My 50 Best Travel Tips After 9 Years Traveling The World

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How To Travel The World: My Best Travel Tips
Travel Tips Guide

It’s now been 9 years since I sold everything and left the United States to travel the world. These are the best travel tips to help you save money and have a great trip.

Curious about how to travel the world? I’ve been traveling around the world for 9 years now. And I have many useful travel tips to share from my journey.

My traveling started when I quit my job and took a one-way flight from Miami to Guatemala, leaping nervously into the unknown and leaving much of my old life behind while embarking on an epic adventure around the world.

The experience has been a wild ride — traveling to over 50 countries, meeting countless people, and I’ve learned a ton since I first left!

Having adventures like hitchhiking across America, camping in Greenland, trekking through Afghanistan and much more — the world has been an amazing teacher.

I eventually turned writing about my journey into a successful travel blog, and continue to travel on a regular basis as part of my dream job.

But to celebrate my travelversary (travel anniversary) each year, I update this guide with a collection of my best travel tips to help you save money, stay safe, and inspire others to get out there and explore our world.

And feel free to share your own favorite travel tips in the comments at the end!

My Best Travel Tips: The Ultimate Guide

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Top Travel Tips from a Professional Traveler

Making Travel Easy & Fun

1: Patience Is Important

Don’t sweat the stuff you can’t control. Life is much too short to be angry & annoyed all the time. Did you miss your bus? No worries, there will be another one.

ATMs out of money? Great! Take an unplanned road trip over to the next town and explore. Sometimes freakouts happen regardless. Just take a deep breath and remind yourself that it could be worse.

2: Wake Up Early To Avoid Crowds

Rise before sunrise to have the best attractions all to yourself while avoiding large tourist crowds. It’s also a magical time for photos due to soft diffused light, and it’s usually easier to interact with locals getting ready for their day.

Want those postcard Instagram shots? You need to get out there before everyone else shows up. Sketchy areas are less dangerous in the morning too. Honest hardworking people wake up early; touts, scammers, and criminals sleep in…

3: Observe Daily Life Around You

If you really want to get a feel for the pulse of a place, I recommend spending a few hours sitting in a park or on a busy street corner by yourself just watching day to day life happen in front of you.

Slow down your train of thought and pay close attention to the details around you. The smells, the colors, human interactions, and sounds. It’s a kind of meditation — and you’ll see stuff you never noticed before.

Travel Tips to Have a Good Trip
Relax, and Enjoy Yourself

4: Laugh At Yourself Sometimes

You will definitely look like a fool many times when traveling to new places. Rather than get embarrassed, laugh at yourself. Don’t be afraid to screw up, and don’t take life so seriously. Relax!

One time a whole bus full of Guatemalans laughed with glee when I forced the bus driver to stop so I could urgently pee on the side of the road. Returning to the bus and laughing with them gave me new friends for the rest of the journey!

5: Slow Down To Enjoy Your Trip

Please don’t try to cram 6 countries into 6 weeks of travel. All the good stuff happens when you really take the time to explore. You’ll learn about activities that aren’t in your guidebook and meet people who are eager to show you around.

I can honestly say that NONE of my best travel experiences happened within the first few days of arriving somewhere. Spend more time in fewer places for maximum enjoyment. I promise you’ll have a much better time!

6: Volunteer Occasionally

Make it a point to volunteer some of your time for worthwhile projects when traveling. Not only is it a very rewarding experience, but you’ll often learn more about the country and its people while also making new friends.

There’s a great site called Grassroots Volunteering where you can search for highly recommended volunteer opportunities around the world. Just be very careful with voluntourism and do your research, as there are many scams out there too.

READ MORE: 40 Travel Jobs To Work Overseas

Travel Photography Tips
Travel Tip: Take Lots of Photos!

7: Take Lots Of Epic Travel Photos

Pay attention to this travel tip. You may only see these places & meet these people once in your lifetime. Remember them forever with plenty of photos! Don’t worry about looking like a “tourist”. Great photos are the ultimate souvenirs.

They don’t cost anything, they’re easy to share, and they don’t take up space in your luggage. Take plenty of photos of yourself too, they’ll be more important than your postcard shots later. Just remember that once you get your shot, it’s important to get out from behind the lens and actually enjoy the view.

