The guide is for those who want to travel, those who will and those who are travelling. It might be a little late for those travelling, but better late than never, my mother always says. (She doesn’t say this, but it sounds cool to say my mother says it). Some of these ultimate travel hacks from travellers list might seem obvious, but so is washing behind your ears, yet not everyone does it.
Ultimate Travel Hacks from Travellers everyone should know
Let’s start simple
1. World adaptors
If you want to stay connected and fully charged, please be aware that most countries have different sockets. South Africa uses two different ones for example. Double point, like in Europe, and 3 round points. These are similar to Britain except round and not angular. Having a power bank will also be a benefit. Just saying. Which countries use which plugs? Click here to find out. It would suck if your phone dies and you can’t charge it. And click here to buy a world adaptor.
It is sad to say, but robbery is so common these days. I was robbed within an hour of being in Berlin, for example. I wish I couldn’t use this as an example. This is an ultimate travel hack from travellers I wish I knew earlier. Any way. Having copies of your documents (passport, boarding passes etc) on a Cloud or docs or dropbox would be such a good idea incase this happens to you. I hope it doesn’t happen to you though! It really sucks.
Having an under clothe wallet is also important. It is not about fashion, you can’t see it anyway, it is about knowing your valuables are safe from those sticky hands. If you want to be extra, you can have a fake wallet with notes in when going out clubbing. Then when someone steals your stuff they will find monopoly money, or notes saying “you are better than this!” Maybe they will change their ways then. Maybe.
Everyone collects memories in a different way, some buy souvenirs, others collect smells or sounds, or even friendships. What ever your choice in memories, I don’t think I am wrong in assuming you take photos. Whether they are good or bad quality, you want to save them. Invest in a good SSD card for your fancy camera, or as previously mentioned, save those snaps in a cloud drive, or somewhere. Click here for an portable SSD card.
EU countries are free. What a wonderful initiative, and for British people: Brexit won’t change this as the phone providers have already put in so much effort to help you put in little effort! Saying this, you can easily drive from any neighbour country into Switzerland, and forget to turn of roaming, then BAM, you get charged. So also know your EU countries.
For other countries: you could buy a prepaid sim allowing you to use your phone freely instead of jumping from wifi to wifi area. (Your phone does need to be sim unlocked for this, so check with your provider to make sure).
For Americans and non EU members:
Project Fi is beautiful for traveling. $20 a month for unlimited calling and texting. 1¢ per megabyte. ($10/GB). The same price in like 100+ different countries. – Straight from the mouth of an American traveller.
Well, don’t flirt, per se, but be nice to the people. You will be surprised how well they treat you in return. I have managed to avoid a $200 excess baggage payment with my guitar because I was nice to the lady and she gave me a life hack right there and then. I mean who doesn’t want to save $200, let alone any amount. This was not illegal by the way, totally legit, but does depend on the airline. You cannot get past this with Ryanair, for example. This ultimate travel hack from travellers is great.
Long story short. Be nice and you will have people be nice in return. Like Nat King Cole sings “the greatest thing is just to love and be loved in return.”
6. Baby wipes
Also adult wipes for those who want to act their age. If you are on a long haul flight, or going somewhere you know you won’t be able to clean yo’ self. Some airplanes offer refresher towels but these dry up so quickly and do not last past one wipe of your forehead. However, this is not a must, you can stay dirty if you wish. So this is a somewhat ultimate travel hack from travellers. Some use it, some don’t. I personally do use it!
7. Mark your territory
Not like a dog. Please do not go a pee on everything. However, do put a label on your suitcase, and in your suitcase with your name, phone number and email address. This will help if it gets lost. I like tying a colourful ribbon on my suitcase so I can easily identify it when it comes out on the belt.
8. How to pack
This could be a blog post in itself. Pack a water bottle, empty of course. This will save you money as well as the environment. Everyone should by now know you cannot take more than 100ml liquid through security with you. So fill up on the other side. There should be water fountains and if not see the section on being nice to others. I have asked at restaurants for them to fill up my water bottle for me. Water is free after all.
When you pack, pack light. You do not need the “just incase” pile. however putting a spare change of underwear in your hand luggage will never hurt. This is a life hack I learnt from my Grandma. At least this way, if your baggage gets lost you can make it through to the next day!
When you pack, roll your clothes. You will have more space in your luggage as well as less ironing to do. This is also great for backpacks.
When you pack, think of the country you are going to. If you are going to a lesser developed country it would always be better to buy items there. You then help their infrastructure as well as getting pretty epic clothing to add to your wardrobe! This is an ultimate travel hack from travellers, cos then you can travel better, don’t you agree. Also, a tip from me, if you want to travel with wine, roll your wine into you clothes!
9. Plan in advance
Last point on ultimate travel hacks from travellers. Google is your best friend here. There are SO many blogs out there of other travellers who can tell you about the locations! I mean, we even have a walking tour of Munich guide for you to check out. Google places, also helps a lot. Being spontaneous is fun, don’t get me wrong, but also knowing what to do and when saves a lot of time and gives you a good itinerary. You won’t then get back home and think, oh I didn’t know this place exists, I should have gone there. To be honest, I don’t do this, Niklas always plans our trips for us. I just tag along and do the write ups! Thanx Niklas.
So there you go. Ultimate Travel Hacks from Travellers. Do you have anymore hacks we should know about? Please leave your comments below so we can update this and make it the Super Extra Ultimate Travel Hacks from Travellers every traveller should know.