Traveling can be very intimidating especially to those who have seldom or never done it. Oftentimes it’s the preparation and getting into the mindset of travel is what discourages people to even try it. However, once you dip your toes into it, it’s actually not intimidating at all.
These tips will help you lose your pre-trip jitters and make the most out of your travel.
Organize your itinerary, but leave room to breathe
You don’t want to arrive to your destination without having a clue on where to go or what to do. Spontaneity is one thing, but wasting three hours at the hotel trying to Google restaurants and sites to see doesn’t seem like an efficient use of time.
Research on cool spots beforehand, and map out a route that would allow you to make the most out of your day. However, you mustn’t get carried away with the planning. Leave time to appreciate where you are and experience new things.
Scope out the best deals
Technology (i.e. the Internet) has changed our understanding of sulit. There will always be a better deal out there in the interwebs.
Regularly scan airlines for schedules of their sales and piso fare deals (or subscribe to their mailing list), and compare prices on online travel agency websites. The same goes for attraction and activity tickets. Several online platforms have made travel experiences more affordable.
For hotels, you can’t go wrong with RedDoorz. With more than 150 hotels in more than 10 destinations in the Philippines, and over 1,000 all over Southeast Asia, RedDoorz offers affordable rooms with complete amenities in convenient locations.
There’s nothing more satisfying than packing for a five-day trip with just carry-on luggage. While “always be prepared” has its merits, you have to take practicality into consideration. Do you need rainboots in Boracay? Will you be wearing that massive sun hat more than once?
Get a cabin-sized bag (read: airline overhead luggage size chart), and plan what to bring based on your itinerary. Roll t-shirts, fold trousers and other items of clothing neatly, and organize them into compression cubes to save even more space.
Bring a travel adapter
It gets frustrating when you travel to a new place and find out all of your plugs do not fit the sockets. Avoid the unpleasant surprise by bringing a travel adapter and save on any extra spending on plugs and adapters.
Bring a power bank (fully charged, please)
Power banks are your lowkey lifesavers when you travel, especially when you go to remote areas where a socket isn’t accessible. Just make sure to charge it up before you leave the hotel room, okay?
Download travel apps you can use offline
As with power sources, Wi-Fi and mobile data aren’t always reliable. It’s best to download travel apps that you can use offline such as currency exchanges, translators and offline maps of your destination.
Read up on public transportation
Sticking to taxis and TNVS platforms isn’t the smartest way to go. Aside from being expensive, availability is hit and miss. Acquaint yourself with local public transportation prices and routes to help you get around and navigate in case you get lost.
Keep emergency cash separate
Don’t bring wads of cash in your wallet. Remember to separate some and hide them in different places just in case.
Explore like a local
Don’t feel like a tourist: do what the locals do. Don’t be afraid to find yourself in an unfamiliar situation because it’s all part of the experience. Explore local watering holes, eat where the locals eat. If there’s an authority on the best stuff to do where you’re going, it would be them. And if you don’t know where to start, ask!
Don’t forget to enjoy!
Traveling is about the experience–the joy you get from escaping the everyday and discovering new things. While travel does require planning and quite a bit of thinking, it’s important to take a step back and enjoy the moment.
RedDoorz gives everyone a smarter way of traveling by providing quality accommodations at a fraction of the price of other hotel brands through its app and website. Each hotel is conveniently located and accessible to private and public transportation, and provides guaranteed amenities such as fast and reliable Wi-Fi, cable TV, toiletries and bottled water.
To know more about RedDoorz and its hotels, visit www.reddoorz.com or download the app for Android and iOS.