Traveling shouldn’t be stressful or break the bank. I want you to spend less time worrying and more time creating meaningful travel experiences. On my site, you’ll find all my top travel tips ranging from trip planning and logistics to hacks on how to save time, money, and hassle when traveling.

   Whether you’re planning a family vacation, a backpacking adventure, or something in between, this site will give you all the tools and resources to travel like a pro. Here are some of my most impactful articles that will help make traveling a breeze.

Travel Hacks For Flying

Useful Travel Packing Tips

Helpful Travel Safety Tips

Travel Hacks For Flying

1. Be flexible with your dates and destinations

   This travel hack for flying is pretty straightforward: the more flexible you are with your flights, the more money you’ll save.

Rather than having to type in different dates over and over again, sites like Skyscanner and Kayak do all the leg work for you. The Skyscanner screenshot below shows how you can filter on the best deals during a given month.

2. Turn on ‘private browsing’ mode or clear your cookies

   This may come as a surprise to you (it certainly did for me). Airlines and travel websites use cookies to track your search history and then show you higher prices. This tactic encourages impulse buying for users who have viewed similar flights before.

   To ensure that you pay the lowest possible price on your flights, you’ll want to adhere to the following travel hack for flying.

   The best way to avoid paying higher prices, clear your cookies or open a private browser. In my opinion, turning on “Incognito Mode” once is better than having to clear your cookies after every search.

3. Traveling in twos? Choose your seats wisely!

Seat selection is a bit of a strategy game, particularly when you’re traveling in pairs. There are really three things that are most important to travelers: leg room, personal space, and restroom access. To make the best possible seating decision, you’ll want to first understand the seating configuration of your plane. Three standard layouts that you’ll typically encounter are 3-3, 3-3-3, and 3-4-3.

Here’s where to sit if you’re traveling in twos:
If you anticipate that the plane won’t be full, it’s a good idea to book a window and an aisle seat. Who in their right mind would want to be sandwiched between two strangers when there are plenty of other seats to choose from? If you’re traveling during low-season or on a route that has numerous flights per day, you’ll likely be in luck with this trick. If, for whatever reason, someone decides to pick that middle seat (or the airline auto-assigns it), it should be pretty easy to switch. After all, who wouldn’t trade a middle seat for an aisle or window seat?

4. Stay Alert

  Another way to keep an eye out for the lowest price tickets is by signing up for flight deal alerts. Websites like Google Flights, Kayak, and Skyscanner allow you to sign up for fare alerts on your chosen route so you know if and when the price drops.

5. Don’t Leave Miles on the Table

  Whether or not this is your first trip on a specific airline or your fiftieth, sign up for the airline’s frequent flyer program and make sure your frequent flyer number is attached to your reservation. If you never plan on flying the airline again, you can credit the miles you’ll earn to a partner airline.

Useful Travel Packing Tips

1. Pack Ear Plugs & An Eye Mask

  This travel tip should actually be #1 on the list. I love my earplugs! Muffle the sounds of crying babies, drunk Australians, barking dogs, honking horns, dormitory sex, natural gas salesmen, and more. A traveler’s best friend. These are my favorite earplugs for comfort & effectiveness.

  A comfortable eye mask is another wonderful investment to cure jet-lag. If you’re looking for other gift ideas for travelers, make sure to check out my ultimate travel gift guide for those travelers in your life (or, just a treat for yourself!)

 

2. Take A Scarf Or Sarong With You

  I happen to use a shemagh, but sarongs also work great. This simple piece of cotton cloth is one of my most useful travel accessories with many different practical applications.

  It’s great for sun protection, a makeshift towel, carrying stuff around, an eye mask, a wrap for conservative countries, and much more. I can’t tell you how many times a scarf has come in handy for me on my travels around the world.

3. Bring Your Own Water Bottle

  If you haven’t noticed, humans are destroying the planet with plastic waste. Constantly buying bottled water when you travel is incredibly bad for the environment! But tap water isn’t always safe everywhere either…

  My advice to both save money and help save the environment is to pack a filtered water bottle on all my adventures. This way you can re-use the same bottle thousands of times, and never pay for expensive, wasteful bottled water again!

4. Always Pack A Lock

  I always pack a small combination lock as well as a thin steel cable when I travel. It comes in handy in many situations, for example if you’re staying at a hostel with lockers, or if you need to lock your bag to something for some reason.

  I’ve locked my bag to bus seats, to a tree while at a swimming hole, to a sink in a sketchy hotel room, etc. I’ve also used them to lock a rented scooter up, or a bicycle. It’s not perfect, but its better than nothing.

5. Bring Good Travel Shoes

  You’re going to be walking a lot when you’re traveling, especially if you want to save money. So invest in a good pair of travel shoes (I really like these ones) that are lightweight, multi-use, and very comfortable.

  I like to bring a pair of good sneakers, as well as a pair of sandals. If I’m going to be doing a lot of hiking in the mountains, I’ll also pack a pair of hiking boots.

 

Helpful Travel Safety Tips

1. Don’t Be Afraid Of Other Countries

  The corporate news media loves to report on tourists getting killed or kidnapped. Because it’s sensational and gets clicks. However, the world is not nearly as dangerous as the media makes it out to be. Keep an eye out for sketchy situations but don’t let that be the focus of your whole trip.

  Use common sense and you’ll be ok. Understand that “if it bleeds, it leads”. Most people in foreign countries are friendly, trustworthy, generous, and willing to help you out. This goes for women too. I realize I’m not a woman, but I’ve met plenty of experienced female travelers who agree.

2. Always Get Travel Insurance

  No one ever thinks they’ll get sick, injured, or robbed while traveling. But it happens when you least expect it. During my travels, I’ve sliced up my head on a volcano, contracted Dengue fever, and lost my laptop to thieves.

  With good travel insurance you don’t have to worry about huge hospital bills or stolen gear when it eventually happens. For all kinds of trips ranging from a weekend up to a few months long, I always recommend picking up a travel insurance policy with SafetyWing.

3. Wear That Sunscreen!

  I can’t tell you how many times I was outside blissfully enjoying the sun during my travels, and then got badly sunburned, ruining the rest of my week. Wear sunscreen every day, even if its cloudy out, or you’ll regret it later because you can’t sleep — or worse, end up with skin cancer or other problems.

  Especially when you’re traveling to places near the equator, or at high altitudes, wearing sunscreen is key. And remember to pack your own, because it can be very difficult to find in some countries where it’s not widely used. This is my favorite sunscreen after trying everything out there — one application lasts a very long time!

4. Back Up Your Files & Photos!

  When my laptop computer was stolen in Panama, having most of my important documents and photos backed up saved my butt. I’ve met many travelers who’ve had a hard drive fail on them, losing thousands of priceless travel photos.

  In addition to photos, keep digital and physical copies of your passport, driver’s license, birth certificate, health insurance card, serial numbers, and important phone numbers ready for an emergency. Backup your files & photos on an external hard drive as well as online with software like Backblaze.

5. Treat Your Body Well

  Travel can throw your body out of whack. When you’re moving from place to place it’s difficult to maintain a workout routine, and many of us slack off. Or we don’t sleep enough. Or we eat too many cupcakes. I’m guilty of not flossing my teeth.

  Remember to be nice to your body. Get enough sleep, stay hydrated, eat healthily, use sunscreen, and exercise often (check out this body weight routine, no gym required!). And, yes, flossing too I guess.

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