8: Don’t Get Discouraged

Nothing is impossible. If you are having trouble going somewhere or doing something, don’t give up. You just haven’t found the best solution or met the right person yet. Don’t listen to those who say it can’t be done.

Perseverance pays off. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told what I want to do isn’t possible, only to prove it wrong later when I don’t listen and try anyway. What’s the worst that can happen? Failing isn’t the end of the world!

9: Break Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Challenge yourself to try things that normally give you anxiety. The more you do this, the more that anxiety will fade away. Not a hiker? Go on more hikes. Have trouble talking to strangers? Talk to everyone. Scared of weird food? Eat the weirdest thing you can find.

The reason this works so well while traveling is because everything is already so different, what’s one more new/uncomfortable experience? No one knows who you are out here, you can totally reinvent yourself.

READ MORE: Useful Travel Photography Tips

International Travel Tips for your Journey
Travel Tip: Keep an Open Mind

10: Keep An Open Mind

Don’t judge the lifestyles or customs of others if different from your own. Listen to opinions you don’t agree with. It’s arrogant to assume your views are correct and other people are wrong. Practice empathy and put yourself in someone else’s shoes.

Embrace different possibilities, opinions, religions, customs, and interests. Ask questions. You don’t have to agree with everyone, but you may be surprised what you’ll learn from the people you meet during your travels.

11: Get Lost On Purpose

If you want to see the parts of town where real people live & work, you need to go visit them. The best way to do this is on foot — without knowing exactly where you’re going. Write down the name of your hotel so you can catch a taxi back if needed, then just pick a direction and start walking.

Don’t worry too much about stumbling into dangerous neighborhoods either, as locals will generally warn you before you get that far. And you never know what amazing things you’ll find around the next bend…

Travel Planning Tips & Tricks
Travel Tips to Help You Plan

Travel Planning Tips

12: Be Flexible & Don’t Over Plan

I cringe when readers ask how many days they should spend in a particular country or city. The truth is I have no idea what you’ll enjoy or who you’ll meet. I thought I’d rocket through Nicaragua in a week or two, but ended up living there for 4 months because I liked it so much.

My advice is to pick a starting point, 1 or 2 must-do activities, and an ending point (or not). Then just let the universe determine the rest. Be flexible and open to change your plans if you learn about something along the way!

13: Learn A Few Foreign Words

There’s no need to be fluent in order to visit a foreign country. However, taking the time to learn a few phrases in the local language can improve your travel experience. Hello, please, thank you, nice to meet you, excuse me, sorry, and “can I take your portrait” are some of my favorites.

Not being able to communicate while traveling can be frustrating, but remember that this is your problem, not theirs. Raising your voice doesn’t magically help Mexican’s understand English. Try hand signals, images on your phone, or Google Translate!

14: Take An Extra Credit & ATM Card

Having your bank card details stolen can suck, but especially if it happens when you’re visiting a foreign country. If your card gets frozen, stolen, or the ATM machine eats it, you’re screwed! Unless you happen to carry backup cards…

I always pack a 2nd bank account/debit card plus a backup credit card, which you keep separate from your wallet. This way, if your wallet gets stolen, or your ATM card gets declined, you are still able to have access to money during your travels.

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Be Prepared for a Great Trip

15: Write Down The Address Of Your Hotel

Sometimes, after a long flight playing games on your smartphone, your battery could end up dead. And if you didn’t write down the address of where you’re staying, how will you tell/show the taxi driver?

As ridiculous as it sounds, I’ve done this a few times and it’s awkward. Falling asleep or forgetting to charge my phone. I’d also recommend writing down your hotel room number somewhere after you check in.

16: Read A Book About The Country

Before you travel to a new country, I recommend reading a good book about it, to learn more about history and culture before you arrive. This could be as simple as a Lonely Planet guidebook, or maybe a popular novel by a local author.

Your on-the-ground travel experience will feel much more fulfilling if you already know some details about the area you’re visiting. Don’t worry, you’ll still discover plenty of new stuff, but you’ll have a foundation to start on.

17: Splurge A Bit While Traveling

I’m a huge fan of budget travel, as it allows you to travel longer and experience more of the fascinating world we live in rather than waste your hard-earned money on stuff you don’t need. In fact you can travel many places for $50 a day with no problems.

