Our community is growing. We have asked some of you to share with us the best travel tips to make your adventure more joyful and hassle-free. These are the first top ten travel tips out of many that we also find useful. And hopefully, you will consider some of them on your next trip (or you already do them!). Nothing is more annoying than to find out you could have avoided some unpleasant events during your trip if you would have adapted your behaviour and travel habits in the first place.
We hope you will have a pleasant trip with some of our best top ten travel tips:
1. Buy a local Sim Card when you arrive at your destination instead choosing an international plan
Make sure you use the country’s SIM CARD for a few bucks rather than spending literally hundreds of dollars for mobile data with your country’s Sim Card. If you travel in the European Union, make sure your Sim Card has EU Data Roaming enabled. You won’t pay any cent more once you go to other countries in the European Union.
2. Download a local map and carry a portable charger for your smartphones with you
Because sometimes you don’t have any signal or Google Maps simply has some issues on your smartphone. Google provides an instruction for it here.
3. Have a credit card keeping separate from your wallet
Keep a credit card separate from your wallet. In case your wallet gets stolen, you can still have something to live by for and you don’t need to beg for anything.
4. The hotel safe is your best friend
When you are in a hotel room, never ever leave any kind of personal belonging, including your travel documents on your room’s desk. ALWAYS secure them in the safe. When you go out, carry your passport’s copy with you.
5. Global Entry/TSA Pre-Check
If you are a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident, you are eligible for Global Entry and TSA Pre-Check programmes. Global Entry is a U.S. Customs Border Control’s programme gives clearance to travellers upon arrival to the United States faster. Check out its Wikipedia article to determine whether you are eligible to join this programme.
6. Packing an emergency pair of clothes
Pack an emergency pair of clothes in your carry-on. Like 2-3 days worth in case your bag’s lost.
7. Eat where the locals eat (save money)
Because you can bet where the locals eat, you will not only get delicious food but you will probably save tons of money.
8. Do your research in advance and don’t book until the last minute
Nothing more can be more stressful and can really mess your trips when you book and research everything until the last minute. Do you research (including here on Kimify) in advance.
9. Respect the traditions and the customs of your destination
In order to avoid any kind of attention, respect the traditions and customs of the country/region you want to visit. There’s nothing more unkind, disgusting and disrespectful than to behave like a king, just because you are a traveller and tourist from another country. You would also do a great service to those of us who want to see those places in the future.
10. Be aware of your surroundings. Act like a local.
Take a close look where you are right now and what’s going on in your immediate neighborhood. You can avoid any kind of attention, especially those who are looking to harm travellers (i.e. burglers) if you behave and act like a local.