Bunny’s Travel Principles

Bunny is a seasoned traveler (100 countries and counting) so she has learned a few things along the way, mostly through trial and error. Here are her most important travel principles.


1. Never Book a Hotel Without First Checking the Reviews on TripAdvisor


TripAdvisor is Bunny’s travel bible. She would not even dream of booking a hotel or tour without first checking the reviews on TripAdvisor.


Hotel and travel company websites can be so misleading. You should expect that they toot they own horn and bend the truth to their advantage. You should make sure you don’t fall victim to their little lies. 


This is where independent review sites come in handy, be it TripAdvisor or similar sites. A sample of random people’s opinions about a place or service is almost always more reliable than believing the hype on the business’ own website, Bunny says.


Glossy online professional photos should also be taken with a (big) grain of salt. When even ordinary people can do wonders with wide-angle lenses, filters and clever points of view, just imagine what the real professional can master. Swiping through reviewer photos on TripAdvisor is always a good reality check if something looks too good to be true.

2. Avoid Children


Bunny is not a particularly child-friendly animal. Over the years, she has noticed that everyone is better off if Bunny stays in establishments that are meant for adults only. And no, she doesn’t mean brothels, but rather hotels and guest houses that cater specifically for the adult folk. Bunny is a great supporter of this segregation!


Life with children is very different, Bunny says from her experience of rearing precisely zero offspring. In today’s world, where people crave for more and more individual, personally tailored experiences, why would they have to suffer someone else’s children? The tantrums, the screaming, the hustle, even the happy laughter of children can set Bunny off. (She may be a hater but at least she is upfront about it). So Bunny very much welcomes and embraces establishments geared towards adult guests only.

Image of Como Shambhala Estate
Image of Bunny at Casa Angelina


Image of Bunny in a pool

Bunny enjoying child-free havens in Bali, Amalfi coast and Mayan Riviera in Mexico

"Almost no experience is great enough to brave awful crowds"

3. Avoid Crowds


Bunny HATES crowds. Almost no experience is great enough to brave awful crowds, Bunny says. She makes an exception for the odd Metallica gig but, otherwise, this is a pretty solid principle.


Bunny cannot appreciate experiencing anything if 3000 Chinese tourists are breathing down her neck doing the same thing at the same time.


Being an anti-social little rabbit, Bunny almost wrote this travel principle as “avoid people” but she does have some tolerance for human kind. She is not one to travel to make new friends, to have delightful talks with local tribesmen or to learn about new cultures by doing crafts with friendly villagers but she is not totally opposed to a little chat with an exotic stranger every now and then.


Bunny HATES crowds. Almost no experience is great enough to brave awful crowds, Bunny says. She makes an exception for the odd Metallica gig but, otherwise, this is a pretty solid principle.


Bunny cannot appreciate experiencing anything if 3000 Chinese tourists are breathing down her neck doing the same thing at the same time.


Being an anti-social little rabbit, Bunny almost wrote this travel principle as “avoid people” but she does have some tolerance for human kind. She is not one to travel to make new friends, to have delightful talks with local tribesmen or to learn about new cultures by doing crafts with villagers but she is not totally opposed to a little chat with an exotic stranger every now and then.


4. Use Your Money Smartly


Bunny’s travelling is all about smart luxury. She loves her luxuries but she is not exactly a millionaire, so she has to work hard to stretch her pennies as far as her imagination. This is why she carefully compares prices and offers before actually booking anything. 


One of Bunny’s pet peeves is having to pay a lot of extra for food, drink or services when staying in high-end establishments. To avoid these kinds of ripoffs, Bunny is known to organise in-room picnics even in the most distinguished hotels of the world.


Bunny is also a big fan of various loyalty programs, be it for airlines, hotel chains or something else. Every time she books something, Bunny thinks how that could translate into miles or loyalty points in any of the programs she subscribes to. It does pay off when you do this consistently.

Image of SLH hotel in Morocco


Image of Bunny at hotel Gotham in Manchester, UK


Image of Bunny in Singapore SLH hotel


Bunny enjoying life at La Sultana in Marrakech, Hotel Gotham in Manchester and Naomi in Singapore.

5. Avoid Travel in High Season


This should be a no-brainer but unfortunately many people are still tied to official holidays. Only a fool travels at Christmas, New Year or Easter time, unless unavoidable. If you need to travel at a peak time, try and pick a destination that is unusual for that time of the year, or book waaay in advance.


If you want to dive with whale sharks and there is only one season to do so, by all means, go for it. If you want to experience New York, don’t be an idiot and go at New Year - unless you specifically want to see that ball drop (cheese alert).


Some of Bunny’s best travel experiences have happened in weird places at weird times. You should try it.

6. Make the Most of Your Leave Days


Bunny is no longer tied to an office desk (yeah), but she has retained some of the travel habits derived from the times when leave days were scarce and every second counted. For Bunny, this means maximising your time at the destination.


