35 Best Travel Tips

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That’s what you would say if you didn’t have the top travel tips around at your disposal.

Learn more and prepare yourself for most situations that may come your way.

While you’re abroad domestically or overseas, keep at least one of these unique travel tips in mind to ensure a smoother journey.

Let a load off.

That way, you can enjoy yourself rather than stressing the details.

Bookmark this post in case you forget any of our domestic and international travel tips or if we add more traveling hacks later on.

1. Store a Crayon in Your Wallet

​​Why put a crayon in your wallet when you travel?

Supposedly, the crayon in the wallet life hack will prevent your wallet from bending.

This “travel hack” also gives you and your kids a writing utensil during an emergency. Thus, it serves multiple purposes.

2. Learn Some of the Local Language

Google Translate is only at least 85% accurate, which means it’s not entirely reliable.

Learn some essential phrases of the local language to navigate better and reduce your reliance on translating apps.

Here are some useful phrases to learn while you travel:

Phrase to learnWhy it’s essential
I want “blank”Helpful for restaurants, bars, shops, and more
Excuse meTry to use good manners
Where is the exit?Don’t get lost. Use this phrase to find your way out
Do you sell (X)?Useful for trying to find items at a shop
I don’t understandHelpful if someone’s saying a phrase you can’t comprehend
Can I pay with a card?Great if you can’t pay with cash.
I only speak a little “blankIt helps let people know that you can’t speak the local language
HelpCritical to learn for use in emergencies
Where’s the restroom?Always helpful to know how to find a restroom
SorryBe polite
How much is…Always want to know the price
HiHelps you better understand a conversation’s context
ByeAlso useful for context
List of essential foreign terms to learn for traveling to a different country.

3. Note the Address of Your Travel Accommodation

Whether you’ve lost, are too tired to function, or at the immigration counter, you’ll need to tell a taxi driver or officer where you’re staying.

Screenshot the information if possible.

If you can’t, take note of your phone number, travel accommodation address, and other essential information.

Ensure you hide this information somewhere on your body. That way, if someone robs you, the thief couldn’t find your hotel and cause more damage.

Investing in a money belt or an empty bottle of sunscreen where you can stash it both serve as excellent ways to hide your info.

4. Cook Instead of Eating Out

Rather than going to McDonald’s, buy some ingredients from the store, mingle with the locals a bit while shopping, and cook once you get home.

If you’re unable to cook, make sandwiches. They’re affordable, healthy, and yummy.

5. Understand the Local Laws

Don’t forget that not every country and region has the same rules. If you were to do something that’s fine in your home country, but against the law in where you’re visiting, you’ll likely find yourself paying tens of thousands of dollars in fees.

Ask locals about what’s fine and what’ll get you in trouble. Otherwise, research laws in where you’re staying.

If you’re a smoker, this especially goes for you. Don’t face fines for smoking in the wrong place.

6. Use a VPN When Away from Home

A virtual private network (VPN) proves as an excellent tool for:

  • Bypassing regional locks
  • Prevent geo-targeting
  • Allows you to access blocked websites
  • Helps protect you from hackers

These work best if you’re a remote worker or plan to access any WiFi during your trip.

For a basic VPN service, I recommend Mullvad VPN. Otherwise, if you want to pay a bit more for a lot of features, go for ExpressVPN or Surfshark VPN.

Also, don’t use free VPNs—they don’t work. A lot of the time they’ll also have malware, and have data leaks due to poor management.

If you’re not familiar with how virtual private networks work, I have a guide that’ll explain everything.

7. Carry a Portable Battery at All Times

Don’t roam without a fully charged power bank.

And by fully charged, I don’t mean 100%. I mean at max, charge your battery to 85%.

Otherwise, you’ll put more strain on your device’s battery, which will make it not last as long in the future.

A dead phone could stand between you and contacting emergency services when you’re out and about.

