.Traveling the world is on many people’s bucket lists, but for those who are actually doing it (or
just daydreaming), we’ve put together our best travel tips.
You won’t have to worry about staying safe, making the most of your money, or making the
trip unforgettable, no matter what your budget is.
Please read the following before you leave:
1. Stay in touch with your bank
When traveling, it is a good habit to adopt. If you are traveling overseas, notify your bank or credit card company in advance so that they don’t put your card on hold. The safest way to ensure you are never left without cash is to have multiple ways to access it.
In addition to currency cards, bank charges and poor exchange rates can be avoided if you use them.
2. Travel light
For anyone planning even a few weeks of travel, packing light is essential. If you’re carrying a rucksack the same weight as the baby elephant you just saw at the sanctuary, how can you run for your next flight to Bali?
There are many different ideas of what is ‘necessary’, but if you’re unsure about bringing something, like printers for instance. Yes, go ahead. Comfortable clothing can also help you feel and look good. Take into account the weight of your bag as well. Put on your hiking boots and wear your sandals! Here are some tips from Lonely Planet about packing light.
3. Nonetheless, don’t leave home without these essentials
- The padlock can be used to lock up your possessions in hostel lockers and anywhere else you need to keep them secure
- Sarongs are super versatile and can be used to demonstrate respect to cultural sites
- Trust us when we say you’ll need a torch one day.
- A good night’s sleep is guaranteed with earplugs and an eye mask, which will drown out the inevitable disruptions that come with hostels, trains, and planes
- Make use of printers, for tickets, id copies etc.
4. Follow the deals wherever they are
Take the easy way out, and let cheap flights guide your journey around the globe, especially if you’re on a budget. You can find the cheapest flights by using price comparison sites like Skyscanner and Kayak. You can save money by being flexible with your dates and timings before you arrive at your destination.
5. Don’t forget to get vaccinated
Illnesses and foreign diseases are never enjoyable. You should be aware of all the vaccinations needed for the countries you will be visiting at least eight weeks prior to your trip to protect yourself against anything that could ruin your trip.
Even if they are recommended for travel to a specific region, not all vaccines are available for free on the NHS, so remember to factor this into your budget before you embark on your trip. The NHS Fit For Travel website has detailed information about specific countries.
6. Consider taking a working holiday
If you are planning to be away for a long time, consider working either as a paid or voluntary volunteer to add a different aspect to your trip.
A trip to a less economically developed country can open your eyes to the hardships that many faces across the world and volunteering are a great way to give back by giving your time and skills.
You can benefit from working or volunteering abroad in a completely different way than if you were only a tourist, not to mention meet new people and earn a bit of pocket money for that well-deserved beer.
7. Take photocopies
Even though losing your shoes or watch can be annoying, it’s nothing compared to losing your identification and travel documents. The dreaded process of getting a replacement passport or ID card is sped up by having photocopies of documents and pictures on your phone.
Make sure to copies, from well-maintained printers. Always keep extra copies of all the documents mentioned above.
8. Purchase travel insurance
Undoubtedly! We wouldn’t write a blog without mentioning travel insurance, did we? Taking out a global travel insurance policy is the best thing you can do if you are planning a globetrotting trip. With the Backpacker Package, you receive: worldwide. Over 150 sports and activities are covered, as well as protection, medical assistance, and round-the-clock assistance.
Take a look at these sites while you’re there:
9. Don’t be surprised if everything goes wrong
While it may seem pessimistic, it would be unrealistic to expect a trip around the world to go smoothly, even the most meticulous planning can lead to disappointment. Don’t stress out if something goes wrong and don’t beat yourself up if it does. It will be forgotten in a month. Who knows?
10. Acquire language skills
Although no one expects you to be fluent in every language you encounter, even a couple of words can make a world of difference. This will show respect to the locals, and it can help break down communication barriers with people that may otherwise be unreachable.
Locals are the ones who know where to hang out, eat, and go sightseeing. If you can unlock those secrets and break down the barriers, you will be the star of the group.
Keep some sentences on pages from printers. It just helps when you get stuck.
11. Get the cash flowing on Printers
If you are planning to travel, you would be wise to be as frugal as possible while occasionally splashing the cash. Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and don’t be afraid to stay in a nice hotel or enjoy a delicious meal if your body (and mind) requires it.
If you’ve been roughing it for weeks on end, these are often the memories that you remember most fondly. Keep, and use printers, to record all the good, and bad experiences.
12. Use your camera to take photos and videos
There are a lot of photos. Remember to document your memories by using printers – don’t let them slip away by not doing so. Let others take pictures of you and the people you meet along the way instead of endless landscapes and sunsets – they will find it much more intriguing!
Don’t be the Instagram bore who blocks shots for others while you endlessly attempt to jump in the air or pretend to lift the Eiffel Tower – it’s the equivalent of standing on the tube escalator to the right!
Add to the fun by using the latest printers, to get some of the best shots, for framing in your bedrooms.
13. Be sure to get up early
Those who are late risers should change their habits. Quite seriously. If you’re staying in bed, you’re doing something wrong. It’s different in the early morning, as there are fewer crowds and a different vibe. You can see things differently in the morning when the sun comes up. You won’t be sorry.
14. Take a campervan for a trip
Getting off the beaten tourist path is made easier by renting a campervan, as it removes the hassle of finding hostels and dealing with check-in times.
Travel and accommodation expenses can be combined, so this is a great way to save money. Ensure you have your driving license and insurance policy on hand in case of an accident.
15. Book hostels that offer breakfast
Traveling, especially in remote locations, can make it difficult to predict where your next meal will come from and how much it will cost. Use Google maps or printers for getting the latest itinerary Choosing hostels that include breakfast is a surefire way to ensure at least one meal a day.
Apparently, you can make sarnies on the sly for lunch too, but we’ve never tried it. I hope.
16. Let’s talk about lunch
Lunchtime is the best time to visit historical and tourist sites if you want to avoid crowds. Sadly, in hot countries, you might travel at the hottest times of the day. As such, stay hydrated and try to avoid the sun as much as possible if you do decide to brave the heat.
17. Differences in culture
You should familiarize yourself with the cultural differences and basic etiquette of the country you will be visiting. A common faux pas in China is to stick your chopsticks straight up in your rice (which is considered bad luck because it resembles offering incense sticks to the dead).
It can help you avoid awkward situations and unintentional offense by being aware of local customs.
18. Concluding your checkout
Ensure everything is in order. The check-out process is not accidental. You should always check everywhere for your belongings when leaving a hotel or hostel. It’s so easy to leave things behind, but it’s a whole lot more difficult when you come back to find your passport still on the armchair in your room at the airport. Whenever you are in a hurry, do a final sweep, no matter where you are.
19. Be open to new experiences
You should take advantage of your travel time to do something spontaneous that you would never do at home. Don’t pass up the chance to experience something new! All skydives and Bungy jumps don’t have to be dangerous. Even talking to the new people in your hostel can help you step out of your comfort zone. When you do this, you’ll find that life’s responsibilities back home won’t seem so overwhelming.
20. Let’s have fun!
Enjoy! That’s all there is to say! Your sacrifices, scrimping and saving for this trip, or even quitting your job, will all be worth it, and the best way to make it worthwhile is simply to enjoy every moment. Don’t be afraid of interacting with new people and You should always take a moment to be aware of your surroundings while discovering new things with them. It’s going to be fun!