Yes, this often means early-morning flights, overnight trains, returning home after midnight and going to the office the next morning with only three hours of sleep. You will be miserable, but if you are anything like Bunny, you would be miserable returning to work after a wonderful holiday anyway. What’s the big deal? It is better to spend an extra half day in paradise or on an adventure than to be well-rested for work.


There is nothing more precious than time, Bunny says. Make sure you spend the bulk of it somewhere worthwhile.

Image of Grand Cayman
Image of Bahamas
Image of Grenada

Wouldn't you rather spend an extra half day in one these places than in the office?

"there is nothing more precious than time"

7. Do Your Research


Bunny likes to be in control of things that she can control. That is why she does a lot of research into her travels. There is nothing more empowering than knowledge. So, Bunny reads everything about her travel destinations in advance, what to do, where to stay, where to eat, and what to skip. 


She pours over reviews, blogs and online discussion forums before she makes any important decisions about her travel. She doesn’t always get it 100% right but at least she knows she has worked very hard to create the best travel experience possible. And if and when things go wrong, there is only one person to blame: Mr. Bunny! 


Bunny also has the habit of reading fiction either about the place she visits or by an author hailing from that place. She much prefers getting the feel of the place from novels than from actually talking to the people living there. Welcome to the anti-social travel blog!

8. Pay Extra for Comfort


Although Bunny is oftentimes a budget-conscious traveller, she has no trouble shelling out some extra bills if it will bring her extra comfort or help her avoid the dreaded queueing or crowds. 


She is known to take taxis when the local bus route seems exhaustingly complicated or time-consuming. She is happy to buy tickets to attractions in advance online, perhaps even opting for an upgraded experience where available. She loves small, custom-made tours instead of joining bigger groups of (inevitably) annoying tourists.


Yes, these experiences cost more but they are also worth every penny Bunny decides to invest for the purpose. Cheaper is not always, or even often, better, Bunny says. There is a time to save money, and there is a time to enjoy yourself to the fullest.

Image of Bunny at the Blue Lagoon
Image of breakfast in bed
Image of Bunny in Tulum

Bunny's exclusive experiences in Blue Lagoon in Iceland, London and Tulum, Mexico

9. Take Lots of Pictures


Bunny is not a big souvenir buyer. In fact, she often returns from her travels completely empty-handed. Pictures are her souvenirs. She rarely goes anywhere without her camera, or at the very least, her iPhone in her paws. You never know when the perfect picture opportunity will present itself. 


Photos also serve as great reminders of what Bunny has seen, where she has visited and what she has done. Bunny’s memory is not what it used to be, so it is good not to rely too much on the failing memory alone…

10. Wake Up Early


OK, let’s start with a confession: this is not Bunny’s forte. It is really more of a goal than reality. But that said, every time Bunny manages to drag her bones out of bed at the crack of dawn, wonderful things happen! There are gorgeous sunrises, magical crowd-free experiences at popular sites, amazing light for photography, active wildlife in search of their first prey, quiet and tranquil streets, an exhilarating feeling of being out there, doing things, living to the fullest. 


Bunny is definitely making an effort to be an early-riser every single day of her travels - it’s just so damn hard to leave the delicious bed sometimes…

Image of Bunny paw prints

Bunny is a seasoned traveler (90+ countries so far) so she has learned a few things along the way, mostly through trial and error. Here are her most important travel principles.



  1. Never Book a Hotel Without First Checking the Reviews on TripAdvisor


TripAdvisor is Bunny’s travel bible. She would not even dream of booking a hotel or tour without first checking the reviews on TripAdvisor.


Hotel and travel company websites can be so misleading. You should expect that they toot they own horn and bend the truth to their advantage. You should make sure you don’t fall victim to their little lies. 


This is where independent review sites come in handy, be it TripAdvisor or similar sites. A sample of random people’s opinions about a place or service is almost always more reliable than believing the hype on the business’ own website, Bunny says.


Glossy online professional photos should also be taken with a (grain) of salt. When even ordinary people can do wonders with wide-angle lenses, filters and clever points of view, just imagine what the real professional can master. Swiping through reviewer photos on TripAdvisor is always a good reality check if something looks too good to be true.



2. Avoid Children


Bunny is not a particularly child-friendly animal. Over the years, she has noticed that everyone is better off if Bunny stays in establishments that are meant for adults only. And no, she doesn’t mean brothels, but rather hotels and guest houses that cater specifically for the adult folk. Bunny is a great supporter of this segregation!


Life with children is very different, Bunny says from her experience of rearing precisely zero offspring. In today’s world, where people crave for more and more individual, personally tailored experiences, why would they have to suffer someone else’s children? The tantrums, the screaming, the hustle, even the happy laughter of children can set Bunny off. (She may be a hater but at least she is upfront about it). So Bunny very much welcomes and embraces establishments geared towards adult guests only.


