Talk to the locals especially about where to eat.
As a traveler, one of the easiest ways to ensure you have an amazing time wherever you go is to ask the locals where they like to eat. The food culture in any country can be fascinating and the locals know what’s good and what’s not. Plus, asking them about their favourite foods may lead to some great conversation!
When in Paris, I ate at a restaurant called La Rotisserie d’en Face (it was recommended by my hostel receptionist). It was delicious and such an authentic experience!
If you have time, try to learn a few words or phrases of a new language.
Learning a new language is one of the best ways to prepare for travel. Not only does it open up a better understanding of the local culture, but it will also provide you with more immersive experiences and memorable connections that can last a lifetime. It’s also enjoyable to learn something new and pick up another skill. If you’re thinking about learning a language for your next trip, here are some tips to get started:
- Try learning vocabulary words related to topics in which you’re interested (for example, if you like sports, try learning words associated with soccer or skiing). This will make learning more fun!
- Set aside time every day to study. Even just 10-20 minutes per day will help commit new terms and phrases to memory.
- When traveling abroad, ask locals how they say common words and phrases in their native tongue (for example, “thank you”)! They may be happy to give you tips on pronunciation or grammar.
Make sure to bring appropriate clothing for the climate and activities that you’ll be partaking in.
- Pack layers that are easy to layer on top of each other, and also easy to remove. Clothing that doesn’t wrinkle easily is a good option.
- If you’re going somewhere rainy or cold, bring a rain jacket and/or sweater.
- Don’t bring formal wear if you won’t be attending any fancy events while traveling.
- Make sure you have enough underwear and socks. These items can take up a lot of space in your luggage, so don’t overpack these items in the amount that you bring!
- Make sure your shoes will be comfortable for walking long distances throughout the day!
Use your packing cubes and make sure you have everything organized!
You’re using your packing cubes to organize things inside your bag, which means that you’ve successfully minimized the time and effort it takes to find what you need when you get to your destination. You can have a cube for clothes, another for electronic accessories, another for socks and underwear, etc. This is where the versatility of packing cubes really shines. I think it’s worth investing in a set of cubes that has several different sizes so that you can use them to organize all kinds of items.
If you have plenty of room in your suitcase or bag, I recommend going with bigger-sized cubes because they will make it easier for you to separate different types of clothing from each other. For example, you can use one cube for short-sleeved shirts and another cube for long-sleeve shirts if this makes sense for how much stuff you are bringing on your trip. If space is more limited in the bag or suitcase that you brought with you on your trip, smaller packing cubes are probably the better choice because they will allow you to include more different types of belongings in each cube without weighing down or overfilling any single one of them.
Talk to other tourists as well, it’s always fun to hear about their experiences.
Talk to other tourists as well, it’s always fun to hear about their experiences. Don’t be afraid to ask questions; you can learn a lot from other people. You might even make some friends in the process!
Be mindful of the way you dress and act so as not to offend any cultural norms.
Remember to be respectful of the local culture. Always take a moment before traveling to learn about any cultural norms that may differ from your own—you don’t want to take a trip and end up offending anyone at your destination.
Keep in mind that it’s important not to wear anything that might be culturally inappropriate, such as shorts or tight clothing. You should also avoid talking too loudly or being disruptive, which can cause problems for others around you. In general, make sure you’re polite to everyone, even if they don’t speak English!
Most importantly: do not touch anything that does not belong to you or does not seem like it is okay for tourists to touch. This includes anything at national parks or museums—it’s best practice just not to touch anything unless a sign tells you it is okay.#end-of-section#
Don’t be afraid to do something out of your comfort zone, like hiking or dancing in front of everyone.
