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4 Travel Tips: Do’s and Don’ts When Traveling

Posted in: Cuenca Ecuador, Ecuador Travel, Traveling Kids

I’ve made good and bad decisions while traveling. Let me explain how to enjoy the good ones and avoid the bad ones.

  1. If you are traveling to a developing country never drink the tap water and never eat the fruit without soaking it in grapefruit seed extract. You could get very sick. Here’s how to filter your water.
  2. Don’t bring anything hard to carry around like a big toy. Trust me, you will get tired quickly!
  3. Always bring both good hiking shoes and sandals. You wouldn’t want to climb a mountain in sandals, and you won’t want to go on the beach in sneakers.
  4. If you are coming to somewhere like Ecuador, always have an umbrella. It is often sunny in the morning, and really rainy in the afternoon; or vice-versa.

Simple things can help a lot! I hope these few travel tips will help you. What is your favorite travel tip? Share it in the comment section below!


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Drew Haines is an animal enthusiast, travel writer, and content marketer. She loves to share her passion through her writing. She is the founder and owner of EverywhereWild Media, EverywhereWild, and co-founder and owner of JustBirding. She also writes on GringosAbroad and Storyteller Travel. She lived in Ecuador for 6 years and explored the Galapagos Islands. Currently based in N.S., Canada.

23 comments… add one
  • Yilliang Peng Feb 27, 2017, 4:17 pm

    Thank you for the great advice on what to do and what not to do when traveling! My wife and I often time being a propane tank with us when we go on long car trips so that we can barbecue, etc. when we stop. We never knew that packing lighter than heavier is better! Thanks for the advice!

  • Susan Dufrene Jul 11, 2014, 12:45 pm

    Really enjoy reading your info, we live in San Clemente and love it here, slow, laid back pace and the people are just so friendly!! Keep up the good work!! ((HUGS)) Susan

  • Ella Kenly May 9, 2014, 1:17 pm

    Hi! I am Ella. My family and I spent three months in Ecuador. We traveled to the Galapagos (one month), Playas (a beach town near Salinas for almost two months), and Cuenca. We were only in Cuenca for 4 days and didn’t want to leave. My mom saw your parents blog and yours. Your blog is amazing and very funny! I can’t wait to read your next post. I agree with your tip on “do not drink water from the tap”. I personally got sick and had to go to the hospital from a juice made from bad water on Isabella Island, Galapagos. It was not fun. I have been home schooled during our travels. We are now in the British Virgin Islands. We miss Cuenca and are hoping to go back there for a month to study Spanish. I can’t believe we want to leave the warm Caribbean to go to the mountains! Do you know of any Spanish teaching schools for kids in Cuenca? I have a blog, part of my school work, about my travels at Did I mention I am half Canadian (from my dad) and half American (from my mom)? Have a great time the rest of you travels!
    From Ella 11 years old

    • Drew Haines Jul 11, 2014, 9:13 am

      So great to meet you Ella! I love your blog – looks like you had fun here in Ecuador.

      I don’t know about Spanish schools for kids. Here’s how I learnt Spanish in Ecuador.

  • Barbara Mar 23, 2014, 10:58 pm

    You asked for input. I LOVE your blog! I think it’s great. If you had the time, I’d like the entries to be even longer. I know you have friends, schooling, travel…so this might not be possible, but I do love your stories very much! I’d read as much as you’d care to write. I’m going to send to my grandson. He’s 12 and I’d like him to see some of your stories. I’m moving to Ecuador this fall & I want him to be as familiar with my new home as possible. Thank you so much for your time and efforts!

  • Barbie Walker Mar 11, 2013, 12:49 pm

    Hi Drew! I have 2 boys ages 10 and 11 almost 12. We are thinking of moving to Cuenca from Florida here in the U.S..
    Do you find it easy to find other children to play with . My boys would miss their friends and would want to make some new ones but I’m afraid that it might be hard to find kids out playing like they do here.
    What are your thoughts on this? Also my boys are home schooled are you or have you find a school to attend?

  • christopher allan Jan 5, 2013, 10:20 am

    Hi Drew !, I love your site and am so glad I found it. I live in Chatham, Ont. Canada, and am also looking to retire ( some day ) in another country. Most probably Ecuador . I enjoy reading and seeing everything I can about Ecuador, to help me become aquanted with it, and your site is a wonderful way to do that. I always tell people ,dont be afraid to go some where else in the world, there are many beautiful places to live, not just Canada, and you bring happiness with you where ever you go . Thank You Keep up the great work.

