All posts tagged: Travel Tips

Going Solo: 4 Ways to Prepare for Travelling Alone

Travelling can be a daunting experience wherever you go, but it becomes even scarier if you take the brave step to journey alone. Whether you are just going for a few days or an extended trip of several months, it is an experience you will never forget. Without having a safety net of familiar faces to fall back on, you will end up getting yourself into totally different situations and speaking to people who you may never have got the chance to meet before. If you are thinking of taking the plunge and travelling by yourself, here is some useful advice to get you started. Find the Right Places to Stay Whether you are a naturally sociable person or not, staying in a hostel is a great way to meet people. Everyone has their own story to tell and it is very easy to strike up conversations. You may even end up making a friend who you travel with or go to visit in the future. Many hostels also organize different activities which make it …

Traveling on a Tight Budget

Everyone should take the time to travel. It teaches you so much about life and yourself. Travel will expand your horizons, expose you to new ideas and help you to grow as a person. Unfortunately, a lot of people believe that they simply cannot afford to do very much traveling due to the perceived cost of doing so, and they sadly miss out on all its wonderful benefits. Fortunately, it really doesn’t have to be that way. No matter how tight your budget is, there are several things you can do to save money and go on that trip of a lifetime. Here are just a few essential tips for traveling on a tight budget: Travel When It’s Cheap The cost of flights can vary considerably for the same destination, depending on the day, time, and month that you choose to travel. By using a website like Skyscanner, which allows you to compare the cost of flights over a month, you can find the cheapest time to travel and make huge savings. Use the Right …

Better Safe Than Sorry: Safety Precautions To Take When You’re Holidaying In The Great Outdoors

Stepping into the great outdoors can be the exact breath of fresh air that some of us need. But you also don’t want to end up in the A&E department. Every year, hundreds of people end up in A&E through accidents that they have had through camping. The severity of cases vary, but regardless of the incident, the patients would rather it hadn’t happened at all. So, as the old saying goes: “you’re better safe than sorry”. Here are a few precautions to take when you take your next trip into the wilderness. Fires And BBQs When you go camping, there are going to be fires, gas stoves and BBQs. Fires provide heat. Gas stoves and BBQs are one of the most effective ways of cooking in the outdoors. These are very convenient and essential to eating well while you’re away. However, they also pose a massive risk to health and safety. There are the obvious dangers, for example, tents setting alight and burns. However, these can generally be combated with common sense. For example, …

Traveling With Kids: Making It Easier On Both Of You

If you’ve got kids, the chances are that you have already taken them on a family vacation. Can you remember how stressful it was? More often than not, traveling with children can be an extremely frustrating part of family vacations. And the younger your children are, the harder it will be to make them happy. To make things easier for everyone involved, here are our tips on how to make traveling with children that little bit easier. Plan Everything Well In Advance It is always best to try and avoid any last-minute panics. And the one way you can minimize any last-minute decisions is to plan everything well in advance. Book all your travel plans at least a month before you travel. You should also double check everyone’s passports when you book your travels. This way, you can renew any out of date ones in plenty of time. Make sure you also give yourself plenty of time to find the best deal on travel insurance. Carry Snacks And Drinks On You You will find that …

How Important Is The Accommodation For Your Vacation?

You might be forgiven for thinking that there are two different kinds of vacationers. There are those that consider themselves travelers. They can spend months at a time trying to fulfill their wanderlust. And there are those that consider themselves holidaymakers, keen to escape their mundane lives. They’re looking for something indulgent, exciting, relaxing, and different for a week. But it’s not just the duration of time away from home that identifies the kind of vacationer you might be. For some, the experiences and the exotic far outweigh any need for comfortable beds and accommodation. They want to meet people from other cultures. They want to experience the foods, the smells, the weather, and even the landscapes. Where they rest their heads at night is secondary to this. They might choose to camp in a tent, or spend the night at a kind stranger’s family home. It’s about immersing themselves into a culture they haven’t discovered yet. Others may be looking for something they can’t get at home. They want opulence, luxury, incredible weather, five-star …

