It’s understandable you could be potentially daunted by the prospect of travelling, especially when heading away for the very first time. Don’t be overcome by stress or worry, and don’t let it get in the way of the awaiting enjoyment and magic you’re about to experience. Here are just six guaranteed ways to make your experience a whole lot easier.

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Exchange some money up before you go

Don’t leave changing your money up until it’s too late. It’s important to secure a good exchange rate and have some local currency ready before you go – this way, you’ll have added peace of mind and will also likely find a much better deal than you would once you’ve arrived.

Consider a prepaid travel card instead of a straight exchange of cash for your next travel experience. These prepaid travel cards work exactly the same as a credit or debit card would, but allow you to lock in the best exchange rate that won’t be affected by any future fluctuations. It’s especially a good idea if you’re helpless for overspending, as you’ll have a strict amount to dip into during your trip.


Have an itinerary – but not a strict one

If you’re unsure on what you want to see and do and when you want to do it, consider creating an itinerary for yourself. Having a plan clearly laid out for you will make the trip feel a lot less stressful, and although there is fun in spontaneity, you’ll want to make sure you’re leaving enough time for you to do everything you want to.

With that being said, it’s crucial you don’t make the itinerary too strict. Don’t be too hard on yourself in terms of your plans – if you discover something new you want to do or explore yet your schedule is unforgiving, you’ll find it hard fitting anything extra into your days. Allow a bit of leeway so you don’t feel so constrained.

Create a daily budget for yourself

Another plan you can consider making is a daily budget for your expenditure troubles. Sure, you may set yourself an overall limit on how much you want to spend, but it’s very easy to get carried away when travelling as you can’t anticipate some of the things you’ll want to splash your cash on.

Make sure you give yourself plenty of budgetary space for the necessities, such as accommodation, food and travel. What’s equally as important, though, is giving yourself an allowance for leisure – don’t skint yourself without allowing some fun, too. And prepare for some unexpected fees along the way, whether it be for cancellations, medical supplies or any other unfortunate occurrences that may arise.

 

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Pack strategically

Don’t be the traveller lugging around an overflowing suitcase. Make sure you’re strategic with your packing – you definitely won’t need as much as you think. Get yourself a big backpack that can carry a sleeping bag and pillow, a few outfits you can rewear throughout the trip and a book or two for entertainment.

When travelling, you don’t need much with you whatsoever. Instead, you’ll be distracted by your surroundings and the activities on offer. So long as you have sensible and comfortable clothing for all environments and weather conditions – as well as all of the necessary documents and supplies you may need depending on where you’re headed – you’ll be set for the entirety of your stay.

Haggle your way through

There’s no doubt you’ll be an expert at haggling by time you return home from your travels. Many vendors across the world – particularly in South America and Southeast Asia – expect tourists to haggle, hence the hiking of prices in marketplaces that could stagger you upon first glance.

Approach said vendors with a calm and friendly demeanour, but be confident with your negotiations, too. In some cases, you could end up getting up to 50% off of the original asking price, according to TINZ. Don’t shy away from haggling – it’s expected, and in most cases, it’s easy.

Research your destination thoroughly 

And, last but not least, it’s important to research your destination before arriving. You need to be clued up on the area, the locals and the culture to avoid any potential faux pas in certain situations as you explore – there’s nothing worse than offending a local without meaning to.

In Thailand, for example, you should expect to be taking your shoes off before entering certain buildings. Why, you ask? The feet are said to carry bad energy, which shouldn’t be brought into buildings of spiritual or cultural importance. Be sure to expect these (perhaps strange) cultural norms, as they’re often a hugely important part of the lifestyle.

6 ways to make your travel experience a lot easier

36 thoughts on “6 ways to make your travel experience a lot easier

  • October 2, 2017 at 5:02 pm
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    Thankyou for explaining in so much detail !! Really appreciate

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  • October 2, 2017 at 5:17 pm
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    I love the tip to haggle your way through. I’m Asian, and I am bad at haggling 🙂

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  • October 2, 2017 at 6:09 pm
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    Totally agree with your trip! I come from Vietnam so I’m quite used to haggling, but obviously not many travellers know how to do this and some even get tricked into paying much higher prices. 🙂

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  • October 2, 2017 at 6:27 pm
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    All very important tips – to me number 2 is most important! Many people create strict itineraries and feel they must follow them through and make sure to see and visit all. I personally think opposite – the flexibility will give you the option to spend and enjoy the things you really connect to, making your travel a lot more enjoyable and memorable!

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  • October 2, 2017 at 6:50 pm
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    Many good tips there. I am impressed to see that I do most of them

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  • October 2, 2017 at 8:34 pm
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    Great post and genuinely helpful tips here. I agree packing light and prioritising is very important! It’s also very crucial to have flexible items in your luggage to accommodate certain cultural norms. I always bring some cash to be converted on arrival. thanks for sharing.

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  • October 2, 2017 at 9:50 pm
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    Great post and nice tips. I agree that we have to obey to some cultural values, and therefore it is better to know about that before visiting the country.

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  • October 2, 2017 at 11:47 pm
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    Some really handy tips in this article, especially not keeping too strict of an itinerary! I find that sometimes the best part of traveling is wandering off the beaten path and finding hidden gems in the cities we’re visiting. Completely agree that it’s important to be aware of cultural sensitivities and practices.

