I've posted several travel tips throughout the blog posts, but here's more:
1. Travel on a budget
-Set a budget and stick to it; also stick to the itinerary as best you can
-Create a separate account or travel fund just for your trips and plan to only use that money while traveling
-Buy food items at a local grocery store to prepare meals instead of eating out every day
-Exchange your currency early on in your journey, most airports usually have currency exchange
2. Travel Safe
-You are safer in numbers when traveling to most places, especially at night, so try your best to travel with at least one or two others.
-Avoid consuming alcohol and getting into a taxi or Uber alone
-Always keep a close eye on your personal belongings; pick pocketing is rampant in certain countries
-Avoid asking too many random people for directions, instead utilize your own resources like Google or ask a security guard/police officer
3. Make connections
-Don't be afraid to meet other travelers during your journey! This is one of my favorite things to do while traveling; friends you make along the journey can be lifelong connections. You never know other people's reasons for traveling, so introduce yourself, ask questions, and keep in touch.
-Many of the locals are happy to give you recommendations for places to eat, go out, and shop. This can be another way of making connections during your trip.
4. Be Flexible
-Plans often change, so be prepared when they do
-Be spontaneous and open to new experiences as they come: some of the best travel memories are from moments when something happend that wasn't in the original plan
-Try something new: don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone
Passport and photocopies of your passport
Portable charger/Portable battery
Universal Travel Adapter (this covers you for all of the different outlets you'll find in various countries)
Backpack or Fanny-pack
RFID-blocking wallet or purse (these are useful in protecting you against fraud or skimming)
First aid kit that includes bandaids, pain medication, anti-diarrheal medication, antihistamine (something like Benadryl in case of any allergic reactions), and antibiotic ointment (like Neosporin)
Bug spray or insect repellent
Extra washcloths and/or towels (you never know how many extras a hostel or Airbnb may have)
Snacks (for those late-night and early-morning cravings)
Start your travel journal to reflect on your journey. I have created some prompts below to help you get started:
Today I feel hopeful about ____________
I am grateful for _________
I am looking forward to experiencing _________
Take a walk outside today and journal about what you see. Write down notes about your surroundings: what are the people like? what does it smell like? how is the weather?
Write about how you felt while you were en route to your destination: were you nervous, excited, anxious?
Write a reflection on your trip once you return home: reflect on things you learned, adevntures you experienced, food you tried, and the places you visited