8. Download Offline Maps for Your Travel Destination

Either opt for an offline maps app such as Maps.me (iOS download | Android download) or download a map for offline use on Google Maps.

Out of all these international travel tips, having an offline map for the area you’re visiting is the biggest thing you should take from this piece.

9. Download Offline Translator App Dictionaries

If you’re in a place with an unstable internet or data connection, I recommend downloading offline dictionaries for your translator app.

That way, you can still communicate with the locals if you don’t know the language.

If you use an app like Google Translate, you should navigate to the “Region” tab and select the dialect of the language that you want to translate.

For instance, you can choose if you will use American English over Australian English.

10. Back up Important Files in Multiple Places

Be smart about how you store your files. Whether they’re pictures of baby you, travel-related documents, or files of a novel you’re writing; back it up in multiple places.

You’ll need a mobile backup system since you’ll be on the move. Thus, I recommend using at least two of the following methods to backup your files:

  • Cloud storage: I recommend using Dropbox then using the free encryption software, Cryptomator, to encrypt your files
  • External hard drives
  • A flash drive
  • Laptop
  • Phone

While backing up your files through websites, use 2-step authentication when possible. Doing so prevents people from snooping on your files.

11. Decide Whether You Need Travel Insurance

There are over 1.4 million lost luggage pieces each year. Because of this, if you happen to end up as one of the many unfortunate travelers, you could lose a lot of money.

If you’re venturing to a dangerous country, then your chances of having missing luggage or accidents while abroad significantly increase.

While not everything’s replaceable, with travel insurance, you could at least receive a reimbursement for a good portion of what you lost. In addition to lost luggage, vacation insurance will also help you with:

  • Medical expenses
  • Missed flight reimbursements
  • Flight mishaps
  • Other sketchy scenarios you might encounter while traveling

12. Carry Spare Passport Photos

Use these in case you lose your passport and need a replacement while traveling abroad.

Keep in mind that you must have taken the passport photos within the last six months, so get your extra photos close to your departure.

You can use these extra passport photos to obtain a visa later on or purchase SIM cards in some countries.

13. Visit the Local Tourism Office

Whether you visit a brick-and-mortar office or a website, both serve as fantastic resources for incoming tourists.

You can ask the staff questions or explore articles to find popular destinations and events.

If you prefer to travel as a group, the staff could introduce you to tours around the area.

Travel Tips To Save You Money #

Unless you have money overflowing from your pockets, you’ll want to find ways to save a buck or two.

Use these money-saving travel tips to help you better manage your money while abroad.

14. Use Transaction-free Banks To Save On ATM Fees

When using an ATM that’s not affiliated with your bank, you’ll have to pay an out-of-network fee.

However, there are banks that you can use when while traveling that’ll reimburse these fees and save you at least $3 per transaction.

I recommend using Charles Schwab.

I’ve been using them for several years and have found their customer service helpful and friendly, along with having easy-to-use self-service features.

15. Opt For Cheaper Flights

Unless you have to burn a hole in your pocket when traveling, opt for flights on the cheaper side if you can.

Even if you’re going for cheaper flights, don’t neglect your and your family’s safety.

Research your potential airline’s safety record. Figure out what type of plane you’ll ride and check whether it was responsible for crashes.

16. Use a Sharing Economy

Using a sharing economy hosts several benefits.

A couple of examples include giving more opportunities to self-driven entrepreneurs and reusing fixed assets. Otherwise, there are hundreds of services you’ll find. Some include:

Gig ServiceService/s Offered
AirbnbVacation rentals
CouchsurfingHospitality exchange
RoomerDiscounted hotel reservation marketplace
UberRidesharing
WWOOFVolunteer in exchange for accommodation network
RV ShareRV sharing and rentals
TrustedHousesittersHouse sitting marketplace
HipCampCamping space rentals
This table shows common sharing economy services.

