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Whether you are driving or flying, I have found some super helpful things to do either before or while traveling that have helped me out over the years… I just wanted to get them all in one place so I can reference them in the future.

I thought they might be helpful for you too! Read on!

Before you get on a long-haul flight

– If flying makes you uncomfortable, practice deep breathing exercises before boarding so that during take-off and landing, you will be able to control your breathing.

– Do a dozen or two squats every day for the week or two leading up to your trip. This will help you when you are hauling around that luggage. This will help prepare the body for all those hours of sitting in a cramped space. It will also help you enjoy your trip more while you are there.

– Bring food that is not messy but definitely bring some food with you! A protein-rich snack or meal will help sustain blood sugar levels on a flight, while carbohydrate-rich foods such as pasta can keep hunger at bay for up to three hours.

– Take your shoes off and get up at least once an hour – whether it’s to use the restroom, go for a walk, stretch your legs or just wander the plane looking for a place to nibble. This will alleviate the swelling in your feet and legs which often occurs during long flights.

– Pack some pain relief medication as well as an antihistamine to counteract nasal congestion in case of air travel allergies. Medications should be used before take-off, to reduce any drowsiness on landing. Bring a neck pillow, small blanket and eyeshades/earplugs if you need them.

– Preparation is key so print out travel documents such as hotel confirmation email or your electronic ticket receipt on the flight, with your name clearly displayed on it in case of lost luggage. Carry your passport at all times, because it will be checked at the airport before you can board, and again at check-in as well as immigration upon your arrival.

– Get a window seat if possible so you can stick your head out and enjoy the view. If you’re seated next to an open window, make sure that there are no loose objects around – especially in turbulence – to avoid any accidents when climbing over people in awkward seats!

– Wear layers of clothing for long flights so you will have options depending on how warm or cold you feel while airborne. Ticket pockets that allow carry-on baggage onboard are useful, but remember to keep your passport handy too! Carry just basic toiletries rather than large bottles of liquid. Powders are lighter and can be mixed later in the bathroom.

– Bring your own water bottle on board, as not all airlines provide them for free. You might even consider buying a canned drink to accompany you during take-off so that once airborne, you have something to sip on throughout the flight instead of paying exorbitant prices for tiny portions of water.

– For airplane ear pain, a cotton swab dabbed with rubbing alcohol will help relieve pressure on the eardrum. Also, try chewing gum if this helps adjust the pressure in your ears – pop one in at take-off time. Earplugs may also be useful for sleeping or if sitting next to someone who talks loudly or is snoring.

– Although aircrews shut the windows during take-off to reduce a cabin’s pressure, in some cases, passengers may still experience ears popping – it is not unusual for the first few minutes of flight. If pain persists or if you feel any dizziness while flying, immediately alert a flight attendant who will be able to provide you with an anti-nausea medication (available onboard) as well as oxygen if necessary.

– For nausea, suck on ginger candy or use special motion sickness bands. Also, ask your doctor for advice because he or she can give you a motion sickness prescription that works in advance instead of having to wait until feeling sick. A saline eyedropper is also useful if headaches result from being sick.

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– If you plan to sleep, bring any medication that might aid in sleeping (such as Benadryl or melatonin) – although alcohol is prohibited on the flight, it may help you fall asleep faster than caffeine and other stimulants after a long day of traveling. Also, bring your own eye shades/earplugs if noise and lights bother you while trying to rest/sleep.

– To avoid jet-lag, try drinking water ahead of time even if not thirsty because dehydration can cause sleeplessness at odd hours. If symptoms persist, consult a doctor before leaving for your destination who will advise further treatment such as antihistamines or prescribed medications prior to departure. Eat small meals often during long flights and choose foods that are easily digestible.

– Use body lotion or moisturizer on your hands and feet if you will be doing a lot of walking while at the airport, which can dry out your skin. Consider packing hand sanitizer as well – especially for those who might not wash their hands regularly during an extended trip abroad.

– Bringing gifts, snacks, magazines or books for children onboard is a nice gesture so they’re occupied and quiet (especially if you’re seated close to them) throughout the flight instead of running up and down the cabin disturbing other passengers!

– Keep IDs handy in case of lost luggage because it will speed up your claim at the airport once you arrive. Also, keep medications organized in your bag so that you easily access them while onboard the aircraft.

