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Travel Tips From The Experts

This is What You Need to Know

We compiled a list of 10 travel tips from the experts – travel bloggers who have been to more countries than most of us.
Keep this in mind for your next trip and travel safe!

  1. Skyscanner’s “Everywhere” Destination

Get inspiration on where to go on Skyscanner’s “Everywhere” destination option. Mar of the Once in a Lifetime Journey blog visits the app several times a day to get ideas for future travels or just to daydream. Click here to see the complete list of her travel resources to plan and book like a pro. She’s been traveling the world for more than 10 years so she can definitely be called a pro.

  1. Carry-on packing

Christy and Scott of the Ordinary Traveler blog give us the golden tip to always reserve time for delays but also to pack some necessary things, like electronics, medicines, toothbrush and an additional pair of underwear (and a swimsuit if you’re going to a beach destination), in your carry-on luggage. This will save you both time and money in case your suitcase gets lost on the way!

  1. Patience is key

Matthew, also known as Expert Vagabond, sold everything he had 6 years ago to travel the world. His golden rule is to always keep calm and be patient, even if you miss your bus or the ATM is out of money. If nothing goes your way you should “just take a deep breath and remind yourself that it could be worse.” See it as an opportunity to explore more instead!

  1. Copy your documents

Nomadic Matt gives us a whole bunch of handy tips to make you more travel-savvy. You should for example always make extra copies of your passport and other valuable documents and email these to yourself so you can access to them anywhere somehow.

  1.  Lunchtime Sightseeing

Nomadic Matt also tells us to eat lunch earlier or later when sightseeing. If you prefer shorter lines you should do your sightseeing when others are having lunch – the historical sites empty out and you’ll have smaller crowds to battle.

  1. Credit Cards on Holiday

Geraldine behind The Everywhereist blog reminds us to put a travel alert on your credit card before you leave. Save their international customer service number as well – it might come handy. Also, especially if you’re traveling to a riskier country, you should contact the embassy to let them know the dates of your travel (or at least save their contact details!).

  1. Get a Travel Insurance

Lauren from Never Ending Footsteps advices us to always have travel insurance. You don’t want to injure yourself in a remote (or not so remote) place and then have to spend tons of money to get treatment. As Lauren puts it: “Don’t think that it won’t happen to you, because they thought that, too.” She (and many other travel bloggers, as we’ve noticed) use World Nomads travel insurance.

  1. Put Down Your Phone

Dave and Deb from The Planet D have been on the road for nearly two decades and remember the times when you were not able to instantly share a travel moment or perfect selfie with the rest of the world. “It’s a marvelous world that is full of noise right now. Travel gives you the opportunity to block out the noise, so put down your smartphone and be present instead.”

Put your phone down!

  1. Smart Stopovers

Our ninth travel tips from the experts is to stretch your dollar with smart stopovers. Marta from Where Life Is Great says that travelers often don’t know that many airlines offer to stay longer at a layover (making it a stopover) at no extra cost. Stop in Dubai with Emirates when flying to Asia from Europe or in Iceland with Icelandair when flying from the USA to Europe and get a free mini holiday for free!

  1. Get the best exchange rate

Usually, your local bank charges you with a banking fee when you exchange currencies. Daina from Headed Anywhere tells us to wait until we arrive at our destination and withdraw money from a local ATM instead. In this way, you save both time and money and you don’t have to travel with a huge amount of cash on you.

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