Travel can create anxiety for the most seasoned of adventurers and culture trippers. For those heading overseas for the first time, it can be downright brutal. The good news? Well, it doesn't need to be. From searching for flights through in-depth cultural exploration, travel can and should be rewarding, exhilarating, and above all, enjoyable. Lucky for you, we've put together a few easy travel tips and tricks so you can be well on your way to that perfect trip abroad.
Do Your Research
This travel tip seems easy, and it is. Unfortunately, it's also surprisingly easy to mess up. Don't wait until the last minute to get your passport taken care of, your bags in order, or your medication filled. Do your research and check off that to-do list ahead of time.
Consider what activities, excursions, or adventures you'll take part in. You don't need to schedule your days by the hour, but you should have an idea of what you want to see, do, eat, or drink before you arrive. That'll provide some structure to your trip and help ensure you don't miss out on the best of wherever you're going.
Think about the mundane as well. Although it's easy to plan for snorkeling in Belize, it can be more challenging to think about banking and cell service. But, those things are essential as well, and it's necessary that you figure them out before you start slugging down that Caribbean rum. Make sure your bank knows where you're traveling, so they don't put a hold on your account. Check with your service provider regarding international plans and sort out the details before heading out so you don’t get slammed with heflty roaming fees.
Save yourself a bit of money and a boatload of stress by thinking ahead. We're all for spontaneity and adventure when we travel; that's what keeps us going. But that doesn't mean we're not doing our due diligence before we depart.
Some people love packing; others hate it. All we know is it's a necessary step in the process and something that can cause real headaches down the road if not done correctly.
Start thinking about what you'll wear on your trip early so you can buy anything you don't have. Remember that your activities and the weather you encounter should dictate most of what you pack. Consider purchasing packing cubes to keep everything organized.
Heading to Greece in July? The weather will probably be quite a bit different than the weather in February. You'll have to consider your wardrobe, and it's much cheaper to do that before you leave than it is to buy all new outfits in Europe.
Make sure that you pack your essentials and one outfit in your carry-on. The airline industry is still recovering from the Covid pandemic, and we've seen more delayed flights and lost baggage than we can remember.
Check out a packing list; there are a million out there, and some are pretty damn good. We send out country-specific lists to our travelers before all trips.
Find the Best Flights for You
Buying flights has always been tricky, and we wish we could say those difficulties are a thing of the past. Unfortunately, that's not exactly the current situation. Sure, today, we have more options than ever before when it comes to researching and finding our flights, but that in itself can create more uncertainty and another level of stress. Tack on the delays, cancellations and industry-wide changes brought on by the Covid-pandemic, and, well, we couldn't blame you for throwing your laptop out the window to see how far it could fly. Fortunately for you, we've got some helpful tips to take the stress out of the process.
Things will be much easier for you if you're flexible with your dates. Consider flying in early if you can; that way, you won't miss anything if you experience a delay.
When booking your flights, remember that the cheapest days to fly are generally Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Now that's not always the case, but you should take a look at it because it could save you quite a bit of cash and, in turn, purchase you more of those rum drinks in Belize.
Check out Skyscanner and set up flight alerts so that you don't have to keep checking for fares to go down. Delegate your work to the wonders of the internet whenever you can.