That said, living on a shoestring budget gets old after a while. It’s nice (and healthy) to go over your budget occasionally. Book a few days at a nice hotel, eat out at a fancy restaurant or spend a wild night on the town. Enjoy yourself!

Travel Packing Tips
Travel Tips to Help You Pack Smarter

Useful Travel Packing Tips

18: Pack Ear Plugs & An Eye Mask

This should actually be #1 on the list. I love my earplugs! Muffle the sounds of crying babies, drunk Australians, barking dogs, honking horns, dormitory sex, natural gas salesmen, and more. A traveler’s best friend. These are my favorite earplugs for comfort & effectiveness.

A comfortable eyemask is another wonderful investment to cure jet-lag. If you’re looking for other gift ideas for travelers, make sure to check out my ultimate travel gift guide for those travelers in your life (or, just a treat for yourself!)

19: Take A Scarf Or Sarong With You

I happen to use a shemagh, but sarongs also work great. This simple piece of cotton cloth is one of my most useful travel accessories with many different practical applications.

It’s great for sun protection, a makeshift towel, carrying stuff around, an eye mask, a wrap for conservative countries, and much more. I can’t tell you how many times a scarf has come in handy for me on my travels around the world.

20: Bring Your Own Water Bottle

If you haven’t noticed, humans are destroying the planet with plastic waste. Constantly buying bottled water is incredibly bad for the environment! But tap water isn’t always safe everywhere either…

My solution to both save money and help save the environment is to pack a filtered water bottle on all my adventures. This way you can re-use the same bottle thousands of times, and never pay for expensive, wasteful bottled water again!

Traveling Tips to Meet People
Hang Out with Locals!

21: Pack Less Stuff In Your Backpack

You don’t need 1/2 the gear you think you do to travel anywhere. We’ve all done it. It’s a right of passage for travelers to slowly become better at packing less. My first backpack was 70 liters packed full, my current bag is only 40 liters.

As a full-time vagabond, everything I own fits in my travel backpack. If you’re not sure about packing something, you don’t need it. It’s also possible to buy most things at your destination country if you discover you need them.

22: Carry Spare Passport Photos

Obtaining visas for certain countries can be a real pain, and some can require multiple passport sized photos. Have you ever tried to find a place that shoots passport photos in Tajikistan? It’s not easy!

Before you leave your home country, get a bunch of passports sized photos (10?) printed up and bring them with you, just in case. It will save you a lot of time and hassle in the long-run.

23: Bring An Extra Camera Battery

There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of a perfect photo opportunity, but powerless to capture it because of a dead camera battery! When I first started traveling, this happened to me more times than I’d like to admit. 

These days I don’t go anywhere without a spare battery for my camera, charged up and ready for action. That way you’re always ready for epic travel photography situations like cotton-candy sunsets, wildlife encounters, or postcard-worthy street scenes.

READ MORE: My Complete Travel Gear Guide

Cheap Travel Tips
Travel Tips to Save You Money

Money Saving Travel Tips

24: Book The Cheapest Flights

Flying can often be one of the most expensive parts of an international trip. But with practice, you can learn how to book super cheap flights and save tons of money. For example, by booking 2-3 months in advance.

Sign up for cheap ticket alerts, keep an eye on mistake fares, and take a look at alternative airports that might be near your final destination. Read my free guide to finding cheap flights and learn all the latest tricks!

25: Go On Free Walking Tours

One great money saving travel tip is to join free city walking tours when you first arrive. These tours allow you to orient yourself in an unfamiliar city, scope out some good photography locations to return to later, learn facts about the city, and maybe make some new friends too.

Just keep in mind that the tours are free because the guide is expecting a tip at the end, so don’t be too cheap and make sure to thank them for their time with $5. It’s a wonderful way to save some money while traveling!

Try Local Food to Save Money
Travel Tip: Eat Local Food

26: Eat Local Food Frequently

Taste a bit of everything when you travel, especially if you don’t know what it is. Ask local people for recommendations. Eat street food from vendors with big lines out front. Eating street food is an awesome way to save money while you travel!

I’ve only been very sick twice in 9 years of constant travel. Don’t be scared of the food. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with popping into McDonalds if you’re feeling homesick, but why fly across the world to eat the same stuff you can get at home? Live a little!

