Bert’s Personal Guidelines for Travel

Bert’s Personal Guidelines for Travel

I know a lot of travelers have very spontaneous personalities… not me. I have a set of guidelines for travel that I follow. Actually I have guidelines that I follow in almost all the important areas in my life (travel, health, relationships, etc) and I believe that most other’s do also – perhaps you call them morals – so I guess these are like my morals for travel (although they are not really morals).

Update September 2016: I had an “aha” moment recently and no longer follow these guidelines.

I treat these guidelines for travel in the same way that I treat all of my guidelines in life. I follow them most of the time, but I do not let them get in the way. Everything is flexible and I update/change them as I feel.

I find that having guidelines in life has many benefits, the major ones being:

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Bert’s Personal Guidelines for Travel

The guidelines are broken down into various areas.

Daily Schedule


Breakfast – Protein (e.g. eggs), two serves of fruit, green tea with clove oil, spirulina and chlorella.

Dinner – Include lots of dark green and brightly colored vegetables.

During the day – Try local foods.

Stick to good nutrition guidelines.

Never spend more than $20usd a day on food (preferably $10usd).


Ideal accommodation will have the following characteristics, with 1 being the most important and 5 being the least.

  • Maximum of $30usd/night (preferably much less).
  • Decent location.
  • Internet.
  • Private.
  • Hot water.
  • On-suite bathroom.

Basically I just book the cheapest private accommodation that is in a decent location.

Upon arrival of accommodation take a stroll around the block to get your bearings. Note buses, food etc.

Guidelines for travel - accommodation


  • Favor free attractions.
  • Only pay for an attraction if I would dedicate a whole blog post to it.

Guidelines for travel - sightseeing - stonhenge


If there is no rush to get from one place to another, never spend over 4 hours on a single journey.

If it is too far to walk take public transport – I very seldom take private transport (such as a taxi).

Give yourself plenty of time to play with, at least 30 minutes spare. (because things go wrong and time lessens stress)


Please see this post to learn about how I budget for long term travel.

Working Schedule

Since I earn a living with this blog it means I have to find time to actually do work whilst travelling. Actually this isn’t so hard, it just means I favor slow travel. A free day means I won’t actually travel or schedule any sightseeing. Basically I use it to work.

  • Every Sunday is a free day.
  • 1st and 2nd of the month are free days, which can be combined with a Sunday free day.
  • Extra half day after every destination to post blogs for that destination.

Do you have any of your own personal guidelines for travel? Share them in the comments 😀 .

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