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We want to share travel tips based on personal experiences, including packing, planning, safety, getting around, and general information which can optimize time and money, avoid common travel mistakes which lead to bad and unwanted incidents during our travels.

Smart traveling

  • Try to book flights and hotel as early as possible 
  • Book online so you can get the best deals 
  • Do not exchange currency on the airport
  • Inform yourself for the roaming policies before reaching a destination
  • Try to use a second unlocked phone with local sim card 
  • Use Skyscanner to locate best deals 
  • TripAdvisor is not the best reference 
  • Avoid taxis, try to use APPs
  • Use travel apps so you can organize your trips

Packing 

  • Try to travel with hand luggage only, it saves time, money, avoids lost items
  • Do not pack in the last moment 
  • Use comfortable shoes 
  • Plan your outfits in advance
  • Have a few extra pairs of socks and underwear 
  • Leave stuff and clothes if you not sure you will use 
  • Remember, you can always buy an extra t-shirt 
  • Always keep Imodium in your bag
  • Label your luggage and mark it different
  • Use laundry instead of bringing lots of clothing 
  • Always carry a portable charger for your phone  
  • Make sure you have international plugs adapters
  • Carry a small combination lock 
  • Always take a jacket  

Getting around

  • Ask the locals for the best restaurants, coffee shops, bars, things to do
  • Make sure you know basic laws in each country
  • Try to eat local food as much as possible
  • Avoid big tourists restaurants 
  • Try to learn the basic local language before travel 
  • Use google translator 
  • Try to read a history book of the destination before you visit
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Security

  • Avoid bank accounts or entering any passwords while using free public WIFI
  • Watch out when you pass your credit cards, always keep them insight
  • Keep some cash and additional credit card separated
  • Back up all the information on your devices before traveling
  • Keep photos of your documents and credit cards in the cloud
  • Don’t keep anything in your back pockets

Jet Lag

  • Set your watch to the new time zone in the plane
  • Drink plenty of water, less alcohol, and caffeine
  • Limit sugar intake
  • Try to get as much fresh air as you can after a long flight
  • Expose yourself to sunlight
  • Try to take it easy for the first 2 days
  • Use eye mask
  • Exercise in the morning

General Useful Tips

  • Do not be in a rush
  • Try to wake up early
  • Stay hydrated
  • Take as many photos as you can, and later erase the ones you don’t like
  • Don’t plan everything, keep a window for last moment activities
  • Do not stand behind families on airport lines, stay behind business travelers
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