My 3 Travel tips for you!

South Africa

Welcome back to besthoteltester. These are additional Travel tips to “My Top 5 Travel Tips ever” There are plenty of tips and advises people can give. See this as a addition to my other blog post.

1. Experience

My travel tip is to always do at least one walking tour if you’re visiting a large city. It’s a fantastic way to get acquainted with a city. They’re informative, inexpensive, and many are free – just tip the guide.

Whenever possible, take a bike tour! It’s a wonderful way to see new places and they are usually led by locals who can give you great recommendations on what to do, where to eat, and what to avoid!

My top travel tip is ‘say YES!’ So many times I have had a greater adventure by doing the thing that was a bit outside my comfort zone. I have never regretted it and some of my best memories are from doing this!

Don’t get worked up if things don’t go as you had planned. Misadventure is part of the adventure. Go with the flow and enjoy being in the moment. Also, make sure you pack a small set of essentials in your carry-on in case your checked luggage is lost. It will help you get through the day until you can buy new items.

Get off the beaten path! Get lost wherever you go. You’ll find the most amazing things.

My travel tip would have to be to always get lost wandering in your destination. You will find so many treasures that aren’t in the guide books. Talk to the locals and learn about their life and culture.

Get away from the standard touristy sites and venture into the neighborhoods and areas where the locals hang out.

Take the plunge! Get out of your area of comfort. Wander. Learn people’s stories. Take lots of quick pictures and then banish the camera to experience the wonder of life. Have fun and don’t sweat the small stuff. We just did our first carry-on for three weeks to Italy and it was scary but the best thing we ever did.

When you are far from home and it becomes a bit overwhelming, find a favorite treat that you have at home and go sit in your room and enjoy it. Eyoos (Moroccan oreos) got me through my very first trip overseas.

Running or cycling is one of my favorite ways to explore new places. You really see things you might otherwise overlook.

If you have the choice between renting a car or taking a train, rent the car! Getting lost in random streets in route to a destination is part of the adventure and you always find more interesting places you didn’t know existed.

Food tours give an insight to the culture of your destination as well as a look into their past. It’s a great way to see a city and have a tour at the same time. And you get to eat along the way!

My #1 travel tip is to search Facebook for events happening in the places you’ll be visiting so you won’t miss out on incredible events that could be happening while you’re there.

2. Safety

Always take a photo of your passport and email it to yourself. This will make things easier if it gets lost or stolen.

Make copies of ID, insurance cards, credit cards, and travel documents along with emergency contact information to keep in a safe place in case of theft or other emergency situations.

If you have to check your luggage, take a picture of the inside. The airline will ask you to describe three things if you bag is lost or delayed.

Whether you are traveling alone or not, let someone back home know where you will be staying and the estimated schedule of your trip.

Travel insurance is a must. I’m so glad I did for my last trip when, coming back from Morocco, I was stranded in New York.

Never EVER pack your passport in your checked luggage.

Set all your travel locks to the same combination so they are easier to remember.

Don’t look like a tourist. Dress like a local, and walk like you’ve seen the area a million times before. You won’t have to worry about your wallet as much because you won’t be a target.

Get a RFID wallet during your travel for ease of mind, and keep a photocopy of your passport.

Money & Expenses

My #1 tip is to always have some cash on you (even if you’re leaving that country, which I found out the hard way) and keep it in multiple places. I carry a little ExOfficio parachute fabric coin purse with a clip. I put a modest amount of cash, an ID, and a CC in it and clip it around your pant loop. I then keep as little hidden in my purse and generally, depending on what I’m wearing, someplace else (back pocket, bra etc.).

When returning from a trip, I always keep roughly $20 to $30 of the currency. I keep it in separate baggies where I store my passport. It’s great to have a bit of cash on hand to start the next trip. I can grab a coffee, beer, or bite at the airport before tackling the ATM, taxi stand, etc.

Pre-pay as much as possible when planning, so once you get there it’s a breeze and you don’t worry about money!

Always travel with a back-up credit or debit card preferably stored separately from your main card. Emergencies can happen (loss, robbery, the bank’s computers go down, etc.) and you don’t want to be caught without an alternate way to access your funds!

My tip is to try to get maximum enjoyment per dollar (euro, peso, etc.). One way to do this is to walk instead of taking a car or take public transport around a city. You’ll save money and see more!

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