How to be a good traveller

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Travel journalist and thrill seeker, Nellie Huang shares tips on being a good traveller. Nellie was Dabble’s featured blogger in Issue 5’s I Dabble In profile.

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A ‘Good’ Traveller–

Has an open mind and welcomes any form of adventure! I think this is quintessential to maximizing one’s experience while travelling. If you’re too afraid to try the local exotic food (grasshoppers!) or have qualms about visiting the Tannery (too smelly for you?), then you really might be missing out on some great stuff!

Respects other cultures and is genuinely interested in a different heritage. I have met many world travelers who surprisingly shock me with mocking remarks on certain traditions and customs they are unable to accept.

Speaks politely and blends in. You see them everywhere, the bunch of loud-mouthed teenagers talking at the top of their voices at the Piazza, the group of drunk Brits on the beach of Ibiza slurring loudly, they stand out like flamingos, and no the locals don’t usually like them.

Understands cultural differences and does not expect others to speak in her/his language. Many English-speaking travelers make the mistake of assuming that everyone speaks English too, and gets frustrated when they don’t. (I used to be one. Damn I’m ashamed.)

To read the entire article, visit Nellie’s blog Wild Junket.

 

Parque de las Cavernas del Río Camuy

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Yawning before us is the opening to Cueva Clara, the largest of likely more than 1,000 caves within the Camuy River Cave Park. Archaeologic evidence suggests these natural limestone caverns may have been explored by the island’s first inhabitants, the Taíno Indians, but they remained undocumented until 1973. A fraction of the system is open to visitors who wait patiently to step onto a tram and journey down into the natural wonder.

Feeling like a time traveller who stepped into Jurassic Park, we descend by tram to air that is thicker and mustier than the stuff on top. Fortunately, there is penetrating daylight in most sections of the cave and no one feels claustrophobic. The tour lasts about one and a half hours and is led by a local guide for a fee of $15, which includes the supplementary audio guide.

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Dabble Savvy: Most hotels offer packages to see main tourist sites.

If you’re travelling with children, a trip to Arecibo Lighthouse Park can extend the day’s adventures. The small theme park is well kept and its replicas of Columbus’s ships, the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria, remind you of all that history you learned back in school.