85 Tips

If you are new to travel, here are 85 self-explanatory tips to help you get the most out of your trip.


  1. Less is more. If you can’t carry it, you’ve packed too much.
  2. It’s okay not to shave for a few days.
  3. You don’t need as much make-up as you think.
  4. Don’t draw attention to yourself; dress modestly.
  5. Shower shoes. Every time.
  6. Layer up buttercup.
  7. A big scarf is a no-brainer. It doubles as a blanket, towel, sarong, shawl…
  8. Accessorize. No one will know you wore the same thing, 3 days running.
  9. Comfortable walking shoes are a must.
  10. Ditch the hairdryer at home.
  11. Leave the valuables at home too.
  12. Wear the hat on sunny days, even if you hate hats (like I do).image.png
  13. Ladies, discover the Diva Cup.
  14. Leave the stilettos at home, it’s not a fashion show.
  15. A watch is helpful when your phone dies.
  16. Packing cubes are a game changer.
  17. One can never have too many hair ties.
  18. Carry tissues in your pocket or purse, you never know when you’ll run out of toilet paper.
  19. Quality travel gear may cost more but is often worth the investment.
  20. You’re braver than you think.
  21. People are generally helpful. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  22. Stay safe. Pay attention. Prepare. Protect your valuables.
  23. Your passport is your most valuable travel item; protect it.image.png
  24. Fake it ’til you make it. Confidence speaks volumes.
  25. We are all scared, but don’t let it paralyze you.
  26. You are more resilient than you think.
  27. Don’t expect things in other countries to be like they are at home.
  28. Sometimes we shine the brightest when we are under pressure.
  29. Traveling with friends is not always what you expect.
  30. Plan for jet lag; the struggle is real.
  31. Walking is free, it can be the best way to explore a place.
  32. Make memories. It’s worth more than the souvenirs you’ll buy.
  33. Be kind.
  34. Respect the culture. Their culture is not your culture.
  35. Beware of travel scams!
  36. Economy class sucks. It is what it is.
  37. Sometimes small splurges are worth it.
  38. You don’t have to do everything.
  39. It’s okay to take a timeout, a break, a nap.sleep-1521802__480.jpg
  40. Don’t see 15 countries in 15 days. It won’t do any country justice.
  41. At least make an effort to try the local language. It will go a long way with the locals.
  42. Don’t over plan, leave room for spontaneity.
  43. It’s okay to change your plans.
  44. Enjoy the journey.
  45. Live in the moment.
  46. Ditch the guidebook now and then.
  47. Tourist prices are a real thing.
  48. The red-eye bus/train/plane is a cheaper option, but not always the best option.image10.png
  49. Arrive early for any mode of transportation.
  50. Be prepared to wait from time to time.
  51. Embrace the long layover.
  52. Don’t underestimate the power of laughter in a stressful situation.
  53. Hostels are great places to make travel friends.
  54. Street food is usually the best food.
  55. Travel-friendly snacks can make the difference in your attitude.
  56. Put down your phone and engage in real conversation.
  57. Don’t be afraid to let an experience change you.
  58. Home is only a plane ticket away.
  59. Homesickness is a real thing.
  60. A Skype/Facetime chat to someone back home can renew your spirit.
  61. Falling in love on the road is inevitable, whether it’s a culture, place, dish or person.
  62. Women are not treated the same in some countries.
  63. Learn how to haggle; know when to walk away.
  64. Take a ton of pictures. You can edit later.image.png
  65. Step away from your social media. It’s okay to actually enjoy the moment and socially engage.
  66. Travel will make you more confident.
  67. Stop and take a deep breath if you are ever overwhelmed.
  68. You just can’t prepare for everything.
  69. Be generous with the sunscreen.
  70. Master the squat, not every country uses seated toilets.
  71. It’s okay to say no.
  72. Don’t rustle a plastic bag in a hostel dorm…at night. Just don’t do it.
  73. There is no “perfect” time to travel, so get out and do it.
  74. Travel is what you make of it, make the most of it.
  75. Baggage restrictions vary; research in advance.
  76. Drink in moderation. Don’t leave yourself vulnerable.
  77. Travel insurance may sound like a waste of money… until you need it.
  78. Learn to read an old-fashioned map.image.png
  79. Keep an open-minded.
  80. People watching is a good way to learn about a culture.
  81. Assume the water isn’t safe until you prove otherwise.
  82. Airport security is easier when you’re organized.
  83. Don’t set unreal expectations.
  84. Get outside your comfort zone.
  85. Invest in travel, set money aside to do it. It will expand your horizons and change your life.

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