Dishonest people are always trying to take advantage of tourists and if you are not careful, it’s easier to become a victim than you may think. These tips will help you save money and time and stay safe while exploring the world. Generally speaking, these tricks will help make it a little bit easier to avoid unwanted surprises and get the most out of your vacation.
We at Bright Side love going on vacation and did some research on how to make it disappointment-free. We can’t wait to show this to our readers! Make sure that you check the bonus at the end.
1. Remember, free things are often not free.
You’ve probably seen the artists performing on the streets and some of them are truly incredible. But be careful when they offer to take photos with you, some of them may demand payment afterward.
Another common trick is done with “friendship bracelets.” Scammers say, “It’s free,” tie it around your wrist, and demand money. They often come in a group, and one of them is already trying to hold your hand. Needless to say that many of us would get a bit scared and would feel very uncomfortable saying, “No.” But you have to just say, “no” and don’t let them tie it.
2. Bring spares.
Spare passport photos, debit and credit cards, camera batteries — all of these things don’t take up much space, but can save your vacation from becoming a disaster in an emergency situation.
3. Stash emergency money.
Having a secret spot to store emergency cash or cards can be really convenient. And you may need it when you least expect it.
4. Meet the locals.
Meet the local people to get a feel for the place. Don’t pass judgement if their lifestyle is different from what you are used to. Keep your mind open.
5. Keep in mind, motorbike or scooter rentals can be stolen or damaged.
Renting a motorbike or a scooter can be very convenient on a vacation and most of the rentals are genuine. However, there are some scams out there as well and you might find that the motorbike or scooter that you rented has been damaged or even stolen, and now you have to pay for the repair or the whole thing. To avoid this, use your own lock, since the scammer might have the second set of keys to the one they give you, and choose a secure place to leave the bike.
6. Beware of jet ski damage.
Another common scam involves fast things like jet skis, bikes, or snowboards that are great fun to ride on vacation. But when you take it back, the guy shows you scratches and crack, insists that you are the one who did it, and says that now you are obligated to pay for repairs. Take photos of all the signs of wear and tear before using any equipment.
7. Take morning flights for less turbulence.
Most thunderstorms tend to develop in the afternoons and evenings, that’s why morning flights are less prone to turbulence.
8. Wake up earlier.
Wake up early and avoid the crowd. Morning time is usually the best for taking photos, professionals call it “the golden hour.”
9. Choose the best time of year.
School holidays are the only time for families with kids to go on vacation. If you don’t have school-age kids, consider going on vacation during the school terms and the places you go won’t be as busy. Sometimes it might be a good idea to travel off-season to make the most of your vacation.
10. Learn a few foreign words.
There’s no need to be fluent in a foreign language when you travel to another country, but knowing just a couple of phrases can make a big difference in your travel experience. People usually appreciate when tourists can say a few words in the local language.
11. Get an adapter for your electronics.
We all have lots of gadgets these days and each of them comes with chargers and cables. Before you leave for vacation, get yourself an adapter that will work in the country you are traveling to. It will save you lots of time and the headache of trying to find what you need when you’re already there.
12. Pack wisely.
Do you really need 10 pairs of shoes when going on a vacation for one week?
13. Discover a sarong as a multi-purpose item.
A sarong is a must-have for a vacation. Apart from using it for modesty by wrapping it around your waist, it can be used as sun protection, dust protection, a scarf, a blanket, a signal flag, and even a water filter.
14. Eat local food.
Follow the locals when looking for a place to eat. Normally, it’s much cheaper and you get a real taste of the place you’re vacationing in.
15. Read about the place you’re going.
Do a little bit of research and find out what NOT to do. Some traditions can be very different from what you are used to and you may do something inappropriate or even insulting without even realizing it.
For example, the OK sign, when the thumb touches the index finger, is perfectly fine in many countries but very offensive in Turkey. You better to avoid it when visiting this country, otherwise you may get into a serious trouble with locals.
Bonus: Get the most out of it.
The best tip for an amazing vacation is to keep your mind open. Try food that you’ve never had before, do things that you’ve never done, don’t be afraid to meet new people, and enjoy and appreciate every moment of every day to make your vacation the most memorable.
Which tips are you going to use on your next vacation? Or maybe you have your own tricks, write them in the comment section below.
7 Hidden Messages in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” That Weren’t Meant for Kids
Lewis Carroll’s tale Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland had an amazing influence on cinema, literature, and even psychology: movies and ballets were based on it, sequels and remakes were written. There is even a psychological disorder named after the main character: Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (AWS). This seemingly innocent children’s story was the subject of heated discussions by scientists of the 20th century and even Freud talked about it. The point of the discussions was simple: was the tale written for children or for adults?
Bright Side has read the book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Decoded” and tried to figure out which parts of the story can only be understood by adults.
1. Alice’s shrinking and growing is a sign of puberty.
When Alice ate a cake or drank a certain mixture, Alice would shrink or grow, and she was scared that she would disappear completely. While there were no actual reasons for the changes in her body in the text, scientists have 3 versions of what could have been the hidden meaning behind that episode:
- Alice’s body changes in a similar way to how it would change as a teenager during puberty. Many people think that Carroll showed the puberty of the character. But why this idea may also be wrong is because Alice is only 7 years old and it is too young to be a teenager.
