Be A Master Traveler With These Efficient Travel Tips and Reviews

By Last Updated: October 17th, 2023Categories: Trip

Having the chance to travel the world is a privilege and it’s every person’s dream. To be able to see the wonders of the world is truly amazing.

But sometimes, our most awaited journey is not as magical as we thought it would be. You may have made one or more travel mistakes the first time that you truly regret. Or it’s your first time traveling and you have no idea what to do. Well, there’s nothing wrong with that, everyone makes mistakes especially when you’re in foreign lands.

And we should learn from our mistakes, that is why I compiled these travel tips and reviews based on my numerous travels to help you enjoy your vacation with ease. So sit tight, grab a coffee, and read on!

Travel Tips and Reviews Before your Flight

Preparing everything you need is important before flying out. This will help you avoid any troubles while you’re on vacation and even save you some money. Check them out.

1. Get to Know More About your Destination

Before anything else, one of the most important things you need to do is get to know more about your destination. Research about its culture, language, what are the characteristics of people who live there, and even the time zone.

Get to Know More About your Destination

It’s also better if you check the prices of commodities there. And most importantly, know if the place is safe and recommended for tourists. You don’t want to be in trouble in a foreign country where you know no one.

Knowing these things will help you easily plan your trip and make the most out of it.

2. Shop for Cheaper Tickets

The first thing people prepare before they travel is tickets. Sadly, tickets to some destinations can cost quite a lot. But, did you know that with proper planning you can get cheaper flights? How? Here are some tips!

Don’t fly direct

Some Airlines offer connecting flights that are cheaper than regular ones. But the catch on this one is that you will most certainly stop at a certain airport for hours. Another option is to fly to airports close to your final destination, and then take a train or bus to where you need to go. These two will take longer for you to arrive at your destination, but hey, it will save you some cash.

Search and Book your Ticket Online

There are a lot of sites that will help you find cheaper flights, plus it’s a lot more convenient and you will save time and gas for transport.

Sites like Skyscanner and Google Flights are my go-to flight search engines. They provide the largest and cheapest flight list. Plus, companies usually offer discounts on tickets when you buy them online. It’s also better to use your credit card to purchase your tickets. Why? Travel points buddy!

3. Prepare Travel Documents

When you arrive at the airport the immigration team will check the validity of your documents and confirm the purpose of your travel. If they find anything suspicious and if you don’t present enough documents, you will be offloaded or removed from the flight.

Prepare Travel Documents

Now, this is the last thing we want to happen, so before heading out compile all your travel documents. You can create a checklist and go through everything to see if you lack something. Better do this weeks or days before the flight.

4. Get Travel Insurance

Knock on wood, but if an emergency happens while you’re traveling, travel insurance will definitely help. They usually cover medical emergencies, trip cancellation, trip interruption, delays, medical evacuation, and lost, damaged, or stolen luggage. It’s better to be prepared before anything bad happens.

5. Pack Efficiently

During vacation, we want to look our best. That is why on my first trip I packed a whole bunch of outfits, shoes, and makeup. And obviously, it didn’t end well, having a heavy suitcase is such a nuisance.

So on your upcoming holiday, I highly recommend that you pack efficiently. Plan your outfits right ahead, and bring clothes that match each other. But of course, it will depend on how many days you’ll be staying there. There’s no need to bring a lot of stuff, just the essential ones. Also, don’t forget to pack some laundry bags for your dirty clothes.

Pack Efficiently

6. Set Reminders and Alarms for your Flight Schedule

Some people are so busy that they sometimes forget what time their flight is. To avoid this scary scenario, set alarms, and reminders about your flight schedule. You can put a post-it note on your fridge or set an alarm on your phone.

6. Set Reminders and Alarms for your Flight Schedule

Some people are so busy that they sometimes forget what time their flight is. To avoid this scary scenario, set alarms, and reminders about your flight schedule. You can put a post-it note on your fridge or set an alarm on your phone.

7. Purchase Mobile Data Plans

Of course, we want to show off our vacation to our friends on Social Media, so it’s advisable to purchase a mobile data plan before you fly out. But before you do that, check first if your courier works at your destination. If not, you may buy a SIM card at the airport.

8. Double-Check your Hotel or Airbnb Before Flying Out

It’s better to call your hotel and check your reservations a day or two before your arrival. Some hotels have poor management and tend to mix up their guest list. Confirm your reservation before you arrive to avoid unnecessary issues.

9. Prepare your Credit Cards and Some Cash

This is one of the things you don’t want to leave behind while traveling. Secure enough cash and put it in your luggage in advance. Not all stores abroad accept cash or card, so better prepare these two in advance.

Prepare your Credit Cards and Some Cash

10. Prepare Maps and Download Translator Apps

If it’s your first time traveling to your destination, maps will surely help. This will help you navigate across the city to find restaurants, bus stops, train stations, and more. And most importantly it will help you not get lost.

