Tips

48 Tips to Travel like a Pro

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  1. Leave a little wiggle room! Don’t plan every minute of your trip. An itinerary is always a good thing to have but it’s important to enjoy the moment and take into account that unexpected things can and will happen.
  2. When eating, don’t always order the entrée. Instead, try a variety of appetizers or smaller portions to sample a little bit of everything.
  3. Always bring a jacket. Even if the it’s expected to be warm.
  4. Let family or friends know where you’re going.
  5. When traveling abroad, don’t exchange all your cash. Sometimes you’re better off using a credit card or withdrawing money from an ATM. Just be sure to check if any fees apply with your bank.
  6. Call your bank and let them know where you’re going. The last thing you want is to have your cards or bank account frozen due to suspicious activity.
  7. Always be courteous and respectful of the local culture. Remember you’re the visitor.
  8. Be patient. Sometimes unexpected things happen. Your flight might get delayed, you’ll get on the wrong train or you’ll get lost. Don’t let little setbacks bring you down.
  9. Keep your passport well hidden but with you at all times.
  10. Try to avoid chain restaurants. Try local foods and really embrace the culture.
  11. Take photos and videos but be sure to be present and in the moment. You want to remember your trip through your own eyes.
  12. Every tourist wants to take a picture in front of an attraction, so if there’s a crowd, take your photo and move along. Be considerate.
  13. Before visiting attractions check for tickets online. In many cases you’ll get a discount and you’ll avoid long lines.
  14. Pack an emergency snack.
  15. Do a little research and decide if you want to go on a pre-planned tour or if you’re comfortable doing it by yourself.
  16. Bring an external battery for your camera or phone.
  17. Wash your hands whenever you get a chance. Bring antibacterial wipes / sanitizer.
  18. Check out if  the places where you’ll be staying include appliances such as hair dryers. They take up a lot of space in your bags and in some countries the plugs won’t fit in the outlets because they are completely different.
  19. Pack extra cables / chargers. At least 1 usb. Even if your plug doesn’t work, most are USB compatible.
  20. If you have a choice, leave your laptop. One less thing to worry about.
  21. If you have cell phone (data) service, use Google Maps. If you don’t, bring an actual map.
  22. If you don’t speak the language, grab your hotel’s business card in case you get lost. You can always find the address or phone number.
  23. Take a picture of your luggage and make sure to tag it with your information.
  24. Check if the cities you’re planning to visit practice “siestas” or mid-day breaks. Some close all businesses and restaurants at around noon for 2 hours. And if you’re hungry things could take a hangry turn.
  25. Make extra copies of important documents including passport and booking confirmations.
  26. Bring chargers and electronics in your carry-on. They’re not going to be of any use if you don’t have them nearby when you need them.
  27. Also bring a change of clothes, a toothbrush and some baby wipes on your carry-on. You don’t want to be the smelly tourist.
  28. Don’t hide all your cash in the same place. If it gets lost or stolen, you’ll want to have backups.
  29. Call relatives or friends using voice or messaging apps such as Whatsapp,  Messenger, Vimeo or IMO. Don’t waste you money on calls and roaming charges.
  30. Check the luggage weight and size limits. Use your scale to weight your bags at home.
  31. Bring one pair of sunglasses. Just one.
  32. You can always go to a laundromat and do a load of laundry. It will save space in your bag.
  33. Check if Airbnb is a better choice than a hotel or hostel.
  34. Check if Uber is a better option than public transportation or taxis with their rate estimate.
  35. Bring an empty plastic bag to store dirty clothes.
  36. Don’t accept flyers or roses from anyone on the street. They might follow you afterwards and demand to get paid.
  37. Don’t bring fruit in the plane with you. The USDA will probably confiscate them due to Customs regulations.
  38. If the opportunity arises where your flight is overbooked, offer your seat (if you have the flexibility) and take a travel voucher. Secretly start planning your next trip 😉
  39. Research the days and times the attractions you plan to visit will be open [or closed].
  40. In summer, women should bring a scarf or an accessory to cover up if you’re going into a Church or place of worship. They usually have dress codes that will not allow shorts or shirts with no sleeves.
  41. Wear you heaviest shoes on and coat on the plane. This means more space and less weight in your suitcase.
  42. Allow some time for layovers. Flights will get delayed and you don’t want to cut it too close to your next connecting flight.
  43. When traveling overseas, if you don’t like sparkling water, ask for mineral water. Some countries serve the sparkling kind if you don’t specify your preference first.
  44. Bring a cardboard nail file. Nails have a way braking during vacations and you don’t want to bring a metal file with you on the plane because TSA will confiscate it.
  45. Use bags, purses or totes with zippers or locks. Leave nothing exposed. Pickpockets are always looking for their next easy victim.
  46. Have some common sense. If the place looks sketchy, walk in the other direction.
  47. Don’t try take to take advantage of the locals. You want them on your side.
  48. Be happy! Be grateful! Enjoy your trip!



Be sure to share these tips with your friends! They come from personal experience and I’m sure they’ll help make your trip a breeze.

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