My 20 Best Travel Tips

Here are some of my favourite travel tips learnt through many years of travelling:

  • Shop around for EVERYTHING – flights, hotels, car hire, travel insurance, foreign currency.
  • Research your destination in advance – this saves time when you arrive.

  • Always buy travel insurance – it is not worth the risk!
  • Make sure you check well in advance if you need any vaccinations or antimalarials.
  • Make the effort to learn at least a few useful phrases in the language of the country you are visiting.

  • Pack light – unless you are travelling to somewhere extremely remote you will be able to buy most things you need at your destination.
  • Make sure you have photocopies of any important documents such as passports, tickets, etc and keep them separate from the originals.  This can be very useful if your your passports get lost or stolen.
  • Take a spare credit/debit card for emergencies.
  • Take a sarong – it takes up very little space and has multiple uses: wear it to cover yourself up for religious sites, wear it over your swimwear to go to the beach, use it instead of a towel on your sunbed (it will dry quickly), use it as a sheet on your bed, or as a spare towel…
  • Pack a basic first aid kit, just in case.
  • Pack a spare battery/charger for your camera/phone.

  • Do not take anything that you can’t afford to lose!
  • Always wear something comfortable to travel in!
  • Wear high factor suntan cream… we’ve all fried in the sun and it can ruin your holiday not to mention the damage it can do to your skin.
  • Don’t try and cram too much in – allow some time for relaxing and spontaneous activities.

  • Get to know the locals – they will be able to tell you about places that are not in your guide book.
  • Try the local cuisine.
  • Try and use local shops/restaurants rather than big chains so that the money goes back into the local economy.
  • Be sensitive to local customs and show respect for the environment whenever and wherever you travel.
  • Try something new!  Travelling always throws up opportunities for trying things you can’t/wouldn’t do at home – make the most of them!