There are so many different ways you can travel. I’m not here to tell you how to start your adventure; I merely want to be a friendly guide to help you make the most of your experiences, offering tips I wish someone had told me before I started off on my adventures.
Don’t Rush It
Everyone has destinations they dream of visiting. In fact, most travellers will never want to stop exploring the world. While there is bound to be so much you want to stuff into your trip, it is important you don’t stuff your itinerary with too many places or you’ll always be thinking of the next trip, and so can’t truly appreciate the place you’re currently experiencing.
Make sure you give yourself enough time to really experience each destination for a good length of time, without trying to cram everything in at once just so you can tick it off your list. If you really want to visit somewhere, you’ll visit it one day. So just focus on a few destinations until you feel it’s time to head elsewhere.
Never Book During Peak Season
This one goes without saying, but I really feel the need to say it: never book a trip during peak season. For example, most people love to travel to Thailand during Christmastime, but it will actually save you money to book a trip in January. The weather will be just as glorious and your bank balance will be a lot fuller.
Change Your Currency Once You Arrive
You might be tempted to head down to your local bureau de change to change your currency, but you could actually save money by leaving it until you reach your destination. Quite often, you will receive a better rate at an airport’s ATM once you arrive. Just ensure you contact your bank to inform them where you will be heading on your travels, which will allow them to authorise your transaction overseas. Be sure to ask them about overseas withdrawal fees, too – and try to limit the number of transactions you make, for this reason.
Leave Loyalty Behind
An airline might provide a great service on-board. A hotel might have the friendliest staff. However, don’t let loyalty prevent you from grabbing the best deal for your money. Travelling is bound to cost a fair bit of cash, so it pays to be a little frugal. Always look for the best deal, and don’t be afraid to head elsewhere if your favourite company can’t provide it.
Always be Flexible
It’s good to keep costs down at all times when you’re a traveller. That’s why you have to be flexible. While it might be easier to travel directly to a destination, it could be cheaper to make a quick stop in between. A taxi might be the easiest option, but a shuttle bus will be much more affordable.
Become a Local
If you really want to explore cultures, it’s time to travel like a local. While the tourist buses might seem like a much more appealing option, the local’s train or chicken could be a whole lot cheaper – and you can guarantee a lot more exciting.
Avoid Hotel Booking Websites
Never book through a hotel booking website unless you’re all out of options. Whilst they can be a great way to browse the various types of accommodation in a city, they will come at a price. The website will make a cut of the price, which means you’ll pay more for the accommodation. It is therefore often beneficial to book a room directly through a hotel, as they can provide the best rate.
Share a Room
Single hotel rooms can often cost the same price as a twin or double room. So, if you’re travelling with a friend, it might be worthwhile to book a twin room and split the cost down the middle. You’ll both be better off for it, and you can use the money saved for new experiences.
There’s nothing quite like being the first in the queue when visiting an attraction. That’s why it’s always a good idea to rise early. What’s more, early mornings often offer the best views – so it could be a great time to take some amazing photos that you’ll treasure forever.
Stash Your Cash
Should you ever be the victim of a pickpocket, make sure you have a backup stash of cash. I recommend storing away money in various locations, so you always have an emergency pot to dip into should the worst happen. It’s also helpful if your card stops work or the ATM is empty. Some of the best places to hide your money include inside your socks, a toiletry bag, or in a hidden area in your bag that’s sewn away.
So, now you know what to do and not to do when abroad, it’s time to start your adventure – and be sure to head back here for more tips.