My biggest regret is that I never studied overseas while I was at university. So continuing on with question #4 of 6 in my series on reader travel experiences, this installment’s question is about your biggest travel regret.
It seems that most people regret not starting earlier or not going longer. Besides those two responses, here are some others:
“Sometimes I feel I have tried to do too much while traveling and that I don’t allow myself to immerse myself into the culture, or sometimes I become too lazy that I find I don’t really do enough to get a feel of the place.” – Rob
“Missing out on hiking Franz Josef glacier in NZ.” – Crystal
“My biggest travel regret was my first trip to Europe 12 years ago. I hired a car and did the grand tour of Europe, six countries in 20 days. Spent the vast majority of the time on motorways, trying to make the next destination. Saw next to nothing except European motorways.” – Rod
“I’ve been around Southeast Asia three times and never been to the Philippines! I’ve also been to Indonesia three times and never visited Sumatra! I’ll be going, though!” – Slice
“Not studying abroad. I didn’t start traveling until I was 22. I wish I started at 18 or sooner.” – Mike
“I would not have pre-booked a package of flights. Although I may have saved a bit of money, I sometimes wonder how my path may have veered more from my original plan if I wasn’t thinking about those future flights.” – Stephanie
“My biggest regret is coming back to the US and letting myself get sucked in and stuck too long. Now I have to dismantle my life, job, and responsibilities and try to be free again.” – Niki
“Allotting two or three days to cities that deserve weeks.”- Allie
“That I didn’t discover budget airlines sooner! I used to think Expedia was the only website you could book flights on and that if they didn’t show a certain airline, it simply didn’t exist. Boy, was I wrong!” – Tom
“Not getting postcards in every city!” – Krisan
“Delaware.” – Erin
“Not traveling earlier in life. I didn’t start until I was 45, and can kick myself in the a** for not doing it sooner. The excuses ‘I can’t afford it,’ ‘I don’t know the language,’ and ‘Screw the French’ were just so wrong!” – Terry
“Not getting the names or contact information of people I’ve met along the way.” – Kerra
“I wish I would have stepped outside my comfort zone a little more while I was on my first trip. I also wish I would have tried more local food, but I was on a strict budget. Looking back, I would have gladly paid a few extra hundred dollars to experience that part of the local culture.” – James
“Not studying abroad in college when I had the chance. The thought of going away on my own to a foreign country for several months (and leaving behind my boyfriend, now husband) was just too frightening for me at the time. I also regret not traveling for a few months after college. For some reason I was so quick to want a job and be in the real world. Now I’m not sure why I was in such a hurry!” – Emily
“Not starting taking advantage of all that free time I had during college to travel more.” – Courtney
“My biggest travel regret is focusing too much on the ‘sights’ and forgetting to interact with locals and fellow travelers. I’ve realized that the people you meet on the road are always the ones that make the trip worthwhile.”- Plif
“Running out of money.” – James Clark
“Not taking advantage of all the work visas available to travelers when I was younger.” – Audrey
“My biggest travel regret is the same, every time: going home. This time, I’m not going to do it!” – Alex
I asked my readers a series of six questions about travel. Read their answers to the other five intriguing questions:
Why did you start traveling?
What is your greatest travel memory?
What’s the one item you can’t travel without?
What’s the worst thing that has happened to you?
What advice would you give to new travelers?