My 10 Best Travel Tips
Going on holiday is always an exciting prospect and is probably the big event you’ll look forward to all year. You might be counting down the days to going swimming in the sea or for those who enjoy the life of leisure counting down the days until you can lay on the beach and soak up the rays.
However like anything in this life the opportunities for enjoyment and a stress-free time are increased when you’re well-informed, so with that in mind here are some tips and hacks that I’ve discovered after having travelled to various destinations over the years.
1. Bring some medications
Now for this, I’m not saying become a pharmacy, but just a small bag with the most necessary pills and medicine will do you the world of good should you fall ill on your travels - because let's face it no one wants to be feeling rough on foreign soil, or in my case at sea.
2. Do some research
If you’re heading to a destination for the first time it's always helpful to do some research beforehand. It's a good idea to read up on things such as how to avoid hidden fees, what to expect, local phrases, whether or not you’ll need an international roaming plan, first timers guide for backpacking and staying in hostels for those of you who might be interrailing.
3. Do as the locals do
A tip that comes in handy with virtually anything travel related. Seek out pubs with happy hours that are filled with locals and not tourists, because as every well-seasoned Jetsetter knows with tourists comes tourist prices. This same rule applies to other amenities like shops and restaurants.
4. Secure your finances
When travelling to any destination having serval money options is always a good idea, have some money in cash, on a debit card and on an ATM card. Storing money on a card is a particularly good option as travellers will often get the best exchange rate via an ATM in the country.
5. Roll it…roll it all
Now this one is certainly up for debate, but personally I think (like many others) that rolling your precious threads is the way forward. Not only will it reduce running the risk of creases it will also save A LOT of space in your suitcase, I opted for this approach back in April when I toured some states in America and it worked a treat! Quick, easy and practical - everything that packing should be right?
6.Store all your valuables in your hand luggage
Although its rare airlines lose luggage, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t ever happen so don’t risk it. Play it safe and stow everything from the camera that’ll capture those quality shots, to your beloved jewels in your hand luggage.
7. Travel during off-season
If you choose to travel anywhere between October - April it may not be as warm meaning less time spent on beaches. However, you are often likely to save money on all aspects of your travel from flights to accommodation, which can only be seen as a good thing.
8. Observe restrictions on luggage
Please, please, please weigh your bags before you go - 23kg means 23kg, something that certain family members didn’t seem to understand in the past…nan! Anything over the stated allowance will cost you or you’ll be forced to ditch or redistribute your items until your bags meet the weight restrictions.
9. Consider alternative destinations
Eastern Europe is becoming a great option for those looking to save money, destinations such as Bulgaria, Poland, Romania and Hungary were and still are in the top five least expensive destinations in Europe so do some research and see if one these countries meets the criteria to make to your ‘places to visit’ list.
10. Don’t leave without the essentials
This is arguably the most important tip as without some of these necessities you won’t be going anywhere but back home. So with that in mind, check you’ve got important items such as a valid passport, your boarding passes, your wallet. Although not exactly an essential remember the adapters as well.
And above all enjoy, not everyone is fortunate enough to travel whatever the reason may be, so remember how blessed you are & cherish the time you have a way with your loved ones.
As always I’ve been JP, until my next post take care & God bless.