How to avoid making your travel experience harder for yourself

Travelling is almost always guaranteed to be the best time of your life. With that being said, there’s also potential for it to be difficult should you be applying some simple tips and tricks to your trip.

Here are some quick suggestions to make your travel experience a lot easier for yourself.

Stay vigilant and aware

One of the most important tips to keep in mind when travelling is to stay constantly vigilant of your surroundings. Too often are travellers left compromised by their own negligence and ignorance – watch out for potential danger, as it lurks almost everywhere.

There’s plenty of potential problems you may encounter, and lost luggage is perhaps the most common. Whether it’s down to carelessness or through no fault of your own, claims can potentially be tricky as highlighted by TINZ – make sure you constantly keep your things with you, and don’t flaunt any valuables in public.

Budget yourself

Be sure to establish a daily budget to follow. By having a strict amount to spend each day on every factor of your travels, you’ll be eliminating the potential for overspending and leaving yourself prematurely out of pocket.

Make sure you’re accounting for the essentials – things such as transport and accommodation will likely be the things you spend the most on, unless you really limit yourself and stick to hostels or couch surfing. Allocate some money to the fun side of things, too, and also leave a substantial amount aside for those pesky unexpected fees that could arise.

Pack strategically

If you’re the type of traveller who wants to pack everything they own for their holiday, now’s the type to put it to an end. Travelling simply doesn’t allow for you to be lugging your entire wardrobe around with you – limit yourself to a simple few outfits you can rely on.

Alongside your clothes, be sure to bring a sleeping bag and pillow if you’re really doing it rough – you never know if and when you’ll need them. Bring a book for the long journeys, and make sure you’re not bringing too many gadgets. You’ll make yourself a target if you’re flaunting your valuables.

Plan in advance

Avoid any clashes or disappointments by establishing a loose itinerary for your trip. There’s nothing worse than having to miss out on something you really want to do because you’ve not left yourself enough time, so make sure you’ve got a rough schedule to follow.

Although spontaneity makes for the fun when travelling, it’s also necessary to ensure you have a loose plan of what you want to do. It’s easy to get carried away and lose track of time – don’t let it happen to you.

Avoid doing anything dangerous

Sure, travelling is a time to test your limits and really push yourself to new heights. That doesn’t mean you should risk doing anything that seems dangerous. Activities such as white-water rafting, hiking and bungee jumping are wildly popular with travellers from the world over, but too often do you hear of unfortunate circumstances coming from those who weren’t following the rules.

Be sure you know what you’re getting into and aren’t risking anything by doing so. Although it’s important you’re having fun, you shouldn’t be putting yourself in danger as a result.

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2 Comments

  1. November 5, 2017 / 10:40 pm

    Hi, Iain! yet another great article I enjoyed reading! You provided some really useful tips here. I`m sure a lot of travelers will find it very practical. I was wondering, did you ever have any bad experiences on your trips?

    • December 26, 2017 / 10:58 am

      To be totally honest with you, I’m sure there have been plenty but most of them revolve around food poisoning which is just one of the evils of travel. I’ve been pretty lucky, but also observant when I travel, especially these days when I’m a bit more ‘off-the-beaten-path’.

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