It’s coming up to the busy season (If we’re not already in it). I’m sure most of you will be travelling, whether it’s home for Christmas, going on holidays or treating yourself. I’ve travelled quite a bit and these are some tips and tricks I’ve picked up, they are pretty simple and focus on saving money or bag space. Feel free to comment any that you’ve picked up on your travels.
- Take out a couple of multiples before you leave
I guarantee you won’t need four pairs of jeans and six pairs of shoes and three bikinis. Get real practical about what you need. I brought 5 pairs of shoes to a trip to Japan and on the first day hurt my feet. I could only wear 1 out 5 for the rest of the trip. Pack lighter than you think, you can always (depending on where you go) buy more.
2. Tripadvisor it
Do your research. Knowing what’s around you, places you can eat, shop and visit mean’s less travel regrets later. In Tokyo you may want to find temples and in Las Vegas you may want to stay in a particular themed hotel. If you haven’t researched you won’t know. Also, even though there are set ‘tourist’ attractions that your ‘meant’ to see make sure you prioritise going to what YOU want to see. Activity wise if you love museums going to the MOCA over Disneyland might be a better idea.
3. Go with a partly full suitcase
While this isn’t a groundbreaking tip you’ll shock yourself with how heavy all of your new goodies and purchases are. When I went to Hawaii I bought a few of the three wick candles from bath and body works only to realise that they were really really heavy and we had organised carry on only. When travelling to shopping destinations only pack the basics. A sub-tip is to wear clothes over on the plane that are old and throw them out when you get there (extreme but yes I’ve done this before! haha).
4. Swap out expensive activities for the cheaper or free versions
I’ve travelled to Hawaii several times and while there are certain popular paid activities that you can’t replicate (Pearl Harbour or Iolani palace) there are many you can do on the cheap. Choose to snorkel in Hanauma Bay rather than do a snorkel tour. Choose to watch the public luau performances rather than pay for luaus. Do the Diamond Head hike rather than seeing the hawaiian nature in a helicopter.Swapping out more expensive activities that are similar leaves money for things you can’t do for free and eating/shopping etc.
5. Go basic for accommodation
Let’s be real unless it’s a skiing trip or honeymoon or a special trip like that in general you probably won’t spend much time in your hotel room. In Tokyo I stayed in a ryokan which has comfortable beds on the floor and you share it with friends (it’s quite small). We saved heaps of money and we were only there to sleep. Consider a more basic hotel room or staying in an Air BnB to save money.
Hope you liked some of my tips and tricks for travel!
The Retrograde Collective xx