Travel Tips and Tricks

Travel Tips and Tricks is about...

….the lessons learned from travel that made life easier or more comfortable. Some of them are even huge life hacks.

Travel taught me to just go with the flow. 

My biggest travel tip? Hakuna Matata. No, really, it’s true. I just didn’t learn it from The Lion King. I used to be one of those people that let every little annoyance and deadline build up until I was just a ball of nerves on the edge of having a stress induced flip out.

I think that most working folks can relate to the following scenario. You push your way through the business world hierarchy, take one on the chin, scream triumph in success, and doggedly strive towards the next mile marker. You do that day after day. Somehow, in the midst of all that, a careful plan is produced of a perfect vacation — that unicorn that comes but twice a year. Finally, that vacation arrives and either sickness hits, or you fall victim to the Rip Van Winkle coma and your body barely wakes for days. If this sounds familiar than you are living, breathing ball of stress just like I was.

Travel helped me. It pushed me out of my comfort zone. It put me in an area where “my way” wasn’t the normal way or the expected way. People did things differently and it was up to me to adjust to their local rhythm. Each country added a new viewpoint on life. People in airports didn’t rush around, business meetings were held in coffee shops, people took long strolls after dinner, and stuff still got done!  At the risk of sounding completely over dramatic, that ability to adapt and accept a “chiller” attitude while traveling saved my life. I was able to take that lesson back into my non-vacation life. My fuse lengthened, I found alternative ways of accomplishing tasks, I embraced the differences of everyones drum beat, I stressed less, and I was able to actually enjoy vacations when they came around. I turned my travel trick into a life hack.

So, what’s the best travel trick out there? Its simple. Learn from your surroundings. Look to see how others live and determine the aspects of their life that you like and try them out on your own skin.

 

In case you want a few more travel tips and tricks:

Keeping Safe Abroad 

  • Travel Scams – Ugh. They exist. It’s annoying. The best way to avoid them is to educate yourself.
  • Protect your information – Get a VPN. In this day and age, you need to protect your “online” self just as much as you do your personal self. Read more about getting a VPN here.

Budget Friendly

  • Airbnb is without a doubt a great way to save money while you travel.
  • Get an Airbnb Discount! A gift from my family to yours!

 

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