Traveling has many loop holes – your single wrong step can ruin your vacation. Hence here I have collected best travelling tips from seasoned travelers (me and my friendsJ). I hope it inspires you to make travel a priority in your life.
1.Have a smiling face
Don’t take yourself too seriously while travelling to new places. Don’t be afraid to screw up, Sometimes you have to make fun of yourself. So keep calm and just smile.
2.Hive up some cash
Cash is king in this Globe. In case of any emergency or any other tough situations like – you lose your wallet, card stops working, or ATMs run out of money; at that time leverage on that extra cash, stash & save yourself. We recommend to store it at socks, a toiletry bag, and hidden backpack frame.
3.Meet Local People
Nowadays basic English is spoken in all over the world, so it’s very easy to communicate with locals with handy gestures and body language. Be dynamic and say yes when someone invites you to meet their family, try a new activity, or explore a place you didn’t know existed. That will add spice to your trip.
4.Observe Daily Life
Just sit in park or at busy street corner, let slow down your thoughts and pay close attention to the details around you – the smells, the colors, human interactions, and sounds. And these all will make you feel for the pulse of a place!
Keep digital and physical copies of your important documents like passport, visas, driver’s license, birth certificate, health insurance card, & emergency phone numbers. Take backup your files & photos on an external hard drive as well as online.
6.Take Lots Of Photos
Many of the places you will visit once in life time, so remember those places and people with plenty of photos. Don’t worry about your every cool look. No one cares! Great photos are the finest memento.
7.Eat Local Food
If you think that you know what Swahili food is, and how it tastes! You’re probably wrong! Taste a bit of everything when you travel or ask local people for recommendations. We recommend to experience Swahili-Zanzibari Cuisine while travelling to Zanzibar.
8.Slow Down and Keep good Notes
Please don’t try to visit 7 countries in 7 weeks. Spend more time in fewer places for maximum enjoyment. You can learn many other activities or visit interior places which are not mentioned in the guidebook. If you explore some time, then all the good stuff happens! Keep good travel journal regarding your experiences, the information about people, whom you met, your activities, feeling about particular city or situation and lots more…
9.Pack Less Stuff
I have traveled many countries so far and gradually I have improved my packing list and travel strategy. Recommend to Travel with comfortable resilience. It’s also possible to buy most things at your destination country if you discover you need them.
10.Treat Your Body Well
It’s difficult to maintain a workout routine or proper healthy diet, when you are travelling. Travel can throw your body out of whack. But don’t feel guiltier about not maintaining your daily routine, just remember to be nice to your body by having enough sleep, stay hydrated and do some exercise when you get time!
11.Stay In Touch
Don’t forget to call your family & friends at regular intervals. You can also surprise them by sending letters, pics or old memories. Even don’t forget social networks like Facebook and Twitter to update your status.
12.Read Traveler Reviews
Nowadays, most of people check user-review sites for evaluating hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions and lots more. And based on that review they plan their trips – as it’s really very helpful but not foolproof so keep your mind open: check how recent the post was, numbers of positive and negative reviews, look at photos posted by users.
13.Choose a Right Hotel
With the enormous number of promotions, deals and programs, it’s really difficult to choose best hotel. Before booking ask yourself what type of accommodations you want and what your budget permits you! Check amenities, loyalty programs, eco-friendliness, location, ambience and local flavor and much more. The smallest details can make a big difference. Hakuna Majiwe Beach lodge Zanzibar gave us home feeling with their friendly staff, value for amenities and a great living experience.
14.Patience is the Key
Life is too short to worry about anything and to be angry. Did you miss bus or train? No worries, there will be another one. ATMs are running out of money? Who cares! Take an unplanned road trip to the next station. There is no reason to sweat on small stuff… remember it’s just a small stuff! J
15.Be An Open Minded
Don’t judge anyone’s lifestyle though it’s different from yours. Be ready to listen to opinions of others though you do not agree with them. Don’t be arrogant, show some empathy and adopt different possibilities, opportunities, suggestions and interests.
Feel free to share your own best travel tips!