If we’re friends on Facebook, you might have noticed I recently shared a Refinery29 article on money-saving travel hacks… because I was FEATURED in the round-up!
Um, MAJOR. Peep slide #14 and see for yourself.
But while the article was an awesome piece on different hacks and tricks from a variety of travel bloggers, it made me realize I’ve never shared all my own best travel tips on here.
I’ve shared Europe-specific travel tips, some packing advice, and my all-time favorite apps for adventures, but come to think of it – never a post on generic traveling pointers.
Now that I’ve got 15 countries under my belt, I figured it’s only appropriate to share my 15 best travel tips I learned along the way.
- Avoid souvenir shops.
And hagglers / travel scammers on the street as well. Ask around where to find the best handmade goods or artisanal products o you don’t end up paying an arm and a leg for a generic item.
- Make lunch your biggest meal.
Lunch menus are usually cheaper than dinner, so by eating your biggest meal in the middle of the day – you’ll fill up on a bigger bang for your buck, and likely not splurge on an expensive dinner.
- Take copies of your important documents.
Photos work just as good, if not better than photocopies.
- Always carry a waterproof case for your camera or phone.
- Record the names of the restaurants you eat in.
Whether it’s a picture of the storefront or menu, taking the business card with you, or checking in on Foursquare’s Swarm app.
- Pack a compact umbrella.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been caught in the rain while traveling… London, Paris, Montreal, Capri, Venice, I could go on. Instead of having to buy a new one every time, bring a small one with you JIC.
- Ask a local.
For directions, for recommendations, for suggestions of places to eat. There’s no better advice than from someone who lives there.
- Tip less than you do in the U.S.
But still tip.
- Do something different.
Get outside your comfort zone – jump off cliffs, eat new cuisines, ride public transportation, dance to the band.
- Test out a few words of the local language.
- Forgo a map for a day.
- Over-hydrate on the plane.
I overdose on water and tea, especially on long flights, because airplane air and high altitudes can leave you dehydrated.
But a glass of wine to help fall asleep never hurt no body ;)
- Only allow naps on the first day.
To combat jetlag, of course. Anything after that is just wasting time sleeping!
- Know that everything will not go exactly as planned.
Don’t let one not-so-awesome circumstance or day ruin the trip.
- Travel the way you want.
Not how everyone tells you to.