– It is advisable to hire a good travel insurance policy, especially with pre-existing medical conditions, for personal liability coverage in case of theft or damage to baggage/personal items while traveling. If you’re planning to stay overseas for an extended period – ask about extending your travel insurance policy and consider taking out additional coverage depending on the length of stay (a few months may prove useful if plans change). Learn more about insurance cover here.

– To save luggage space, avoid packing unnecessarily heavy clothing/shoes although this will depend on how long you will be staying at your destination. For any valuables like jewelry, do not keep them in your checked baggage, instead pack them into your carry-on luggage.

– If you’re taking a long flight overseas, get a good night’s sleep the night before so that you arrive fresh and energized (or better yet – take an afternoon nap). Traveling on empty can make you tired and cranky especially if there are delays or issues at check-in or immigration. Also avoid eating heavy meals within 4 hours of travel time as this can lead to indigestion, heartburn and uncomfortable cramps during the flight.

– If possible, try to book seats near emergency exits (rows 1-4) because these are usually located right next to toilets thus having easy access when needed.

– If you’re worried about seat selection, consider booking online because this gives you a better idea of where to sit before your departure so that you can avoid being stuck between an aisle and window or near the bathroom.

– When flying during peak seasons (especially December to March) or long distance flights – book early! Traveling standby may be more convenient but it won’t save you any money and as seats become limited, fares become higher. Booking online is recommended because airlines usually provide discounted fares on their websites which means that travel agents will charge extra fees for brokering such deals. There are also promo codes available on social media if you regularly follow airline/travel pages on Facebook.

– If you’re just flying within Asia, consider using this site to search through the many airlines that fly and undercut each other on prices.

– Get a good sleep before your flight (aim for 7-9 hours) by staying away from bright lights (e.g. TV or phones) one hour before bedtime so that your body’s internal clock can adjust naturally.

– Consider packing tissues for use in the restrooms especially when you travel during flu season.

– If you’re flying a long distance and are prone to motion sickness, consider buying some over-the-counter medications like Imodium or anti-nausea patches (available at pharmacies) to help with the situation early on.

– Consider bringing your own meals and snacks for travel especially if you have dietary restrictions. Airline food can get boring and unhealthy when eaten over a span of several hours!

– Bring extra socks/slippers on board because they tend to be small in size as compared to other flight amenities so that you’ll always be comfortable during your journey home.

– Pack toiletries separately, making sure that items don’t leak inside your luggage

– Store liquid items in plastic bottles or vacuum sealed bags and pack these in your hand luggage to avoid unnecessary liquids delays. If you’re worried about bulky toiletries, consider buying travel-sized options so that you save space within your suitcase.

 Packing luggage tips

– Roll all the clothing into small tight bundles – this will save space inside your bag as well as reduce wrinkling during transit (wider/looser rolls cause more creases). Make sure that nothing is sticking out of the top of the roll because this can get caught on other items or surfaces.

– To protect delicate clothes, place them strategically at the bottom layer of the suitcase (clothes packed on top tend to rub against anything underneath it). Be sure that wider straps are facing downwards (to prevent them from accidentally scratching your clothes) and don’t over-stuff bags with heavy items as this can cause damage to other fabrics. For delicate shoes, place a plastic bag or newspaper at the bottom of the suitcase so that they don’t get crushed under heavier clothing.

– If you’re going on a short trip (1 week), pack only 1 carry-on, 2 check-in luggage in case one is lost/damaged during transit, and make use of a separate ladies handbag for any essentials such as cards/passport/cash. This will also help you keep track of what’s inside your luggage. Keep valuables inside your jacket or pant pockets when you’re in transit.

– Label all important documents and luggage pieces with permanent markers. This includes your ticket, passport, credit cards, etc so that if they are lost during transit, authorities will be able to return them to you quickly.

– Never pack valuable items in checked-in luggage because the ground staff not only have access to baggage but can also sometimes open the cases and rummage through contents without permission (particularly on smaller airlines). Exchange currency before leaving for the airport so that this doesn’t get confiscated by immigration if found inadvertently within your bags. If you do bring valuables with you, ensure that these are placed within your handbag/briefcase inside a zip-locked plastic bag/secure travel pouch to avoid theft.

– If you’re worried about carrying too much luggage, consider getting a travel companion or cab driver at your destination point to pick up the rest of your items from airport storage. Local hotels (notably in Europe) have safe deposit facilities within their reception areas where they can store your cases for several days/weeks upon request. This is obviously a better alternative than lugging around extra bags with you during sightseeing activities!