Traveling is your chance to do things you might not normally do at home. You want to leave every trip feeling like you had the greatest time and learned a lot, so don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try new things. For example, if you never hike at home because it just doesn’t sound like fun, but there is a great hiking trail somewhere you are visiting, go for it! It can be really eye opening to see the world in new ways than what you are used to. Also, dance in front of everyone! If you’re going out at night, dancing is a great way to meet people and have fun. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know how to dance either. Learn a few moves before heading out or just have fun with it. The point is that travel is for trying new things and being open about them!
Leave room in your suitcase for souvenirs.
It can be tempting to pack every inch of your suitcase full of clothing and travel essentials in order to prepare for any scenario you might encounter on your trip. This can be a good strategy for road trips, but if you’re flying remember that most airlines have strict limits on how much luggage you can carry on. If it is possible for you to bring only a carry-on bag, this will definitely save you time waiting at baggage claim when you arrive at your destination.
However, if your itinerary doesn’t allow for packing light, or if it involves multiple flights with different airlines and/or layovers, leave some extra empty space in one of your bags so that you can bring back souvenirs from the places you visit. Some souvenirs are quite small and could easily fit into tiny pockets or crevices in your bags (like those little keychains depicting famous landmarks or miniature snow globes), but others are much larger and more cumbersome. Leave yourself room to accommodate these bulkier items! They brighten up any corner of the house they’re placed in and they make great gifts as well!
Try new foods if possible, but make sure they are safe, as food poisoning is never fun while traveling!
Trying new foods is one of the best ways to get to know a city, but there are some important things to keep in mind if you’re going to do it. First, make sure your food is safe for consumption. If the locals don’t eat it, you probably shouldn’t either. It can be pretty easy to tell what food is safe and what isn’t—if it looks like an overturned trashcan at the end of the night or smells like something died fifty years ago and was neglected by archaeologists until today, don’t eat it! If this general rule doesn’t work, here’s a more specific one: if you’re unsure whether or not a food is safe, throw it out. Second, in case something does happen and you get food poisoning on your trip (which I have), make sure you can access a well-stocked first aid kit. This will allow you to treat yourself instead of wasting time finding medical care—time that could be much better spent exploring!
Finally, consider bringing back local treats from your travels as souvenirs for your friends and family. Not only will they love them because they’re thoughtful gifts from abroad, but also because they’ll likely think that eating elephant feces wrapped in plastic sounds super cool!
Enjoy the moment and really be present – don’t spend too much time taking pictures!
As much as we love sharing our travels with our friends and family back home, there’s a time to put the phone down and really be present. We are loving taking photos of the places we visit, but it’s important not to let that become the only thing you do. It’s fun to look at your photos later, but it is also fun to just experience things as they happen. Make sure you are fully present in order to take advantage of every moment!
Travel is fun, but if it’s overly stressful it may be worth re-organizing so that you can enjoy it more fully!
When traveling, it’s easy to become stressed and overpacked. This is partially because we want to keep all of our options open for activities and possible scenarios so we end up bringing more than what is necessary. To avoid this, try and pack light. If you are not sure whether you will need an item, leave it behind. It’s better to have to buy something than bring something that you don’t use! Additionally, make sure that you pack everything the night before your flight so that you are not rushing around in a panic.
One of the most important steps when preparing to travel is remembering your passport! This document allows you access into other countries and must be valid for at least 6 months after your return date otherwise a country may deny entry into their country. You must also have at least one or two blank pages if they require a stamp upon entry into a country which can vary by the country itself.
In the spirit of keeping things simple while traveling, I recommend bringing reusable items with you on trips instead of dealing with potentially bulky or heavy items that may not be very practical when going through long lines at airports or on public transit systems such as subways where there’s limited space for luggage. One thing I recommend doing is bringing along an empty water bottle with you instead of purchasing disposable bottles as this can help reduce plastic waste from piling up in landfills and oceans (which are no fun). This will also allow us to stay hydrated which can help us feel refreshed throughout our travels especially after long flights or train rides where one might experience dry air due to being on planes/trains/buses all day long without any fresh air coming inside.”