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40 Travel Tips To Become A Savvy Traveller

Some people are born savvy travellers. They are street-smart and know how to be prepared for bad travel experiences. However, others learn from their travel experiences, and I was one of them.

My travel savviness was a process born out of missed flights and countless tiny errors. From what to carry for while travels, to how to make friends while on the road, I slowly learned it all, as I completed my journeys, one after the other. I remember when I left home with a one-way ticket to Bhutan, after quitting my corporate career out of frustration, I had no idea what to expect. My face clearly spoke of an inexperienced traveller self. But after a few years of nomadism, I can say that I’ve learned a bit of it. And the basis of my experiences, if I were to counsel anyone in reaching them their travel ninja potential, these are the 40 travel tips to becoming a savvy traveller:

  1. Book a flight only 2 to 4 months in advance. Because that’s when flight carriers start fluctuating their prices for you to take the advantage.
  2. Search for flights in incognito more. While booking flights and hotels, always search incognito mode to hide your browsing history so booking websites don’t track your cookies and raise the price for you.
  3. Travel overnight whenever you can. And save yourself the hotel money for that night.
  4. Carry earplugs. Because snorers are everywhere and you need to sleep.
  5. Skip the towel. And rather take a long sardine cloth, because it takes less space in your bag and is multi-functional.
  6. Always have an extra USB charger. To make sure you don’t run out of batteries.
  7. Avoid the money belt. Unless you want to tell everyone you’re a tourist and challenge them to try and rip you off.
  8. Pack a flashlight. Other than the flashlight in your phone.
  9. Carry a book. Because reading and travelling is a great combination.
  10. Carry a light rain jacket. To save yourself from light showers and breeze.
  11. Eat a vitamin C tablet every day. Or rely on another source of vitamin C to keep your immune system strong.
  12. Eat street food. To save some money, and learn about local food. You’re anyway taking your daily dose of Vitamin C tabs, aren’t you?
  13. Wear sunscreen. Not to stop yourself from getting tan but for medical purposes. Too much exposure to the sun isn’t good for you. At least not in the 21st century.
  14. Travel solo at least once. You will learn a lot about yourself and how to become independent.
  15. Take photos. And build memories.
  16. Try to befriend locals. Local people are the living encyclopaedia of their town/city, use their knowledge to travel more efficiently.
  17. Be respectful of local cultures. Keep your cool when someone doesn’t get your way.
  18. Use a navigation map. I use Google App or Maps.me to make sure I don’t get lost in a new city.
  19. But don’t be afraid to get purposefully lost. Aimless wanderings through is the best way to know and moreover understand a new city. So don’t be afraid of going a little reckless, and exploring the world.
  20. Carry emergency cash. Because emergencies happen, and you need to secure your ass, in every situation.
  21. Learn a few phrases in the native language of your destination. It’s a great way to make locals feel comfortable and start a conversation.
  22. Be open to strangers. If you won’t try to speak to others, you’re going to be a sad, grumpy traveller. Try to speak to fellow travellers and strangers, they’ll only give you a reason to smile.
  23. Avoid taxis. They consume most of your travel budget.
  24. Try hitchhiking. If you do not find any public transport, give hitchhiking a try. It’s not as risky as you think. And you never know, you might just find yourself a good friend in a new country.
  25. Get city attraction cards. If you’re travelling in Europe or any other country where tourism is highly regulated, buy their city card. They’re always a good bargain, especially if you’re going to travel via public transport and are going to visit a lot of museums and other attractions in a short period of time.
  26. Take free walking tours. Many cities (again, in countries where tourism is highly regulated) offer free city tours. Use them to know more about the places you’re travelling.
  27. Use booking.com for hotel reservations if you’re not sure about your trip. They offer zero advance payment bookings, and a free cancellation before a few days of your arrival – meaning you don’t lose a penny if your plan changes.
  28. Never buy a paid itinerary. They are stupid, expensive, and often take you to the beaten path. Avoid them!
  29. Never change your currency at the airport. Because that’s where you’ll get the worse exchange rates.
  30. Use free internet on airports/train-stations/restaurants/hostels. And save yourself some more money.
  31. Carry a pair of slippers. Because they make your stay comfortable and relaxing. Moreover, in unexpected dirty toilets, it always feels good to have something under your feet.
  32. Always carry a basic first-aid kit. Especially a lot of band-aids. Because accidents can happen anytime, and you must be prepared.
  33. Be patient. Things will work out in the end. 
  34. Do not let travelling spoil your daily schedule. If you’re into yoga or any other daily ritual(s) to maintain your body, do not let travelling take over it. Find a way to keep a balance between travelling and living.
  35. Don’t over-plan. Travelling is not about seeing places and ticking them off a list. It’s about learning new things and understanding new cultures. Let your days unfold naturally. Don’t over-plan.
  36. Travel slow. Because travelling is a soul-searching experience, don’t rush too much. Slow travelling moreover saves you money.
  37. Carry an extra copy of your passport and important documents. Also, don’t forget to e-mail a copy to yourself.
  38. Always carry a padlock. And while travelling in Asia, use your own lock rather than the one given by your guest house.
  39. Mark your luggage so it stands out. Unless you want to accidentally take someone else’s luggage or have someone run off with yours.
  40. And last but not the least… Remember to PACK LIGHT!

Useful Read: How To Travel The World Without Spending Too Much Money

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After my couple of years of corporate career, I left that lifestyle behind, and with it, everything that didn't fit in a backpack. I've learned that this world is too big (and too interesting!) to spend your life working at one place, and that's what inspires me to remain footloose and fancy-free for the rest of my life!

16 Comments

  1. Aditi Kapoor says

    Great tips Dev! I follow almost all of them. 🙂 Good to know our thoughts are similar!

  2. Thanks for sharing this amazing article and I think this arti
    cle is better than other published posts on another website.and love to share this article with my blogger friends.

  3. kanchan says

    Great tips. There are many things in this list that I do like number 1, 14. I like solo travelling. But there are some things that I haven’t tried like carrying an ear plug and having my own padlock. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Syam says

    Interesting and much informative . Thank you for the Tips! 🙂

  5. Indrani says

    Very well put up. The list is practical, though I feel more could have been added.

  6. Ashwini KA says

    Great tips Dev! +1 to the incognito mode! I always do it that way! I’ve seen how prices jump crazy! Amazing list! 🙂

  7. Hannah says

    This is an extremely wonderful list, especially the take a book with you point. It’s always good to see people reading!

  8. Wonderful list. Have learnt some like incognito mode, flight booking 2-4 months in advance, carrying extra electronics etc. And yet to try few others like getting lost purposefully, never to take a paid itinerary (sometimes we end up taking some) etc.

  9. sophie says

    Great piece! Checked out entire list. Passing most of them. Looking forward to more tips from you. Cheers.

  10. Aldrick Agpaoa says

    Oooh! Interesting tips you have got here, Dev! Especially tip number 2! Now I would search (always) in Incognito mode. Shared this, too, on my Facebook page!

  11. Marge says

    There are many things in this list that I do like number 3, I always take the night flight. But there are some things that I haven’t tried like carrying an ear plug and having my own padlock. Yeah, I think these 2 are useful. How come I’ve never thought of it before.

  12. This a comprehensive tips & guide. I laughed at the earplug part as there are people who snore annoyingly lol.

  13. Great article, some of these I hadnt thought of and are great ideas. I look forward to future posts from you!

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