  • Colette Nov 27, 2012, 4:59 am

    Hello Drew and Family, I enjoyed watching the video of your move to Ecuador, and followed blog after blog….enjoyed reading aobut the pepper spray and then found your blog with the beautiful sunset photo. I like your do and don’t post. I wanted to ask if the water is safe to drink in Cuenca? You mentioned the grapefruit seed extract, and wanted to be clear; is it something I should pack when I travel to Ecuador next year? See, I’ve learned about home-made pepper spray, water and fruit, and from your father (I believe) I learned about leaving propane tanks outside. I also think your family is super awesome. You look like you love your life and this makes me smile. Vaya Con Dios Chica! Colette/ mom of three boys, grandma to three girls (with blond hair and blue eyes and white! I will tell them your tips:)too!!!

  • Becky Humphreys Nov 13, 2012, 6:58 am

    Wow, Drew! The pictures are fantastic, this one is incredible- how high are you, compared to the valley floor in the picture?

    Keep up the good work- all your good work! We love hearing about the things that interest you and the places you’ve been!


  • hannah Nov 12, 2012, 7:44 pm

    hi drew,
    I loved your blog and thought it was very informative.

  • Marla Gross Nov 12, 2012, 3:24 pm

    Hi Drew,
    I am very excited to read about your day to day life in your Blog. I want to move somewhere warmer than Canada, and with a slower pace of life, but I feel nervous too! I worry I will miss my children and grandchildren. How do you stay connected with your grandparents? Looking forward to hearing more from you. Thank you for blogging about your experiences 🙂

  • Gail Kilmer Nov 12, 2012, 11:53 am

    Hi Drew
    Just read your new blog and I love it!!! An overseas move through the eyes of a child (almost teenager!). I have granddaughters your age and I know they are worried about their “Nan” (me) moving so far away on my own. Especially to a developing country. If I see your blog through their eyes I think they would like to read about your everyday life as you were fitting into your new home. For example how you communicated and learned a new language. What you did/do in your spare time in Cuenca vs what you did in Canada. How did you make friends and who are your friends now. You know, everyday life for a “Canadian” young person in Cuenca. I am going to send them your blog so they can sign up and through reading about Cuenca from someone their own age they will feel a little less afraid about me going there.
    Thank you Drew, I hope to meet you when I move to Cuenca in the Spring of 2013.
    We all currently live in Vancouver, British Columbia
    Keep blogging

    • Susan Nov 12, 2012, 4:36 pm

      Hi Gail, we are studying the costal area. I more concerned with getting some of our stuff down there. If we ship a container how long it takes to get it and how do you get it to the area we will be in!! To many questions still need to be anwered!! Did you go check out that area first how long did you stay,

  • Susan Nov 12, 2012, 11:09 am

    I really enjoyed read your post. Very helpful because we are coming to Ecuador in April 2013 for an 8 week stay. We what to check out the coastal area around San Clemente. We are looking to retire to that area. I will keep on reading, so post lots of good info!!!

  • Cheree Butt Nov 11, 2012, 8:30 am

    Hi Drew
    My problem is I take to much stuff. So I need to plan a little more. I always think I may need this and I take it just in case. Not a good thing when your suit case is over weight.I will be comming lighter next time. Thanks for your tips.Keep up the good work.

    • Drew Haines Nov 12, 2012, 11:13 am

      Hi Nanny (Cheree).

      That is a good tip! I think that one of the reasons you pack over weight is because you are always bringing stuff for us!

      Thanks for commenting!

  • Nana Nov 10, 2012, 6:04 am

    Good job, Drew. One thing I think about is what is the weather going to be like where I am going. Will it be hot, like Guayaquil so I would need light clothing or cooler, like Cuenca & I would need some warmer clothing. Looking forward to what others have for tips! 🙂

    • Drew Haines Nov 12, 2012, 11:08 am

      Hi Nana

      That is a good tip. When you come, around Jan or Feb, it will be like spring there.

      Love the comments!

  • Dena (mom) Nov 9, 2012, 5:38 pm

    These are really good tips Drew! And I see you’ve picked up some that are all your own – like #2, you learned that through your own experience 😉

    Love your blogs new look!!!

    • Drew Haines Nov 12, 2012, 11:07 am

      Hi Mom,

      Thanks! Yea, I wouln’t ever bring anything hard to carry again!

      Thank you for the comment! 🙂

  • Papa Nov 9, 2012, 4:50 pm

    Hi Drew,

    Great tips.

    My favorite travel tip is to start planning early and do your homework before you go, so you know what to expect, what to do and where to go.

    Our planning is made much easier by talking to the pros, your Mom and Dad. Now I can see that you have become a pro too.

    Keep up the good work

    • Drew Haines Nov 9, 2012, 5:22 pm

      Hi Papa!

      That is a good tip!! And the only reason I am becoming a pro is because I am always talking to my mom and dad about it.

      Thank you for the comment!

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