Top 10 Travel Tips
1. Less is more
Travelling with just hand luggage should be your goal. Take less and you’ll travel cheaper (no check-in luggage fees), travel faster (no waiting for your bags), and travel easier (one bag means less to lug around after a long flight).
2. Learn a little lingo
Although not completely necessary, It’s a good idea to memorise a handful of words of the local language, (hello, goodbye & thank-you) And have the courage to use them! It’s amazing how just a few words will go a long way.
3. Pre-book an airport lounge
When flying a long haul, pre-book yourself into an airport lounge. There’s an up-front fee, but it provides a quiet environment with complimentary drinks, food, magazines, newspapers, WiFi etc. When you leave the lounge, take a few big bottles of water.
4. Bring an Internet ready device
If travelling for a long time, take your own device that can pick up wifi, like a smartphone or tablet. There is free wifi in places all around the world, and you quickly realise how often you need to tap in to things like bank accounts or travel bookings or keep in touch with friends and family by email .
5. Use body language to speak
When there’s a language barrier, shouting in your own language is not going to get you far. Instead, use your body. It’s the most international language in the entire world. Don’t forget to translate a full stop with a smile. 😀
6. Never exchange money in your hotel
Instead, shop around for best rate and some places add on fees. Find a credit/debit card that doesn’t charge for purchases abroad.
7. Sync your sleep
How to get over jet lag quickly on arrival, try to sync your sleeping pattern with the new time zone immediately.
8. Slow down take it all in
Traveling is like life, it’s the journey that’s fun. Don’t just try to get to your destination as quickly as possible. Travel more slowly and you’ll discover more and remember more .
9. Just go and do it
If you have a strong urge to ‘go travelling’ or even just to see one specific place, start saving and go for it! Don’t delay. Just do it, or you will regret later in life.
10. DIY travel is the best way
If you want to really experience a new country and culture, hire a car and plan it all yourself. It is the freedom to do what you want and when you want, that makes for the best trips of all.