5 Tips for being a Traveler

5 Tips for being a Traveler – that means not a Tourist. There’s nothing wrong in being a tourist, but when you spend some months in a place, you may want to blend in and sooner or later, you’ll start feeling like a local :)

Palacio Salvo exhibition

Palacio Salvo exhibition


I insist, in case you want to feel that way! It’s not wrong to feel like a tourist! With the tips, I will show some pictures from some places I have been this year. Hope it doesn’t bore you too much!

Palacio Salvo by night, exhibition

Palacio Salvo by night, exhibition. This is one of my favorite buildings in the world!

1. Honor local customs. Learn about the local cultural traditions, so that you can speak and behave appropriately.
2. Buy locally made products, rather than imported souvenirs. that were flown or shipped, leaving a much larger carbon footprint and having nothing to do with the place.
3. Ask for permission before taking a photo of someone. In some cultures, taking a person’s picture is like stealing their soul – don’t take anything for granted.
4. Learn the language. As much as possible, but at least “Thank you” and “Please” are always very important words to learn.
5. Immerse yourself in local culture. Half the fun of traveling is getting the opportunity to step outside one’s comfort zone and collect new experiences, creating memories!
Made in London

Made in London – such a lovely shop, Mooch Gifts and Home in Bewdley – I bought the coaster :)

Admire local architecture - amazing house in Montevideo

Admire local architecture – amazing house in Montevideo

Important Square in Montevideo

Important Square in Montevideo

I love architecture!

I love architecture!


Sorry, I had to photograph this shop when I saw its name!

Sorry, I had to photograph this shop when I saw its name!

And what about this other old shop? I couldn't believe my eyes, the name! :)

And what about this other old shop? I couldn’t believe my eyes, the name! :)

Finishing Touch and Mood of the Week


Wishing a nice beautiful week with many smilesThank you so much for your sweet comments!

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50 thoughts on “5 Tips for being a Traveler

  1. Hello my sweet Denise!
    Great post!
    Love your tips!
    I love visiting historical places and learning other cultures and tasting local products!But it’s difficult for me to learn Dutch!They all speak English!!!😁
    I really enjoyed your wonderful pictures!
    Have a lovely new week!Hugs!
    Dimi… ❤️

  2. Hi Denise! First of all – thank you for each of your lovely comments on my blog, my dear, it means a lot to me. :) What about your post, I can’t agree with you more – I totally relate with everything, which you wrote in this post, especially in my opinion 1st tip is most important one – we have to honor local customs – traditions in each country are different and it’s always welcomed to spend some time to get to know something about it. What’s more, from different side of view,we also would like the tourists in our country to respect our traditions, so we have to respect the others as well. Moreover, photo of Palacio Salvo on night looks terrific <3
    Take care, my dear friend and I hope that you've started an amazing new week, dear :)


  3. Hey Denise – great tipps! In Dubai i Didn’t have to ask before taking pictures because we visited the typical tourist stuff…. but in general they recommend asking someone there especially if you wanna take pictures of a mosque or another public building!
    In Greece I always buy local products! I simply love them – especially Doca.


  4. Denise,
    I just love the architecture and in particular that lovely sign that you feature here. The town of Montevideo looks so charming and appealing!
    I agree with your tips and think they are very smart. Especially learning some of the language, or at least attempting to do so. Respecting the cultures is also a very important thing to do. Immersing ourselves in a new culture always leads to personal growth. Have a wonderful week.

  5. I like embracing others culture and trying their food thats what make traveling interesting and never compare was my mother advice everyone has something unique to bring and show about their country.

  6. Denise
    Fico encantada com suas dicas a respeito de viagens,tenho aprendido muito, até compartilhei porque são bem importantes.
    As imagens como sempre dão o toque só seu.
    Bjs e uma excelente semana.

