BYU-Hawaii students said being open to other cultures and packing sanitizers and extra clothing are some ways travelling can be more authentic, enjoyable, and less stressful.
Kourtney Cole, a freshman studying cultural anthropology from Colorado, said travelers should avoid ethnocentrism when traveling. “Ethnocentrism is evaluating other’s cultures based on preconceptions from your own culture. Try viewing things from the perspective of the people that you’re with. You will be much happier that way.”
Evelyn Nichols, a freshman studying English from California, said, “You will enjoy yourself more if you’re more open to things. I had to forget about being American for a bit.”
Mairenda Silara, a sophomore studying elementary education from Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia, said when buying souvenirs, travelers should look for something culturally significant and unique. “I bought a special necklace in Palau, another island in Micronesia, and now when I wear it, everyone knows I’ve traveled there.”
Nichols added, “Touristy stuff isn’t always the best stuff. If a local recommends you a beach that was not recommended to you or you can’t find it online, that doesn’t mean it’s not good.”
Louisette Waiane, a junior studying education from Vanuatu and New Caledonia, encouraged travelers to have an emergency contact or phone number they can access in case of an emergency.
Brandon Moore, a freshman with an undecided major from Alaska, said to “expect unexpected things to happen.” He said he got stuck in a car for eight hours one time because of an avalanche in Alaska.
His advice for traveling to cold places was, “Bring lots of warm things even if you don’t need them. And always bring snacks. Snacks are important.” Waiane agreed and added it will help to avoid buying expensive food at the airport.
Tevita To‘ia, a sophomore studying biomedicine from Tonga, recommended travelers bring hand sanitizer and extra clothes. “It’s all about the hygiene. Bring extra clothes because you don’t want to smell like food when you get off a plane. Or if someone next to you needs extra clothes, then sure–sharing is caring.”
When asked about packing, Nichols said, “Roll shirts instead of folding them.” To‘ia also said to pack your cash, passport, wallet and important things in your carry-on or hand bag. Bekka Smith, a freshman studying art education from Utah, said other packing essentials include neck pillows, books, charger, portable charger, a form of entertainment, homework, chap stick, and headphones.
For plane rides, Waiane said to bring a pen and pencil. “When you get on a plane, they make you fill out a form. … I always forget to bring a pen and I end up asking others.”