10 Things To Expect When You Travel

Hi again lovelies,

Can you believe we’ve started the second half of the year already? FFS… and still no sun – drop me out and take me on holiday already! ๐Ÿ˜– ๐Ÿ˜ซ

It’s already been over 2 weeks since I landed back in the UK after my lovely little getaway to Thailand and to celebrate / mourn a wonderful time away in the sun, I thought I’d do a ‘fun’ post about what 10 things I experienced as a tourist and world traveller.

  1. STARINGย – This has got to be one of my biggest pet peeves. Just so rude, yet so inevitable, especially when you travel anywhere outside of London. Whenever I travel abroad I get look, whether it be because of my black skin or my ‘unusual’ hair, I’ll get the polite stare – the one where they smile and stop one I’ve acknowledged it, or the more annoyingly – yes, I am staring at you because you are hella different and I don’t know how to take you -stare. Either way it grinds my gears.
  2. PAPARAZZI– Yes, I’ve been stalked my paparazzi… and by paparazzi I mean Chineseย tourists following me to get the perfect shot. To be fair this has only happened to me in Thailand, but, it was very weird, to say the least. I’m almost positive you’ll see a meme of me on Instagram soon with a couple of Chinese people.
  3. BONJOUR – Is it me, or can a black person on holiday not be British?! No one ever thinks my boyfriend and I are British. We, do however, get spoken to in French or more understandably – American accents. Very bizarre.
  4. THE DREADED CHAT UP– I’ve travelled alone before, which has just given men the reason to try and woo me. How lucky am I ๐Ÿ˜’? Yeah I know I have nice lips thanks, anything else?

    What has been the worst chat up line you’ve received on holiday?

  5. OVER PACKING – Ughh can us ladies ever get it right? For some reason, every time I go away, I have the most bags and the biggest suitcase, yet never wear more than half of what I pack. Nothing seems too short when you’re modelling it in front of the mirror #firstworldproblems
  6. MAKEUP – After deciding what the best CC, BB or DD cream to pack you’ll need another holiday. As much as I hate to admit it, is there any point of makeup on holiday?
  7. ‘TAXI?’ – ย If you’ve been to Thailand then you must’ve experienced getting this question on every corner. When I travel, I love to explore and just submerge myself in the whole experience. I know this isn’t how everyone likes to do things, but I’ve got two legs for a reason – ditch the taxi, let’s walk!
  8. The Sh@!*– Never have I ever caught the shits like when I went to Thailand. If you’re going abroadย this summer, make sure you take a pack of Imodium and paracetamol, you won’t regret it.
  9. ‘YOUR SKIN IS SO BEAUTIFUL!’ย – It may sound big headed but I get this a LOT – kinda like my hair. Followed by a soft stroke of my skin. It’s quite flattering to be honest.
  10. THE OTHER COUPLEย – I havent quite decided if I like making couple friends abroad or not, it’s quite a commitment, to make, what happens if you want to break free? Too much hassle, I’ll just stick to the boyf.

This post brought back way too many memories lol. There’s so many more experiences that I haven’t even touched on, but you get the idea. Have you experienced any of these, or any others, I would love to know your travel experiences, so let me know!


I hope you enjoyed, and don’t forget, follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat (RiRi9316) x

18 thoughts on “10 Things To Expect When You Travel

  1. The staring for me gets amusing, especially when they start having a conversation not knowing that I fully understand what they’re saying haha! I responded to them a few times. Their reactions are hilarious! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. ๐Ÿ˜‚ it also doesn’t help that I look Korean, Chinese & Japanese more than Filipino so they don’t know which language I would understand haha! Knowing Spanish & French too, it gets more amusing! ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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      2. Definitely! It would be awesome to learn an Asian language! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am! My bf & I are planning a trip to Mexico; much needed holiday for both of us. Are you planning on exploring more Asian countries?

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      3. Sounds awesome I’ve wanted to go to Mexico for a while. Have an awesome time! Not anytime soon, Im going to Dubai next month and hopefully Ghana near Christmas, but next year i would love to venture to Japan x

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      4. Ouu! Dubai would be so interesting! They’re really big on beauty/makeup there too! Hope you snag a few items ๐Ÿ™‚ Ghana sounds awesome too! Looking forward to reading about your adventures ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  2. Ri this post made me chuckle! Unless holidaying in the Caribbean I think most black people can relate to number 1, it is annoying though, I sometimes make funny faces lol! Make up really is pointless, except for brows and lips I barely used anything when I last went away and the sun does so much good for our skin, I don’t think we need it!

    Shannon // shannonkara.com


  3. Haha, thats comical! especially about not believing you’re british! I had something similar when I was working in retail. A man came up to me and started talking to me in French, baring in mind I have no relation to France – So bizzare!

    I wrote a piece about my pet peeve when commuting in London. Check it out at tootinghustle.wordpress.com

    Happy blogging x

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