Traveling is one of the most rewarding experiences, but it can also be really tough, specially when traveling on a budget. Here are a few tips and tricks that can help you make the most out of your experience. Enjoy!
1. Keep an Open Mind
Wherever your travels lead you, chances are you're gonna find yourself immersed in a culture different than your own, so its best to keep an open mind. Be respectful of other people's customs and be willing to try new things. This won't only make you more pleasant to be around, it will also allow you to have a broader experience. It will help you gain perspective, and quite simply, it will make things a bit more fun for everybody. Always remember that meeting a traveler should be as fun as being a traveler.
2. Get Insurance
A big part of enjoying your trip has to do with not having to worry so much about everything. Bad things might happen, so be prepared. World Nomads offers traveler insurance and it's widely recommended. Should things go sideways, they'll help you out.
3. Back Up Important Documents
Having a backup of important documents in the cloud or on a usb will make the worst situation a lot better. Don't let these tips scare you, we're just being cautious. For the most part, you won't need these, but if you do, you'll be grateful to have them!
4. Carry Cash With You
Cash makes the world go 'round. You might be surprised at how many places won't be able to charge your card (specially while traveling through Asia and South America). You'll want to have cash at hand. Don't put all your eggs in one basket though. Keep some cash on your wallet, some more in your backpack, a few bills on your other pocket and...masterfully hide a little bit more ( we can't tell you where to hide it because, well...the everyone would know 😉 ).
5. Alert Your Bank and Credit Card Company
For the most part we also recommend you use your credit or debit card while traveling. If you do, alert your bank and your credit card company before you travel. A lot of people forget to do this and only realize they should have a little too late: they've run out of cash because they're credit card wasn't working when they tried paying with it. If you call ahead of time and let them know you'll be traveling, you'll most likely avoid having them flag your purchases as suspicious.
6. Don't Be Afraid
These tips might have you thinking "what am I getting into?!", but don't sweat it, traveling is a wonderful experience, we just like it better when we're prepared. Once you're done with these, just let good ol' common sense be your guide. Trust me, you'll have nothing to worry about. Most of the people you'll meet are just looking to have a good time. Enjoy yourself!
7. Make Plans... And Break Them.
This is the greatest thing about traveling, it is here where all the nuances are hiding. To make the most of your trip, you should know some about the place you're visiting. It is good to have an idea of what you wish to see, but don't cling to that. Be flexible. Let your trip lead you to unexpected places. The previous information you have should give you more options, not to limit you. So do your homework, go research, but mostly, we recommend yo play it by ear.
8. Keep Notes
Memory is a harsh mistress. As time goes by, things will get fuzzy and you won't remember everything. If you really want to remember the people you meet and the places you've been to, you'll write them down. And take pictures too. Here are the best cameras for traveling.
9. Travel Light
When traveling, there's nothing more effective in slowing you down than unnecessary baggage (this is true for life as well), so pack as little as possible. Of course, it is not as simple as that, there are a lot of things you should consider packing, click here for a detailed tutorial on packing light. For now, just know that you need less than you think.
10. Ask The Locals
Always ask the locals. They know that hidden place that's always been there. They know what's new. They know what's cheap. If you're traveling on a budget, be savvy about it. Don't just ask the locals: watch them. Sit on a bench and observe them. When you walk into that restaurant or up to that street vendor, don't straight up ask how much, try to listen. Chances are if you know what the price is, he'll respect that, but if you don't, he'll charge you the unspoken tourist fee (which isn't bad or anything, it's just a tip). Try to figure things out. Each town's a playground.
Thank you reading this post. As always, we hope you enjoy our content. If you like, feel free to share it with your friends! Don't forget to check out our perfect travel organizer, trust us, it will make traveling so much easier. Goodbye Traveler!