Starting to prepare for my imminent trip to NYC got me thinking. What travel tips do I consciously/sub-consciously take into account? Could I be better prepared? What strategies could I put into action that would make for a calmer, more organised and altogether more pleasant holiday? I was going to scour the internet for guidance, as I so often do, but then I stopped. Why seek the counsel of strangers as well-informed as they may be, when I have the very best resource at my fingertips...
YOU my World Wide Warriors!!
Off to Facebook I went. I asked and you responded. Dozens of you! And from your wonderful suggestions, which ranged from the practical to the profound, I have compiled a list of
TWENTY TOP TRAVEL TIPS
In no particular order.
Thank you so much everyone who contributed. And to you, my Warriors, I hope some of these tips will come in handy dandy as you plan your next trip.
Safe travels y'all!
Ginger Warrior, over and out.
I always put my toothbrush in my handbag and a clean pair of pants. You never know if you will be delayed!
Roll your clothes - it takes up less room and you’ll have less creases upon arrival.
For multi-centre holidays, pack all your clothes into big ziplock bags, i.e., one for socks, one for t-shirts e.t.c. It makes packing and re-packing at each destination really quick and easy!
Take extra camera batteries, all charged at the beginning.
Don’t plan anything! Go with the flow, talk to the people and be your best self… then magic happens!
Always take a Ginger Warrior with you. She gets you lots of free stuff like champagne and cookies on the plane and discounts for, well, pretty much anything!
Always, always weight your luggage prior to travel.
Try to learn a few handy phrases in the local dialect and try to remember a notepad or somewhere to store handy bits of info. that you will never recall like the name of a person, address, restaurant e.t.c that you liked.
Pack your case then unpack it and take out half of everything. Six shirts? Take three. Eight pairs of shorts? Take four. Oh! And assume that Dad’s case will be filled with the family toiletries.
Adjust your watch when you board the plane to your destination time - this combats jet lag.
Don’t live your entire vacation behind a screen. Pictures and video are nice to have but enjoy the moment where you are.
Take a bum bag - frees hands up and keeps valuables close. Also means you set the best trend ever!
Take a micro fibre towel - compact, light and quick drying!
WET WIPES!! They refresh you after long haul flights and help to avoid smelly hugs at your destination! What’s more, you can wipe dodgy loo seats!
Don’t take stuff you can buy where you are going. Get it there and leave it behind!
Hide a cheeky 50 in your sock. Just in case!
Don't forget your passport. It comes in very handy!
Carry a Lonely Planet (or similar) guide for the country you’re visiting.
Remember to observe that the country you travel to is different to the one you are coming from. Appreciate the opportunity to learn from a different culture rather than expect it to have same standards and practices as yours.
ANY MY OWN PERSONAL FAVOURITE...
Trust the locals. They live there.
P.S. Is your top travel tip featured here? No? THEN WHY NOT ADD IT TO OUR GROWING LIST? Just pop it in the comment box below - we all have something to learn from each other!