“Do you speak English?”
If I had a dollar for every time I asked that, I’d probably have a roundtrip flight to Thailand by now.
Apps control the world; there is an app for everything! I am a real geek when it comes to travel gadgets, and it goes the same for travel apps. If it can make my life easier while on the road, help me get from point A-Z, tell me where the nearest café is (chai latte I see you) and maybe meet some travelers along the way, then say no more! Here is an updated, but not exhaustive list of my favorite travel apps. You can check out my post Top 12 best travel apps for more.
Money savings techniques: How to visit 21 countries on a budget
Traveling to Europe doesn’t have to be as expensive as you might expect it to be. In fact, there are a number of ways that you can save money without missing out. As you may know, London it is a bloody expensive place to live! We found using some money saving techniques were able to afford us to live in this amazing city while being able to explore so much of Europe and Africa. During these two years we were able to visit 21 countries whilst living in London. Here are some of our top money saving techniques.
I’m 20 years old and I live in PARIS. I’ve been to 18 countries in 12 months, with more in the near future. Many of you have asked me, “How do you afford all this, Paul?” Well, I’m right there wondering with you I’m here to spill the beans.
Yes, the most important thing, yet for some, when the wanderlust hits, might be one of the things you might roll your eyes on. Yes, sometimes it's not the best to talk to strangers. Oh and don’t think just because you're in a “first world country" nothing that bad will happen to you. you might want to back up and reevalute your logic.
Whether you're a first time traveler or an infamous travel vet, we’ve all been in situations where we’ve wished we had a travel app for that. Whether you are looking for “ currency conversion” or “ cheapest local eats". Here is a list of the top 12 travel apps for your next holiday .
Everyone usually forgets to bring something with them on their trip. Was it your charger for your phone? Tooth brush and tooth paste?
While we all travel fairly differently and have different travel needs, these following items should be on your next packing list. Why? They are mobile , compact and really do not take much room in your purse or carry on item. Here they are in no particular order.
Having your basic tooth brush, tooth paste, and deodorant / baby wipes and hygienic products for women of course. You never know when you next shower could be, especially if you are traveling to a less touristy travel destination. Or you could find yourself stuck with a delayed or cancelled flight.
Keep dramamine, ibuprofen, antacid, or whatever other prescription medication you might need. Illness is not discriminatory. Your body will need time to adjust to the different bacteria in the food of your host destination. If you are prone to overseas illnesses more easily, go visit your doctor before your trip to see if he/she can prescribe you some antibiotics to take with you on your trip.
This might not seem like a big deal, until you've experienced cabin pressure. Have you ever been on a plane with screaming baby? Plus who doesn't like fresh breath.
4. Sunscreen/Moisturizer/lip balm
You tend to lose more water as you travel. Protecting yourself from the sun is essentials to avoid any possible risk of skin cancer in the future. Regardless of overcast or snowy season, you could still find yourself sun burnt. So protect yourself!
A scarf keeps you warm and protects you from the sun and the cold. As an added bonus you can use this as a travel pillow. Depending on the season, you might want to bring a light scarf versus a thicker scarf for summer for example.
Protect your eyes and make sure you have a good pair with UV protection. They also make for a good "sleeping mask", you can put them on when you are on a long flight and get some sleep
You will want to keep record of all the sights, smells, and tastes while abroad. If you ever go back and visit, you will have a general idea of the city!
8. Guide book/ phrase book
This is especially important! Its good courtesy to know the basic phrases in any language you will be visiting. Not everyone speaks English, and people are more willing to help you if they see you are putting in the effort.
9. Cash/important documents/passport
This also might seem like common sense, but common sense is not so common. Make sure you make copies of all your important documents. Keep one for yourself and leave the other with someone you trust like family. Also make sure to call your bank ahead of time if you will be going abroad to make sure your credit/debit card will be authorized. Make sure to check the exchange rate , as a good rule of thumb, banks usually offer the best selling price. A good amount have on hand is between $100-150 . It could be less or more money, depending on you. Will you be close to a bank or in a more remote location? Remember there are still place that only accept cash. So its better to prepare.
10. Safety locks
Especially when you are traveling solo, having some travel locks are important. No one likes a thief and especially any of your good being stolen abroad. Ask your hotel/hostel if they have a safety deposit box. Most do nowadays but its always better to safe than sorry.