‘’If travelling was free, you would never see me again’’ – Isn’t this true for most of us?
Travelling, which a few decades back meant recreation, is now a lifestyle and career for some! People jump at the idea of travelling, and are more than happy to travel to far-fetched places for the heck of an experience. However, there are few things that can hold even the seasoned travellers back, it could be something as mundane as long queues, to something as serious as being lost in an unknown country without a phone!
Frankly, all these hiccups are relatable. But, do we let them overpower us? Hell no! Instead, we will find our ways to combat them and travel every inch of this magnificent place called ‘Earth’ in the smartest possible way!
Tip # 1 Dress up smart
You will get to read a lot of tips that will ask you to travel light – reduce the number of clothes, shoes and what not. But, hey we don’t want to get around in the country looking like a hobo, right? So, what we do? We dress up smartly. For instances – get infinity scarves that not only looking stylish but also double up as a blanket when it’s cold. You could also fold it over your face to block out the light for a nap. Use an all-in-one makeup product instead of the blush, brightener, and lipstick. Ditch the jeans, and opt for Leggings for they are a safe and extremely comfortable for traveling. Wear them under dresses and skirts, or for a workout (if that’s your thing). Remember to wear something with deep pockets on the plane—it’ll prevent you from having to dig through your bag for your phone, wallet, and boarding pass every five minutes.
Try and pack one colour scheme, and make sure it’s a dark one, which means all of your clothes will match and you don’t need to waste time worrying about putting together outfits.
Tip # 2: Cheap flight deals.
Airfares jolt majority of travel plans. The airfares, most of the times, are so high, that we end up reconsidering our travel plans. Here is the tip – if you are looking for cheaper fares, book your flight tickets on a Tuesday afternoon or on a Thursday, because that is when the air fares drop a little. Also, remember to turn your browser’s “incognito mode” ON to ensure that these websites do not track your activity and change their prices accordingly, whenever you are browsing an airline or a travel website for flight details.
Tip # 3: Say bye-bye to stink.
Clothes endure a lot during long flights. If you are looking to keep your clothes smelling fresh, place a dryer sheet in your suitcase. This will also help reduce static. Run out of dryer sheet? Throw the hotel bar soap into your dirty laundry bag.
Tip # 4: No more broken pins or misplaced charger.
Dealing with broken charger pins, entangled wires, or simply a charger that goes missing amidst heap of clothes, are situations that are simply nightmarish. You could relate to it even more if you are hooked to your phone 24X7. The solution? Carry your charger and headphones in a glass case that will keep them safe and handy.
Tip # 5: Keep important documents in check.
It happens more often than not, that we tend to lose our baggage or wallet, while vacationing. To be caught without important documents in a foreign land is a nightmarish situation. Scan all the important documents, passport, tickets, and more, and have them emailed to you. So, even if you lose your originals and their copies, you would still have them in your inbox.
ProTip: No time to scan? Click their photo through your mobile and upload them on cloud or email them.
Tip # 6: Laundry? Who needs that!
Okay, now this one is a little twisted but when you really think of its utility, you would possibly want to smother its inventor with ‘thank-you’ kisses. If you are travelling light and need to wash your clothes for free; enter the shower with your clothes ‘still on’, use the hotel soap or shampoo to first clean/wash your clothes and then yourself.
ProTip: To dry your clothes A.S.A.P, roll them tight in a towel. The towel would suck up the extra-moisture and allow it to dry faster. Alternatively, you could invest in some quick drying fabric like ones offered by Ex-officio or Marmot.
Tip # 7 Surf Google Maps – Offline.
I had a friend who just went on a solo backpacking trip, telling me that she had a tough time figuring out the directions, for the internet on her phone wouldn’t work! The physical maps were too tricky to follow and not knowing foreign languages, added to her woes. If you are stranded like her – Google maps will come to your rescue, yes, they work even offline! As soon as you get access to Wi-Fi, select the address you would want to get to. Next, type “OK Maps” and the visible area will be saved for future access. You can also zoom in on a part of a map that you want to save for offline browsing.
Tip # 8 In Rome do as Romans do
One of the best ways to save money and enjoy the vacation to the hilt, is to simply follow the rule that “when in Rome, do as the Romans do”. This in context of a vacation, loosely translate to, ‘get out of your comfort zone, and don’t be a stubborn traveler’. Ensure your safety by dressing up modestly, if the country’s culture demands so. Eat locally – trying the local cuisine will save you more money and makes you experience new, delicious, flavorful meals.
Tip 9 # See extra cities for free
Who doesn’t like freebies? We all do, especially if it’s a bonus city – courtesy ‘layover’.
Some airlines offer free stopovers, generally in their hub city, which means you can visit an extra destination or two minus any extra cost.
Tip # 10: Where’s my luggage?
In order to save yourself some time and energy when collecting your luggage from the baggage claim conveyor belt, make your luggage identifiable by sticking funky stickers or ribbons on it. Waiting is not your thing? Put “fragile” stickers on your suitcases and they should be among the first ones to arrive on the conveyor belt. Not only that, the staff will be extra careful while handling them.