Travel is not just about checking places off our list.
We hope this list of our best travel tips will inspire and help you to travel, and travel more often!
Tips 1# Don’t Expect Things to Be Like They Are at Home
If you want everything like it is at home, then what’s the point of going anywhere?
Keep an open mind to learning and experiencing new things when you travel abroad, that includes trying new foods which can tell you a lot about a culture – and don’t be scared to eat the street food!
We travel abroad to experience different cultures, environments, and ways of thinking. So don’t shut yourself off to experiencing all a country has to offer.
If you travel with an open mind you can have a much more enriching experience.
There will be moments when other cultures will shock you. Don’t judge them. When this happens, sit back and say, “Isn’t that interesting, tell me more!”
Tips 2# Travel In Your Own Backyard
If you can’t afford to travel overseas or out of state, if you don’t have the time to go away for more than a few days or the thought of traveling makes you nervous, start off by traveling in your own backyard.
You don’t have to be rich to travel and it doesn’t have to involve long flights.
A great way to bring more travel into your life is simply by exploring new areas in your home city or state.
Start off by taking a day trip to a nearby town or a weekend getaway to the coast or mountains. Or simply explore your own town with new eyes.
- Visit a new cafe or market
- Go kayaking in a nearby river
- Climb a new mountain
- Visit a different park or beach.
- Grab a drink at a different bar
- Walk around a different neigborhood
After a while, you’ll be looking for bigger and longer adventures.
This strategy is one of the most overlooked and cheapest ways of bringing more travel into your life.
Tips 3# Don’t Travel Without Travel Insurance.
Probably our most important trip advice. I’ve said this over and over…“If you can’t afford travel insurance, then you can’t afford to travel”.
It’s that simple. Especially if it’s an overseas trip!
No, I don’t like paying for it either, but buying travel insurance can be so cheap it’s a no-brainer and the peace of mind is priceless!
I would rather spend an extra RM200 or so for our trip and most likely never use the insurance than wipe out my bank account if something did go wrong.
Why do you need travel insurance?
What happens if:
- You need to cancel your trip unexpectedly
- A hurricane damages your destination
- There is a terrorist event
- You get sick or injured on your trip
- Your luggage is lost or stolen
- You lose your passport
Tips 4# Pack Smart
Just thinking about packing can be stressful when you are planning a trip, but the best thing to do is pack the bare minimum because you can always buy it once there!
Our top travel packing tips are to select versatile, comfortable and loose fitting clothes and neutral colors that can be worn in multiple combinations so if something gets dirty you only have to change part of the outfit.
If you travel with kids, encourage them to choose and pack their own clothes to minimize complaints and to teach them travel planning skills.
And with toddlers, pack a change of clothes for dinner, pajamas, or what is needed during the day in case of accidents.
Packing cells have been a life saver for us – in each cell we roll up each item and arrange clothes based on type and season.
You can even stuff your underwear into your shoes to save space.
And don’t forget to bring a sarong!
A sarong doesn’t weigh anything and can be useful for so many things like covering yourself in holy places, a bed sheet, a towel, a picnic blanket, a scarf, a sweater, wind protection, a privacy screen, shade – they are amazing!
Tips 5# Put Down Your Phone and Camera
We are guilty of this as much as anyone, considering we love to travel, we love to blog and spend a lot of our time taking photos, putting out updates on Facebook and Instagram, and creating a content for blog.
But it’s important for us to remember to step away from behind the camera, to put our phones down, and simply be present in the moment.
Sure, it’s nice to look back on your photos and videos, and social media is addictive, but the only time we have is right NOW in the present moment.
The past has past and the future never arrives – so take the time to just sit and be fully aware of where you are with all your senses!
If you spend your whole vacation looking at it through the confines of a lens, or keep jumping on Facebook every 5 minutes to see what everyone is up to at home, you are not fully present and can miss so much going on all around you!
You’ve spent valuable money and time to be there in the first place, don’t let the moment pass you by!