All set for your next travel destination? We know you’re fully prepared (at least you think so), but most travelers don’t know what expert travelers have learned over the years. Here are some useful traveling tips for you to read before you set out on your journey.
5 Traveling Tips
1. Download Travel apps
Who needs travel agencies when you can get all travel information at the touch of your thumb? From flight confirmations to hotel bookings, discovering short routes, getting accurate exchange rates and translating foreign languages, travel apps always come in handy.
Before you set out for your trip, download important apps like XE currency, Duolingo, CityMapper etc. Another tip is to get a sim card abroad so you can have internet access on the go, since these apps would be of little use if there’s no internet coverage.
2. Focus on Experience rather than Shopping
While it is natural for shopaholics to get carried away by Duty-Free Shops, it is important to keep your focus on the experiences rather than stuffing your suitcases to their capacity. What we fail to establish is that while the happiness associated with material things is short-lived, experiences last forever.
You are an amalgamation of all the experiences in your life. Shared experiences let you connect to more people, socialize more and ultimately learn more. Traveling is a hands on experience that you should make the most of.
3. Protect your Belongings
While you’re out exploring the world, you want to be at peace knowing that your belongings at home are safe. For this purpose, it’s a smart idea to store your stuff in a rental storage facility in your native town.
By renting a storage facility, you subscribe to a package for a specific period of time for storing your belongings. In fact, you can move your stuff to storage unit and rent your house out (if traveling long term), and let the rental income fund your trip. There are a lot of storage units in Seattle, Chicago, Miami and almost all big cities.
4. Ask the Locals
Though you might have done your research and made an itinerary when you’re traveling to a particular destination, no one can give you better recommendations than the locals. Most of the travel blogs are written by travelers, which make you miss out on information locals have to offer.
Ask them for the best recreational activities, restaurants, and accommodations. Try to mingle with the locals, and if you get lucky, accept any tour offers that come your way. Unexpected plans always end up making the best memories!
5. Get Travel Insurance
Getting a travel insurance is more important than it may seem. If you have the luxury to get a refund for any cancelled plans or any other misfortunes that may occur during or before your trip, why not use it?
Travel insurances cover you for delayed, stolen or damaged baggage, lost passports, any injuries on the trip, or flight cancellations. Although you might have to pay for it, it is always better to be insured for losses than having to face one and end up ruining your trip. Better safe than sorry!
What are your traveling tips and secrets? I’d love to hear them!