When it comes to travel tips and advice, I’m always excited to share. I mean, duh, I’m a blogger, and I love nothing more than writing up a kickass post to help others have awesome adventures. I adore writing about my favorite products to make life easier (Mack’s earplugs, people, they will change. your. life), apps that I’m really loving (Periscope, omg I’m obsessed), or suggestions for getting past security with ease (shoes off, liquids and laptops out, coats off, BAM). But what about the other kind of travel advice? The advice that’s less about what to pack, what to buy, or what to do, and more about the experience of travel. I put together a list of 10 things all you travel lovers out there will appreciate to help you get the most out of your adventures.
Comfort trumps all. When it comes to clothing or shoes or your backpack or gear or anything else — if it’s not comfortable, don’t take it. I have accumulated a small collection of booties for the very reason that they are stylish and also comfortable as hell. More than likely, you’ll be wearing or carrying things around for hours on end, so if you can’t even make it 90 minutes with something, give it a serious second thought.
Check The Flight Deal every damn day. Or, if you’re like me, multiple times a day. Even if you don’t book a ticket, it’s nice to dream. ps you’re welcome.
Pack as little as you dare. Travel is easier when you have less to lug around — security, bus rides, and adventuring in a new place. When I went to Vegas with just my purse, it was liberating. You don’t have to take light packing that seriously, but if you want to take advantage of whatever may come your way, less is more.
Roll your clothing. It saves space. I’m not just saying that like it’s common knowledge, I actually did an experiment on this!
If you need travel advice, turn to social media for help. It’s full of city locals and bloggers (um, hai) who are super excited to help and give their advice. In the very least, they can help point you in the right direction.
Remember that not everyone in the world speaks English. Learning a few simple phrases in a new language will go a long way. I didn’t really sit down to learn Icelandic before my trip, but I always said hello and thank you in the native tongue (“halló” and “takk”). People will appreciate that you don’t just assume they speak English and that you put in an effort to communicate in a way that is different for you.
You will meet some amazing people if you just say hello. Introductions can feel weird sometimes because we’re nervous or feel like outsiders, but it’s a small risk worth taking. You could either not say hello and continue living your life or you could say hello and have met someone cool. They might not really be interested in talking, in which case, whatever, life moves on. Or they could end up being one of your friends for life, in which case, ~awesome~. You really have nothing to lose.
Every now and then, put down your camera and just enjoy. As a travel blogger, I know I should be taking a crapload of photos, but sometimes I like to put down my phone and my camera and just experience things. I believe the best way for me to write about something is to actively engage, and if that comes at the sake of a few photos, so be it. You’ll appreciate your travels more if you check in from time to time and be 100% present.
Most people are inherently good. Not all unfortunately, but most are. Go with your gut, be smart about it, and don’t be afraid to trust.
Travel with an open mind and open heart. You will have your best travel experiences if you travel this way. I talk a lot about goals, I’m sure many of you have bucket lists filled with things you want to cross off, but as much as you can, try to go to new places ready to experience anything. Don’t let your expectations get in the way of an amazing adventure.
What’s the best travel advice you’ve got that isn’t in a guidebook? How did you learn it? Do any of these tips resonate with you?
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