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What makes a good traveler?

traveling around windy lakes near Bariloche

After (or should I say during?) so many years on the road, I have been wondering a few times what makes a traveler a good traveler. There are so many things you learn when traveling and even more things you will never forget.

Together with some great travelers (and my fellow bloggers) out there, I put a list of some  things that make you a good traveler in their eyes … or what you should be in order to be a good traveler:

Andy of Grown-up Travel Guide says: An ability to deal with very adverse situations and come away laughing about it. As evidence, my stupidest things post.

Sebastian of Off the Path says: Don’t be a tourist and stay in your hotel/resort. Be open minded and interact with locals!

Theodora of EscapeArtistes adds: An open mind, a positive attitude and a sense of humour.

Audrey of That Backpacker thinks we should: Be willing to try the local cuisine even if it consists of questionable sea creatures. 😉

Lola of Lola’s Travels stated that you should: be openminded when traveling somewhere new!

Steve of Back-Packer advised us: Be curious, don’t be shy and please: learn at least some phrases of the language of the country you are travelling to!

Keith of Velvet Escape after a bad experience with the Russian tourists said: Don’t think you’re the only one on this planet. There just so happens to be a few billion just like you.

Dylan of The Traveling Editor made it simple: Spontaneity. Serendipity. The unexpected delights in a way meticulous planning cannot. Self-deprecate your courage – celebrate your stupidity.

Jessie of  Wandering Educators adds just one thing: be kind to locals.

My funny friend Mike of Fevered Mutterings told me that you need: A willingness to be changed. If you travel and bloodymindedly refuse to change, even just a little, to fit the world you meet, you’ve missed the point of travelling.

Johnny of One Step 4ward sums it all up: actually traveling, not following the same beaten SE Asia ‘rite of passage’ route that everyone else takes!

Brian of The Travel Vlogger said: #1 can adapt and go with the flow. #2 laid back #3 tollerant of other cultures regardless of how annoying they may seem. #4 a smile. Oh ya! cleaning your clothes is a good one….smelly travelers are a downer!

Guys of The Family Adventure Project: The spirit of an explorer, the openness of a child, the resilience of a peasant? The resources of the rich would be nice but not sure they make you a better traveler!

Bret of Global Green Travel: Respect local cultures and traditions. Take time to immerse yourself in local music, art and cuisine, and embrace the differences that make it unique.

Billie of Santa Fe Travelers thinks: Be open to new experiences, spend enough time in a place to get to know it, be flexible, have a sense of humor.

Stacey of One Travels Far added just one thing: An ability to see the funny side in almost any situation 🙂

Tawny of Captain and Clark: An open mind, an open heart, and the willingness to make a fool out of yourself.

Bethaney of Flashpacker Family says her best advice is: A good traveller has to have the ability to spend time researching and making plans but be prepared to screw them up and throw them out the window and go where the road takes them.

Lindsay of The Traveller World Guide said that other travelers are good travelers if: they are willing to buy her beer. 😀

Dani of Going Nomadic said: Get away from the tourist areas and loose the guidebooks. When you get your nose out of the book and actually pay attention to the people and places around you, you learn so much more, and end up on much better and unique adventures!

Jeff of Go Travelzing said: Willingness to learn about new cultures and places. Do not expect everything to be like it is at home.

Izy of Without Izy made it simple again: Respecting the people and the environment.

Michael of Go, See, Write made it practical: No, wine. No, beer. Hmmmmm… I’ll go with being decisive as being the most important quality.

Kerwin of Cruise in Altitude: I listen to travelers. And drink the local beer everywhere I go. Also, knowing how to say in the local language goes a long way.

traveling around windy lakes near Bariloche

traveling around windy lakes near Bariloche

Personally speaking, travel taught me a lof ot things. Why I travel is obvious to me, and to many of us as well. But am I a good traveler? I hope so!

I think that to be a good traveler, you need to adapt, you need to learn from all the experiences on the road, both good and bad. You also should be patient (I am getting there … I mean, am I one day?) and not to take some things too seriously because even when you travel, you do fuck up sometimes! And Yes, there will be always things you will hate about travel too.

I am also sure you should get in touch with locals as much as possible and not to go only to the well-known cities and hike the famous trials. And as well, do not plan everything. The best traveling can be somewhere a local just told you about!

Remember, no travel, no life!

Interview with the best travel buddy Jason Montana of Montana the Explorer

crazy sexy fun traveler with Jason at Carmen Chocolate Hills in the Philippines

During my South East Asia trip in 2011, I decided to go to the Philippines for 3 weeks because of 2 reasons – Jason (and Mica) convincing me was one of them, and super beautiful beaches was the second one.

Jason planned a travel week together when we visited Palawan island, did some island hopping around, then I got my flights to Cebu and also Bohol. To say it was a lot of fun would be an understatement. Jason is the best travel buddy 🙂

The pic of us below is from Carmen Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines 🙂


crazy sexy fun traveler with Jason at Carmen Chocolate Hills in the Philippines

1. Who are you? Tell us something about you.

I am Jason Montana, a certified beach bum and traveler. I live in Cebu Philippines and currently working as recruitment specialist in a BPO company. Definitely not a home buddy but an outdoor person who loves traveling, exploring, food trips (but I don’t eat vegetables), crazy long rides, doing extreme activities that give me an adrenaline rush and of course beaching. I also own a travel blog named www.montanatheexplorer.com –where I write and share my crazy experiences while hitting the road, some destination ideas and travel tips in the Philippines.


2. What is your favorite place, city and country and why? (All three of them)

This one is difficult because I happen to love two places and choosing one is not possible for me. I’d go for El Nido in Palawan and Calaguas Island in Camarines Norte. When I travel and choose a destination, pristine beaches must be always on the top of my list. The fine white sand, the water and the sound of the waves made me feel at home and relax. I don’t know but somehow I can feel that I’m a sea creature on my past life! Hahaha

For my favorite City and Country, that would be Singapore. The city is so clean and the people are very well disciplined. I also happen to love how small the city yet very progressive.


3. If you could go anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would it be and why?

Definitely New York, USA and to be more specific in Manhattan! Hahaha. Though NY is such an expensive city but it has so many things to do and to see. I love their super busy streets, the restaurants, the bars, the museums and of course Central Park. Plus the fact that the city happened to be the setting of my all time favorite tv series and movie Sex and the City. That already convinced me that NY USA is my dream destination and hopefully I will be able to go
there someday.


4. What do you love the most about your home country?

Our unique culture, the world-class beaches and other breathtaking destinations and of course the People.

Jason at the beach - his favorite place

Jason at the beach – his favorite place


5. How travel changes you?

Traveling totally transformed me to become more mature and wiser in dealing life. Usually I travel solo and that really demanded a lot from me. I can no longer rely to my family and friends since they are miles away. That’s why I had to take care of myself and that’s a huge responsibility already, you got to be really wise or else everything will be fucked up.

Traveling also changed the way I see life. It made me realized that life is such a precious gift given to us and we should not waste it. We need start doing what we love and always pursue our passions.


Jason, hun, thanks for your answers! I hope to see you soon again and have those great conversations and laughs like we had every day!