For many people, travel is one of the main things in life that keeps them happy and content with the world, something to look forward to on those long hard days at work, something to help remind you why you do it in the first place! Of course, one of the best thrills of travelling is seeing all of the amazing sights the world has to offer, but an underrated thrill is finding out all of the best tips and tricks for getting the best experience possible! Here are ten of the best ways to travel smarter!
1. Seek Human Advice
The thing with travel guides and tourism sites is that they are designed to attract you to a chosen location, and will only tell you about the ideal situations. To get a better idea of the place you are thinking about, it is always worth seeking advice from people who have actually been there and have memories and experience that they can share with you.
2. Travel Agents
Continuing the ‘in person’ theme, don’t underestimate the benefit of a really great travel agent. There can be a lot to consider when booking a trip yourself online, and a travel agent can make sure that you have all your bases covered.
Make sure to do your research when it comes your luggage options, how much you can take, what the process for protection your bags is during the trip, and what rights you have from the airline if your luggage happens to get lost.
4. Rent a Car
You don’t want to have to depend on public transport, especially if you are in a foreign country and you don’t speak the language. Renting a car right from the airport can give you so much freedom and security in getting around.
5. TSA Research
In this current climate, it is likely you are going to go through at least one form of security checking on your travels. To minimize your stress and anxiety, it is worth reading up on what the procedures are at airports and other travel ports. When you already know, it doesn’t feel like such a shock.
If you have a layover on the way to your final destination, then don’t see it as an inconvenience. See it as ticking off another country or city on your travel list! If you have permission to leave the airport, then take the time to do a little exploring to make the layover worthwhile.
7. Stay Connected
One of the first things you should do when you land is make sure that your phone has changed to a foreign network, or swap out your SIM to one that works in the country you are visiting. Being able to be connected to your support system is vital.
If you haven’t used it before, it is time to get acquainted with AirBnB! The holiday and travel renting business has revolutionized how we can be tourists and stay abroad. You don’t have to pay for an expensive hotel or slum it in a hostel, you can stay in a local room or rent an entire place to yourself for very fair prices!
9. Manage Money
Make sure that you carry at least one credit card with you, along with a stash of local currency for smaller purchases. These days, it can often be safer and easier to pay for everything on your card, where your bank will do all of the converting for you.
10. Good Food
Never settle for the ‘first available’ or nearest choices when finding something to it, they will usually always be cheap junk or over priced tourist attractions! Don’t be scared to do a little exploring and discover the real hidden gems.