– Never carry your passport in hand luggage or pockets because this is a potential risk if you’re also bringing cash and/or credit cards. You should also opt to leave important documents such as tickets, passports, etc at home when you’re on an extended vacation so that they are not lost (especially during transit). Prepare yourself with copies of these instead.

– While travel insurance may not be something that interests everyone, it’s highly recommended for long trips especially if you’re traveling on a budget. Countries can get pretty expensive once airfare, hotel rentals and transportation costs have been factored into the equation! Also, consider getting additional coverage options if you plan to do some extreme activities such as bungee jumping or skydiving while abroad.

– When packing small toiletries like suntan lotion, oil, etc, use mini bottles that can fit into drawers and smaller travel packs so that they don’t take up too much space within your luggage. Also remember to keep duplicates of all important documents such as passports etc in separate places so that if one is lost/damaged during transit, you still have others to fall back upon.

– For long-haul trips (especially when flying), consider investing in a portable travel pillow as this will help prevent neck pain and allow your head to properly rest against the plane’s seat headrests. Pack light clothing that won’t weigh you down or restrict your movements too much; bring clothes that can be dried easily if accidentally washed/damaged after use.

– If you’re traveling on business, don’t forget to carry a suit jacket, formal shoes and trousers for important work meetings. Bring only mini size toiletries (unless you plan to buy them once abroad) so that excess bottles don’t take up too much space within your luggage.

– Always pack a bar of hand soap or liquid body wash so that you can easily wash your hands when there are no accessible bathrooms around. Pack at least 1 pair of dark sunglasses and one pair of prescription/contact lens if you need them.

– Always opt for business class on long flights when you can because these seats offer greater legroom, larger entertainment screens, pillows, blankets, etc. Book seats with the most direct aisle access as these provide easier movement within and outside of your airline.

– When traveling to developing countries, make sure that you bring a first-aid kit (especially if you’re planning activities like cycling) so that you can treat minor cuts/wounds or insect bites, etc. Bring extra painkillers for treating sore muscles/migraine headaches too.

– If you’re bringing electronic gadgets such as laptops, cameras, watches, etc with you on trips abroad, make sure that these are packed into hardshell cases to protect against bumps/scratches during transit. Also, think about buying quality travel adapters that allow compatible electrical appliances to function when plugged into native sockets overseas.

– When traveling abroad on work, spend some time preparing your presentations beforehand so that you don’t have to waste valuable time in airplanes/rooms. Install mobile apps such as before leaving for a trip so that you can use offline navigation controls if there is no data connection available!

– If you’re traveling during the holidays (or anytime really), try to book hotels with access to amenities like gyms and pools. This will allow you the freedom to exercise during down-times without having to worry about finding public gyms or budgeting for membership fees. It’s also a good idea to pack multiple pairs of holiday clothes because this allows you greater flexibility when it comes to changing outfits every day.

– When going abroad, download the Google Translate app to your smartphone so that you can instantly translate new languages during interactions/transit. Bring a hardcover book/journal with you if you’re needing some downtime and want to reduce the amount of electronics on your person when traveling!

– If you plan to visit cities famous for their nightlife, try to pay for a hotel room in advance (either individually or as part of an event package) so that there aren’t any last-minute surprises about accommodation availability. Also make sure that you have the right type of travel insurance before leaving on a trip because this will help provide financial assistance in case anything happens during transit (e.g credit card theft, accidental injuries etc).

– When going abroad, bring a phone charger with multiple socket types (eg US/EU) so that you can plug in your devices without having to buy new chargers or carry multiple travel adapters! Pack at least one pair of headphones/earphones too because they’re useful if you need silence for sleeping or need private listening during flights/bus journeys.

– If you’re planning a road trip overseas, try to avoid driving at night as roads are less well-lit and safety precautions like seatbelts aren’t always followed by local drivers! Bring moisturizer or lip balm with SPF to protect skin from UV rays when traveling to sunny destinations.

– When preparing to travel on a long flight, buy inflatable pillows and blankets from Amazon because these are more compact than ones that come with plastic packaging. Before leaving for a trip abroad, take pictures of all your passport/IDs/credit cards, etc and store them digitally so that you have backups in case something happens!

