You live and you learn – and same goes for travel.
The more you do it, the more you realise mistakes you’ve been making and ways to make travel much easier the next time you do it. In order to save yourself money, stress, and more, develop these travel habits to use for your future trips. You’ll wonder how you ever traveled without practicing these routines before and during your adventures. Create a travel and packing checklist to help you remember every item you’ll need for your trip. Talk to friends and family who you trust to suggest places to eat, museums to visit, areas to stay, transportation to take, and more. They know you best, and if they’ve already been to the destination you’re visiting, they’ll be able to curate your trip for you and offer advice based on their own experience.
Get into the habit of packing at least a night before your trip, ideally even more in advance. If you start packing slowly in the week leading up to your travels, you’ll be able to throw things into your bag as you think of them, which means you’re less likely to forget something. Don’t wait until the last minute to pack, or you’ll start your trip stressed, and there’s a great chance you’ll forget something important.
It’s a good idea to leave photocopies of your ID, travel insurance, passport, and itinerary with friends or family at home so that if you lose anything, someone can send you copies. It’s also smart to keep your real passport and important documents in a lock box at your hotel and carry photocopies with you when you’re out and about exploring. Bring a reusable water bottle with you wherever you go so that you can always refill and stay hydrated throughout your flight and throughout the entirety of your trip. You never know when you’ll be away from a place to get water for a while, so fill up before you head out on any long adventures. And live and learn, there are more great habits out there.
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