5 Essential Tips for Planning Your Next Vacation | Tell Me Tuesday

Travel. Adventure. There’s nothing that gets me more excited that the thought of landing in a new city. New flavours, new  smells, new cultures and so many new experiences to be had. Yes, you could say that I’m a pretty well seasoned traveller. India, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia, Greece, Croatia, Hong Kong, Canada, USA, and many more.

Below are a handful of tips for travelling. I apply these few handy principals to every overseas trip I’m taking.

Do you have any tips you’d like to share? I’d love to hear from you in the comments box below!

Pack Light, Pack Smart

There’s no fun in dragging a heavy suitcase up flights of stairs, onto crowded subways or along cobblestone roads.

Packing hard-working separates in a neutral colour palette (black, navy, grey, camel, stripe) will mean endless outfit possibilities and a lighter load. As a rule I never travel with more than 20kg (44lbs) no matter what the climate.

I always start planning my travel wardrobe on Pinterest 2 months out, working first to collate pins that work with what I already have in my wardrobe before adding any must-haves from there.

Go See Your Travel Doctor

Especially for those venturing off the beaten track, a trip to your Travel Doctor or GP is essential. Make sure you’re up-to-date with your shots and ask for advice for putting together a small medical kit.

Currency Exchange

Arriving with a small amount of local currency (enough for a cab ride and a cold beer at a bare minimum) will make your touch down far less stressful. Quite often I have arrived in foreign cities only to find that the currency exchange counters are closed, or the ATMs don’t recognise my bank cards. After a long haul flight I want to get to my hotel, have a hot shower, change into some fresh clothes and start discovering a new city!

Be Bilingual (just a little)

It’s always worthwhile learning a couple of key phrases when traveling to a foreign country. At a bare minimum I try to learn:

  • please
  • thank you
  • where is?
  • how much is?
  • numbers (1-10 at a minimum)

Check Visa Requirements Well In Advance

Do you need a visa for the country you are travelling to? Can you purchase one at arrival? Or do you need to organise one in advance? Every country has different visa requirements based on your nationality so plan well in advance.

Don’t Over Plan

I believe the best adventures are had (and new friendships made) when you fly by the seat of your pants a little. I only ever book my accommodation for the first 3 night of my trip as I love the freedom. Remember, you’re on holidays, so relax and have a good time!

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