- Astronomers link the character with the expanding Universe. According to one of the theories, the amount of matter in the Universe is constantly decreasing which will ultimately lead to its disappearance. Obviously, this is why the character was worried about shrinking so much that she would vanish.
- Other people see an indication of hallucinogenic substances, which make people completely disoriented, just like Alice.
2. The pig the character has is an English King.
It is believed that the tale is an allusion to the War of the Roses that took place in England in the 15th century. This time period was full of scheming, betrayal, and there were a lot of chopped heads — just like in the tale.
Assuming the guess is correct, then baby that turned into the pig is a member of the White Rose. And more specifically, it was Richard III who had a sigil with a white boar. Shakespeare even wrote a play about it where he presented Richard in a very bad light.
3. The smell of pepper in the house of the Duchess hides the smell of bad food.
The tale casually mentions that the house of the Duchess smells a lot like pepper because the scullery was adding pepper to the soup. But it may have been a hint at the problem that the food at the time was peppered a lot, to kill the smell of rotten ingredients.
4. Alice is Eve, who becomes a sinner.
The adventures of Alice starts in a quiet garden. It was an idyllic place, green and quiet, and that’s why it reminds many people the Garden of Eden. But Alice doesn’t take an apple, she goes down the rabbit hole and goes into a world that gives rise to incredible changes in her. This theory seems to be pretty logical: children are innocent but when Alice went into the hole (took the apple), she entered the world of puberty, adult life, and became a sinner.
5. Keys, doors, and caterpillars are Freudian symbols.
When Freudian theories became very popular around the world, the tale of Alice turned out to be full of gynecological symbols. The fans of Freud managed to see the symbols in the doors that were hidden behind the curtains, and keys that open these doors. Of course, they couldn’t have missed Absolem — the giant caterpillar that looks like a you know what.
Even though this theory has life, it is not very believable, because people can see these symbols everywhere if they really want to.
6. Walrus and Carpenter are actually Buddha and Jesus.
This is the name of the poem that the twin brothers Tweedledee and Tweedledum read to Alice. The poem tells the story about Walrus and Carpenter, that walk on the beach and call out for oysters to walk with them. The oysters go to the shore and Walrus and Carpenter eat them. Walrus then cries at the end.
There are several interpretations:
- Walrus is a caricature of Buddha, and Carpenter is Jesus. For example, the character Loki from Dogma believes this. The logic is simple: Walrus is fat and happy, so he is Buddha or elephant Ganesha, and Carpenter is the direct reference to the profession of the father of Jesus.
- J. Priestly is convinced that the poem is the story of England’s (Walrus) colonization of America (Carpenter).
- There is a more violent interpretation. Some people believe that Walrus and Carpenter are politicians that kill the masses — the oysters.
7. The poem about the White Rabbit in chapter 12 uncovers the love mystery of Carroll himself.
Some researchers see the reference to the unusual connection between Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell that was the prototype of the main character. Here are the lines we are talking about:
He sent them word I had not gone
(We know it to be true):
If she should push the matter on,
What would become of you?
This is one of the most sensitive moments in the interpretation of the tale. Some people think that when the girl was supposed to come of age, the writer was going to marry her, but for some reason he had an argument with Mrs. Liddell and he never saw the members of the family since.
Do you want to read the tale now that you have some new knowledge about it in order to find some new hidden meaning? If yes, you can read the original manuscript written by Carroll himself here.
What 20 Celebs Looked Like at the Start of Their Career
Celebrities are usually known for their biggest successful works, but most of them stepped into the entertainment world with smaller roles. A lot of them have been in the industry for so long that we’ve forgotten what they looked like when they first started. Taking a look at some of their earliest works is indeed a blast from the past.
Bright Side looks into some of the earliest works from certain actors and is amazed at how much they have grown within the industry.
1. George Clooney
2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
3. Keanu Reeves
4. Brie Larson
5. Betty White
6. Leonardo DiCaprio
7. Drew Barrymore
8. Tom Hanks
9. Scarlett Johannson
10. Halle Berry
11. Harrison Ford
12. Denzel Washington
13. Reese Witherspoon
14. Angelina Jolie
15. Johnny Depp
16. Jennifer Garner
17. Robert Downey Jr.
18. Will Smith
19. Nicole Kidman
20. Sandra Bullock
Have you seen the early works of these celebrities before? Do you know what any other famous entertainers looked like when they first began their career?
14 Examples of How Perfect Photos on Social Media Can Mislead Us
Most Internet users tend to sugarcoat their lives, belongings, body shapes, etc. And Instagram is the perfect place to post these kinds of photos. It’s a world of successful, happy people who take colorful trips, make expensive purchases, and boast perfect bodies.
Bright Side found some “behind-the-scenes” photos of gorgeous shots from social media. Turns out, believing everything you see on the Internet is never a good idea.
1. A 3-minute smartphone photo session + 3 magic filters
2. The king of the road
3. It’s all about the right angle…
4. A popular festival on Instagram vs a popular festival in reality
5. Support is the real hero.
6. A dog can never spoil a shot.
7. Slightly added brightness
8. When summer starts, we see it on every other Instagram account.
9. The process of making up always finishes the same way.
10. Unicorns can be insidious.
11. Everyone wants a photo in a lavender field.
12. Bright cities in photos might not be as bright in real life.
13. Aboard a private jet
14. A fashionable breakfast
Do you edit your photos on social media to try to look better? We’d be happy to hear from you in the comments!
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