17. Buy Integrated Circuit (IC) Cards When Applicable

Rather than carrying a bunch of banknotes and change, if the place you’re in allows you to make purchases for goods or services by using a rechargeable card, I recommend taking advantage of this offering.

You can save yourself from carrying excess weight and accidentally losing money.

Some places may also offer incentives for you to use the card over cash.

For instance, a bus company may give you a small discount if you use an IC card.

A great example of a smart card is Taiwan’s EasyCard.

You can use it to pay for parking, public transportation, entry into tourist attractions, groceries, and more.

18. Avoid Taxis When Possible

Independent drivers could scam you, and you would never know.

What if you have no other choice?

Ask flight attendants from the country you’re entering or other locals for the prices of the taxi. That way, you can separate the bad apples from the good.

Worst-case scenario: the taxi scammed you.

In this scenario, ensure you note the driver’s license plate number and call their company’s complaint number. Usually, the sticker or paper on their window provides this information.

19. Divide Your Cash

You never know what horror stories could come to life in the wild.

You could lose your wallet from a robber or a hole in your pocket.

Prevent those scenarios.

Come prepared by dividing your cash into various spots like:

Undercover leg walletStore a small amount inside your phone’s case
Water bottle stash containerPut some cash in a passport wallet.
Empty and clean a bottle of sunscreen and repurpose it to hide your cashOpt for money alternatives such as contactless cards
Have small bills ready to prevent money-swapping scamsUse a decoy wallet to give to muggers
This table shows travel tips on creative ways people can store their cash.

20. Protect Your Stuff From Humidity With Space Saving Bags

After losing over $200 worth of clothing and other items growing mold from humidity, I’ve learned to protect my items from moisture.

One of the best ways to protect clothing is to pack your stuff in vacuum bags.

They don’t reduce weight, but they’ll give you more space in your bags.

They’ll also prevent your items from growing any mold by sucking all the air from the bag.

You could purchase a small electric or hand-pump vacuum to speed up the process, which I recommend.

21. Avoid Travel Scams

Stay up-to-date with the latest travel scams in the area you’re traveling to.

If these scammers were to successfully con you of your money, or worse, information, you could be setting yourself up for unnecessary stress in the long run.

22. Don’t Carry Anything In Your Back Pockets

It’s the easiest spot for someone to snatch your wallet, passport, keys, or whatever.

If a thief is crafty enough, you won’t feel him snagging your belongings.

Invest in a passport wallet to prevent getting pickpocketed or keep your items in your front pockets.

Related travel tips: The Ultimate Packing List With Everything You’ll Need for Your Journey

Travel Tips for Staying Healthy #

f you’re not feeling good during your vacation, you’re not going to have the best time.

Not only should you eat somewhat healthily and stay hydrated, but you should also consider following these travel tips to help you stay in tip-top shape and away from the ICU.

23. Stay Hydrated

Have you needed something to treat your jet lag after crossing time zones or hangovers from a hard night of partying?

Hydration won’t only help with those issues, but drinking water or drinks with electrolytes offer an excellent way to beat the heat.

If you’re facing digestive issues during your trip and can’t stop making trips to the bathroom, you’ll need a way to prevent dehydration due to all the fluids you’ve lost.

Research suggests that hydrating yourself with drinks like Gatorade or Pedialyte will improve your bowel symptoms and prevent dehydration.

Both of these drinks also help when exercising.

Conversely, due to their sugar contents, ensure you limit how much you drink and pair them with water.

Mayo Clinic recommended that men drink 13 cups (3 liters) and women drink 9 cups (2.2 liters) of water every day regarding how much water you should drink.

If you compete or exercise between 90 min to two hours, you should employ programmed drinking of water equal to 2% of your body mass loss.

Hydrating yourself doesn’t just mean drinking fluids. It also refers to applying facial moisturizer and lip balm to prevent your skin from drying.

24. Drink Pedialyte

If you’re suffering from food poisoning or drinking a lot of alcohol, you’re going to lose a lot of fluids.

