1.) Make Travel a TOP priority. If you want to travel more, you’ve got to make it a priority!
Seriously, if you don’t have enough money for travel yet you have a wardrobe full of designer clothes that you never wear, or a garage full of expensive toys collecting dust, then you’re not clear on your priorities.
People have been able to travel overseas consistently over the past years because they made travel one of their top priorities.
2.) Always pack a towel. It’s the key to successful galactic hitchhiking and plain common sense. You never know when you will need it, whether it’s at the beach, a picnic, or simply to dry off.
3.) Buy a small backpack/suitcase. It will force you to pack light and avoid carrying too much stuff which you do not Need.
4.) Pack a light. Reduce the clothes to absolute Minimum, so you dont have to carry extra weight.
5.) Take extra socks. You’ll lose a bunch to laundry gremlins so packing extra will come in handy.
6.) Take an extra bank card or cash with you. Disasters happen. It’s always good to have a backup in case you get robbed or lose a card. You don’t want to be stuck somewhere without access to your money. Also do not put cards and cash in the same place as wallet, Try to put extra emergency money somwhere else, you can always leave it at the hotel safe box some of your cash.
7.) Be patient. Things will work out in the end. No need to rush. You’ll get to where you are going in due time. Travel is about the journey, not the destination.
8.) Be respectful. Locals are willing to help you out, but there’s probably a language barrier, so keep your cool when something doesn’t go your way. If you don’t, you’ll end up just looking like an asshole tourist.
Do not overload your trip. Try to be occupied but plan your activities in the time you have. Dont Forget that you also Need a time to rest. Too many impressions on holiday can cause you will not remember much of it later.
9.) Take old currency with you. Exchanging foreign currency after you’ve returned home is a hassle, especially since almost no one spends any time in an actual bank these days. Why else do so many travelers have so much funny money lying around?
If you travel abroad with any frequency, and have any stray foreign currency laying around, take it with you the next time you cross international borders. Then, when you get some local currency, you can exchange the money from any other country at the same time.
10.) Mark your bags with an easily recognizable item.
The days of flower-pattern steamer trunks are long gone; now we all buy our bags at the same stores from the same manufacturers.The result: an endless stream of nearly identical bags on the baggage carousel. The solution: mark your bags by tying a colorful ribbon, stitching a unique patch or putting a large sticker on your bags. You won’t see other passengers pulling your bags off the carousel to check for their tiny name tags, and you’ll be able to see your suitcases come out the door from miles away.
11.) Always check your chosen airline’s baggage fee policies. Most airlines allow you to check at least one bag free, but always double-check, so you don’t end up wasting $60 before you’ve even gotten to your destination.
12.) Pack wisely. Placing a dryer sheet at the bottom of your suitcase will keep your clothes smelling fresh and clean during travel.
Nothing is more annoying than having your phone, laptop, and/or iPad chargers tangled all over your suitcase. Organize these pesky little chargers in a spare glasses case.
Throwing all your jewelry in a baggy and going on your way will only cause frustration when you go to grab a necklace and it’s knotted with others. Use a pill container to keep them separated (and avoid tangles!).