How to be a traveller, not a tourist.

How to be a traveller, not a tourist.

At Just Boarded we think that, as long as we follow a few rules, travel is a life-changing tool that we can use to better the places we visit and to better ourselves as well. We come back home with a better understanding of the world and being a better version of ourselves.

Going on an adventure means that we have the unique opportunity to break down barriers, promote cultural exchange, and have a positive impact on communities around the world. So in order to have a fantastic experience, and get the most out of your adventure, follow our few rules to be the traveller locals love and not the tourist they hate:

  • Don’t demand places to conform to your needs but adapt to the local culture and customs instead. You’re not travelling to experience what you already have back home.
  • Don’t only focus on checking things off of your bucket list. The most memorable experiences usually come from unexpected things that travellers accidentally stumble upon.
  • Avoid big international hotels. Guesthouses and lodges are a great alternative as they are run by local communities or families.
  • Support local shops and restaurants. Fancy a coffee? Why not try the cute little coffee shop around the corner instead of going to Starbucks?
  • Learn the language basics and use them. Our team will send you a few useful phrases in the local language before you set off.
  • Talk to locals as much as possible, they will help you better understand their culture.

Indian women sitting and smiling

  • Don’t haggle over less than a dollar.
  • Ask before taking photos.
  • Remember to get off your emails and social media, and enjoy the moment.
  • Be open minded. Have a learning and humble attitude as you travel.
  • Remember you’re here as a guest, and this is a privilege.
  • This is not a competition but a personal experience so don’t compare yourself and slow down.
  • Be grateful for every silly, amazing, unexpected, breathtaking moment during your adventure and all the wonderful people you will meet.

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You need to keep in mind that the country you are visiting is someone’s home so as a generic rule, don’t do things you wouldn’t want travellers to do in your country. Consider your trip as a journey, a beautiful journey where you can learn as much as possible, merge with locals to experience their culture and embrace adventures… and misadventures!

Until next adventure.

Marie x

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