– If you’re visiting a developing country where there is little to no available internet connection, try using the XE Currency app (available on both iOS and Android platforms) to check currency conversion rates. It’s also worth learning some basic phrases in local languages such as “please” and “thank you” before traveling overseas!

– When going abroad on work, it’s a good idea to bring along presentation notes or even business cards in other languages for interactions with foreign partners. Before leaving on a trip, take the time to go over the itinerary and ensure that there are no typos!

– If you’re traveling during peak holiday periods (e.g Christmas), try to plan your events/reservations as early as possible so that everything can be confirmed beforehand. Pack some snacks too if you’re traveling because this allows you to keep costs down when walking around unfamiliar cities.

– If you’re visiting a foreign country, bring pictures of the local language on your smartphone so that you can point at these during interactions with natives/public transport drivers.

– When going abroad, try to make use of public transit as much as possible because this is more environmentally friendly than renting/driving personal vehicles (plus car rental services are less affordable during peak travel periods). Pack medicines such as cold medicine or painkillers too because they might come in handy when traveling!

– When traveling overseas, it’s a good idea to have immediate funds available in case there are any unexpected expenses. This will allow you to pay for things like taxis without having to worry about accessing credit or debit cards. Before leaving on a trip, try to remember the last time you charged all your devices so that they are fully functional upon arrival!

– When going abroad, make use of travel forums such as because this allows you to learn whether there are any safety issues with certain areas/districts in foreign countries (plus it’s useful for learning about hidden gems while also avoiding tourist traps). Pack some wet wipes too if you’re visiting humid destinations because these can be used to clean hands/tables etc without having to worry about access to soap and water.

– If you’re traveling overseas during peak travel periods, make sure that electronic devices have enough battery life so that you don’t have to worry about charging them during your trip.

– When going abroad, bring along some multi-vitamins because they can be used to supplement local diet especially in developing countries where people suffer from malnutrition. Pack reading material too if you’re traveling overseas (e.g magazines or books) because this will allow for maximum personal productivity on the plane!

– If you’re visiting a foreign country, try to learn some basic phrases in their native language beforehand so that you can properly communicate with locals/public transport drivers while traveling. Also, try not to compare your destination’s characteristics/infrastructure with your home country because this might end up ruining the experience!

– When traveling overseas, try to pack extra snacks for long trips because having a full stomach can help you sleep better while also relieving stress. It’s also worth remembering that people in other countries might not be used to seeing visitors from your country so always dress appropriately when visiting foreign nations!

– If you’re traveling abroad and need vaccinations for the local environment (e.g yellow fever), make sure that these are taken several months before departure so that reactions/side effects don’t interfere with personal plans. Pack a power bank too because this will allow for maximum smartphone battery life while traveling.

– When going abroad, it’s a good idea to bring along some water purification tablets because this will allow you to avoid contracting diarrhea/stomach issues. Similarly, be sure to pack a passport/identity cardholder so that personal belongings are kept safe while traveling!

– When visiting foreign lands, it’s a good idea to bring along some tissue paper too because this can be used for cleaning hands/toilet seats etc without having to worry about access to water or soap. Wherever possible, try not to schedule important meetings during peak travel periods because travel can ruin productivity levels!

– When going abroad, remember that public transport systems often get sold out during peak travel periods so buy tickets in advance if possible. Also, remember that people from different cultures might have different definitions of ‘personal space’ so be careful about personal boundaries if you’re traveling overseas!

– When going abroad, remember to bring along some earplugs because this can help you sleep better while also allowing for peaceful relaxation. In addition, make sure that your luggage is solid enough to deter theft especially when visiting foreign lands.

– When traveling overseas, always check the baggage allowance beforehand and don’t overpack – remember that overweight charges are almost certain during peak travel periods! Before visiting a foreign country/city, try to find out its local emergency number so that safety measures are put into place in case of emergencies (e.g getting lost or suffering from an allergic reaction).

– When visiting foreign lands, make sure that you take along an extra set of clothes because this will allow you to pack less while also giving yourself peace of mind. Also, remember that it’s a good idea to pack some insect repellent so that you don’t have to worry about mosquito bites etc when traveling overseas!

– When visiting foreign countries, be sure to check the local customs and culture beforehand so that behavior doesn’t ruin plans/experiences – being polite always goes a long way! Remember that common sense is key if traveling overseas (e.g checking weather forecasts before departure) because bad weather can delay/ruin travel plans!

