Most people are not born savvy travelers. It’s something that only comes with on-the-road experience. In the beginning, you make a lot of mistakes. Then, one day, you begin to seamlessly move through airports and integrate yourself into new cultures like a fish to water. So, putting together some of the best travel tips that cover everything under the sun to help you reach your full travel goal.
Best Travel Tips:
Always pack a towel:
It’s the key to successful galactic hitchhiking and plain common sense and always the first travel tips one can give. You never know when you will need it, whether it’s at the beach, on a picnic, or just to dry off. While many hostels offer towels, you never know and carrying a small towel won’t add that much weight to your bag.
Buy a small backpack/suitcase:
By purchasing a small backpack (I like something around 35/40 liters), you will be forced you to pack light and avoid carrying too much stuff. Humans have a natural tendency to want to fill space so if you pack light but have lots of extra room in your bag, you’ll end up going “well, I guess I can take more” and then regret it.
It’s OK to wear the same t-shirt a few days in a row. Take half the clothes you think you will need. Write down a list of essentials, cut it in half, and then only pack that! And, since you bought a small backpack like I said, you won’t have much room for extra stuff anyways!
Use Google Map:
Looking like a tourist isn’t as bad as getting really lost and ending up in the wrong neighborhood. Don’t be afraid to use a Google map or ask for directions and look like a tourist. After all, you are one! It helps you get to where you need to go!
Here is how you can use the Google Map: https://support.google.com/maps/answer/144349?hl=en
Always visit the local tourism office:
They know about everything going on in town. They can point you to free activities, special events happening during your stay, and everything in between. They even offer discounts on attractions and transportation. It is their job to help you experience the destination better. It’s amazing how many travelers skip this when they are visiting somewhere but, as a savvy traveler, you know to use this resource!
When you go out, take only what you need:
Limit the amount of cash and bank cards you carry with you. So, if something does happen, you can easily recover. Never take more than one credit card or ATM card with you.
Make extra copies of your passport and important documents:
Don’t forget to e-mail a copy to yourself too. You never know when you might need to have some sort of documentation with you and might not want to carry your original. Additionally, if your passport gets stolen having a copy will come in handy for your police report
Ask hostel staff for information even when you aren’t staying there:
Hostel staff deal with budget travelers all day, every day. They know exactly where to go for cheap meals and attractions. They also tend to be locals so they know the city very well. Ask them for all sorts of information. Even if you aren’t staying in one, just pop in and ask for help. They’ll usually give it
Never eat in a touristy area or near a tourist attraction:
As a general rule, I walk five blocks in either direction before I find a place to eat. The closer you are to tourist attractions the more you are going to pay and the worse the food (and service). Additionally, never eat anywhere the menu is in like 6 languages! That means the restaurant is just for tourists!
Book flights 2-3 months in advance to get the best price:
Don’t drive yourself too crazy trying to get the absolute cheapest fare. Spending five hours to try to save small amount will cause you a lot of stress.
Get travel insurance:
Travel insurance is the most important thing you get that you never want to use. If something goes wrong, you don’t want to be out thousands of dollars in bills. It will be there if you get robbed, flights get cancelled, you get sick or injured, or have to be sent home. It’s comprehensive and, for just a few dollars a day, one of the best investments you can get for a trip. Hence, having a travel insurance is always one of the best travel tips you can get!