While water will help you rehydrate, it won’t give you all of the electrolytes you lose in body fluid.

That’s where Pedialyte comes in.

Drinking it when you’re losing a lot of fluid will rebalance your electrolytes and help prevent dehydration.

While there are a lot of variations available, you could choose the Pedialyte classic to be fine.

Alternatively, you can drink coconut, which will also help replenish electrolytes and is easier to find around the world.

25. Wear Travel Compression Socks

Whether pregnant or traveling on a long-haul flight, you’ll need compression socks.

These stockings will prevent diseases like deep vein thrombosis (DVT) when a blood clot forms around your legs, pelvis, or thigh.

These socks will also potentially offer incredible results if you’re continually sitting and working remotely.

26. Invest In a Pair of High-quality Shoes and/or Insoles

Make sure to at least invest in a pair of properly fitting insoles to not only help and prevent injuries to your feet but also fix your posture.

If you have flat feet, you will need to ensure you purchase a great pair of shoes.

I also recommend buying a pair of insoles or shoes that’ll last a while and prevent future injuries.

27. Carry a Basic First-Aid Kit

Never know when you’ll need a band-aid, antibacterial cream, or a portable tourniquet.

Whenever you’re out and about, especially on a hike or in nature—carry a kit that includes:

EyewashAlcohol-free cleansing wipes
Antiseptic creamEmergency first aid guide
ThermometerTweezers
Small scissorsRolled bandages
Triangular bandagesBreathing barrier
Disposable sterile glovesCondoms as emergency water carriers
Sterile gauze padsPain relief medication
PainkillersAntihistamine cream
This table shows is a part of a travel tips post that shows what a travel first aid kit should include

28. Get Quality Sleep While Traveling

Sleep has always played a critical role in how your immune system functions.

If you don’t feel well-rested or get enough sleep, you could jeopardize your body.

So, let’s explore some practical travel tips to help you sleep better and remedy any issues your immune system might face.

Most of you all know that we need to get enough sleep.

But how much sleep do you need?

The following chart will show you the recommended sleep based on your age.

It’s not only about how much you sleep, but it’s about the quality of sleep you get as well.

To not mess up your circadian rhythm, many recommend sleeping in pitch darkness.

If darkening your room proves too tricky for you to do, cover your window with an extra blanket.

Many say not to use devices before you go to sleep because of the blue-lit screens.

Most operating systems these days have a built-in blue light filter to make any screen you’re watching easier on the eyes. But, they don’t come enabled by default.

I recommend that you set your device or laptop on a schedule to turn on the red light filter (or night mode) at least a couple of hours before you go to bed.

29. Use Insect Repellent Whenever You’re Outside

Mosquitoes are one of the most common insects in the world. You can find them everywhere, from tropical rainforests to your backyard.

These insects also carry various diseases and parasites that can make you sick with symptoms like fever, aches, vomiting, or diarrhea. 

There are many different repellents available on the market today, such as sprays or lotions that contain DEET (diethyltoluamide), picaridin, IR3535, and oil of lemon eucalyptus.

But remember not to use sunscreen at the same time because sunscreen reduces bug spray’s effectiveness.

30. Protect Your Skin: Always Wear Sunscreen While Outdoors

We all understand that wearing sunscreen is essential, but we don’t do it. 

Wearing sunscreen protects against skin cancer and premature aging of the skin.

If you happen to have acne-prone or sensitive skin, buy sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as active ingredients instead of chemical blockers like PABA or oxybenzone (which can be irritating).

Remember always use a broad-spectrum (protects against UVA and UVB rays) SPF 15+ product. Even in winter months when the sun isn’t as intense because reflected light from snow also causes burns.

Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen to exposed parts of your body every couple of hours to maintain its effects.

Don’t forget to apply some on your lips, too, if they are exposed to sunlight (like when you’re skiing).