– When traveling abroad, bring along a portable charger so that your smartphone/camera battery doesn’t run out while also giving you peace of mind. It’s also worth remembering to bring along a universal power adapter because these are more versatile than traditional ones!

– When visiting foreign lands, try to pack an umbrella so that rain doesn’t ruin plans – remember how awful it feels when returning home as a result of inclement weather conditions. When planning trips abroad, always check whether it will be sunny or rainy beforehand and try not to forget important prescription medicines too!

– When traveling abroad, make sure that there is cash in the emergency stash in case of emergencies (e.g paying for transport services, etc) – using credit cards overseas is often riskier during peak travel periods! Also, remember to bring along a drinking water bottle because having access to potable water is often not available when traveling overseas. Similarly, consider bringing along some old clothes/towels too so that you can use these strictly for dirty purposes while traveling – this is usually cheaper than buying such items overseas.

– When visiting foreign countries, be sure to check whether certain services are covered by insurance beforehand – otherwise, it might be better to avoid them. Always take precautions against crime (e.g checking into hotels during off-peak travel periods) and make sure that the luggage being carried is always properly locked (preferably with two locks) in case of theft!

– When planning trips abroad, check whether there are any country-specific restrictions before getting vaccinated – this will help prevent unnecessary complications. Before visiting foreign lands, remember to take along at least two credit cards with different numbers on them just in case one gets stolen or lost – sometimes having cash is better than relying solely on plastic for various reasons (e.g not being able to use the card when away from home).

– When visiting foreign cities, always check whether there are any currency exchange restrictions – this will help prevent complications. Keep in mind that carrying a notebook and pen can be useful when traveling overseas because it helps take notes of instructions/directions etc and makes travel much easier!

– When traveling abroad, keep important things like passport/visa/credit cards, etc on hand so that inclement weather doesn’t ruin plans – during times such as these, having extra cash is often necessary. It’s also worth remembering to bring along an assistive device with you (e.g mobile phone) for use in case of emergencies (e.g getting lost or suffering from an allergic reaction). Before visiting foreign countries, do try to find out about the local cuisine beforehand so that you have a rough idea of what to expect – that way, things like excess salt/spiciness will not be overpowering.

– When visiting foreign lands, make sure that any credit cards are kept within view at all times in case of loss or theft and it’s also worth remembering to always take along important things like wallet, passport/visa, etc when traveling abroad! It’s also worth noting that currency exchange rates can change rapidly (e.g due to inflation) and it might be better to buy bought items overseas with cash instead because some credit card companies charge more for foreign transactions. Remember to keep an eye on where luggage is being carried in public places (e.g bus/airport) and try to avoid getting lost while traveling!

– When visiting foreign countries, remember to keep the map on hand because it helps one get around much easier. Also, when traveling abroad, it’s always better if there is someone who can help out in case of emergency (e.g being able to communicate with locals) – this way, complications are reduced and things become much easier.

– It’s important that travelers check their travel insurance coverage before leaving for a holiday because some companies might exclude certain services from reimbursement like overseas medical claims etc. Similarly, when planning trips abroad, do try to find out what effects these vacations will have on things at home (e.g school work, pets, etc) and make sure that everything is taken care of before leaving.

– When planning trips abroad, remember to check visa requirements for the destination – this will help prevent complications. It’s also important that travelers check how much luggage they can carry in public places (e.g bus/airport) so that things do not get ruined or lost during travel. While visiting foreign countries, it’s best to put a sticker on passports with contact information in case one gets misplaced or stolen – this way, problems can be solved more easily if such an incident occurs!

– It’s important that travelers check in advance about any currency exchange restrictions because these might cause complications. Also, when traveling abroad, it’s usually a good idea to learn certain basics of the local language (e.g greetings) – this will help make travel much easier!

– It’s important that travelers take along at least two credit cards with different numbers on them whenever traveling overseas – this way, problems related to lost/stolen cards can be solved more easily and hassle free.

Road trip travel tips

– While planning road trips, it’s best to take along certain essentials (e.g maps/camera, etc) because they help make travel a whole lot easier. It’s also worth remembering to check road conditions and traffic rules for the destination before going on a road trip – this will ensure that things do not get complicated!

– When planning road trip vacations, remember to check gas availability at different places beforehand so that there are no surprises later on. Similarly, when traveling by car abroad, make sure that all documents needed by authorities (e.g registration card, etc) are kept in view so that complications can be avoided during border crossings!

