The best travel tips come from experience. The beginners are prone to making many travel mistakes. To help speed the process, you can use the mistakes others have made and apply it to your experience. The tips will help you sleep better, meet the locals, save money and become a better traveler.
Buy a small suitcase or backpack
When you purchase a small backpack, you will be forced to pack light and avoid carrying unnecessary luggage. When there is extra room, you may end up carrying the luggage that is not required just to fill up the space.
Carry an extra credit card and bank card
Imagine a scary scenario of being robbed or losing your card. It is a horror to be stuck in a foreign land without any access to your money. When you carry an extra card, you can avoid taking a loan from someone and complicating the situation.
Solo traveling is the best way to learn about yourself. It allows you to be independent. You will gain the confidence to handle unpleasant and unfamiliar situations at ease. When you are vulnerable, you learn more. Your capabilities will surprise you.
Don’t be afraid to get lost.
Getting lost in a neighborhood will allow you to explore more. Don’t be afraid to use a map and ask for help when you can. You may also find some hidden gems that are waiting to get explored and make some great memories.
Carry extra copies of your travel documents and passport
Always e-mail yourself a copy of your documents. If your hard copy ever gets stolen, you might have an issue with the local authorities later. Also, this will help when you submit a police report.
Learn the elementary phrases
To make your interactions easier with the locals, learn the easy phrases. Your effort will endear the locals, and you will be learning a new language too.
Don’t be shy to ask for an upgrade
The staff at the airlines or the hotel are sometimes very kind and flexible. When you ask for an upgrade, they might even provide you with one at a minimal or no cost if they are not full.
Stay in hostels
Hostels are great for a bonding experience with other tourists. Plus the stay and the food is cheaper and they have great events.
Don’t loosen your guard
Carry a healthy level of suspicion when you travel. It would prevent you from falling for scams and prevent uncomfortable and unsafe situations. Be open to the strangers, but be cautious too.