to do those things. I am not a person who likes to sleep late and/or chill in the hotel room. I need to explore and see what is out there. I literally have an itinerary of what I am doing from sun up to sun down. My motto is I can rest on the flight back home.
This blog is not about anyone in particular but rather what type of traveler I am. I can be a budget traveler but I will not sacrifice comfort and peace of mind. What are some of the things you will not do for traveling?
On point, this is you, you have so many valid points. I was cracking up on the cruise point lol.
I have yet to try the Hostel life. I have always wondered though if I went traveling from place to place if it would be something to consider.
good list up for all, true to the worth and the facts written here all standout. resourceful for all not just travellers.
I agree with all of these, especially not traveling with a diva. The perfect travel companion can make all the difference in the world. Keep traveling and enjoying.
I refuse to stay in a hostel – urgh I’ve heard too many horror story. This was a nice read. xx
I’ve never been on a cruise and I wouldn’t rule it out but it would have to be a very upmarket one with lots of food choices. As for budget airlines, BA has tried to go down that route and it’s a disaster
Yup, I tend to avoid most budget airlines. I generally stick to Southwest, which is sort of budget, but has more class than the others. Plus you get free luggage check in, which helps with the costs!
There’s no way I could travel with a diva. I wouldn’t have the patience.
I need to check out Spirit Airlines. The cost of airfare for a family of 4 is usually crazy but $200 is very doable. Great tips
HAhaha, I will never look at a cruise the same way again! I have family that always goes on these cruises and they tell me about their “Group” and recently learned that they pair you for dinner and that was their “group” they always talked about here i thought it was a group of the same friends that always went with them.
Such an honest post and I absolutely agree with you on everything!
LOL Traveling Divas! This is why when I travel, I tend to go off on my own adventures because some people really love to kill the fun. These were some great tips!
I like how honest you are. I do some international traveling to visit my family in the Philippines and totally agree with your tips here!
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