If you like to travel, you know that it isn’t necessarily a skill that you are going to ever master. As the world changes and people change, there is always something new to learn about traveling.
If you like to travel and need hacks, we have plenty of options for you, no matter how you travel. Whether you are going to backpack across Europe or take a luxurious trip to some island, these tips will help you to have more fun, feel better, and stress less while you are on the go.
1. Do Not Pay For Water At The Airport
Want to save some money while you are traveling? Do not pay for water when you are at the airport – it is expensive and you are just adding more plastic into the world. Instead, bring a reusable water bottle with you and fill it up once you’ve passed security.
2. Keep A Scan Of Your Passport
One of the best things you can do is scan your passport and then email yourself a copy of it. Then, print out that scan and keep that somewhere other than where you store your passport. This will help you if you are a victim of a robbery, if you misplace your passport, of if it gets lost.
3. Mark Your Bags As Fragile – Even If They Aren’t
This is a hack that won’t work every time, but it can be helpful. Mark your bags as fragile and people might just treat them more kindly when you are traveling. Even better, you won’t have to look for your luggage continually as they usually set the fragile stuff apart from the pile.
4. Beat Jet Lag With Exercise
If you are feeling the jet lag but you don’t want to sleep in the middle of the day, go for a run. It will help your body to realize that you still have to be awake for some time. Don’t overdo it, but just take a quick mile run to help get your endorphins pumping.
5. Keep Your Rechargeable Batteries Cold
This one might seem pretty strange, but it is actually helpful: keep your rechargeable batteries cold, if you can. When you do this, it won’t lose battery life when it is just sitting in your bag.
A good practice is to keep them in the refrigerator at your hotel or hostel.
6. Talk To The Locals
This one is pretty much a standard travel hack – talk to people who actually live where you travel. They will be the ones to give you the best tips and tricks to get the most out of your experience.
7. Don’t Buy Souvenirs
If you don’t have a lot of space, do not buy souvenirs. Instead, get the contact information of the local artisans you meet or the stores you want to purchase from and reach out once you get home. It may cost a bit more, but it will make your life easier.
8. Carry An Extension Cord
If you aren’t sure where you will stay or what the electronics setup will be, it is a great idea to just carry an extension cord with you.
9. Learn At Least A Bit Of The Local Language
When you travel, you need to know how to say at least a few phrases in that local language. Download DuoLingo or another language learning app and just take the tests for a few minutes – it will help.
10. Do No Harm
When you travel, do as little harm as possible. Don’t litter, pick up after other tourists, and give to the homeless before you leave.
These are just a few of our favorite travel hacks. Do you have any others to add?