Do’s & Don’ts: Staying In Hotels

Whether you travel boujee or frugal, you’ve most likely stayed in a hotel or motel before. While staying as a guest in a foreign place it is sometimes easy to lose sight of common courtesy or general “rules” to look out for. Here are some of our top Do’s and Don’ts for staying in hotels.

DO – Get a safe box, especially if you are staying for a long period of time. Most hotel staff will respect your belongings and room, but unfortunately for those few who do not, we need to take extra precautions. Most rooms come with a safe.

DON’T – Abuse room service. I’ve literally never rung room service. It is a nice luxury to have, and if it is offered at your hotel feel free to use it. However, keep in mind that the servers and hotel staff are people too and should not be treated as a servant. Room service can also be quite costly.

DO – Tip the cleaning staff. Depending on where you are vacationing, the staff may get paid minimal wages or less to work at the hotel you are staying at. For some workers getting tips could mean being able to afford their rent or not. Even just a few dollars can show your appreciation for their help and can go a long way.

DON’T  – Throw a rowdy party. You’re on holidays, go out to the club or a bar and drink and dance all you want, as loud as you want without disturbing anyone’s sleep. People are literally paying to sleep there and will be displeased if your shenanigans get in the way of that. The last thing you want is a noise complaint, fine, or angry vacationers.

DO – Try to clean up after yourself as much as possible. Whether I am on vacation or not I also want to minimize the amount of work others need to do. Things like making the bed or taking out the trash are things you aren’t obligated to do because you do not have access to clean sheets nor a garbage disposal, however, you can clear clutter, fold your clothes and hang your towels.

DON’T – Steal hotel property. It’s ok to take the shampoo, body lotion and hand soap, but do not take the towels, bed sheets, or anything else that is not up for grabs. Not only is this not right, but hotels do inventory checks after guests leave and if anything is missing you will be paying for it!

Agree? Disagree? What was the craziest hotel experience you had? Share with us and drop us a comment below! We would love to hear from you!

Do’s and Don’ts: Speaking With Locals

Like all human beings, you have good ones and bad ones. Locals at your tourist destination are the same. Some people can be super nice and helpful and you may even make a friend. Others can try to scam you for money, lure you into a dangerous situation or just being plain annoying.

DO – Use your judgement to determine the intentions of the person you will be speaking with. Social cues like body language and tone can be common indicators if someone will be a pleasure to speak with or leave you irritated.

DONT – Follow them or pay them anything without asking some questions first. You always want to make sure you are receiving services or products from a trusted source and you don’t want to end up with cheap or fake products or follow them somewhere and get lost. Always ask some verifying questions to make sure you’re on the right path.

DO – Try to use their native language (ex. If in Mexico try to speak Spanish). This will show them that you are genuinely trying to communicate with them – that little bit of effort goes a long way! Think of the last time a tourist asked you for directions in your home town and they made an effort to speak to you in your language?

DONT – Talk down to them or belittle them. Local people at your travel destination are people just like you. They may not speak your language or share the same culture or values as you, but you need to respect that. Treat everyone with respect.

DO – Ask for local hot spots that may not be well-known. You could potentially find some cheaper deals or explore a new place you’ve never even heard of! Again, always use your discretion when deciding to take advice or hangout with the locals.

No matter where you go you will most likely encounter vendors on the streets trying to sell their goods or ill-intended people involved in gangs or other dangerous entities. Don’t become paranoid by these stories you hear on the news, but definitely stay attentive and always use your best possible discretion to make the best decision. Conversing with local residents of the place you are traveling to is always an incredible experience. You can learn lots about their culture and language.

Have you had any positive or negative local interactions while on vacay? Share your stories with us below! We would love to hear from you.

Do’s & Don’ts: Swimming In The Ocean

If you grew up near an ocean or have swam in the ocean too many times you’ve lost count then I will not have any new information for you. If you have never been to the ocean or went once and had a bad experience then you may find this useful.

The ocean is not as big and scary as some may think, but it’s also not all peaches and cream either. I’ve learned some lessons the hard way (who doesn’t?) and also learned some great things about having the best time swimming in the ocean!

DO – Bring a swimming buddy along. Even if there are lots of people swimming in the same area as you it never hurts to have a buddy to swim you incase anything happens. Even the strongest swimmers can get cramps, get hurt or dragged in by an undertow.

DONT – Open your eyes! This one is pretty straight forward. Ocean water is nothing like fresh water and if you open your eyes they will sting, bad. If you want to check out the cool things under the water invest in some swimming goggles. You can also wear your sunglasses if you just plan on hanging out along the shore but want to avoid getting salt water splashed in your eyes.

DO – Be sure you are a confident swimmer before going too deep. The waves can be quite powerful depending on where you are and you don’t want to be in a situation where you are swept away or keep getting bounced around by the crashing waves.

DONT – Shave the morning before. If you are careful, ok go for it, but anyone can accidentally cut themselves or shave too close. I once went into the ocean after shaving my legs are oh my goodness it stung so much. So correction: Don’t if you might cut yourself while shaving.

DO – Swim parallel to the shore to evade riptides. These are caused when waves eventually create a narrow opening for water to pull back into the ocean. These tides can be incredibly strong, so swimming against them is not beneficial.

PRO TIP: The waves are the best part of swimming in the ocean, however like anything else you need to ensure you are doing things safely to avoid injury. Don’t turn your back on the waves, always be aware of the wave and size of the wave that is coming towards you so you can better prepare yourself. If the wave is at a reasonable height you can jump up to ride over the wave. If the wave seems too high for you to do this then jump into/under the wave and let it go over you.

Have you tried these out? Agree or disagree? Let us know and drop us a comment! We would love to hear from you!