Holidays are a beautiful thing, but what are some things to take with you that can make things even better. As a beginner traveller, I made a lot of mistakes and I want to share with you guys as much information as possible in order to help you get the most out of your trips. Here is my guide to some tips that you absolutely need to know for your next holiday.
A good bag
Believe it or not, a great bag can make a huge difference to your trip. I am a bit of a bag freak and having a nice one for your travels is one of the most underrated things I can think of when it comes to travel gear. I love bags with many different compartments where you can store all your stuff. I think it really helps you to organise yourself, particularly on long trips. It is always great to know that you have everything at hand, even in a huge suitcase or backpack.
Get your travel insurance
There are many things you don’t need when you travel, but travel insurance definitely isn’t one of them. This is an absolute must, wherever your travels do take you. Even if you only decide to get yourself some cheap travel insurance, it is without a doubt worth it for the peace of mind that it brings. Travel insurance allows you to enjoy your holiday to the fullest too, without thinking about the ifs and buts of trying something new.
Invest in some noise cancelling headphones
Noise makes you tired and noise cancelling headphones reduce this by so much. In fact, the droning noise of the inside of a plane can have an incredibly fatiguing effect. Noise cancelling headphones are the ideal way to take the edge off the harsh noises of travel. They won’t ever completely remove the source of the noise, but they will ensure that you are happier and feeling fresh whilst travelling.
Get a travel pillow
You have probably seen these nifty inventions and wondered if they are actually any good and the answer is definitely a resounding “yes”. Travel pillows are excellent for any kind of traveller and are surprisingly versatile. I love using my neck pillow as a back pillow or a cushion to sit on the ground when I need it and it truly has a lot of uses. Another great use for a travel pillow is to help protect fragile items in your suitcase when you are travelling too. Get creative and invest in a good one, because a travel pillow is truly something you will need for your next holiday.
A good power adapter
Never underestimate a good power adapter, because it goes with you everywhere and keeps things running smoothly. Fully charged battery operated devices are a traveler’s best friend and keeping them charged depends heavily on your power adapter. I have one with retractable pins, so it takes up very little space, but can be used anywhere around the world.
Hunt for deals
There is nothing better than getting a great deal on flights or accommodation, so make it your business to save money before your trip, so that when you are on it you can enjoy all that saved money on something like a massage or a great dinner. Being a ruthless deal hunter is never easy, but if you put in a bit of hard work, you can always save yourself some money. I personally love to sign up for as many newsletters as possible so that I know when the best deals are coming. As well as this, pulling the trigger on a great deal is something that you need to get used to doing. If you don’t do it within a very short period, you risk missing out. For this reason, it is also good to get your specifics out of the way before you do your research, so you can jump on that special deal when it comes.
Plan at least a little bit
You should never plan every trip down to the last t, it just wouldn’t be fun that way, however having an idea of what is happening in your chosen destination is always a great idea. It helps you to plan much faster on the fly, rather than sitting around and planning, when you really should be running around and exploring. Having a small list of things to do will help you with this and the rest you can come up with when you get there!