With the holiday season right around the corner it’s time to turn those travel dreams into reality. Avoid the pitfalls of travel and make the most of your trip with these 5 vital tips.
1. Not doing your research
If you’re looking to travel without breaking the bank, take the time to shop around online for holiday packages and travel deals. You can easily score yourself a bargain deal that includes flights, accommodations and other add-ons! If you’re shopping around to compare fares, make sure you turn off cookies and browse in incognito mode. Many travel websites track your searches and increase the prices based on your demand.
The excitement of travel means it’s easy to fill your suitcase to the brim, but less really is more. Depending on your destination you may be able to buy clothes and other items for a lower price overseas. Pack travel sized toiletries or buy small sample sized containers and fil them up with your favourite products. If you’re travelling in winter, wear your thickest jacket on the plane to save luggage space.
3. Forgetting to sort out your money beforehand
To avoid hefty conversion rates and withdrawal fees by arranging a travel money card. These can lock in a flat exchange rate across the whole trip, which means you won’t suffer if the Aussie dollar suddenly drops in value.
4. Falling off the health bandwagon
When you’re on holidays, it’s only right to indulge. However too much indulgence will only leave you feeling worse off when you return. Be mindful of your health and make smart healthy choices where possible. Explore the fresh food markets and sample the local produce to ensure you’re getting your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables. Exercising while travelling can be a challenge. Download easy-to-use fitness apps before you go and slot in some exercise in the comfort of your hotel room.
5. Sticking to a jam-packed schedule
Holidays are designed to help you relax and recharge, so don’t fill your itinerary with too many activities. Put aside an entire free day in your itinerary and don’t plan a thing. Wake up, choose an adventure and blaze your own trail.
Travel broadens the mind and breathes life into the soul, these tips and an open mind will ensure you have your dream holiday.
Words: Jen Liu