Over the summer, I heard two travel tips that were new to me. I cannot pretend to know every single travel tip ever published but I thought those two travel tips were pretty unique. I wanted to collect 6 more to make a patented McCool Travel 8 Great collection.
A few travel expert friends provided their most obscure “travel tips you have never seen.” Some of these travel tips I have heard before but they had an aspect that is unique or new. Listed with each travel tip, except for my two, is a link to the travel expert’s website and two social media accounts, so that you can learn more about them.
Hopefully these travel tips will help you be Happy Travelers and save money, time, or aggravation on future trips.
11 Useful Travel Tips You Have Never Seen
“Keep a drawer at home for your regular travel items—not just your passport, but also things like a travel adaptor, notebook and pen, travel-sized toiletries, sunglasses, toothbrush, etc., maybe even a set of clothes, rather than putting each of these items in their respective locations within your home. This way, when your next trip comes about, you can be ‘good to go’ at a moment’s notice, and find all your essentials ready in one place.”
“Subscribing to tons of newsletters and FB pages with low cost and error fare offers and making those sticky on top of your feed so that’s the first thing you see when you log in.”
“When looking for places to travel to, then once you decide, people seem to always get most of their travel advice for that location from people who have never been there (Americans are notorious for doing this)…..this needs to stop. I lived in Bangkok for 11 years, and if you only go by what you see in movies, on CNN and people that haven’t been, you would think we go around on elephants and you would get drugs planted on you every day…..furthest thing from the truth. People need to realize that the only ‘true’ advice is from people that have been there and done that!!!!”
“Check instagram first. This way you can see how the sun changes throughout the day by looking at other people’s photos, what angles are great, get some ideas on what works, find inspiration and generally get a quick guide to the best photos of a certain location.”
“Pre-select vegetarian meals on your long haul flights. The airlines have to do a headcount of pre-selected meals right before takeoff, therefore ensuring the freshest food on the plane. Also, have you ever noticed how some people get their meals before everyone else? That’s because they ordered ahead of time when they booked their flight!”
We all know more than 3 ounces of water (actually 100 ml) is not permitted through airport security. Before their flight to South Florida for our Fathom cruise, Macrae and Carolann of One Modern Couple saw plenty of people tossing water bottles in a garbage can, like usual, but one woman passed through security with a bottle of frozen water. So, ice passes security protocol but water in liquid form does not. We wondered if this is a global or selective TSA policy.
A flight attendant on a recent daytime flight instructed passengers to close their shades. I thought it was pretty nervy of her to do so but then I heard her explanation. She said that the continual bright light on one side of the face causes headaches after the flight. She advised passengers to lower the shade at least half way to reduce the glare and eyestrain. I thought it was a brilliant travel tip.
At the Destination
“Travelling with your parents! Not only will travelling with your parents bring out a whole different side of your relationships, but you will get to enjoy the world from a new perspective. My Mom always finds great places for us to stay and makes me do activities I would never consider doing by myself but end up enjoying! Plus, chances are, if you travel with your parents, they’ll pay for everything ;)”
“Find less touristy local restaurants through the power of Google translate. One thing we love to do is look up the local word for ‘restaurant’ and then we search on Google and see what comes up. It has been a great way to source out those amazing restaurants that all the locals know—but who have never bothered to put their website into English. Let Google translate do all the hard work and all you have to do is show up and enjoy a tasty local meal!”
“Don’t get charged extortionate phone bills while trying to call your bank from abroad. Tweet them and they will ask you to DM a number of a hostel / hotel / mobile they can call you on!”
“Aim to take pictures of places in both portrait (vertical) and landscape (horizontal) orientation—you’ll never know which version you’ll like better, or which version you’ll want for a future book cover, Christmas card, etc.”
Are these travel tips you have never seen? All of them? None of them?
Let me know your most obscure travel tip.