– TRAVELING IS A CRAFT THAT YOU CAN STRIVE TO PERFECT OVER TIME
We know there are all types of travelers and that’s what makes it beautiful, there is no one way to do it. There are control freaks that love to have a compartment for everything with trip details set out to the minute. There are also those travelers that throw everything in a bag two hours before an international flight and leisurely stroll into the airport with no time to spare. This article is useful for both but we feel like the latter will probably just do their thing.
#6 – Have a pen on you, at all times
This one is especially important for international travelers. For most of us, there is a chance we’ve experienced that unique type of panic. The plane is getting ready to land and you just realized you have still yet to fill out your customs and immigration form. So you reach into your bag and begin the scramble search for any type of writing utensil. Maybe you find one that hasn’t had ink in a few years, maybe you don’t find one at all. It’s a legitimate horror at times. Hopefully, the person next to you has one and is kind enough to offer you one or if you’re lucky enough you have a traveling companion who isn’t a complete mess. Pens can be useful at other times as well. Just heed this advice, always have a pen!
#5 – Place a dryer sheet (or a couple) in your suitcase
This one seems obvious but it somehow can go forgotten when trip packing is in full swing. Sneak a few dryer sheets in your main bag and you will be delighted with the freshness throughout your trip. If you’re a super neat freak like many travelers I know and you have a specific compartment for worn clothes, you can add a few there to help fight that travel stench. If you’ll be doing a lot of walking or even hiking you can bring some extra to pack into your shoes after a long day. They will help with the moisture and of course, that incredible foot smell. The neighbors in your hostel will thank you!
#4 – Consider Taking Tours Early During Your Trip
I know a lot of travelers that are not fans of taking tours as they try to avoid looking like a tourist and they really dislike large groups. The reality is not all tours are like this! By booking a city tour or any tour that drives you to a destination you actually have the opportunity to learn about your destination from someone that knows it really well. If you’re traveling solo, this is a great way to meet people who will be in the same destination as you for the next few days and they are likely seeking some adventure too! Nowadays the types of tours that are available are virtually endless. Walking tours, adventure tours, food tours, brewery tours, museum tours, all types of tours! Do some research and book one for one of the first days of your trip. Then for the remainder of the trip, you will have a much more solid understanding of your destination and how to get the best out of it!
#3- Invest in a quality external charger
Not everyone out there travels with a collection of electronics but a good amount of people do. At the very least most people travel with a cell phone. Whether you travel with only a cell phone or you hit the road with a tablet, phone, camera and some other electronics, do yourself a favor and invest in a quality external charger. There are all types on the market so do your research and find whichever one suits you. There are some with multiple ports and longer battery life with quicker charger times and a number of other possible features, so do your homework! They can be useful on a long bus or van trip, if you’ll be camping or spending the night without electricity, and especially in some countries that have alternative AC outlets than your charger may have.
#2 – Book your flights with Skyscanner
It took me a while to come around on this one but after seeing a lot of travelers I trust show me some serious savings from booking after checking Skyscanner, it’s become an absolute go-to for me. The best part about the platform is that you can search all the flights to a certain area for an entire month. You can compare flights to nearby airports, look for days with the cheapest prices and make your decisions from there. This is a really helpful tool and is super is to use. Check it out: Skyscanner
#1 – Go out of your way to talk to strangers/ locals
This may be easier for some more than others but it can absolutely change a trip and make a destination much more enjoyable. Of course, you always want to be safe, but opening up and talking to locals can give you a real idea of some of the attractions, restaurants, or small towns that you may not find on the internet during your planning. If you want to find the best live music, or you want to know the best place to catch the sunset, odds are you’ll get some of the best answers from locals. Bartenders, waiters or waitresses, and local shop owners make for some great people to ask about your current destination. Talk to a few people and hope you get some in-common answers and there you go, you’re a local now!