After many years of living a life in a suitcase, it’s heartwarming to share some smart travel tips and money saving guide to traveling.
Amazing travel is the outcome of good planning.
This applies to any holiday you take and mostly true when you’re heading to a foreign country. Below are segmented down for you to ensure a stress-free experience and easier to remember it with the familiar word – TRAVEL.
Travel Insurance. While getting a policy is often viewed as an unnecessary expense, getting insured while on holiday is highly recommended as it provides you with protection from medical costs. Chances are, you may be liable for the cost of your medical treatment if you don’t have one. And depending on the coverage you took, travel insurance can also cover disruptions to your trip like trip cancellation, flight delays, luggage that are stolen, lost or damaged overseas.
Research. Before you start your most awaited getaway, make sure to do your research so you can travel smart and safely. Buy tickets now for places you know you want to visit or see. By buying in advance, you’ll be able to find great discounts, know the timings of when they open to maximize your stay. Nowadays, transportation has more variety that fits to your budget like the public bus, metro and Uber. Download apps like Travelzoo which can help you find great deals in a variety of countries, and offline maps before you leave the hotel premise to avoid charges from your telecommunication carrier. Lastly, check out latest events while you’re there to make sure you’re not missing the best events going on in the city – exciting stuff like festivals, concerts, local ceremonies.
Allowance. Prepare your finances. Before you travel overseas, call your bank and credit card providers to inform them where you’ll be to avoid freezing or blocking your card from purchases. Before you travel internationally, be aware of the exchange rate and know how much things generally cost so that you get some idea of how much you’re going to spend. You should already have saved money (a.k.a Travel fund) just so you can go on, enjoy this holiday. Just like any other expense, an allowance should be established for the whole duration of your trip.
I would personally allot an amount each day for me to spend, and if at the end of the day I will have extra money left, then I add it to the following day’s allowance.
The rule of thumb is, stick to the budget you have set.
Valuables. There is nothing worse than taking off on an amazing holiday only to deal about lost personal belongings or worse that you find yourself stuck at an airport with a missing passport. I have this habit of always locking my suitcase before I leave for a tour, stash my passport and extra money inside hotel provided safe. A general rule is to always carry with you a copy of your passport, visa copy that pertain to your current travel, and bring any hotel’s information like keycard holder, welcome envelope or notepad with its contact details in case you need it should an emergency or accident arise.
Experience. Be sure to try out things for the first time. It’s important to get out of your comfort zone as you only live once—might as well make it a memorable and exciting one. Find hidden gems of your destination that are off the beaten track which can make your experience unique. My personal preference is to stuff myself with few national dishes and try out local drinks. Another smart saving advice, traveling to a new destination is fun, but eating in a foreign country can sometimes become a hassle. Bring light snacks while doing that guided tour and until you find that perfect place to eat after wandering through side streets and alleys.
Do something exciting!
Luggage. Pack an extra set of clothes in your carry-on bag. You don’t want to spend on buying extra stuff because the airline lost your suitcase and you have nothing else to wear. Over the years, I have embraced to travel light. Each airline has its own set of rules as to how many bags can be checked or carried on without extra charge. Make sure to look up on it to avoid excess luggage fees. One important thing that you should always carry with you is a charger adapter. Countries have different size plugs and voltage so you’ll need to have a universal one that allow your devices to plug into foreign sockets . You don’t want to pay extra few dollars for a single type charger because you forgot to pack it.
Living a nomadic lifestyle for quite a while made me realize that there’s still so much that we don’t know and traveling teaches us many extraordinary things, humbling insights that a classroom cannot offer. I am grateful being able to understand different cultures and respect their ways of living. And while it is important to save up for your health and retirement, it is equally essential to also set aside for a travel fund to be able to enjoy life, experience cultural enrichment and invest in one self’s knowledge with our awesome world.
Safe travels everyone and stay curious!