With the Christmas holiday season almost upon us, we’re sure everyone is busy planning their next adventure. Here at Quipmo we have a little experience in the adventure department and have set out below a few of our golden rules when travelling.
Always plan for delays and try not to get upset when things inevitably go wrong. Patience is extremely important when traveling!
DON’T FORGET AN EXTRA CAMERA BATTERY (OR TWO)
Have you ever gotten to that epic sunset photo spot and realized your camera battery is dead and you don’t have a backup? Try to bring at least two camera batteries on all of trips so that you don’t miss out on that perfect shot.
ALWAYS BUY TRAVEL INSURANCE
A medical emergency can wipe out your savings — or even worse. Feel more secure on your adventure knowing you have travel insurance.
LEAVE ROOM FOR SPONTANEITY
Don’t plan your entire itinerary ahead of time. It’s tempting, but those unplanned moments while traveling can be the best memories.
LUGGAGE: LESS IS MORE
Pack light, because it’s a fact that you won’t use half of the things you initially plan to take with you. Try to keep your luggage easily manageable by yourself as you can often find yourself in situations where you need to move fast and efficiently.
TAKE THE FREE WALKING TOURS
Free Walking Tours are run all over the world now and are a unique way to explore a city. Most run for 3-4 hours with tour guides directing you to many well know and a few lesser visited tourist attractions around a city. Not only will you get to explore a new city but you’ll get to do so with a bunch of strangers who are all full of amazing travel knowledge as well. Word of mouth travel tips can be just as good as chatting to a local.
ASK A LOCAL
Perhaps the oldest trick in the book but asking locals about the best places in their town will always trump a guide book’s suggestion. This is where it pays to learn a little of the local language. It shows a willingness to learn about the area. It’s all about the effort, the more you put in the more you get in return.
Be it the owner of the place you’re staying, the cleaner, the guy at the bus stop or a friendly shop owner. All have much more knowledge on their town than you ever will and taking 10 minutes to talk to them could well find you a hidden gem that’s well off the beaten path in the middle of even the biggest cities like London or Rome.
Going somewhere interesting this holiday? We’d love to hear about it! Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.