Travel Tips

Top 10 Travel Tips

  1. Always take a spare change of clothes in your hand luggage- you never know where your bags may end up, so it’s a good idea to have at least one set of clean clothes in your hand luggage.
  2. Take a pillow- I know, I know it sounds stupid, but WOW what a difference this makes. A lot of people, myself included, find it hard to sleep when they’re not in their own bed. Having the comfort of your own pillow can really help with this problem.
  3. Take a spare credit or debit card- I’ve had several issues in the past with credit card fraud and in most circumstances your bank will place a hold on your account. When you’re on holidays, this is obviously a massive pain in the ass! I always carry a second card that is not linked to my other card as a back-up.
  4. Read the reviews- There are great reviews available everywhere you look, whether it be online, on travel programs, magazines and through bloggers. I’m also a really big fan of user reviews and find Trip Advisor really helpful.
  5. Talk to the locals- Some of the best places that I’ve found, have been from the recommendation of a local. I prove this point by looking at my own home city of Sydney. While some of the top user rated restaurants are good, they are not the places I would go to as a local.
  6. Pack an emergency kit- You don’t need to go overboard, but take the basics such as band aids, travel sickness relief tablets, pain relief tablets and tummy calm (especially if you’re going to a more exotic country).
  7. Get travel insurance- a lot of credit card companies offer travel insurance as a bonus. If you’re lucky enough to get this bonus, then read the fine print, but if not make sure to get good travel insurance.
  8. Try something new- my pet peeve is when you go to a foreign country and you see a tourist ordering the same thing they could have eaten in their own country. Be adventurous and try something new.
  9. Sort your data roaming package- Make sure you have this sorted in advance to avoid the nasty bill shock when you get home. Having data roaming is fantastic in those situations where you find yourself lost and need Google Maps to navigate you back to the right path.
  10. Travel apps- Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you may not have noticed that the world has gone app crazy! There are so many cool and truly helpful apps available to add value to your trip. My favourite apps are XE, TripAdvisor, GoogleMaps, tripit, Uber and language translators. Here are some others recommended by Travel Weekly and Time Out: http://www.travelweekly.com.au/news/app-solutely-fabulous-1 & http://www.timeout.com/travel/features/1169/the-worlds-50-best-travel-apps

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2 Comments

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    April Yap
    December 19, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Getting a travel insurance can help you a lot when worst thing can happen tou your travel adventure because you dont know the what will happen in your reality tour. As a parents its most important to have a extra shirt for your kids.

    • Reply
      Melanie Duca
      December 22, 2016 at 6:06 am

      Couldn’t agree with you more April.

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