3. Avoid Crowds


Bunny HATES crowds. Almost no experience is great enough to brave awful crowds, Bunny says. She makes an exception for the odd Metallica gig but, otherwise, this is a pretty solid principle.


Bunny cannot appreciate experiencing anything if 3000 Chinese tourists are breathing down her neck doing the same thing at the same time.


Being an anti-social little rabbit, Bunny almost wrote this travel principle as “avoid people” but she does have some tolerance for human kind. She is not one to travel to make new friends, to have delightful talks with local tribesmen or to learn about new cultures by doing crafts with villagers but she is not totally opposed to a little chat with an exotic stranger every now and then.


4. Use Your Money Smartly


Bunny’s travelling is all about smart luxury. She loves her luxuries but she is not exactly a millionaire, so she has to work hard to stretch her pennies as far as her imagination. This is why she carefully compares prices and offers before actually booking anything. 


One of Bunny’s pet peeves is having to pay a lot of extra for food, drink or services when staying in high-end establishments. To avoid these kinds of ripoffs, Bunny is known to organise in-room picnics even in the most distinguished hotels of the world.


Bunny is also a big fan of various loyalty programs, be it for airlines, hotel chains or something else. Every time she books something, Bunny thinks how that could translate into miles or loyalty points in any of the programs she subscribes to. It does pay off when you do this consistently.


5. Avoid Travel in High Season


This should be a no-brainer but unfortunately many people are still tied to official holidays. Only a fool travels at Christmas, New Year or Easter time, unless unavoidable. If you need to travel at a peak time, try and pick a destination that is unusual for that time of the year, or book waaay in advance.


If you want to dive with whale sharks and there is only one season to do so, by all means, go for it. If you want to experience New York, don’t be an idiot and go at New Year - unless you specifically want to see that ball drop (cheese alert).


Some of Bunny’s best travel experiences have happened in weird places at weird times. You should try it.


6. Make the Most of Your Leave Days


Bunny is no longer tied to an office desk (yeah), but she has retained some of the travel habits derived from the times when leave days were scarce and every second counted. For Bunny, this means maximising your time at the destination.


Yes, this often means early-morning flights, overnight trains, returning home after midnight and going to the office the next morning with only three hours of sleep. You will be miserable, but if you are anything like Bunny, you would be miserable returning to work after a wonderful holiday anyway. What’s the big deal? It is better to spend an extra half day in paradise or on an adventure than to be well-rested for work.


There is nothing more precious than time, Bunny says. Make sure you spend the bulk of it somewhere worthwhile.


7. Do Your Research


Bunny likes to be in control of things that she can control. That is why she does a lot of research into her travels. There is nothing more empowering than knowledge. So, Bunny reads everything about her travel destinations in advance, what to do, where to stay, where to eat, and what to skip. 


She pours over reviews, blogs and online discussion forums before she makes any important decisions about her travel. She doesn’t always get it 100% right but at least she knows she has worked very hard to create the best travel experience possible. And if and when things go wrong, there is only one person to blame: Mr. Bunny! 


Bunny also has the habit of reading fiction either about the place she visits or by an author hailing from that place. She much prefers getting the feel of the place from novels than from actually talking to the people living there. Welcome to the anti-social travel blog!


8. Pay Extra for Comfort


Although Bunny is oftentimes a budget-conscious traveller, she has no trouble shelling out some extra bills if it will bring her extra comfort or help her avoid the dreaded queueing or crowds. 


She is known to take taxis when the local bus route seems exhaustingly complicated or time-consuming. She is happy to buy tickets to attractions in advance online, perhaps even opting for an upgraded experience where available (check out the Exclusive Lounge at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland - as a photo text). She loves small, custom-made tours instead of joining bigger groups of (inevitably) annoying tourists.


Yes, these experiences cost more but they are also worth every penny Bunny decides to invest for the purpose. Cheaper is not always, or even often, better, Bunny says. There is a time to save money, and there is a time to enjoy yourself to the fullest.


9. Take Lots of Pictures


Bunny is not a big souvenir buyer. In fact, she often returns from her travels completely empty-handed. Pictures are her souvenirs. She rarely goes anywhere without her camera, or at the very least, her iPhone in her paws. You never know when the perfect picture opportunity will present itself. 


Photos also serve as great reminders of what Bunny has seen, where she has visited and what she has done. Bunny’s memory is not what it used to be, so it is good not to rely too much on the failing memory alone…


10. Wake Up Early


OK, let’s start with a confession: this is not Bunny’s forte. It is really more of a goal than reality. But that said, every time Bunny manages to drag her bones out of bed at the crack of dawn, wonderful things happen! There are gorgeous sunrises, magical crowd-free experiences at popular sites, amazing light for photography, active wildlife in search of their first prey, quiet and tranquil streets, an exhilarating feeling of being out there, doing things, living to the fullest. 


Bunny is definitely making an effort to be an early-riser every single day of her travels - it’s just so damn hard to leave the delicious bed sometimes…

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