“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—/ I took the one less traveled by,/ And that has made all the difference.” So ends the famous poem, “The Road Not Taken,” by Robert Frost. Obviously, that poem serves as a metaphor for life, and it aims to contrast the choices that people make and the figurative paths we all choose to take. Avid travelers are the ones that are most likely to identify with this particular poem. They’re used to taking the path less traveled by, and that’s just one way that avid travelers are set apart from the pack.  

Avid Travelers Don’t Hit Up the Tourist-Run Spots

You probably won’t catch an avid traveler in any of the typical situations that first-timers often find themselves in.

They won’t be doing what everyone else is doing. They’ve already been there and done that. Avid travelers are interested in finding something new and intriguing to satisfy their quest for novelty. Chances are, the longer they travel the world, the harder it will be to find them. You certainly won’t find them in any tourist-run spots.

Avid Travelers Know a Deal From a Scam

And they know when to barter for goods. Just about everywhere you go around the world, there will be scammers and schemers. Even in the good ol’ U.S. of A.

Avid travelers have been around the block a time or two, and they know just how to spot these no-good scams—and how to pick out the best deals. If you want a truly remarkable experience without a mind-blowing price tag, just follow an avid traveler.

Avid Travelers Acknowledge There Are No Hard-and-Fast Rules

Once you’ve been around the world a few times, you’ll come to realize—like many avid travelers have before you—that there are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to international travel.

That’s not to say that there are no rules. It’s just that the rules bend and change based on certain circumstances, and you have to be flexible enough to sway with the motion of the ocean. Not everyone can get to that point, but if you try hard enough (and see enough of the world), you can get there, too.