Having written about the Travel hacks earlier in an article targeted towards the budget traveler, I realized that a lot of more obvious travel hacks have been overlooked. There’s no shame in admitting that you feel tons of discomfort when traveling. Even as a travel (in style) blogger, I can’t help but be frustrated and exhausted with every next trip I take. It is never because of the trip itself but because of the people and systems, I have to deal with.
This is why I titled this article- 5 nonchalantly simple travel hacks. Because, you may not realize their importance until you use them or travel enough, but they do make your travel life so much easier and safer, too. I have used several Quora threads and Lifehacks blog to curate these and added my own, too.
The Travel hacks:
1. Scan your passport, identification card, and itinerary and email them to yourself. This provides an extra copy of each in the event of loss or theft. Download the google drive app and make them available offline, too.
2. Mark your baggage as fragile. This is a tip I learned a while ago from a friend who found it to be a great way to ensure that your baggage is handled correctly. Your luggage is kept at the top because of this, which will make it one of the first bags to be released.
3. “When in Rome, do as the Romans” is a general saying that I like to translate it as, “don’t be a stubborn traveler, and get out of your comfort zone”. If a country advises modest dress, for example, follow through. It can even ensure your safety as a foreigner.
4. Even if you don’t stick to it later, create a loose itinerary. It gives you a rough idea of all that you need to cover. Additionally, it also helps you track your budget and resources you have. Do off-beat things, be a traveler, not a tourist. Walk around in the streets if you really want the ‘authentic experience’. You can’t buy it, the world is globalized, everything is about the same everywhere. Be practical.
5. When you finally get back home, unpack immediately when you enter the door. You may be tired out of your mind, but you’ll be glad you did it. Plus, it saves your luggage from smelling like soiled laundry and it’ll be all set for the next trip.
Voila! There it is, easy peasy and apt. for a simpler travel life. Do let me know if you know of any others in comments below.
Catch my travel in style adventures here next week. Till then, stay ertsy and be your own desire. x