– It’s important that travelers take along extra cash for use in case of emergencies while traveling by car abroad because some credit cards might not function in certain places!

– When going on road trips, make sure that the vehicle is in good condition – this will reduce the chances of accidents. Also, when planning road trips, it’s best to carry along a few gallons of water and snacks (e.g fruit/chips) since these items are needed when traveling long distances!

– It’s important that travelers keep an eye on the time while traveling by car abroad because some countries use their own times which may vary drastically from the host nation.

– While planning a road trip vacation, it’s best to take along certain essentials (e.g cell phone/camera) – they help make travel much easier and things become simpler! Also, remember to keep a map of the surrounding areas near you for easy reference!

– It’s important to keep in mind the local traffic laws of a destination while traveling by car abroad because these might be different from home and cause problems later on! Similarly, when going on road trips, remember to pack all the documents needed by authorities at the time of entering/leaving a country (e.g passport/driver’s license, etc.) – this will make things easier if anything goes wrong during border crossings.

– While planning road trips, remember to take along extra cash for use in case of emergencies – this will help if one is stranded on a deserted road! It’s also important that travelers research their destinations before traveling by car abroad because some countries have strict laws and penalties related to driving which may land the driver into trouble!

– It’s best to carry a cell phone when traveling by car abroad (or any vehicle) so that in case of an emergency or need for assistance, it can be called. Also, while planning road trips, remember to check gas availability at different places beforehand so that there are no surprises later on. Similarly, when traveling by car abroad, make sure that all documents needed by authorities (e.g registration card, etc) are kept in view so that complications can be avoided during border crossings!

– When planning road trips, take along the phone numbers of a few hospitals/police stations near you so that in case of an emergency, they can be called for help – this will save on trouble later on.

– It’s important to keep the drugs/medicine used by travelers up-to-date (especially those which need regular refills) because if there is any need for medical assistance while traveling by car abroad or any other vehicle, it’ll have to be shown at that time and might prove problematic if outdated! Also, when planning road trips, remember to check gas availability at different places beforehand so that there are no surprises later on. Similarly, when traveling by car abroad, make sure that all documents needed by authorities (e.g registration card, etc) are kept in view so that complications can be avoided during border crossings!

– It’s important that all travelers pack an emergency survival kit when planning road trips abroad because this helps in case of emergencies and will prove essential if something goes wrong on the way.

– While going on road trips, remember to keep essentials like water/snacks with you since these are required and might be difficult to find at times while traveling by car overseas or any vehicle! Also, make sure that passports/visas for the destination country are up-to-date – this will help things run smoothly during border crossings if there is a need for them. Similarly, travelers must carry along extra cash (and credit cards) for use in case of emergencies while traveling by car abroad because some credit cards might not be accepted in some countries/cities!

Tipping while you travel made simple

– While tipping is not mandatory anywhere in the world, it’s customary for travelers to show appreciation towards services rendered especially during foreign travels (when these are provided as an added service by default). Service personnel are generally underpaid as compared to their Western counterparts and rely on tips for part of their income.

– Ensure that you know the tipping etiquette for your destination country before embarking on a trip because rules for tipping differ in each location. Check with locals or do some research beforehand, so that travelers don’t end up offending others unknowingly.

– While leaving tips is not mandatory, it does go a long way in getting better service especially in these times of economic uncertainty (when employers can no longer afford to pay employees more). A good strategy is to turn down unnecessary services at hotels/restaurants so that staff can concentrate on providing better quality services to travelers who are tipping them.

– If you’re staying at a hotel, leave some loose change (or small bills) for housekeeping staff and room service attendants so that they can be rewarded for their services while leaving a large bill or tip in the form of $1-$5 to concierges who help travelers with planning excursions/local information, etc. For taxi/limousine drivers and tour guides, consider giving around 10% and local guides can get by on approximately 5%.

– When paying tips, place the cash inside an envelope and use this to pay farewell tips instead of handing out money directly to servers/drivers because this avoids confusion over how much you paid. It’s also very important to read confirmation receipts to ensure that you didn’t get overcharged for services rendered.

– It’s customary not to tip at all in the following scenarios: 1) Restaurants where service fees/tips are already included within your bill 2) Service is poor 3) People who don’t usually accept tips (like hotel porters etc). Some restaurants will even include a note on their checklists asking customers not to leave any tips for mediocre service! If you feel compelled or are open-minded enough to give a tip because of exceptional service, then do so but make sure this forms part of the overall bill and isn’t merely tossed in addition.

