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Travel advise for your next trip

Traveling is a giant obstacle course and making it easy is an art.  You have to deal with jetlag, language barriers, new customs, and transportation delays.  If you think that’s easy, good for you: you’re already an experienced traveler! And if think that’s a challenge, we are sharing our best travel tips so you can fake it ’til you make it.

Some of my secrets we’ve learned along the way and others we’ve picked up from others.  No matter what, it’s worth tucking these travel tips into your pocket…you never know when they might come in handy.

top 10 travel tips and travel advice

1. DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

When you head somewhere you’ve never been before, there’s bound to be a new custom you’re not used to.  From problem such as lack of personal space to late-departing buses, take a deep breath and go with the flow.

2. ALWAYS ASK

You’d be amazed at how many things you can do if you just ask.  Want to learn the intricate art of chattisgarh? There’s no tour for that, but if you ask an artist about dhokra art, you may just get a personalized class.

3. DON’T BE TOO CAUTIOUS

It’s important to trust your instinct and avoid dangerous situations, but don’t be overly cautious to the point of missing out on great experience.  It’s okay to sample street food from busy vendors, visit countries outside of your comfort zone, and try new ways of doing things.

4. CHANGE YOUR PLANS

There’s always something new you’ll find out about once you arrive and start talking to locals.  It’s okay to ditch existing plans to make room for something new, whether that’s going out for a drink with a new friend or heading to a place you never heard of before.

5. SLOW DOWN

Rapid travel is fun sometimes, but it’s not sustainable on long trips.Plan some downtime on each day of your travels.  Sleep in, email home, or simply sit and observe life. Not only does this re-energize you for the next adventure, but it gives you time to meet new people and make connections.

6. ALWAYS CARRY CASH

I put most of my travel expenses on a rewards-earning credit card like the citibank, but cash is king in a lot of the world. Always have enough cash on your person to cover a meal and a taxi ride home: that alone can solve a lot of situations, but a little extra doesn’t hurt either!

7. EXPERIMENT BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME

Did you buy a new travel outfit?  Wear it at home before you take it on travel in case it’s itchy, rides up, or leaves you with blisters.  New camera? Learn how to use it before you get one chance at a unique shot. And if you’re planning a long hike, hit the gym beforehand.

8. BRING HARD COPIES

Embrace technology, but remember that batteries die, wi-fi is sporadic, and sometimes you just don’t want to hand over your phone.  Paper copies of flight itineraries, passport photos, and maps can be your saving grace, so print them ahead of time and bring them with you.

9. BE YOUR OWN ADVOCATE

Nothing goes perfectly when traveling.  At some point, you’ll be faced with cancelled flights, delayed luggage, or problems at the hotel.  When talking to customer service, decide what you want as a solution and ask for it specifically (within reason).  If the best they can offer isn’t good enough, try again later. In cases like rebooked flights, new seats open up all the time.

10. TRAVEL THE WAY YOU WANT TO

From hostels to five-star hotels, beaches to museums, and street food to Michelin dining, there are a lot of options for travelers.  There’s nothing wrong with your preferences and you don’t have to defend why you’d rather choose one over the other. It’s your trip; travel the way you want to.

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