Travel teaches us a lot and I’ve learned a lot since I first start. To celebrate my 3 year “travelversary”, I’ve decided to share a collection of my best and most useful travel tips to help and to inspire you to make travel a priority in your life.
Feel free to share your own best travel tips at the end!
1. Patience is Important:
Did you miss the bus? No ATMs nearby. Don't worry. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that it could be worse. Don't be angry and enjoy your precious time.
2. Wake up Early:
Rise at sunrise to have the best attractions all to yourself. It’s also a best time for photos and usually easier to interact with locals.
3. Keep Extra Cash:
To cover up an emergency, make sure to keep some extra cash. If you lose your wallet, your card stops working, or the ATMs run out of money, you’ll be glad you did. But not to keep all cash at one place or in one bag.
4. Meet Local People:
To know more about the local culture, start conversations with local people. Basic English is spoken widely all over the world, so it’s easier to communicate with them than you might think, especially when you combine hand gestures and body language.
5. Pack A Scarf:
I happen to use a scarf always. This simple piece of cotton cloth is one of my most useful travel accessories with many different practical applications. It’s great for sun protection, dust protection, a makeshift towel, an eye mask, and much more.
6. Take Lots Of Photos:
You may only see these places & meet these people once in your lifetime. Remember them forever with plenty of photos. Great photos are the ultimate souvenir. They don’t cost anything, they’re easy to share with others, and they don’t take up space in your luggage.
7. Keep An Open Mind:
Don’t judge the lifestyles of others if different from your own. Embrace different possibilities, opportunities, people, suggestions and interests. Ask questions. You don’t have to agree, but you may be surprised what you’ll learn.
8. Pack Ear Plugs:
It always be on top of my travel list to avoid the sound which I don't like.. I love my ipod. It is my best friend.
9. Eat Local Food:
Taste a bit of everything when you travel, especially if you don’t know what it is. Ask local people for recommendations. Eat street food from vendors.Keep in mind to use hand sanitizer before eating.
10. Keep Good Notes:
Information like the names of local places I visited, conversations I had with local people, feelings about a new experience, if you ever want to write about your travels, these details are handy.
11. Pack smart:
Don't overpack. If you’re not sure about packing something, you don’t need it. It’s also possible to buy most things at your destination country if you discover you need them.
12. Travel More:
If there’s one thing I’ve noticed over the past 3 years, it’s that many people back home love to tell me how lucky I am while making excuses why they can’t travel. It’s too expensive. They can’t get time off work. Unfortunately most people who wait to travel the world never do.
You don’t need to sell all your worldly possessions. Start with a weekend in a different state. Then maybe try a week in the country next door.
If you truly want to travel more, you can make it happen. It’s a big, beautiful, exciting, and fascinating world out there.