Eat the local food
One of my biggest regrets from the first year of my travels was that I wasn’t brave enough to try any of the local food. I was raised a picky eater and that, combined with debilitating anxiety and an eating disorder, led to me believing that I would either hate or be allergic to anything I hadn’t tried before.
I was so, so wrong.
Food is now my absolute favourite way to get to know a place better.
I love trying new things, and I’ve found a thousand amazing dishes that I never would have discovered if I’d continue to eat from supermarkets around the world. Trying new food isn’t scary, and you’ll build your confidence up as you fall in love with more and more things.
Try everything, even if you have no idea what it is. I promise you won’t regret it. Or fall straight into anaphylactic shock.
Make Photocopies of Important Documents
In my early twenties, I was very good about keeping a copy of my passport in a separate bag from my actual passport. Then I got lazy.
Recently, a friend of mine lost her passport at the airport. She was told that if she had brought a copy of it and extra passport photos they would have let her travel. Since she didn’t, she was forced to forfeit a $2,000 flight and a week in Europe. I now carry a copy with me.
Find photogenic spots with Instagram
Follow local instagrammers in the places you’ll be visiting to find the best spots for taking photos. I also search through hashtags relating to the place I’m heading to to check out the popular photos and see where they were taken.
My child is flying alone. What preparations should I make?
Contact the airline well in advance.
Most airlines offer “unaccompanied minor” service. Depending on your child’s age, this service may be mandatory.
Children below a certain age (usually 5 years old) might not be allowed to travel alone.
Older kids might be limited to nonstop or “through” flights depending on their age.
Children above a certain age may not be eligible for unaccompanied-minor service.
Airlines generally charge a substantial fee for unaccompanied-minor service.
When flying on a broom just won’t do
Hello all you ghouls and ghosts! It’s almost that bewitching time which means you’re probably itching to hop onto your brooms and fly to a Halloween adventure from your local airports. Here are the tips to make sure your trick-or-treating in the airports is just as sweet as your bucket of candy (without all of the cavities).
My 61 Best Travel Tips: Become a Master Traveler in 2021
These in-depth travel tips will help you always know how to travel cheaper, better, longer, and smarter.
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- My Best 61 Travel Tips to Make You the World’s Savviest Traveler
- 1. Always pack a towel
- 2. Buy a small backpack/suitcase
- 3. Pack light
- 4. But take extra socks
- 5. Take an extra bank card and credit card with you
- 6. Make sure to use no-fee bank cards
- 7. Travel by yourself at least once
- 8. Don’t be afraid to use a map.
- 9. But don’t be afraid to get purposefully lost.
- 10. Always visit the local tourism office.
- 11. Don’t buy a money belt they’re stupid.
- 12. When you go out, take only what you need.
- 13. Always carry a lock.
- 14. Make extra copies of your passport and important documents.
- 15. Ask hostel staff for information even when you aren’t staying there.
- 16. Learn basic phrases in the native language of your destination
- 17. Read a history book!
- 18. Don’t be ashamed to walk into a Starbucks or McDonald’s.
- 19. Don’t fly direct
- 20. Always get behind business travelers when in security lines.
- 21. Never get behind families.
- 22. When you check in to the hotel, don’t be afraid to ask for an upgrade.
- 23. Libraries, Starbucks, and most cafés have free Wi-Fi.
- 24. Lunchtime is the best time to visit historical sites.
- 25. Never eat in a touristy area or near a tourist attraction
- 26. Locals don’t eat out every night and neither should you.
- 27. Eat at expensive restaurants during lunch.
- 28. Pack a flashlight.
- 29. Carry a basic first-aid kit.
- 30. Book flights 2-3 months in advance to get the best price.
- 31. Stay in hostels
- 32. Use Meetup, the sharing economy, and hospitality websites to meet locals
- 33. Be open to strangers
- 34. But keep your guard up.
- 35. Try new food.
- 36. Avoid taxis.
- 37. Take an empty metal water bottle through airport security and fill it up at your gate.
- 38. Take free walking tours.
- 39. Get city attraction cards.
- 40. Take pictures of your luggage and clothes.
- 41. Carry emergency cash.
- 42. Get good shoes.
- 43. Get vaccinated.
- 44. Learn to haggle.
- 45. Use points and miles for free travel.
- 47. Eat street food!
- 48. Get travel insurance
- 49. Be patient.
- 50. Be respectful.
- 51. Don’t over plan your trip.
- 53. Be frugal but not cheap.
- 56. Take photos of and with people.
- 57. Book your tickets online
- 58. Sign up for flight deals
- 59. Pre-book your tickets to attractions
- 60. Avoid TripAdvisor
- 61. Finally, wear sunscreen.