20 Unique Travel Tips by 20+ World Travelers
No matter how many countries we will visit, cities we will explore, mountains we will hike, we will never experience everything. You can read all the advice we have to offer, but it will never be enough; therefore, we decided to collaborate with other travelers around the world to bring you their most treasured advice! Whether you've been to every country in the world, or you're planning your first solo trip, there is something here that will benefit you!
1. Bottle of Wine for Two
Johnny & Vicky
Countries Visited: 17
Talk to the locals. Ask them where the local spots are for the most authentic experience.
2. San Antonio Love List
Countries Visited: 24
If you stay in a hostel, try to meet people! This works well especially if you're alone. Sometimes you'll get lucky and meet someone that will have a whole day planned out and you can join along.
Fleur & Dirk
Countries Visited: 22
Always negotiate a price up front, for everything! If you don't, there's always someone who will rip you off...
4. It's a Wander-Filled Life
Countries Visited: 31
My tip relates to traveling while sick. I've unfortunately succumb to illness while traveling over the years (as I'm sure many people have!) and have picked up a few tricks along the way. If I am traveling and have a sinus infection, I am also sure to bring Advil in my carry-on bag and buy a Coca-Cola after security. The combination of the two (maybe there is some sort of chemical reaction) completely relieves my sinus pressure when flying at altitude and makes my travel experience much more enjoyable! I actually received that tip from a flight attendant while I was on a 15 hour flight from LAX to Taiwan and had a horrible sinus infection.
5. Red Headed Nomad
Countries Visited: 23
Only panic when the locals panic, otherwise just relax and go with it. Definitely a solid tip for newer travelers who tend to stress!
6. Dead on Arrival Blog
Countries Visited: 2
Living in the moment is important when traveling abroad. You don't want to miss out on an opportunity you may never get again. Although I was terrified at first, I ended up coming out of my shell during my time at a Japanese Bath House...
7. Social Nomads
Countries Visited: 100
Ditch the itinerary! Sure, go ahead and research your destination ahead of time - get a sense for the local history and potential points of interest - but don't always tie yourself down. When traveling, let the road influence your movements. Be spontaneous, react to your surroundings, and embrace the unknown!
8. Life In The Horizon
Corey & Sarah
Countries Visited: 33
Do whatever you can to envelope yourself in the culture of the country you're in. Try to talk to locals or someone who has lived where you're going so you know about some of the more unique destinations and experiences. Tourist attractions are fun and neat to see but all of our favorite experiences have been local secrets that are off the beaten path.
9. Kiwis Traveling in Bare Feet
Riki & Sonita
Countries Visited: 31
Our tip would be to stay 1-3 extra days on top of what is usually recommended to see the highlights of a place. We find that this allows us to have a more authentic experience and come across things that you normally may not see, and these are often some of our favourite experiences.
10. The Adventures of Brigitte
Countries Visited: 7
Catch a sunset everywhere you go!
11. Travel Through Life Hannah
Countries Visited: 31
Travel often and live life to the fullest! I work Monday - Friday and generally travel at the weekends using the best fares possible! I've booked flights to Italy, Norway and Spain for under £50pp return! I tend to book during sale periods to ensure I get the best fare. If you see a good fare - Book it, don't wait!
12. Family Beach Travel
Mike & Chelsea
Countries Visited: 24
If you're traveling to a destination where you plan on going in the water, bring a dry bag. It can be used to take your belongings you want to keep dry while on a boat, kayak, etc... It can also be used to store wet bathing suits that don't dry in time when you pack to return.
14. Travelling Like An Aquarius
Countries Visited: 12
When visiting Hong Kong its best to adventure in the morning as nothing is open until mid day. You will get the best photos by doing this as Hong Kong can be very busy. Don't forget to purchase an Octopus card for transport, you can get this at any 7-11 and train station.
15. Lisa The Gallivanter
Countries Visited: 42
I pack one of my own pillow cases. It means if I'm sleeping on the road and don't have access to a proper pillow I just stuff that or if I just don't like the bedding it's comforting especially if I'm feeling homesick. Lavender drops always help me sleep too! No tablets needed!
16. Life Better Together
Maha & Bilal
Countries Visited: 21
Our travel tip is to use Uber (or companys like Uber) when traveling! Not just for the savings you get on your transportation but we find that whenever we're traveling and using companies like Uber the locals that drive us around give us a locals perspective on what's great in the city and hidden gems you can't always find in tourist books and online. Additionally they help you find alternative routes and provide you with tips and tricks on how to navigate the city better!
17. Travel Misadventures
Dani & Vero
Just know that things don't always go as planned, but this is ok. Keep in mind that there is always a plan B (or C, D and even Z!). Keep calm and try to figure it out. Misadventures will be your best memories! Do not let them discourage you or prevent you from exploring the world. Traveling teaches you how to overcome difficulties and find new solutions. No problem-solving skill learned in an office can be more efficient than that you gained while travelling.
18. Travel Mash
Maddy & Ash
Countries Visited: 9
Traveling is an amazing thing to do but it is full of emotions from happy, excited, overwhelmed, sad to slightly stressful so my travel tip to you would be it's ok to have a day off. check your self in to a nice hotel, order room service, have a hot shower, paint your toe nails or just treat your self. Have a day just for you to revive yourself as tomorrow is a new day. Never feel guilty of this, as we all need to have down time to relax and chill out.
19. Our World Canvas
Amanda & Daniel
Countries Visited: 11
We are strictly 'carry on only' travelers. We don't mess around with a lot of luggage, we carry it all in our Tortuga backpacks. One of the toughest things for us to figure out how to pack was shampoo and conditioner. Not only are there TSA laws restricting you to just a travel-sized shampoo/conditioner (definitely not enough for long term travel), but who wants to buy it in-country and risk it opening in their bag? Instead, we buy our travel shampoo and conditioner from LUSH. If you haven't heard of LUSH, look them up. They sell fresh, natural, handmade cosmetics - anything from bath bombs to toothpaste! (Only available in the USA and Canada.) Our favorite product, though, are their shampoo *bars.* These bars are just like a bar of soap! Just get them wet and they'll foam into shampoo or conditioner that you can use during your showers. They also last for approximately 80 washes. You can purchase a little metal tin to put them in, and suddenly you have a convenient, mess-free travel hack!
20. Two Young Explorers
Jane & Javi
Countries Visited: 26
The greatest piece of advice we have to offer is don't give up! Whether your dream is to travel or to become a CEO! It may be a hard to achieve your dream, but if someone else can achieve it, why can't you? Sometimes it is easy to give up or get discouraged, but you have to remember, Rome wasn't built in a day! Work hard, be persistent, and your goals WILL come true!