Mehdi and I have had the chance to visit more than 30 countries in the last 10 years. That’s why we would like to share with you our 15 best travel tips that may be of benefit to you, because in the beginning, each of us made a lot of travel mistakes.
There are certainly some basic travel habits that have served us well, and we continue to follow them to this day as our travel style has evolved from solo traveling to traveling in company.
We hope that this list of our best travel tips will help you save money, sleep better, get more out of the beaten path, meet local people and simply be a better traveller.
1- Get yourself the best backback/suitcase
If you buy a small suitcase (about 45 litres), you will have to pack light and avoid carrying too many things. This type of suitcase is usually well organized and can help you reduce your stress level. Also, humans have a natural tendency to want to fill up the space, so if you buy a larger suitcase and you have a lot of extra space left, you’ll end up covering up the shortfall and you’ll regret it.
2- Don’t be afraid to use a map
Losing your bearings and being in the wrong neighbourhood is not as bad as looking like a tourist. Be braver to use a map or ask the local tourist office for directions to where you need to go.
3- When you go out, take only what you need
When going out, try to make do with a small amount of cash up to $50 and only one credit card, so that you can easily get out of trouble and manage your cash well.
4- Make extra copies of your passport and important documents
It is essential to send you a copy of your personal documents by e-mail. You will probably find yourself in situations where you need to carry some sort of documentation with you and you do not have your original. Also, if your passport is stolen, a copy will be useful for your police report.
5- Don’t fly direct
When planning to book a flight, you may sometimes find it cheaper to fly to an airport close to your final destination and then take the train or bus to where you need to go than to book a direct flight. Based on our travel experiences, we offer you some search engines that you will find listed below:
Skyscanner – it is a real pioneer that allows you to search for a large number of different airlines, especially low-cost airlines and compare offers valid for the requested period.
Momondo – It is the all-time favorite comparator in terms of navigation, speed and desingn. It allows us to find airlines that offer the best deals and their calendar allows you to see which days are the cheapest to fly. It is the comparator on which you can spend hours searching for airline tickets.
Google Flights – One of the best flight search engines that allows you to enter your departure airport and see flights from all over the world on a map so you can see where the cheapest destination is. It is best known for its unbeatable speed.
This is not a promotion or anything like that and we will not receive any commission except to provide you with more detailed information that can help you in your future travels.
6- Libraries, Starbucks, and most cafés have free Wi-Fi
During short stays, it is advisable to visit one of these places where you can connect for free instead of paying a small amount of money to get a SIM card.
7- Always remember to pack a power bank
These portable batteries are very convenient and can be used to charge your mobile devices when you don’t have access to a power outlet and charger. Sometimes you find yourself in a pictorial place you’ve never seen before and you’re about to take the most stable picture of all time. Then you pick up your phone and realize that the battery is dead.
8- Stay in Apartments or Airbnb (and share the costs)
Obviously, the length of our trip and the destination we are targeting depends on our style of accommodation.
If we are planning a longer trip than a weekend getaway, we prefer to stay in apartments or in an Airbnb as they offer several advantages, namely:
– Access to a fully equipped kitchen to save on restaurant meals.
– Separate rooms from the living room, which may be more useful for the children to sleep in.
– You have your own laundry.
– You can book a 3 or 4 bed apartment and share the costs with another family or friends.
– Apartments and the Airbnb are usually cheaper and more convenient than a hotel, especially for families or small groups.
These extra facilities during a long stay can of course make your trip much more enjoyable.
9- Don’t Travel Without Travel Insurance
This travel advice remains the most important. Plus, if you can’t afford travel insurance, then you can’t afford to travel.
Travel insurance allows you to :
- Cancel your trip unexpectedly…
- Protecting yourself against a hurricane damages your destination
- Protecting yourself against a terrorist event
- To protect you in case of illness or injury during your stay.
- Recover your luggage and passport in case of loss or theft
10- Use toiletry bags and small containers for liquids
Toiletries such as make-up, deodorant, cotton buds and cotton balls are always essential and should be included in every toiletry kit for easy access. Generally, you find yourself in situations where you need to freshen up especially during a long flight, hence the interest in these items. In addition, it is preferable to use carry-on luggage to put your liquids on top so that you can easily take them out for inspection without having to completely search your suitcase at security.
11- Don’t forget a power adapter and converter
This travel advice is as simple as it is important to remember if you are travelling abroad. It is essential to bring an electrical adapter as each country has different electrical outlets. There are at least 15 different types in the world. An electrical adapter works like an intermediary: a side plug fits into the pins of the socket and your devices plug into the other side.
12- Pack a water bottle with a filter
Sometimes we come to situations where we cannot drink the water at our destination, or we may go on adventures where there will be no running water and only streams to drink from. The water bottle with an integrated filter will always remain the optimal solution as it will not only give you peace of mind by quenching your thirst, but it will also reduce the amount of plastic bottles you use.
13- Talk to the locals
Talking to locals usually helps us to get good travel advice that is appropriate and relevant to our expectations as they are more familiar with tips on what to see, do and eat in their own city. You’ll find that locals love to share information and stories about their city, showcase it and are honoured to help you make your visit memorable.
In return, learning the basics of the local language is a great way to show respect and break down barriers. In addition, a smile, a wave of the hand and a friendly attitude can break down any barriers where the language is not understood. It will make your life easier, you will immerse yourself more in the culture and the locals will respect you more, making your trip much more enjoyable.
14- Get Up Early
There is no denying that getting up early, especially when we are on holiday, is not easy. But it can be the best time of the day as you can take a leisurely stroll and see a city come alive or catch a beautiful sunrise that may be tattooed in your memories.
Plus, when you’re on the road, you can avoid rush hour traffic and you can avoid large crowds in the most popular tourist destinations.
15- Travel by yourself at least once
Solo travel teaches us a lot about ourselves and how to become independent. It teaches us how to cope on our own during the most difficult situations while talking to strangers. It allows us to feel comfortable with ourselves and to discover our abilities and power that are usually hidden inside us. So make yourself uncomfortable and surprise yourself. You will learn valuable life skills by pushing yourself.
If you want to know more about why people usually like to travel on their own, you can click on the link below for more information :