– If you’re visiting areas where tipping isn’t considered mandatory or common practice, then avoid doing so. In some countries like Japan and South Korea, for example, tipping is looked upon as insulting because it insinuates that the staff has provided poor services which would warrant a tip in the first place!

– While tipping isn’t generally expected during local travels within a country, do leave a small gratuity of between 5% to 10% when using taxis/auto-rickshaws, etc. since these are usually not inclusive of any service charges – especially if you want to ensure return services at your convenience. Note: If you’re traveling with friends/family members who don’t consider this `mandatory’, make sure they don’t object to your generosity towards the driver/staff while paying the bill.

– If you’re traveling with kids and need to access baby strollers, wheelchairs, etc., then tip 10% of their original cost. Always check beforehand to find out if tipping is mandatory in your destination country before paying any gratuities. In Japan, for example, service charges at restaurants are generally considered part of the bill but travelers can still leave tips by adding it on top if they feel compelled to do so!

– The survival kit that gets overlooked whenever a person travels abroad isn’t a suitcase or an extra pair of shoes but travel-sized toiletries like antiseptics, dental floss/scissors, handwash lotion/sanitizer, etc. If you’re staying in hotels, it’s best to always keep a small supply on hand because most places may not provide these items for free!

– While using public toilets can be a rather unpleasant experience especially if you’re traveling abroad, make the best of it by bringing along travel-sized toiletries from home. You’ll save the cost of having to tuck in a few quarters (for paying the services) every time you step into one!

– Before jetting off on your international holiday, think about storing your favorite toiletries at home for when you return back later. This will help ensure that nothing goes missing/mislaid during transit and you don’t have to worry about spaces getting filled up on your return trip.

– Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, make sure you travel with updated health and other important documents in hand. This will help ensure that nothing goes wrong at the last minute while abroad. Make duplicate copies of the same (in case something gets mislaid) and keep it safe from damaging elements like water etc.

– If your luggage is overweight or oversize, then use a luggage shipping company to get items delivered at your destination instead of paying extra charges during check-ins/check-outs or even worse; being refused entry due to excess baggage! You could also consider sending them by road if time permits since this is usually cheaper than the flight route.

Travel tips with pets

– Are you planning to travel abroad with a pet (bird, cat, dog, etc.)? Then make sure that the animal complies with all the country-specific vaccination/quarantine rules and regulations prior to departure. This will help ensure a smooth entry into the country without any hassles!

– If you’re traveling abroad with a pet who’s a picky eater, then consider packing canned/dried food along to keep them well-fed throughout your trip. This will ensure that you don’t have to worry much about their diet so as long as they get all the essential nutrients in their bodies.

– If you plan on going overseas with your pet, then make the most of getting travel insurance beforehand. This will help ensure that any unforeseen illnesses or accidents are taken care of – instead of having to shell out exorbitant amounts for expensive treatments at hospitals/clinics, etc.

– When traveling abroad with pets like dogs and cats, it’s best to book hotels that provide pet services like food/walk-time, etc. This will help ensure that you don’t have to worry much about going out and leaving your pet behind every time he gets hungry or tired!

– Pet carriers may not be the most attractive thing to lug around while traveling abroad but they are vital if you’re planning on taking along a pet with you. Make sure you buy one according to the size of your pet so as to provide enough air circulation, enough room for movement, etc. Also, check out their requirements for in-flight safety by contacting your airline beforehand.

– Keeping pets safe (especially dogs) during trips isn’t just about making sure that they don’t run away from home, but also to keep them from getting into trouble like picking up bad habits or even worse; falling in the hands of pet-nappers (many kidnapping cases have been reported during past years). To ensure their safety, it’s best to make sure that you walk them only when necessary – depending on your security/safety level – and for shorter times.

– If you plan on going overseas with your dog, then consider training him/her beforehand so as to acclimatize faster. This will help establish manners and discipline among pets, put less stress on you and even your fellow travelers while abroad!

– When traveling with a dog, it’s always better to book a hotel which allows pets. This way, you don’t have to leave your pet behind in the hotel room while you go sightseeing or working. Keep him/her company by booking a suite with an additional bedroom!

– Booking hotels with pets is one thing, insuring them during trips maybe another. Contact the pet service provider beforehand and check out their coverage rates before setting off on long journeys abroad so as to not come across any last-minute hassles.

