Inspiration & Tips to travel
It’s nice to travel and figure everything out yourself. And you will, you learn every day but sometimes it’s nice to know stuff… Especially when it saves you time, money, a headache or it just helps you. I made mistakes, so you don’t have too! 😉 Check out my tips and tricks about budget travel, from my 5+ years of experiences on the road… And some inspirational quotes, just because I <3 them!
— “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries” —
Start conversations with local people. Basic English is spoken widely all over the world! It’s so much easier to communicate with them than you might think, especially when you combine hand signals and body language. Or learn some words in their language! Learn from the people who live in the country you’re visiting, they enrich your travels more than sights do.
SAY MORE YES
Be spontaneous and impulsive and say yes! Say YES when someone randomly invites you to meet their family. Say YES to a new activity. Say YES to explore a place you didn’t know existed. Say YES to someone who invites you to stay at their place. Say YES to new food. Say YES to new adventures! Say YES to something that scares you! It are the unexpected situations that turn into the best stories later… Read mine! 🙂
— “In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take” —
You don’t need 1/2 of the gear you think you do to travel. We’ve all done it. I left probably with 20 kg but I slowly become better at packing less… Everything I own fits in my bag. If you’re not sure about packing something, you probably don’t need it. It’s also possible to buy things on the road, probably even cheaper then at home… Also if you’re bag is light, in Europe and Asia you can fly carry on, luggage is where you pay the big money for! In America is most of the time included in the price.
PS: If you hate something wearing at home, you will hate it even more wearing it on your trip! You don’t need TEVA’s, zip off pants, and all that hardcore backpack gear.
My best buy EVER. And everyone sees me having those things wants it! Packing cubes!! I have 2 for my shirts, 1 for my shorts and dresses and 1 for my underwear, it’s seriously the best thing that ever happend to me! When other backpackers need an hour to pack, I need 10 minutes! If I need a new shirt, I can find it in 2 seconds… These things make life/ travelling so much easier!
Take advantages of freebies. If you get mayo and ketchup in packages with your meal, ask for more so you can take it home and make your tuna salad with it the next day! Or when you splurge a day and stay at a nice hotel, make sure you take the soap and shampoo!
EET FOR FREE!
In a lot of places if you bring a certain amount of people in, you can eat for free! A lot of people don’t know it but there are a lot of restaurant who do something in return. If you don’t ask, you don’t get!
OPEN YOUR MIND
Don’t judge the lifestyles of others if different from your own. Mine is probably also different from yours. Listen to opinions you don’t agree with. Many things happen in this world I don’t agree with but we all grew up different, in a different culture with different religions. don’t always assume your views are correct and other people are wrong. Practice empathy and put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Listen. Embrace different possibilities, opportunities, ways, people, suggestions and interests. Ask questions. You don’t have to agree, but you may be surprised what you’ll learn… Try it!
KEEP AN DIARY
Keep an diary, write down your experiences. One thing I regret I didn’t really do. And.. My memory for details sucks. Good that there is Facebook these days and you can look up pictures and names to get your memories back but it’s really nice if you write stuff down.. Like your feelings about a new experience, the places you’ve visited and how you got there, like small stuff but amazing to look back on stuff..
My friend gave me this one when I booked my one way ticket, I still carry it with me! Click on the image to buy one too!
PACK A SCARF!
This simple piece of cotton cloth is one of my most useful travel accessories! It’s great for sunbathing on the beach or for sun protection… Or as a scarf or blanket when the sun is not shining… It’s also an option to use as a (backup) towel. Or if you want some privacy in your bunkbed… 😉
BE AWARE OF PICKPOCKETS AND SCAMS
A lot of countries, even the western, have some form of pickpockets or scam artists. Keep your money and valuables close to you or put it in a locker in your hostel. People know right away that you are not a local and some will take advantage of you. The best way to save money when backpacking is to get informed about prices, know how much something is/ what the locals pay, and bargain. See it as a game! Especially watch out in tourist markets.
STOP BUYING MAGAZINES
Stop buying magazines and books, and go for the cheaper Ebooks or browse the internet for free articles (read mine, they are all free)!
Bring some snacks with you when you’re in transit, when you take a long bus or just during the day exploring a city. It helps you fight off hunger cravings in between meals and you avoid eating in an expensive restaurant because you’re so hungryyy.
— “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” —
STAY IN HOSTELS
When you book a stay in a hostel, you typically book a bed for the night, not a room. You’re maybe sharing a room with 4 or maybe 20 other guests, what makes it cheaper but also more fun and easier to make new friends! Hostels are located in every major city or tourist destination around the world. I love them! Check out Hostelworld for your next destination!
AirBnB is one of my new favourite websites where you can rent unique accommodations from local hosts all over the world! From a villa or apartment for yourself to a room in a house or a place you can share with others… Check it out and I can give you €31,- CREDIT for your first stay! 🙂
EAT LOCAL FOOD
Think you already know what Chinees food tastes like? You’re probably wrong. I like chinees food in the Netherlands, but the real food… I’m not a big fan! 😉 Taste a bit of everything when you travel, especially if you don’t know what it is. Ask local people for recommendations and go where they eat. It’s always a good sign as a lot of locals are sitting in a restaurant, that’s where you wanna be! And eat street food, it’s the best! I’ve been very sick only twice in my travels. Don’t be scared..
Cooking yourself can safe a lot of money! No inspiration? My friend Nick Martin wrote THE ultimate cook book for travellers! Entertaining stories, easy recipes and beautiful pictures makes it easy and fun to cook! Check it out! If you love to travel, love to cook (and to eat) “Fuck Pasta and Ketchup” is a must have! It’s only $7,99, so cheap, cheap and so worth it…
USE COMMON SENSE
The world is not nearly as dangerous as the media makes you believe it is. Keep an eye out for sketchy situations but don’t let that be the focus of your trip. Take risks some times but use common sense and you’ll be ok. I’m ok, so you can be too! Most people are friendly, trustworthy, generous, and willing to help you with whatever you want or need… Let go on what you parents learned you when you were young, DO talk to strangers! All my friends were once strangers…
— “Not all those who wander are lost” —
BACK UP YOUR SHIT!
When my laptop crashed in Brazil, having most of my important documents and photos backed up saved my life. Keep both digital and physical copies of your passport, visas, driver’s license, health insurance card and maybe some important phone numbers in case of an emergency. Backup your files & photos on an external hard drive. I have one in my big backpack and one in my small backpack. You can also back them up online/ dropbox, but you need kinda good internet for that all the time..
I have this shock proof harddrive, because you travel with it it’s nice it has some extra protection, click the link to by the same:
— “Memories take us back, dreams take us forward” —
TAKE MUCHO PHOTO’S
You may only see places & meet people once in your lifetime, remember them forever with plenty of photos! Great photos are the ultimate souvenir, I look back at them all the time and make new memories and photo’s every day! I remember the first time I went on a big trip every time I had a lot of photo’s I went to a shop to set them on a cd! That time has passed, they don’t cost anything anymore, they’re easy to share with others, and they don’t take up space in your luggage. Just remember once you have your money shot to put it away and enjoy the moment.
It doesn’t have to be a big ass expensive camera, most of my pictures I take with this Sony point and shoot! Click on the image for more info..
LOCK YOUR SHIT!
Just be careful and play safe. Always lock your most important stuff. In almost all the hostels/ hotels are lockers. If you have to take stuff with you or you move from place to place and you have your whole life with you… Lock your bag. Never put your bag under your chair in a public bus. Never carry your wallet in your back pocket. And be careful with wearing your bag just on your shoulders. A must have for every backpacker: