Always lower your expectations.
What a morbid note to start on hey? Well it's the truth. Chances are if you go into something thinking it's gunna be the best thing ever, you're probably going to be disappointed by it. The less I've expected of a place, the more I've loved it.
Don't listen to other people's travel recommendations.
You know that saying 'One man's trash is another man's treasure'? Well that can be applied to travelling. Just 'cos someone in your hostel didn't like it, doesn't mean you won't. Do what you want to do and have a good time doing it. Which leads me too...
You should do the touristy things.
Don't miss out just 'cos you think it's not the 'traveller's way'. People try so hard to get off the beaten path these days that they forget just to enjoy where they are. There's a reason that the top 10 things to do on Trip Advisor are the top 10 things to do.
The Brits are a little bit ignorant.
So this doesn't apply to all Brits but it does apply to the majority. I have met a lot of different people, from a lot of different places and they all speak amazing English. I took GCSE French but that's as far as my knowledge of another language goes.
Plan but don't plan too much.
Book you flights in advance, have a hostel booked for the first few days but don't try too hard to squeeze everything in. Plans change.
Talking to people isn't as scary as I used to think.
I'm not half as shy as I thought I was and I can hold a conversation with someone by myself, without Jody there to make it less awkward.
You can't judge a book by it's cover. Seriously.
We met a chavvy looking lad in Queensland who looked like a complete nutter but actually spoke fluent French and turned out to be one of the nicest guys we've met in Australia. Lesson? Don't judge someone on first impressions.
Travelling is different for everybody.
One person's idea of travel might be two weeks in Spain every year, another person's might be 6 months exploring South America - And who are we to say that either of them are wrong? Whatever makes you happy.
It might not change your life, but it will give you a new perspective on it.
I've learned that 1) Yorkshire will always be home, no matter where I go and 2) that living out of a rucksack and sharing a room with 6 other people is NOT for me. I am definitely more of a flash packer. I love exploring new countries but from a base consisting of a nice hotel that has wifi, a pool and room service. Sorry guys.
The world isn't as scary as the news makes out.
The world can be dangerous, but it can also be incredible. Don't be daft, have a plan B and have your wits about you and you will be okay. Probably.