One of the most coveted perks at Travelzoo is the Travelzoo Experience, in which Deal Experts and other employees take advantage of the same travel, entertainment and local deals we publish to our subscribers and report back on their experience.
Before I worked at Travelzoo, I wasn't much of a traveler. The only place I'd been outside of the United States was a small town in Mexico with family friends.
But in my two and a half years with the company, some amazing travel deals have inspired me to go to Spain, Costa Rica and, last month, the Galapagos Islands off Ecuador. Before leaving for each of those trips, friends and fellow globe-trekkers gave me the rules they follow when traveling. They weren't tips about places to see or where to eat; they were guideposts on how to be an explorer.
One of the best pieces of advice for the Galapagos trip came from a fellow Travelzoo producer, who said: "Say 'yes' to everything, as long as it doesn't compromise your morals." Those words of wisdom led me to some unforgettable experiences: snorkeling with sea lions and sea tortoises, accepting an invitation to dance to traditional Ecuadorian music in a park in Quito, and posing for a photo while lying in an empty tortoise shell.
I almost said "no" to each of those experiences, but I remembered my coworker's piece of advice in those moments and changed my mind. Those situations became my favorite memories of the trip -- all because I followed someone's travel motto.
What are your favorite mantras to remember when you travel?