This article was published on October 27th, 2013
If you are just starting to get out to see the world there are lots of little things you can do to make your trip go smoother and make it more enjoyable. Travel should be fun and enjoyable, and with these quick tips, you can travel like a pro!
You get what you pay for – pay a few extra dollars to stay in a hotel that is near good restaurants, nightlife, attractions, or whatever the purpose of your trip. You’ve only got so much time when travelling, and time is money.
If you’re hotel comes with complimentary breakfast or afternoon happy hour – stock up! It can help cut down the daily meal budget.
Don’t upgrade to a kitchenette unless you’re on a long stay. Do search for rooms that have mini fridges to keep small pack items like yogurt and water cold. Most people don’t buy food locally and make it themselves – it’s faster and easier to go out and eat. If health is an issue, most restaurants are flexible enough to make a meal to your dietary requirements.
There’s no need to bring your shampoo, conditioner and soap. These three essentials are provided by all hotels. If you forget your toothbrush or toothpaste, and other common toiletries, the front desk usually has supplies you can borrow.
Bring an empty plastic bag to put your dirty laundry in. It’ll help keep you organized by separating out your clean from dirty clothes. If you’re on a longer trip of five or more days, reduce the amount of clothes you are bringing by pre-planning. Experienced travellers research where they can do laundry at a local laundromat; it’s quick and easy to do, doesn’t take a ton of time, you’ll have fresh clothes along the trip, and you don’t have to pack as much. Traveling is also a great time to shop because you can get fashions that might not be available in your area, so you can add to your wardrobe throughout your trip.
Drink tons of water. Hydration is important. If you’re out and about for the day and nature calls, you can usually sneak into a hotel lobby bathroom. Just be respectful.
Make a small purchase with the store logo on it. Carrying it will make you look more like a local. Don’t take a backpack and carry a camera around your neck or hold a map non-stop… it makes you an easy target.