We are a mixed bag of individuals here at Travelade, but a common thread among us is how much we love to travel.
Between our 7 core team members, add up the number of countries we’ve all visited and the total comes to a whopping 203!
Given all this extensive travel experience, we’ve gathered each member’s top travel tip (some conventional and some not-so-conventional) to help you have the best holiday you possibly can on your next adventure.
TIP: Basically…travel as light as possible. Having carry-on only (no matter how long your trip) is a huge time saver.
TIP: Always travel with a little box of matches. Loose threads, smelly bathrooms, hang tags, a light…you’ll be surprised at how handy it comes in.
TIP: Bring an HDMI cable so you can watch whatever your streaming from the hotel TV.
TIP: When travelling with my family, I always carry a travel sized first aid kit for those minor injuries that in our case, happen very frequently.
TIP: Go to concerts!
Traveling is not just about sightseeing and ticking attractions off your list. I always check out some local events, especially concerts, when I’m abroad. Whether it’s the local symphony orchestra or some local band, I always feel like I get to know the culture of the place a bit better by going to concerts.
TIP: When flying to and from Iceland, I pick the side with the view over Iceland, i.e. if you are going to Europe you sit on the left side on your way from the country etc…much better view 🙂
TIP: Back-up your phone at home, and configure your phone so that it automatically uploads all your photos to a cloud service (Google photos, iCloud, dropbox etc) whenever you connect to Wifi. If your phone gets lost or stolen, you still have all your precious photos.
Tips and travel hacks a plenty…
Most of our team found it difficult to share just one piece of travel advice, so here’s a laundry list of helpful advice:
Always pack a sleeping mask and earplugs to ensure a good night sleep when sleeping in places you’re not used to ex hotel rooms in a busy neighbourhood, overnight buses or hostel dormitory rooms (let’s face it, there’s always someone who snores really loudly).
Mix DIY planning and day tours (check this blog article out on the benefits of a guided tour)
Always have socks and a sweater in your carry on luggage when travelling. Planes, buses and trains can be cold even if it is steaming hot outside.
Try not to plan too much. Allow yourself the flexibility to stay, move, change what you see and what you do based on how you feel when you arrive at your destination.
Before long journeys, download a Spotify playlist and Netflix episodes/movies to your phone when you have a Wifi connection.
Take a photo of your passport and have it on your phone (save it to your Favorites) and cloud service.
We all love last minute getaways but double check if you will need a visa to enter into the country, how long it will take to get a visa and how you can pay for the visa.
Note down as you travel, all the places that you would recommend. It’s easier to make places as you go…it’s always harder to remember back. Better still, create a Wanderguide so you can easily share your recommendations when you’re home!
Have a tiny box of laundry detergent with you and a band. If you need to wash a piece of clothing you can do it in the hotel/hostel sink and hang it on the string in the room.
Always have a pen in your carry-on bag.
Bring a toothbrush and a toothpaste with you on long-haul flights. Brush your teeth at the end of the flight and you’ll feel super fresh.
Don’t pack clothes that wrinkle easily. You will not be willing/able to iron them while you’re on vacation, trust me!
Ask locals for recommendation and if they speak some English make sure he understands you are asking for a local restaurant, i.e. where the locals go to eat, not the nearest HRC (check out this blog article for tips on how to find local recommendations).