Travelling is fun, travelling is crazy, travelling is a way of life, but it can be a bit of a hassle at times. There’s numerous articles on the internet with ‘Top 10 Travel Tips’ or ‘What Travel Agencies don’t want to tell you!’ etc… But what are actual useful travel tips that are not plain common sense? What can actually make your experience better without major preparations? (Honestly, no-one makes 3 prepped meals for a 12h flight because the airplane food is bad, however much you insist on it.)
I listed 5 ultimate travel tips that you’ve probably never considered before, to make your next travel experience a little more relaxing 😉 Let me know in the comments if you have more great tips, I’d be more than happy to read them!
1. Carry a cucumber
What? This sounds as strange as it actually is. If you think about it though, there is really no downside to it. Aircraft air is very dry, resulting in dry lips and knuckles, itchy skin and a big thirst for those overpriced drinks they want to sell to you. A cucumber is 60% water and contains a lot of minerals, making it extremely hydrating! Also, it gives you something to do when you’re totally not up for watching your neighbour sleeping with their mouth wide open. Cucumbers are usually wrapped separately, so you don’t need to buy or find an extra plastic bag to store it. On top of all that, it’s one of the only super watery vegetables that barely spills, breaks or leaks!
2. Bring your empty water bottle
Nothing like paying €5 for 0.5l of water after getting through security check. You’re not allowed to bring liquids, but no-one ever said you couldn’t carry the empty bottle! Whether it’s your leftover PET bottle or an actual gym bottle (complete with Protein Powder compartment, not to be mistaken for hard drugs), it’s easy to refill in a toilet and carry it on board. Want to play the game even smarter? Purchase a foldable bottle! They weigh nothing and don’t take up any space either, unless filled. Brands include: Vapur, Hydaway or even Walmart.
3. Rope, Rope and more ROPE!
Seriously. Your backpack breaks, you tie it together. Wet clothes? You make an improvised laundry rack. Need to keep your underwear together? Tie them to each other. A rope gives you endless options that cam make your life as a traveller easier. I recommend a long, thin and solid rope. Braided ropes are often more fragile, while thick ropes generally take up way too much space and weight in your luggage.
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4. Turn off Google Maps
Travelling requires a lot of navigation. You need to get from the airport to the hotel, from attraction A to B or you just want to roam around the city. Given you have data or there is free WiFi, Google Maps seems like a go-to option. Fine, I would say, but you’re missing out. Part of travelling is the journey, the struggle. Relying on Google Maps locks your gaze on the screen and doesn’t provide you with a feel of the orientation of the place either. Using a physical map or asking the way to locals does. Who knows, they might give you a tip for a good bar on the way! Time to get over that shyness and maybe build a few language skills.
PS: Although I discourage using Google Maps, please do make sure you have the address of your destination with you, or you’ll never get there 😉
5. Visit places twice
This doesn’t mean you have to book the same flight to an exotic destination 2 years in a row, rather that you see a certain attraction twice in a short amount of time. When on the road, you usually end up at your destination somewhere in the late afternoon or evening. My routine then goes as follows: Explore the city in the night time, no rushing or mandatory visits. The next day, I go to the same places to see them in the daylight. Often, you notice small things you didn’t see the night before and it becomes easier to put their architecture, purpose and location more into context. The time in between visits allows room for thought, evaluation and perhaps some googling about the particular objects of interest?
Do you have any unconventional travel tips you’d like to share? Drop them in the comments below! 🙂