While I certainly don't constitute a travel expert, I do suppose that I could proffer a few tips nonetheless.
- When travelling overseas, never let Harry Long pack your luggage, nor anywhere near it, really. You may find yourself on the wrong end of a police interrogation.
- When travelling to a place where the primary language is unfamiliar, try to pick up a few local words before you go. It's amazing how far little pleasantries such as "hello," "please," and "thank you" can be.
- Although dedicated sites and locations are always amazing, many of the most incredible opportunities when travelling are transient. Try to find out some local festivals or events that may be unfolding while you're in town, or better yet ask locals if they know of any events to experience. Many of the most amazing things you'll see will be time-sensitive, and once they're over, they're gone forever. Do your best to find these things and participate!
One of the most beautiful things I experienced during my time in South Korea was the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Occuring every spring as the trees first bloom, most of Seoul lies awash with the delicate cherry petals. The best viewing, though, (if you can manage the crowds) is to be found on the island of Yeouido in Han River. Home to the South Korean central government, the entire governmental complex is planted with massive cherry trees, and as they bloom, the entire atmosphere comes alive with the wonderful scents and almost surrealistic landscapes of the vibrant blossoms.