Travelling comes easily to those who’ve filled up their travel bucket fairly enough. But if you’ve discovered your wanderlust recently and are a fairly new traveller, perhaps you should take a look at these brilliant tips and enjoy a carefree travel!
- A travel checklist is a big help to ensure you don’t miss out on anything.
- While searching for flights and hotels online, use words such as ‘promo’, ‘discount’ or ‘coupon’ along with your destination name. It can really save a few bucks! Moreover, always search in an incognito tab otherwise your cookies could lead to price hikes of companies.
- It may be hard to believe, but studies show that flights are cheapest on a Tuesday at 3 p.m.
- Look at hotel reviews from sites such as Trip Advisor, Mouthshut.com, etc. Better rely on user testimonies than hotel marketing gimmicks, right?
- Check out promotion on hotel and flight bookings that take place on many websites such as Goibibo.com
- Know the location of your country’s embassy and note down their number in case of emergency.
- When reserving flight tickets for two, book an aisle and a window seat. If nobody occupies the middle seat you get the entire row and if somebody does, you can always ask them to switch with you.
- Place a dryer sheet at the bottom of the suitcase. It will keep your clothes and shoes smelling fresh and clean. Learn how to pack wrinkle-free here.
- Use rolled up belts inside your shirt collars and keep them stiff.
- Put socks inside shoes to ensure the shoes retain its shape. Also, rolled socks can double as a safety sack by placing delicate items within them.
- Use a pill container or a travel-friendly jewellery box to store your jewellery and avoid tangles.
- Don’t carry the big shampoo/ conditioner bottles you use at home. Transfer them into small, travel-friendly containers instead.
- Place a small layer of cling wrap on the mouth of any shampoo/sunscreen bottle and then shut the lid. To be extra safe, tape the caps shut.
- To avoid any explosions of beauty products in the flight, remove any extra air from them before packing them.
- Use a binder clip to protect the head of shaving razors.
- Use zip-lock or a plastic bag to put your toiletries and beauty products in it and place it in the middle of your suitcase to avoid any breakage.
- Always, always, always pack some extra plastic bags. Even if you think you won’t need it – it’s better having one than not.
- Carry a pillowcase and sheet in case you think you will face sanitation issues.
- Watches, your prized possessions, are delicate and it makes sense to protect them by carrying them in travel-friendly watch cases.
- Carry a small first-aid kit with basic essentials such as dettol, band-aid, basic dressing material, paracetamol, avil, combiflam, crocin, domstal, etc.
- Pack light. Re-use your clothes. Use compression sacks, packing cubes or simply roll your clothes in order to save space.
- Carry a power extension cord and an international adapter.
- Always carry energy bars in your carry-on in case the food somewhere is expensive or hard to find. Plus it’s also very nutritious. Buy a box of energy bars to get a discount.
- Carry an empty bottle of water so that you can keep refilling them throughout your trip and save money!
- Pick a suitcase with a pattern or a different colour to avoid misplacing your bag.
- Carry a pen with you to fill out the customs and immigration forms at the airport for you and your family members. Some passport holders also have a provision for a tiny pen!
- Pick a seat near the wings of the plane to minimize turbulence.
- Head for the bathroom 20 mins before the seatbelt sign comes on for landing. This way you can rush for the baggage carousel and not waste any time at the airport.
- As soon as you land, dispense money from the local ATMs. Money converters at airports tend to cost more.
- Record the room numbers for every hotel you shift to and also the number of your tourist vehicle (if you’re using one)…it helps save a lot of confusion.
- If you forgot or misplaced your charger somewhere, ask the hotel front desk for a charger…they have a bunch, other travellers have forgotten theirs too! You can also use the USB port on your television to charge your phone in case you have a USB cord.
- Use Google Maps offline by typing ‘OK Maps’ and the visible area will save for future access.
- Kick-start each day with a heavy meal.
- While outside, don’t opt for the fast food chains you find all over the world. Try local fast food joints if you must, they are almost always tastier.
- Do not carry your wallet in your back pocket or your purse on just one shoulder.
- On the last day of your trip to a foreign country, collect all your loose change and give it to a homeless person.
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