Je fais beaucoup de Voyage au fil des ans. So far, Je suis allé à l'Argentine, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Dominican Republic, France, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico (yup – I am aware it’s part of the US), and Spain. Je l'ai pris quelques petites choses sur le chemin qui ont fait mes voyages beaucoup plus facile. Je vais partager avec vous, and update this post as I learn more things throughout my travels.
Travel Tips & Tricks
1. Bring undies & essentials in your carry on: When Antonio and I went to Brussels in 2013, our flight was delayed an entire day. We arrived 3 heures tôt pour notre vol de 19 heures. They boarded us on the plane and let us sit in the plane for 5 hours. We were taken off the plane and were made to wait while they got a new plane. We boarded the 2nd plane, but “the catering carts” did not make it, so they cancelled the flight. This was at 3am the next morning. The “help” desk got us a hotel room in lovely Jamaica, Queens (eww). We did not fly out until 7pm the next day. Lesson learned? Be prepared for the unexpected. I now always carry the following in my carry on (click here for a few more things you may want to bring):
- spare undies
- a simple tee-shirt dress
- spare socks
- a pre-pasted toothbrush
- a travel pack of baby wipes (perfect for refreshing your face when you land)
- Spare contact lenses (if you’re visually impaired like me)
- Prescriptions (I always keep these with me, always)
- Barre granola
2. Take a photo of your rental car: I forget things…so it’s much easier to find your rental car if you’ve taken a picture of it as well as the license plate. Also, take a video of your rental car when you pick it up and when you drop it off. Makes it much easier if you need to argue with the rental company.
3. Important Vital info: I put vital information onto a google spreadsheet. It includes flight number & times, addresses and contacts for where I will be staying, travel insurance, and confirmation numbers. As long as there is internet access, I can log onto google and get this info. Then I take a screenshot from my phone so that if I am offline I can access this info…and for just in case, you can print out this sheet and print out multiple copies (your hand bag, luggage, etc). I email this to Antonio (my life & travel partner) and to my mom – so that someone trustworthy has a copy.
4. Compression bags: These are awesome, and not just because they save space. If airport officials need to open your bags, it is much easier to re-organize if things are in bags. These are see through, et chaque fois que nous avons nos sacs ouverts, airport officials have nicely put them back. No need to re-fold.
5. Maps: Take screenshots (or pictures) of maps (I google my destination and screencap that). This can include a map of the whole city, or say you are going to a restaurant, the route from your residence to the restaurant.
7. SIM Cards: Whenever you land, find a mobile communications store and get a SIM card. Mettez-le et vous avez vous-même un téléphone pour ce pays. I usually also get an internet plan. UPDATE: T-Mobile has an incredible International plan. Check it out (not sponsored – but I’m so happy with their service).
9. Pack light, dress like a local: There is no need to bring three bags of clothing with you. Tourists stick out because they look completely different than the locals. I usually bring the absolute basics, and find a store to shop in the day after I arrive. This makes the trip to the airport much easier, it helps with blending in, and I have “souvenirs” to bring home. Il est un peu agréable de se rappeler que vous étiez à un endroit particulier, la dernière fois que vous portiez une certaine tenue.
10. Leave the toiletries at home: These are heavy, cumbersome, and can be purchased at your destination. Bring just travel size if you absolutely need to, and hit up the local stores when you arrive. I find that (at least in most European countries) toiletries are also in English.
11. Documents: J'ai scanné mon passeport et d'identité et envoyé par courriel à moi-même. This will come in handy if they are lost or stolen. My mom has a copy of these as well.
12. Money: Bring money of course, and bring both your denomination as well as that of the country you are traveling to. American Express is not loved throughout the world, so make sure that you have a visa/mastercard with a healthy limit. Lastly, ask your credit card provider to send you a “chipped” card. A lot of places abroad cannot read an un-chipped credit card.
13. Airbnb: Or homeaway or a similar service. Why? You get so much more for your money. In a hotel, you get a room. With Airbnb you can get an entire home with a kitchen. Cela signifie que vous ne devez pas acheter une plaque de $15 eggs for breakfast. There are all types of properties available on these websites and you can choose according to your budget and needs. Si vous êtes inquiet de la sécurité, I’ve been using Airbnb for years and I still love them…so you’ll be a-ok. If you want some tips on choosing the perfect Airbnb for your needs, click here for my post on that or watch the video above.
Je vais ajouter plus de conseils de voyage que je viens avec eux. If you have more, add them to the comments. Je serais ravi d'apprendre que vous voyagez à puce, et si vous avez des questions spécifiques, faire de même. Je vais vous répondre en un tournemain.