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We’ve compiled a list of our best travel tips.


Preparation

Keep an offline and hard copy version of your important documents.
Research your locations and what you’d like to do, especially if you are in a larger city or have limited time.
Have a general sense of your daily budget for the day, outside of your accommodation budget. If you spend a little extra on one day, you can even it out on a different day.
If you are traveling to a country that speaks a different language than yours, download the Google Translate app (and the particular language) so you have the ability to converse.
Purchase travel insurance. If you think you can’t afford it, ask yourself this question: what would the cost of an emergency surgery or airlift back to my home country be relative to the cost of this travel insurance?
Concentrate hotel and travel rewards points.
Break large bills into smaller bills. Many places do not keep change for large bills, or they see it as an opportunity to up-charge you.
Designate a trusted point of contact at home. Appraise them of your travel plans. Rely on them in times of emergency. Most importantly: get agreement that they are okay to be your emergency contact.

Also read:

Part One: You Might Want to Travel the World. Now What? Consideration for Long Term Travel

Part Two: The Logistics of Long Term Travel — What You Need to Do Prior to Departure

Packing

Take half the stuff and twice the money.
Pack for seven days of travel, regardless of length of trip. Plan to launder your clothes during your travels.
Roll your clothes to create more space in your luggage.
Leave space in your luggage for mementos.
Use packing cubes so you don’t have to rummage through your entire luggage in order to find an item.
Pack a power strip to charge all of your electronics at once.
Keep a few zip lock baggies tucked in your luggage for any liquids or toiletries you pick up along the way.
Purchase ear plugs for use in the hotel.
Pack your bag and walk around with it for a few minutes to see how heavy it is. Imagine what 30+ minutes of walking around an airport might feel like. Could you sprint across the airport or train station at it’s current weight?
Be aware of your flight’s carry on size limitations.
Do not plan to check your bag, if you can help it.
If you have to check a bag, keep expensive items, electronics and other valuables in your hand luggage.
Download videos, songs and media offline on your phone ahead of your trip. Do not wait until you reach the airport – most times the airport the wifi speed is slow and limits the amount of data you can download.
Separate dirty clothes from clean within your luggage by using a laundry sack.
If you overpacked, ship items home.

Also read:

His Packing Guide for (Long Term) Travel

17 Tips for Keeping Safe While Traveling

Transit

Prepare an in-seat flight kit.
Prepare travel snacks.
Adjust to the local time zone by going to sleep at your arrival destination time on your first day. Do not take a nap. Adjust your eating habit to your new destination too.
Airport and city center car rental locations are typically higher than pick up from a location a short cab ride away.
If you are traveling with someone, create a meet up plan in case you get separated.
If taking public transit, arrive early to the port of departure. Like airports, some trains and bus ports require check-in and security.
Avoid loading your bag under the bus. Once you become separated from your bag, all bets are off.

Accommodation

Understand your accommodation’s check-in, check-out time policy.
Contact your accommodation before you arrive to determine a meeting place and time.
Grab a card from your accommodation and keep it with you. The card will likely have the accommodation’s name and location listed in the local language. Use the card if you have a hard time finding your way back.

On the Road – Out & About

If you see a line for food, get in it and try out what the locals eat.
If you have allergies, confirm the ingredients used. The way a favorite meal may be prepared back home may be different in a new place.
Be open to conversing and hanging out with locals.
Keep a power bank with you when you go out for the day so your ability to communicate and take photos is not hamstrung by a phone battery.
If someone tries to hand you something on the street, do not take it unless you are willing to pay for it. It is not free.
Apply the same judgement on the road as you do at home. When it comes to safety, listen to your gut.

What are some of your best travel tips?

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