Most of us have gone away and come back with regret. Well these travel tips encourage a smooth journey. I’m in the midst of booking my next holiday – let’s all dream and prepare…
Google Translate Voice Option
Such an obvious, simplistic help that I forget to rely on. Although important to immerse yourself in culture and learn basic language, it’s nice to know you have a back-up. With Google Translate, you can speak into your phone and the correct text will then appear on your screen.
It means the person abroad you are trying to communicate with, can read the words on your phone in their own language.
Stay close to your airport before travelling
If you are lucky enough to live close by or within easy reach, this point is less applicable. If you feel anxious about timing or want to stay relaxed and prepared, a night near an airport is worth considering.
Well-known chains such as Marriott hotels like the Minneapolis Airport Marriott are good options.
All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware – Martin Buber
Consider other accommodation
When planning a holiday to Paris, me and my friend were in complete disagreement. She was on a university budget and wanted somewhere cheap and cheerful. I was earning high commission in cosmetics and wanted a hotel a little fancier.
I came across apartment rooms to rent. We found one for around 50 euros a night that contained a high-tech kitchen, huge shower and a comfy double bed. A cleaner came daily and the building was super secure – two codes and 3 different keys.
It was in Monmartre and we were right behind the artist’s square with beautiful cobbled streets.
Find food on a budget
There’s nothing better than a glass of wine and a good meal overlooking spectacular views. But dining each night, breakfast daily, lunch routinely – not to mention cocktails, ice-creams (smoothies for me) and snacks – food costs can get stressful.
If you are back-packing around the world, learning to cook quickly and on the go can be crucial.
The best education I have ever received was through travel – Lisa Ling
Renting out a room like I did in Paris, means you can visit the local supermarkets and prepare a couple of your meals and snacks at your apartment. This helps with spending. I had a pizza topped with four French cheeses – it sounded bizarre but tasted incredible.
It’s good to calculate what you can spend on food and drink. Then pick your must-visit restaurants, followed by where you can go that’s affordable.
Itinerary and pre-booking
Travel tips generally involve being prepared and doing your homework. Even if you adore the idea of getting lost exploring and living as each day comes, try to have an idea of your surroundings.
Once on holiday, the activities are endless. How do you know which club to enter at night? What’s the best beach to travel to? And if you have time to see one museum – which one?
By browsing beforehand and making up an itinerary, you are less anxious choosing options.
Equally, pre-booking is a traveller’s best friend. I managed to book a night on a yacht in Miami that cost less than if I had paid on the day. It was nice knowing that I had a relaxed evening ahead not worrying about money or where to go.
Other popular travel tips include travel insurance, high SPF, extra underwear, researching the best deals on money exchange, and an extra pair of sandals and sunglasses – if you break or lose a pair, it’s expensive to buy another out on your trip.
Mia from crystalsandcurls published this post: Whats coming up in spring. It has made me realise that you should look at Wowcher before booking.
To travel is to take a journey into yourself – Danny Kaye
What are your best travel tips? And do you have any stories of forgetting important items at home, packing too much luggage, or doing what my sister did when she booked my flight to Ibiza on the next day after hers?
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