How To Stay In Touch With Relatives When You’re Travelling

Whether you’re travelling alone or with friends, I’m sure you will want to keep in touch with family members back home. And they will want to hear from you to make sure you’re safe too. Think of the Costs in Advance There can be pretty big costs attached to keeping in touch with people when you’re travelling. If you want to use your phone, then you should pay special attention to costs. Things like roaming charges can cost massive amounts. And if you use your internet connectivity in another country, the price of this can be massive as well. It’s best not to use your phone’s 4G ability unless you’re in your own country. There are plenty of other ways to connect to the internet, so it’s not necessary. There’s nothing worse than coming home after a great trip and being greeted by an unexpected bill from the phone company. Use the Internet The internet is a great tool to take advantage of when you’re travelling. You will need to use it carefully though. Many …

Living life to the fullest in Queenstown

Photo: Queenstown Harbour by Paul Balfe Looking like a small town from afar, Queenstown or Tāhuna in its Māori name is a complete show-off given its surrounding indigo heights that are framed around by the meandering curves of Lake Wakatipu. The small New Zealand city wears its Global Adventure Capital badge proudly by offering every visitor extreme sports and activities they can try here. Last year, Queenstown remained to be the number of regional centre in the country as international traveller expenditure made a record-breaking 25% surge. Perhaps, it has helped that the city is known for the Lord Of The Rings territory, where a number of film-related tours are offered to visitors. Photo: Gondola and Luge Track in Queenstown, NZ by Morgan Burke Whether you are visiting the small NZ city for a while or for good, here are some ways on how you can make the most of your stay in this adventure packed destination. Plan where to stay There are plenty of great choices for accommodation in the popular city of New Zealand. In fact, Queenstown …

Simple Packing Tips For Any Vacation

As an experienced traveler, I like to think I know a thing or two about packing. I’ve made plenty of mistakes in the past, believe me! But, these days, it’s almost an automatic process. Over the years, I have picked up plenty of tips and can pack for almost any kind of vacation or trip away. So, I thought I would share some of my knowledge with you today. Ready to get started? Then let’s take a look at my guide on packing for almost any trip you can think of, and make sure you can concentrate on having a fun time away. The basics One thing you should always remember about packing is the less you have; the better your experience will be. It’s a simple premise, but one that many people can’t quite get to grips with. All you need to do is have a look around at the stressed faces carrying several suitcases at the airport to understand how many people fall into the trap! So, keep clothing to a minimum, and forget …

The Beginner’s Guide To Travelling

So, you want to travel but aren’t sure how to get started and prepare? Lucky for you I’ve just come up with the beginner’s guide to travelling: How Long Will You Travel For? Travelling doesn’t have a set length of time. You can go travelling for a week or a year. That’s the decision you have to make. Consider how long you want to travel for. The length of time you’re away may depend on different things. Perhaps you can only go away for a few months before you start back at college? Or maybe you’re on a gap year so you can afford to go away for longer. It all boils down to you and what you can do. Think About Where You’ll Travel To Another big thing to think about is where you’ll travel to. There are some cliche travelling destinations, like Thailand and the Asia-Pacific. Then you have winter travelling ideas like hitting the slopes for a ski season. The time of year you travel at will have an effect on where …

This is How I Make Sure My Trips Go to Plan

Image by fdecomite I’ve travelled to a lot of countries, and I like to think I’m an experienced traveller by now. When you travel a lot, you start to pick up tips to help your trips go more smoothly. As a beginner, you can struggle with some things and come up against problems. But if you know what to do and how to behave, you can make sure everything goes to plan. In the event of something going wrong, you can be much more prepared to fix it. So here are my best pieces of advice for ensuring that your next trip goes off without a hitch. Look After Your Important Documents The first thing I pack when I go away is a folder of essential documents. Although, now I do prefer to have some of them on my phone instead. The number one important thing to have is obviously my passport. Before I book any trips, I check that it isn’t about to expire. If you need to renew your US passport, you can …