  7. It’s always good to respect the culture and the territory that you visit when travelling. I agree with all of your tips and do this. There are so many people that travel without doing research on the country or customs. It’s too important to be missed.Thanks for another great post, Denise. I hope your week is going well. /Madison xo

  8. I love learning a bit of the language wherever I go – even a few words – it makes me feel that I’m somewhere new and it’s just good manners. Great tips Denise, and I love the architecture. I hope you’re having a great week xx

  9. Hello my sweet Denise!
    That is awful !
    I feel sorry for that, but there are mad people on the world!
    I could not find the post,if you can send it to me by email?
    I hope it doesn’t happen again my friend!
    Have a happy day and enjoy your weekend!
    Dimi… ❤️💐

    • Hello, dear Dimi! Thank you for your support and lovely comment! The post I deleted, so don’t worry, it’s not here anymore. But from time to time this person I mentioned invades my blog, because she is a bad spirit. I tried my best to help her and to give some good words for life, but she is just very superficial and a bad character. Well, that’s life. I am glad I keep my spirit positive! Hope you have a lovely weekend and again, thank you for all! XXX

  10. Cara denise, ma che cosa cattiva ti hanno fatto!!!
    Mi dispiace tanto, che persona orribile è chi fa dispetti del genere solo per invidia! Ma scusa, se la conosci, non puoi denunciarla alla polizia postale (o all’autorità che se ne occupa dove vivi) per hackeraggio? Lasciar correre una cosa del genere non mi sembra una scelta tanto saggia, visto che non sembra interessarle affatto…
    Comunque, riguardo al post di oggi, anche a me piace tantissimo cercare di immergermi nella cultura e nella vita locale quando viaggio, ed infatti cerco più o meno sempre di fare quello che hai scritto.
    Però secondo me questo si può fare solo se rimani per un periodo abbastanza lungo in un posto, altrimenti con poco tempo uno tende ad andare solo nei posti più importanti e turistici, che di solito sono anche quelli meno caratteristici! :)

  11. Thank you for your message. I’m recovering from my operation, I’m feeling better, but not well enough to get back to blogging. It will probably take me more time to recover.

    You shared some lovely photographs. Montevideo looks like such an interesting place to visit! The buildings there are so pretty. I’ve never been to South America….maybe some day. Uruguay and its capital are definitely on my wish list:).

    I do agree with everything you wrote. Respecting the culture of the country we are visiting is an absolute must. Without that component, nothing really makes sense. I swear sometimes I feel that a lot of people visit countries just to say they’ve been there- not only are they not interested in learning about the culture of that country, they won’t bother with learning anything about it, not even some trivial information about that country. I understand that not everyone is as interested in culture as some of us are, yet I have a feeling some tourists just don’t care at all about the respectful interaction with the locals- they feel they’re automatically entitled to everything (to special treatment at every corner) just because they’re visiting that country and that doesn’t seem fair towards the locals. Massive tourism isn’t my cup of tea either. But to each his own, I guess.

  12. Ay Denise! Vengo del post sobre el hackeo, me preocupé mucho. Te escribí un email al respecto asi no digo todo por aqui.
    En cuanto a tu post original, gracias por dar tan buenos tips. Lo de respetar las tradiciones y costumbres locales lo considero un must. Es como estar en casa ajena, uno tiene que moverse con respeto por que lo que está allí no es nuestro y lo debemos cuidar y respetar. Cuando estuve en Buenos Aires en febrero fuimos al Cementario de Recoleta (un punto turístico) y habia problemas porque un turista se subio a una de las tantas estatuas hermosas que están en los mausoleos para sacarse una foto, la estatua (ya vieja) se partió y cayó al piso… obviamente se rompió. Me dio mucho bronca! A mucha gente lo único que le importa de estos lugares es la foto nada mas :(
    Espero que todo siga bien y que tu blog no vuelva a sufrir más hackeos. Un besote!!


  13. Respecting local customs – YES I can never believe how many people fail to learn about what is and isn’t showing a decent amount of respect in places they visit. Absolutely drives me mad. Brilliant post xx

  14. Oh, liebe Denise, ich weiß, dies ist ein echter Post von Dir! Und ich musste gleich nachschauen, was “Malaka” heißt, jetzt verstehe ich, warum Du es nicht glauben kannst, wie dieser Shop heißt 😉 Auch der andere Shop-Name ist sehr verblüffend! Du passt Dich in fremden Ländern als Reisende auf jeden Fall wunderbar an und Du weißt auch, wie Du Dich zu benehmen hast. Das wusste ich bereits – vielen Dank für die wirklich guten Tipps, die Du hier zeigst. Ich mag auch wieder alle Fotos von Dir total gerne, inklusive dem wunderhübschen, auf dem Du mit drauf bist! Hab eine gute neue Woche, liebe Denise!
    Alles Liebe von Rena

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