Prepare Maps and Download Translator Apps

Also, if you are in a non-English-speaking country, it’s best to download translator apps beforehand. It will be easier to communicate with the locals and to get around. Trust me, this one helps a lot.

11. Take Pictures of your Luggage

Missing luggage is not new, it happens to almost everyone. I recommend taking pictures of luggage and its content before heading out. This way you can easily help the airport personnel identify your luggage and you can check if there are any missing items.

12. Get Vaccinated

To enjoy your vacation to the fullest, it’s best if you get vaccinated first. And most countries today require tourists to have one as a part of their health protocols.

Travel Tips and Reviews After Arriving at your Destination

You’ve finally arrived! But, you still need to prepare and check things out before starting your tour. So here are some tips.

1. Arrive Early Before your Hotel Check-In Time

As I’ve mentioned above, some hotels mix up the reservation list and this messes up the schedule of their guests. So to avoid being late to any events you want to attend, better arrive early at the hotel, that way if there are any stirrups you still have extra time to deal with them.

2. Secure and Double-Check your Room

You might have seen those TikTok videos with people finding secret cameras and peepholes in their hotel rooms. Well, some of them are true. So it’s wise to check your room for any weird things to ensure your privacy.

Also, if you have an extra lock to secure your room, better install it the moment you arrive.

Secure and Double-Check your Room

3. Keep Travel Documents All in One Place

After your arrival, collect all the travel documents and keep them all in one place. Most people tend to lose them after arrival as they are so excited to tour around. Well, I understand that, but at some point, you have to go home. Secure them first, then you can enjoy your trip.

4. When you Go Out, Take Only What you Need

For your convenience, I strongly recommend only bringing essential things while on tour. It’s much easier to move around if you have a few items to carry.

Here are some must-haves;

  • USB Charger or Power Bank
  • Basic first-aid kit
  • A reusable water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Your passport and some IDs
  • Cash and Cards
  • Alcohol
  • Self-defense Tools

5. Plan your Tour Efficiently

A well-planned tour will most certainly give you the best experience. Here are some of my tips;

  • Visit sites during lunch hours. Why? Well, while most people eat, I get to take pictures on sites without a lot of distractions.
  • Always visit the local tourism office. Some cities offer scheduled free tours!
  • Take free walking tours. This is the best way to see the city and visit local tourist spots.
  • Get city attraction cards.
  • Your passport and some IDs
  • Don’t splurge on unnecessary expenses, and if you really want to buy something learn to haggle.

6. Look for Spots with Free WIFI

If you have mobile data, you don’t have to worry about this. But if not, you should know that Libraries, Starbucks, and most cafes have free WIFI. You can visit one in case you need to access the internet while on tour.

Look for Spots with Free WIFI

7. Be Kind to the Locals and Observe Cleanliness

One tip I always tell my family when we are on vacation is to respect the people and the place. Be kind to locals, they are the ones who can help you out in case you get lost. And also, respect the place, leave only footprints and not trash.

Be Kind to the Locals and Observe Cleanliness

8. Be Safe

Remember that you are in foreign lands, so being cautious about your safety is a must!

  • Don’t go out alone in the middle of the night and bring your self-defense kit.
  • Avoid talking to creepy strangers. In some cities, there are a lot of scammers who like to trick tourists and rob them.
  • Don’t wear expensive jewelry.
  • Know the numbers of the local help hotline, nearest Police Stations, Emergency Response Teams, and Hospitals.
  • Also secure the contact information of the Embassy.

These are just my suggestions, if you can add anything, feel free to include them on your list.

Travel Tips and Reviews Before Going Back

Now that your trip is coming to an end. It’s time to prepare the things to bring before going home. Check them out!

1. Re-Check Travel Documents

Before going to the airport, re-check your travel documents, and see if everyone has tickets, and passports. You don’t want to panic at the airport and check all the bags for some documents.

2. Settle your Accounts in your Hotel

Don’t forget to settle your accounts before you leave. Also, leave a tip for the hotel attendants if you can. You can also give ratings on the hotel’s site.

Settle your Accounts in your Hotel

3. Go to the Airport as Early as Possible

Traffic is unpredictable. It’s best to leave the hotel hours early before your flight. You don’t know how traffic works in that country so you better be early!

4. Check Airport Gift Shops

Your friends back home might be asking for gifts, if you forgot to pick up something on your tour, take a quick check on the airport’s gift shop. They always have something you can buy to bring back home. Just don’t mention that it’s from the airport.

Check Airport Gift Shops

5. Take a Rest After you Get Home

At last! After a long vacation, you are finally home! If you’re too tired just change your clothes, take a shower and go to bed. You can unpack the next day, after all, you are still on vacation.

Last Tip

It doesn’t matter how much you spend on your vacation, what matters most is that you have enjoyed it and had great memories.

FAQs

According to research, most tourists spend around $144 per day per person during vacation.

In August, the average ticket prices are nearly 10% lower compared to other months.