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40 Travel Tips To Become A Savvy Traveller

Some people are born savvy travellers. They know how travel smart and be prepared for bad experiences. However others learn from their on-the-road experiences. And I was one of them!

My travel savviness was a process born of missed flights and countless tiny errors. From what to carry for my travels, to how to make friends abroad, I slowly learned it all, as I completed my journeys – one after the other. I remember when I initially left home for my first ever grand backpacking adventures of my life, I’d no idea what to expect. My face clearly spoke of my inexperience traveller self. But after a few years of nomadism, I can say that I’ve learned a bit of this lifestyle. And basis on my experiences, if I were to counsel anyone in reaching them their travel ninja potential, I’d share these 40 travel tips:

  1. Book a flight only 2 to 4 months in advance. Because that’s generally the best bargain period.
  2. Search incognito. 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 on 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 your sleep.
  5. Skip the towel. And rather take a long sardine cloth, because it takes less space in your bag and is muti-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 sun isn’t good for you. At least not in 21st
  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 with locals. Local people are the living encyclopaedia of their town/city, use their knowledge to travel more efficiently.
  17. Be respectful to 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 about 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 the 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. Traveling 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!

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Shortly after my first real nine-to-five job, I left that lifestyle behind, and with it, everything that didn't fit in my backpack. I've learned that this world is too big (and too interesting!) to stay in one place. I believe that with a little courage and inspiration, everyone has the power to follow their dreams. Just as I've followed mine!

14 Comments

  1. 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.

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. sophie says

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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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