Traveling In Nepal – What Not To Do
There are so many things to do during your time in Nepal, so many things to see and experience. An adventurous journey into this mystical land is sure to create a number of interesting and fun stories and memories to take back home.
In the midst of creating an experience of a lifetime, don’t forget that there are some things that should not be done while traveling here. Keep these 5 things in mind when you travel in Nepal –
1. Don’t follow an advice to a T –
Live in the moment!
Everyone that has been to Nepal will have some sort of knowledge they think will aid you in your travels, and will want to pass it on to you. All the advice given to you and the ones you read on the internet including THIS one should of course be taken into consideration. It will definitely help you, but it’s important to remember to not follow them to a T. Everyone has different experiences of their travels and might not necessarily be the same thing you will experience. Remember, you are not traveling to copy others, but to create your own adventure and your own set of memories.
2. Don’t be Ignorant, Do your Homework! –
Kathmandu Durbar Square, Nepal
Be open to new experiences.
Before you travel to Nepal, it is always a good idea to learn a little about the place, its culture, climate, customs and unspoken rules on etiquette. Also, it is very important to keep an open mind about the place. Learning how good or bad a place is might affect your experience of the place when you are actually there. So, be adaptable and make up your own mind about what you think about a particular place after experiencing it first-hand.
3. RESPECT Different Cultures –
Bhairav statue, Kathmandu Durbar Square
Respect even the quirkiest of the customs.
The universal truth is – not all cultures are the same. You are traveling to a place completely different from your own and you cannot even expect it to be a little bit similar (although most places are). You will discover and experience a whole new set of culture and values which you might not agree with or may even find quirky. Take for example – not eating beef, not wearing shoes indoors, living with parents and in-laws, cremation of the dead and many more. Do learn to respect the culture and beliefs of the people here, even if they don’t quite match yours.
4. Take Rest –
Have some downtime for yourself.
Traveling does not mean that you have to be on the move 24/7. Take a day to just rest, enjoy the atmosphere and indulge. It’s true, you can pack in more experiences even in one day, but you need to just sit back, collect your thoughts and look back at what you have seen, experienced and just how far you have come. Keep in mind your body is not a machine, but even machines need to rest, be oiled and maintained from time to time. Not doing this may result in you exhausting yourself or worse, falling sick.
5. Get out of your Comfort Zone –
A chitchat may end up in a snap with a local.
Bravo, if you are already traveling – it’s the first step to get out of your comfort zone! Just don’t get inside your safety net again, even during your journey. Many people find it comfortable to just interact with travelers from their own country or region, with similar tastes and interests. Don’t avoid the locals just because you think you cannot communicate with them – make an effort and it may pleasantly surprise you!
Wherever or however you travel, remember the journey is yours and yours alone, and you are creating a one of a kind story of a lifetime – YOURS! Hope these 5 tidbits on what not to do when you travel in Nepal helps you to enhance your experience in the country. Enjoy!