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  • October 2, 2017 at 11:55 pm
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    Great travel tidbits here. I love to negotiate & will try it everywhere, even when it’s not an accepted part of the culture. It’s remarkable how often it works. Cheers!

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  • October 3, 2017 at 12:07 am
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    Travelling is the best thing to do to enjoy life. I am planning for one long tour with my spouce. Bookmarking this article. Really helped! Keep it coming!! cheers!

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  • October 3, 2017 at 12:26 am
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    Great tips. I too always put up an itinerary but may not really stick to it. But it gives an idea of the places left to visit….
    Researching about the destination is definitely necessary! This is esp important if you have any special dietery restrictions!!!

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  • October 3, 2017 at 1:17 am
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    I don’t think I’ve ever haggled but thats some really good advice, I’ll certainly try that the next time I travel. I also really like making itineraries, its always good to have a plan before leaving – especially with day trips – I guess that comes into allowing room for fun!

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  • October 3, 2017 at 2:52 am
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    I absolutely agree with needing to have a rough plan of what you want to do and when you want to do it. I have always neglected doing that and I ended up being unable to see somethings that I really wanted to see.

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  • October 3, 2017 at 11:30 am
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    Where do you usually exchange money? We always exchange currencies in the airport since it’s the most convenient but I don’t think it’s the most cost efficient.

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    • October 3, 2017 at 1:38 pm
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      Hi there, I find airports returns aren’t as good as in downtown. I actually did the test run couple times!ha I suggest exchanging some money in the town and when you get to the airport compare the exchange rate. Most likely you will be glad you did the exchange in town. Let me know how it goes, would love to read your results 🙂

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  • October 3, 2017 at 12:15 pm
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    I personally do not enjoy haggling, but I am glad my wife enjoys doing this. We like travelling on a loose itinerary, to avoid too much stress in time. Even if I have traveled a lot, packing just right is still a big puzzle for me, hehe.

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    • October 3, 2017 at 1:38 pm
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      haha with all the traveling you both are doing, you will be Pro in no time 🙂

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  • October 3, 2017 at 2:43 pm
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    Thanks for these tips. I particularly like the idea of having a planned itinerary and an idea of what you want to do and see in each destination. It’s better to do your research before you depart.

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  • October 3, 2017 at 4:15 pm
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    Great tips! I hope to travel abroad for the first time next year, so these tips are great!

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  • October 3, 2017 at 6:18 pm
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    This is such a great tips for a traveler. I will definitely pinned this. Having a friendly budget are very important.

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  • October 3, 2017 at 9:23 pm
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    Nice tips! This would be really helpful to every traveler. Basic and practical yet realistic hint. I bet you have traveled and experienced so much to came up with these. Thank you

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  • October 4, 2017 at 12:03 am
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    All tips are very true. Thank you for posting this. I think everyone should do some research bout their destination including insurance.

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  • October 4, 2017 at 12:25 am
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    Not a strict itinirary is key for me… otherwise it gets painful instead of joyful 🙂 and the budget for a day is a great thing to do too!

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  • October 4, 2017 at 9:20 am
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    I like the idea of setting up an itinerary for a trip. However, if things get too overwhelming, I take advantage of tour packages. That way, I don’t have to worry about transfers and commuting and such. It is all pre-packaged and according to your budget.

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  • October 4, 2017 at 9:55 am
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    Such great tips. Especially about creating a budget. I just spent a couple of weeks on vacation and it’s so easy to let spending get out of control. I was fortunate in that I was staying at a friend’s condo and could cook my own meals, which saved a lot. But I found myself fighting the urge to say “Oh, I’m on vacation, I should throw caution to the wind” x

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  • October 5, 2017 at 1:32 am
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    I love the part where you said haggle your way through! haha, because it is really cheap thrill when you successfully haggle your way through! Setting a budget is definitely good tip but your travelling partner matters too. If your travel partner doesn’t really care, it will make the trip more tensed!

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  • October 5, 2017 at 5:45 am
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    Packing is the big one for most people. I always find I overpack. I never ever learn! Some good tips here, thanks!

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  • October 5, 2017 at 6:33 pm
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    This is such a great tips for traveler. Having a budget while traveling is such a big help.

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  • October 5, 2017 at 6:37 pm
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    Great tips! since I have started to travel a lot alone with my kiddos I have learned not to over pack… I do seem to have trouble keeping a budget though haha!! I always try to have local currency when I arrive in a country it makes things easier.

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  • October 7, 2017 at 1:07 am
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    Great tips.Flexible itinerary ,daily budget and researching the place before you go something I always consider while travelling.

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  • October 8, 2017 at 8:10 pm
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    There are some great tips on how to make travel easier here. I especially like the haggling tip, if you did visit far away places and didn’t haggle you’d pay so much more!

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  • October 9, 2017 at 11:12 am
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    I’ve traveled internationally some and these are great tips! Thanks for sharing!

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  • October 9, 2017 at 2:56 pm
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    Greetings from Sri Lanka, thanks for bringing up great tips to make things easier while traveling. I’m impressed with the facts that you had mentioned about planning a daily budget. Would love to see more posts from you like these. Happy Travels.

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  • October 11, 2017 at 4:33 am
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    Great tips! I am soon leaving for Australia and I am struggling with what I should and shoudn’t bring. I’m trying so hard to not bring too many books!! It’s tempting though haa

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  • October 11, 2017 at 4:55 am
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    Your tip on making a budget before hand is such a great idea! I will definitely be doing this before my next big trip!

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