OUR PERSONALIZED TRAVEL HACKS
Travel tips and hacks are everywhere online these days, but we wanted to share some of our own based on some mistakes we’ve made and experiences we had. We hope you find one or two you didn’t know about that makes your next trip more enjoyable.
Here are our top travel hacks to help make sure your next adventure goes smooth:
Take pictures of your passport – Things happen. Things get lost. And that includes your passport. Most likely losing one bag can mean losing everything including your documents. Having a picture of it on your cellphone can expedite the process of getting back to your country and verifying who you are a lot quicker.
- Exchange currency before you even get to the airport - If you’re flying overseas and want their local currency, chances are you will opt to do that at an airport. Fees are high and there is no reason to waste money on that. We always go to our local bank and order the currency. Takes a day or two to get it and you don’t get hit with huge fees.
- Be a low maintenance traveler – If you can, pack light and pack in a carry-on only. Obviously, depending on the length of the trip you can’t always pack small but chances are, you need less than you think when traveling. This said, we have gone on pretty far trips packing everything on carry-ons, including overseas and week-plus long trips. Plus, skipping the checked bag(s) means skipping lines and wait. Try it out some day – makes the trip easier, quicker and you learn to pack better.
- Buy a travel guide book - Most people turn to the internet for advice on things to do at your destination. Perhaps that’s why you’ve found yourself here - and that’s great! Hearing people’s opinions on places and activities you’re planning on doing can be very helpful – in fact, it can be a great way to get insider tips on how to travel right. But, we also love a good travel guide book.
- Download maps on your cell phone – Some people choose to keep their phones off on vacations to break away from email, because of the high costs to keep them on internationally, etc. While this is changing, those of us who do choose an international plan, you quickly find out data can be expensive and add up quick – especially when using GPS.
- Print everything - As we mentioned with the passport, things can get lost. We cover ourselves by printing we can (like hotel, shuttle, car reservations) and keeping it in a folder… just in case.
- Make sure you relax your last day – This final tip comes from something we learned on about our 10th trip overseas, and I wish we did this earlier. So much stress could’ve been prevented.