Get insider advice on planning, packing, and traveling to make the most out of your global adventures while avoiding common pitfalls.
Traveling the globe may look like the glamorous life, but anyone who travels regularly will tell you that’s far from the truth! Here are 30 tips for your next adventure that will have you looking like a seasoned pro—no matter what gets thrown your way.
Leave time for surprises—both good and bad. You never know what quirky treasures you may stumble upon or what unexpected delays you may encounter.
“Vital” includes a change of clothes. If your checked bag ends up on another continent, this tip ensures you have all your medications, chargers, and important documents on your person. Disaster averted!
Are you looking at currency exchange? A travel credit card? A travel money app? Whatever you choose, make sure you know how to use it before you fly.
Knowing the people of your destination always makes for a safer and more enjoyable trip! Plus, you’ll be better prepared to avoid faux pas.
Never assume you can toss your closet in your bag last minute. You don’t want to show up at the airport and realize you’ve forgotten your passport!
International travel requires international chargers and outlets. Make sure you buy the right adapter before you travel.
Just trust us. Pay the extra.
Traveling with liquids is not only a hassle, it can also cause a huge mess. A soap bar works just as well as body wash.
Make sure you have digital copies of your plane tickets, passports, IDs, and any other important documents. We don’t have to spell out the consequences of losing your ID in a foreign country!
Depending on where you're traveling, water quality isn’t guaranteed. Use a bottle with a filter for a safer and fresher experience.
You don’t have to be fluent, but it’s always a good idea to know how to say, “Where’s the bathroom?” in any language.
Hotel workers are not just locals; they also interact with a lot of tourists—meaning they know the good, bad, and ugly of the travel experience. Embrace their wisdom!
If you’ve never traveled before, invest in a travel rewards credit card. You’re going to be spending a hefty amount of money anyway, so you might as well get something in return!
Laundry bags take no space and make it easy to keep your clean clothes smelling fresh.
A blister on Day 1 is an even worse blister on Day 5. Skip the glamor, wear the comfy (and appropriate) shoes.
If you’re traveling to a new and exotic location, take a minute to get used to altitude changes, time zones, and anything else that might sour your experience.
Google maps are only useful if you have service. Make sure your maps are fully available offline!
Check your passport and driver’s license expiry date. Many countries won’t allow you in if your passport expires within 6 months.
Let your bank know you’re going away. Always. Nothing ruins a good time like an unexpectedly frozen credit card.
Towels are the all-in-one travel hack. Use them as pillows, wrap them for warmth, or bring them poolside. No matter what, you’ll be glad you have one.
You don’t want to lose valuables in an unfamiliar city. Leave the pricey goods in the hotel safe and enjoy your day.
If you’re missing home, there’s nothing wrong with finding an international Starbucks or McDonalds to ease the soul.
Recommendations are great, but any restaurant in a two block radius of a major attraction likely charges “tourist prices.” Walk a few blocks and see where your nose leads you!
There’s no such thing as a last-minute flight discount. If you want to save those dollars, book at least 2-3 months ahead.
Most places offer free walking tours of various neighborhoods or historical sites. They’re a great way to explore your new surroundings!
You’ll never have better local food than when you’re, well, local. Allergies aside, throw caution to the wind and try everything. You never know what new spices and tastes might delight you.
It doesn't matter if you’re headed to Death Valley in the height of summer: pack a jacket. Vacationing harbingers odd weather faster than a summoning circle, so be prepared.
Vacation photos make incredible memories and enviable social media updates—but you also want to stay present when you’re on vacation. Find the balance that’s right for you.
Nothing ruins a trip like lobster skin. Stay safe and look fabulous!
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