48 Top Travel Tips That Frequent Travelers Swear By

48 Top Travel Tips That Frequent Travelers Swear By

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Posted July 23, 2023

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Traveling can be an exhilarating experience, but it can also be stressful if you’re not well-prepared. Frequent travelers have mastered the art of jet-setting and have accumulated valuable knowledge along the way. Whether you’re a seasoned explorer or a novice adventurer, these 48 top travel tips from frequent travelers are sure to enhance your next journey.

  1. Pack light: Opt for a carry-on bag whenever possible to avoid checked baggage fees and minimize waiting time at the airport. Do you know how much money we’ve saved in check baggage fees by carrying on our luggage?
  2. Make a checklist: Create a detailed list of essentials before you start packing to ensure you don’t forget anything important. We have a checklist available for newsletter subscribers and we use it religiously. (See QR code below.)
  3. Invest in quality luggage: Durable, lightweight luggage with wheels and sturdy handles will make navigating airports and cities much easier.
  4. Bring a power bank: Keep your devices charged on the go with a portable power bank to avoid running out of battery during your travels. (We bring three because energy is depleted quickly in some.)
  5. Learn basic phrases: Familiarize yourself with a few key phrases in the local language to help you communicate with locals and navigate more easily. (We always make a point of learning pleasantries: Hello, Please, Thank you.)
  6. Notify your bank: Inform your bank about your travel plans to avoid any issues with your credit or debit cards while abroad. The last thing you want to happen is for a purchase you’re making to be denied for possible fraud.
  7. Research local customs: Take some time to understand and respect the customs and traditions of the places you’re visiting to ensure a more immersive and respectful experience.
  8. Pack a scarf or sarong: This versatile item can serve as a cover-up, blanket, towel, or even a makeshift bag in a pinch.
  9. Download offline maps: Save maps of your destination on your phone or tablet before you leave to navigate without an internet connection.
  10. Carry a reusable water bottle: Stay hydrated and reduce plastic waste by bringing a refillable water bottle with you.
  11. Pack a small first aid kit: Include basic medications, band-aids, and any personal prescriptions you may need during your trip.
  12. Use packing cubes: Keep your belongings organized and maximize suitcase space by using packing cubes or compression bags.
  13. Dress comfortably for flights: Choose loose, breathable clothing and slip-on shoes to stay comfortable during long flights or layovers.
  14. Bring a photocopy of important documents: Make copies of your passport, visas, and other crucial documents, and keep them separate from the originals.
  15. Use a VPN: Protect your online privacy and access geo-blocked content by using a virtual private network (VPN) while traveling.
  16. Learn to pack efficiently: Roll your clothes instead of folding them to save space and minimize wrinkles.
  17. Bring a universal adapter: Ensure your electronic devices can be charged in any country by packing a universal adapter.
  18. Use a money belt: Keep your money, passport, and other valuables safe by wearing a discreet money belt under your clothes.
  19. Check entry requirements: Research visa and entry requirements for your destination well in advance to avoid any last-minute surprises.
  20. Take photos of important documents: Snap pictures of your passport, driver’s license, and travel insurance information in case of loss or theft.
  21. Carry small denominations of local currency: Have some cash in the local currency for small expenses or situations where cards aren’t accepted.
  22. Pack a multi-purpose travel towel: Lightweight and quick-drying travel towels come in handy for beach trips, picnics, or unexpected rain showers.
  23. Inform someone of your itinerary: Share your travel plans with a trusted friend or family member in case of emergencies or unforeseen circumstances.
  24. Research local transportation options: Familiarize yourself with public transportation systems or reputable taxi services to navigate your destination efficiently.
  25. Embrace street food: Try local delicacies from street vendors to experience authentic flavors and save money on dining.
  26. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water, especially in hot climates, to stay healthy and energized during your travels.
  27. Pack a sleep mask and earplugs: Ensure a restful sleep on planes or in noisy accommodations by blocking out light and noise.
  28. Purchase travel insurance: Protect yourself against unforeseen events, medical emergencies, or trip cancellations with comprehensive travel insurance.
  29. Use incognito mode for flight searches: Enable private browsing or use incognito mode to avoid price increases when repeatedly searching for flights.
  30. Explore alternative accommodations: Consider staying in vacation rentals, hostels, or guesthouses to experience local hospitality and save money on accommodations.
  31. Learn basic photography skills: Capture memorable moments by familiarizing yourself with your camera settings and composition techniques.
  32. Pack a portable umbrella: Be prepared for unexpected rain showers by carrying a small, foldable umbrella in your bag.
  33. Be respectful of local customs and traditions: Observe dress codes, etiquette, and social norms to show respect to the local culture.
  34. Bring a pen: Keep a pen handy for filling out customs forms or jotting down notes during your journey.
  35. Pack extra memory cards: Ensure you have enough storage space for all the incredible photos and videos you’ll take during your trip.
  36. Stay connected with loved ones: Use messaging apps or video calls to stay in touch with family and friends back home.
  37. Check the weather forecast: Stay informed about the weather conditions at your destination to pack appropriate clothing and plan activities accordingly.
  38. Practice good travel etiquette: Be mindful of your surroundings, follow airport security procedures, and respect fellow travelers’ personal space.
  39. Pack a small travel pillow: Stay comfortable during long flights or bus rides with a compact travel pillow.
  40. Be cautious with public Wi-Fi: Avoid accessing sensitive information or making online transactions while connected to public Wi-Fi networks.
  41. Learn to haggle: Bargaining is a common practice in many countries, so brush up on your negotiation skills to secure the best deals.
  42. Familiarize yourself with emergency contacts: Save local emergency phone numbers and embassy contacts in your phone or write them down for easy access.
  43. Stay open-minded: Embrace new experiences, flavors, and cultures with an open mind and a willingness to step out of your comfort zone.
  44. Take breaks: Pace yourself and schedule downtime during your trip to avoid burnout and make the most of your travels.
  45. Pack a small sewing kit: A mini sewing kit can be a lifesaver for fixing minor clothing mishaps on the go.
  46. Learn about local scams: Educate yourself about common scams at your destination to avoid falling victim to tourist traps or fraudulent schemes.
  47. Pack a portable laundry detergent: Stay fresh by washing your clothes in the sink or shower if laundry facilities are not readily available.
  48. Enjoy the journey: Embrace the unexpected, savor the moments, and remember that travel is about the journey, not just the destination.
 

 

By incorporating these 48 top travel tips from seasoned globetrotters, you can enhance your travel experiences, navigate unfamiliar territories, and create lasting memories. So, pack your bags, embark on your next adventure, and let these tips be your guide to a more seamless and enjoyable journey. Bon voyage!

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  • Tonya Fitzpatrick, Esq., is a co-founder of World Footprints, a social impact travel media company that she runs with her husband, Ian. She is an award-winning journalist, global public speaker, and three-time TEDx presenter who has written for several prominent publications including the Miami Herald, AAA World, The Lens and Island Soul. Recognized as Black Travel Journalists of the Year alongside Ian, Tonya serves on several travel industry boards, including SATW, The Explorers Club (DC chapter), NATJA, and JourneyWoman. She has also been appointed to the Maryland Tourism Development Board by Governor Wes Moore.