Our best tips & tricks for travel
- Use a travel card - such as Revolut, you will avoid any fees and it's so easy to move money from your normal bank account onto your Revolut card. We only ever move around a weeks worth of money on to it that way if it is stolen or skimmed we don't lose too much money.
- When going through airport security, line up behind business men or women - they tend to know what they are doing and will move through much quicker than inexperienced travellers, families, etc.
- Connecting to public WiFi - if the login page doesn't automatically load when connecting to the wifi, typing 220.127.116.11 or captive.apple.com (for iPhones) into your browser will bring the login page up.
- Carry a photocopy or picture of your passport - also carry extra passport photos, it will make life much easier if you lose your passport.
- Don't use hotel laundry - it generally costs a fortune and lots of laundromats offer a drop and fold service for a fraction of the price (we paid 10% of what the hotel quoted us at a laundromat).
- Carry a copy of your prescription - this applies both to normal medication and glasses/contacts, it makes it far easier to get replacements if you have all the details required.
- Treat yourself to a little bit of luxury - it's difficult to stay on a budget all the time and having a little something will help with travel sickness. Craig likes to continue his Gamepass subscription so he doesn't miss out on NFL games and Katy likes her essential oil pillow spray to help with getting to sleep in all sorts of uncomfortable beds!
- Use a VPN - we have Nord VPN which allows us encrypt our data when on public wifi along with other benefits.
- Keep a journal - you may think you will remember everything but when you are squeezing so much in to each day it's easy to forget the little details.
- Use pill bottles rather than blister packs - blister packs take up so much extra space especially when you are carrying numerous months worth of Malaria tablets.
- Get a worldwide adaptor with USB ports - it saves having to carry multiple adapters if you are visiting multiple countries, plus having USB ports means you can charge more than one thing at a time. We use the Szroboy Worldwide Travel Adapter.
- Use packing squares - especially when using a rucksack, they help to keep everything more organised and tidy. We use ElifeAcc brand.
- Support local coffee shops and restaurants - the food and coffee is almost always better than chains plus in our experience the coffee shops tend to use more eco friendly packaging.
- Starbucks and McDonald's almost always have free WiFi - on the flip side to the above, the chains tend to always have pretty speedy WiFi if you're lacking in mobile data.
- Invest in a good camera - cameras on phones are great however a good camera is so worth it to get the best possible pictures. We have the Canon SX749 HS PowerShot and it takes incredible photos.
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