– How well behaved (following commands etc.) is your dog? If he tends to ignore you at times of emergency then it’s best to get some obedience training done beforehand. This will ensure that your dog responds better when needed and that it’s a safer travel experience for both of you.

– If your dog tends to bark incessantly or is hyperactive, then consider getting them some behavioral training beforehand. This will make sure that they are more controlled while on the road, less disruptive and easier to handle during emergencies.

– It’s always best to have a pet sitter take care of your pets back home if you’re going abroad for extended periods. This will save the hassle of dealing with his/her requirements during travel and also ensure that they are in safe hands. However, if you can’t find a dependable pet sitter, then make sure to get one from a trusted source or board him at a local animal shelter instead!

Traveling with a camera?

– It’s always good to carry extra memory cards (especially the compact ones) while on a trip so as to save time, avoid last-minute hassles and ensure you don’t miss out on any memorable moments.

– When going from place to place, it’s always best to keep your camera bag safe by either putting it in a hard-shell backpack or keeping it close at hand. In case of theft, merely taking a few pictures won’t help – but your insurance company will definitely appreciate having the complete set of pictures!

– Beware that thieves are everywhere! Even if you’re just walking down the street or researching something nearby – try not to put your cameras (especially DSLRs ) off your reach. If you have them around, then make sure they’re wrapped tightly with the strap-around-the-neck method.

– Never carry expensive camera lenses while traveling! They are too big and can be easy targets for pickpockets. Instead of lugging such expensive items, bring a small lens that takes up less space in your bag!

– If you want to go extreme with your photography, then consider investing in a waterproof camera! This will help capture underwater pictures without breaking the bank!

– When going out with your DSLR, it’s always good to carry it around in a sturdy camera bag. This will not only protect the device but can also double up as another handbag if needed!

– If you want to be stealthy and are using a smartphone, like an iPhone or Android, while traveling, make sure to disable location sharing (under settings) so that your friends/fans cannot track you via GPS tracking on social networks. For Android phones users – there is no such thing as offhand but we suggest using Google Maps instead of the GPS tracking feature.

– If you’re visiting a beachside location, then it’s always best to protect your camera from direct exposure to water, especially saltwater. You can do so with waterproof bags or just use a plastic bag if needed! This will help keep things safe for longer and prevent untimely accidents as well.

– If you’re going to a beach location, then a GoPro (or similar action camera) can be extremely handy! You can easily mount them to your head or chest before getting in the water and take some amazing videos without worrying about anything else!

I recently went to Mexico with my wife and we wanted to travel light so we just took our phones. We got to some great cenotes and wished we had cameras that we could have taken with us underwater. We missed capturing some incredible moments.

Your standard point-and-shoot cameras are really not cut for underwater pictures. And even if it is, you need someone with extreme skills to pull that off. Instead of risking having a working camera but blur images – consider investing in an underwater camera instead! These cameras help capture clearer pics while being safe underwater.

– When you’re out hiking around… on mountains or trekking through forests or a beach – carry extra batteries and memory cards with you so as to capture all those memorable moments without any delays!

– Consider buying a solar-powered charger instead of regular ones when camping/hiking in remote locations where electricity is not easily available. A good example is this solar charger from Anker. ((link))

Traveling with friends?

– When you’re traveling with a friend (or multiple friends), it’s always good to split the cost of renting a cab. This will be cheaper than taking a regular taxi and also help out other people as well! The best places for such service are airports or train stations where cabs are scarce and usually expensive too.

-If you’re with a larger group consider renting an apartment/house in your travel destination rather than staying at a hotel. This is great if you want more privacy and also helps save money. Sites like Airbnb are good examples. ((link))

– When traveling with friends, always keep an eye on each other’s valuables when moving around the place or going to places unknown to you all. Be careful of pickpockets and such issues! Always hang on tight and be safe!

– If in doubt about where something is – ask someone else who appears local to you! Just walk up to them normally and you want to save some time, it’s better to go into the airport a few hours before your flight. You can either sleep in the airport lounge or just spend some time getting yourself acquainted with the area.

– When going out with friends (or family) on road trips, make sure everyone knows their budget beforehand. It’ll avoid conflicts later down the line when someone goes over budget!


This article is a work in progress. I will be editing and adding to it in the coming days. I hope it has been helpful!