31. Top Up Your Immunizations

Many countries already require you to get vaccinated to visit them so. It’s that, or you can’t enter.

Ensure you research additional vaccines that you’ll need before stepping into the taxi to the airport.

What vaccines should you get, though?

Every country will have different requirements. However, the most common immunizations you’ll find on their lists include:

  • Cholera
  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Polio
  • Influenza
  • Rabies
  • Yellow fever
  • COVID-19

32. Meditate When You Have a Chance

Your mental wellbeing will make or break your trip.

So why not give your brain a workout while also expanding your consciousness?

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) research suggests that frequent meditation will boost your creativity and reduce stress.

Whenever you have 10 minutes to kill, follow these three steps to start meditating:

  1. Find somewhere that’s quiet
  2. Close your eyes and take a deep breath
  3. Afterward, breathe—focus on your breaths and try to clear your mind

33. Wear a Condom When Messing Around

If you decide to mess around, ensure you cover it up and invest in some condoms.

At least keep a couple on you at all times.

Not in your back pocket or wallet, though.

Your body heat will cause them to wear and make the thing useless when you need it most.

When carrying a backpack or purse, keep your protection in there. Otherwise, you could reuse an old mint tin as condom storage.

If you’ve carried a condom around for a while, consider checking its expiration date or replacing it.

34. Stock Up On Probiotic Supplements

Antibiotics, processed foods, and even stress can wipe out the good bacteria in your gut. 

If you want to keep your immune system strong, then you need to maintain a healthy amount of good bacteria in your gut.

Eating probiotic-rich foods such as yogurt and kimchi is one way to get more probiotics into your diet.

Sometimes eating some fermented food doesn’t cut it when restoring healthy levels of good bacteria in the gut.

That’s where probiotic supplements come into play.

They contain billions of live cultures per capsule, which helps restore balance within the digestive tract by replenishing lost “good” flora while suppressing the growth of unwanted microbes like Candida albicans (yeast).

35. Always Carry Sanitizing Wipes And Hand Sanitizer

Here are some common-sense reasons that’ll make you want to always carry hand sanitizer spray or gel and wipes:

  1. A bathroom could run out of soap.
  2. Where you’re at might not have a sink to wash your hands.
  3. You might want to sanitize your phone since it could house over 25,000 bacteria per square inch.

With all of the stuff you touch daily, who knows who touched it and where their hands have been.

Therefore, ensure you stock up on antibacterial hand wipes.

36. Moderate Your Alcoholic And Sweet Drinks

Sometimes we love a drink—or five, during a trip, of course.

To prevent alcohol poisoning or a trip to the hospital, make sure to drink in moderation. Doing so will also save you from an agonizing hangover.

If you do decide to indulge in liquid courage during your journey, be sure to keep the following healthy travel tips in mind when drinking:

  • Don’t forget to eat a well-balanced meal before you drink
  • Do what you can to avoid smoking while drinking
  • Don’t drink alone
  • No evidence proves the theory “Beer before liquor, never been sicker; liquor before beer, you’re in the clear”
  • Don’t drink and drive

As for sweet drinks, limit the amount you drink since they’re high in sugar and could lead to various ailments.

37. Pace Yourself

If possible, try to pace yourself when you travel.

By this, I mean to take breaks every once in a while.

Find low-energy attractions in your area that you could visit and relax in instead of hiking for endless hours.

Some examples of low-energy vacation ideas include:

  • Exploring your area’s local food culture
  • Taking a trip to a local hot spring
  • Sit on a beach and watch waves crash against the shore

Otherwise, if you’re on the move all the time, you’ll burn out and have no energy to do anything the next day—or the rest of the trip.

Were These Travel Tips Useful?

Whether you’re visiting a different city or country, these travel tips could help anyone.

Not only will they help you avoid a trip to the emergency room, but these travel tips and hacks can also save you quite a bit of money if you use them right.

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