6 Suggestions That Work, From Well Traveled People
If you are a beginner in the art of traveling, we detailed some handy tips below to consider before you get going.
Let’s consider accommodation first. If you are trying to save money in this area best thing to do is go for a longer period. Many places give a discount if you are staying with them for 3-4 weeks. The other option is to look for self catering unit rental accommodation – you can try airbnb or stayz -, or even look for house sitting options. This will not only give you a great discount or even free accommodation in some cases, but you can save on your food bill too buy preparing your own meals.
If you are looking at renting a car in your destination, staying for longer will generally give you discounts in this area too. If you are not renting a car, then learn to travel like the locals do – use public transport, trains, local cheap flights. Generally I find it is better to wait till I get to my destination before booking any transport. Local prices tend to be cheaper than trying to book anything online or through travel agents.
3. Internet Access
It is handy to have phone and internet connection while you are travelling. I would recommend to ensure that your mobile phone handset is unlocked and get yourself a prepaid sim card for as soon as you land in the next country. Forget international roaming as that can be very pricey, where local prices tend to be cheaper. As for internet connection, my best bet is to frequent internet cafes. Not only they are generally a good price, but it will limit your time in the cafe and you may even meet some fellow travelers. From safety point of vie, make sure you check in regularly but not so often that it ruins your trip. If you do use public networks make sure you log out once you finish your session.
While we are on safety, when you get to your accommodation make sure you map out the emergency exits. In the midst of confusion that an emergency evacuation can cause it is very handy to be aware of your surroundings. Make sure you have at least your day pack with you with essential items and identification documents.
Make sure that you also have photocopies of your credit cards, passport and other important documentation in case you lose the originals. You should keep a copy in your day bag and in your main bag and keep a set with someone at home that you can contact in case of an emergency. Make sure they have a power of attorney, so they can help by acting on your behalf if required.
6. Travel Light
I’d recommend travel light. Use lightweight clothing, and pack just enough for a week. You can always wash your clothes, all else fails have an emergency fund of around $200 for buying things at your destination should you require them.
Travelling light also means not collecting useless items along the way. If you must buy something, then may be consider sending it home. Alternately photos or postcards are great to capture special memories of your trip.