All over the internet there are thousands of tips and advice for travellers or people who wish to become travellers of the globe. I have tried some of these tips myself and I am going to give you some of my own tips and tricks to help you on your future adventure.
So here are my top 10 travel tips. ENJOY!!
1. Don’t over pack.
This is quite a common tip but it does take a while to learn what you need and what you don’t need. If you are going away for a 3 day trip you don’t need three pairs of shoes, that’s not necessary and it means you need to bring a bigger bag. A good idea is to take one good pair of shoes or boots that are either black or another colour that will go with all of your outfits that you have packed.
Also another thing to remember is that you don’t need to pack three pairs of trousers just, like with the shoes, take trousers that will go with all of your tops and then you can mix and match if you wish. Then you only really need two pairs of trousers for a three day trip.
But practise makes perfect!!
2. Travel Wash Is A Life Saviour.
To help you stretch your clothes when you are going for a trip that is longer than a week bring travel wash. You may be staying in a hostel that has washing machine but why pay 4/5 euro when you can have your won little tube of travel wash.
It is basically a paste in a tube that you use to wash your clothes. You only need a little bit of the travel wash and some water, hot or cold, then you rub it into your dirty clothes and then allow to dry.
Then tah dah clean clothes. It also allows you to not worry if you’re going to be able to wash your clothes because all you need is water and this handy tube.
3. If you are flying put some cling film on your liquid bottles.
This needs a little explaining but if you have any liquids with you such as shampoo or hand sanitiser if you unscrew the lid and cover it with some cling film then put the lid back on this creates an airlock seal. It basically helps to stop your liquids exploding all over your clothes in your luggage due to the air pressure.
This has saved me quite a few times as there is nothing worse than trying to clean out hand sanitiser that has decided to explode all over your toilet bag. (True story)
4. Look around.
There is nothing worse than not getting the best deal for a hotel and if you’re in a hurry to book accommodation you sometimes don’t really think before clicking that book button. However the best thing is to look around at your options and see if there is a better deal. This could save you quite a bit of money in the long run and could help you cut costs for your whole trip.
Try using websites such as Booking.com or Hostel world. If you click the button that shows you the cheapest options first but always the location of the hotel/hostel because usually the cheapest options are the furthest away from the city centre. This will result in you spending more money on transport.
5. Don’t have breakfast in your hotels.
If your hotel price doesn’t include breakfast, you will find you’ll have to add another £8 or £9 to enjoy a lovely cooked breakfast however to save some money especially when travelling with a lot of people such as families take your breakfast with you. Another option is to buy it at the closest supermarket.
A great suggestions is the porridge pots you can get that all you have to do is add water. It doesn’t have to be the top brand porridge, Tesco’s own are just as good and they’re cheaper!! Another great option is croissants or those chocolate chip brioche rolls, they are the best breakfast on the go!!
Also you need to remember that you usually have a kettle in your hotel room so take advantage of that and be creative!!!
6. Look out for deals or discounts.
Before Phoenix and I went to Stirling we found a few good deals that helped us to save some money. If you are a student in the majority of cities around the globe you will find great discounts for entry to some museums or castles or on food!
Also some restaurants do certain deals such as pre theatre deals or early dinners. Coast to Coast and the Filling Station do an early dinner deal where you get 2 courses for £12.95 which is a not bad deal and it is quite a nice selection of food.
Another idea is if you are wanting a cheap meal to keep you going through the day, in the UK you will find a Weatherspoons in most cities and big towns. I don’t know if there are equivalents in other countries but Weatherspoons is a great cheap eat with a huge menu that has a wide selection of food. I would really recommend the burgers, they come with chips and onion rings and oh they are pretty good.
But look for deals because everyone loves a bargain.
7. Ask for help.
If you don’t know something or need some advice ask for help!! It may be easier said than done but your friends and family have probably have more experience than you so use their fountain of knowledge to help you make better decisions to ensure your trip is enjoyable.
Also they may have recommendation of the best things to visit or the tourist attraction that aren’t worth the money.
8. Don’t over plan.
When you go to certain places and you only have a certain amount of time to see as much as you possibly can all you want to do is cram in everything so you don’t miss out. Also you don’t know if you are ever going to come back to this place so you need to the art museum in Prague because everyone goes to see it! What you end up with is a huge list of places that you don’t really want to see but you need to because when in Rome!!
A good idea is to write down the top three things you would like to do or see and make them the main events of your trip. Choose what day you want to do them on and give yourself enough time to experience it without rushing around like a headless chicken. You do need to remember you’re on holiday not on a wild goose chase.
Also sometimes when you have nothing particularly planned you may find something to do that you would never of thought about. Even with your extensive research!!
9. Don’t Panic.
If it is your first time travelling away from home don’t panic. Especially if it is your first time travelling alone. There is nothing worse than working yourself up and going over in your head everything that could go wrong. It does not help one bit. I know!!!
I have travelled many times on trains by myself but the first time I went on a plane by myself was flying from Glasgow to Southampton for Roverway and I had a mini freak-out. The thing is I was completely fine until I had to walk away from Uncle and into the TSA line. I was on the verge of tears because I was getting myself in a state. But I started walking a little slower and took a few deep breaths then I began to relax.
As a consequence of my little freak-out I walked through the metal detector at TSA with my phone in my back pocket because I was panicking so much about going through without it beeping. This meant I completely forgot about my phone until the detector bleeped and I was asked if I had anything in my pockets!
So the moral of the story is don’t freak out but if you do begin to panic take a minute to take some deep breaths to try and stay level headed. Also if you panic, it takes the enjoyment out of the adventure. So relax, you’re on holiday!
10. Use Public Transport
The cheapest way to travel around most cities is public transport whether it’s the Tube in London or the Trams in Amsterdam they are a great way to get around the cities.
With most public transport in cities there are usually passes that will allow you to travel as much as you want with that one ticket. In Amsterdam, you can get a day pass that allows you to hop on and off the trams all day for this one price, this is a huge money saver.
In addition, in London you can get a visitor Oyster card which you pay £3 to activate it (I think) and then you can top it up with whatever amount of money you like then you can use it whenever you want. When I went down to London with my family we got one each and each time I have been down to London since I have brought along the oyster cards to save some money. The idea with the oyster cards is that if you travel in certain areas in the city you will only be charged up to a certain amount each day. Then after you have been charged that amount you can travel in the area as much as you want on that day.
Most cities have something that is similar to these passes but these are the two that I have had experience with.
I hope you have found these tips very interesting and that you may use some of my pearls of knowledge.
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If you would like to read about my last adventure where I used some of these fantastic tips then click here.