Each Sunday, a community of travelers from all around the world meets on twitter for an hour to partake in Sunday Brunch Travel Chat. Our last chat for the year revolved around “travel resolutions”. Question 5 was:
Share one piece of travel advice you learned from 2013 to help us become better travelers!
Here are the answers from the top travelers on twitter!
Make your own decisions about a place, never rely soley on another persons opinion.
House sitting is a superb way to reduce the cost of your trip and immerse yourself in the culture of a location. Channel more of your travel fund into exploring the destinations you visit.
Food is expensive, so go into town and bring some food/snacks back.
Always carry a few snacks when you travel that meet your dietary needs. You can’t always count on places you are traveling through to have what you need.
Travel with a fake wallet with a few dollars and some old expired credit cards should you ever get robbed or mugged.
Put socks in your shoes to save space AND prevent your shoes from losing their shape in your luggage !
You don’t have to go far from home to find travel adventure. Take advantage of being at home, even while working.
Airlines charge seats at different prices. When searching for two seats you will be charged the highest seat even if one person’s seat is lower. If travelling with a partner check the single price before committing to the couple price.
Hire a motorbike or scooter and experience the flavor of the local life, away from the well trodden tourist trail.
Eating yogurt regularly a week or two before your trip can fortify your immune system and can help prevent one from getting sick while abroad .
Always carry baby wipes & toilet paper.
Travel with a variety of sizes of plastic bags. Useful for dirty or wet laundry, snack items, electronics and camera stuff and many other uses that may come up spontaneously when you need to store something immediately.
Keep old kitchen spice jars/tins (the small ones of course, that fit in a spice rack) digital photo cards. They are waterproof (mostly) and just the perfect size!
Get LOST, it’s fun!
Enjoy the experience and take the best out of it, even when it’s painful. All experience pays off.
Take photos of luggage tags on the belt as your bags gets whisked away for international travel. You can then easily identify it if bags gets lost, with the the luggage codes visible.
Try to connect with locals wherever you travel.
Volunteer when you can…it brings that extra level of joy to your travels!
Make sure you tell your credit card companies and your bank that you’ll be using your card abroad. It sucks to have your cards frozen!
Handling money is one of the most dirty things you can do. One can get carried away with germ caution.
Eat a big breakfast at the start of the day to save money on snacks and the need for a big lunch. Oh, and pack light, pack light, pack light! Did I mention packing light?
It’s a simple one, but be open and courteous throughout your entire trip – from the airport to the destination!
If you hide anything valuable at home before you go, like your wallet, email yourself where you hid it!!
Learn a few super basic recipes with cheap ingredients. Pasta and pesto. Baked chicken with some spices. A few salads. They’re great for cooking in hostels and fantastic for sharing meals while couchsurfing.