27: Avoid Expensive Hotels & Resorts

You don’t need to stay at expensive hotels while traveling. In fact, you can save hundreds, or even thousands of dollars on your trip by staying in more budget-friendly accommodation, like hostels, local guesthouses, or Couchsurfing — an online community of people who share their couches with strangers for free.

Sleeping in backpacker hostels can also be beneficial to your wallet, as renting a dormitory bed costs a fraction of what a hotel would. $30 a night versus $100 a night really adds up! Plus it’s a wonderful way to meet fellow travelers.

READ MORE: How To Choose A Travel Camera

Staying Safe while Traveling
Travel Tip: Don’t Be Afraid

Helpful Travel Safety Tips

28: Don’t Be Afraid Of Other Countries

The news media loves to report on tourists getting killed or kidnapped. However, the world is not nearly as dangerous as the media makes it out to be. Keep an eye out for sketchy situations but don’t let that be the focus of your whole trip.

Use common sense and you’ll be ok. Understand that “if it bleeds it leads”. Most people in foreign countries are friendly, trustworthy, generous, and willing to help you out. This goes for women too. I realize I’m not a woman, but I’ve met plenty of experienced female travelers who agree.

29: Always Get Travel Insurance

No one ever thinks they’ll get sick, injured, or robbed while traveling. But it happens when you least expect it. During my travels, I’ve sliced up my head on a volcano, contracted Dengue fever, and lost my laptop to thieves.

With travel insurance you don’t have to worry about huge hospital bills or stolen gear when it eventually happens. For all kinds of trips ranging from a weekend up to a few months long, I always recommend picking up a travel insurance policy with World Nomads.

READ MORE: 25 Important Travel Safety Tips

Preparing for World Travel
Are You Ready for New Experiences?

30: Stash Extra Cash For Emergencies

To cover yourself in an emergency, make sure to stash some extra cash in a few different places. I recommend at least a couple hundred dollars worth. If you lose your wallet, your card stops working, or the ATMs run out of money, you’ll be glad you did.

Some of my favorite hiding spots include dirty socks, under shoe inserts, in a toiletry bag, around the frame of a backpack, or even sewn behind a patch on your bag.

31: Back Up Your Files & Photos!

When my laptop computer was stolen in Panama, having most of my important documents and photos backed up saved my butt. I’ve met many travelers who’ve had a hard drive fail on them, losing thousands of priceless travel photos.

In addition to photos, keep digital and physical copies of your passport, driver’s license, birth certificate, health insurance card, serial numbers, and important phone numbers ready for an emergency. Backup your files & photos on an external hard drive as well as online with software like Backblaze.

32: Treat Your Body Well

Travel can throw your body out of whack. When you’re moving from place to place it’s difficult to maintain a workout routine, and many of us slack off. Or we don’t sleep enough. Or we eat too many cupcakes. I’m guilty of not flossing my teeth.

Remember to be nice to your body. Get enough sleep, stay hydrated, eat healthily, use sunscreen, and exercise often (check out this body weight routine, no gym required!). And, yes, flossing too I guess.

READ MORE: My Favorite Inspirational Travel Quotes

Useful Solo Travel Tips
Travel Tip: Get Off the Beaten Path

Solo Travel Tips

33: Travel By Yourself Occasionally

While traveling with friends is a lot of fun, solo travel is when you’ll REALLY learn about yourself and what you’re made of. Traveling solo forces you to figure things out on your own, meet new people, and tackle unfamiliar situations. 

You’re also free to pursue the activities and experiences that you truly want to have while traveling, with no objections or limitations from others holding you back. It’s a wonderful way to learn new life skills and increase your confidence.

34: Get Off The Beaten Path

I know it’s cliché, but you should still attempt it. Seek out interesting and unusual places that don’t see much tourism while travelling (or traveling). Many memorable travel experiences have happened to me in areas that are not easy to visit.

By all means, travel to popular sites, but don’t rule out other locations just because they’re not on the tourist trail. Although please realize that just because an area is remote or dangerous doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have a life-changing experience.

35: Stay In Touch With Loved Ones

Remember to call your family & friends from time to time. Maybe surprise them and go old-school by sending a postcard (it’s in the mail, Mom!). Travel isn’t lonely, far from it. You constantly meet other people.

But traveling solo means many of those new relationships are fleeting. Someone is always coming or going. So maintaining a strong connection with the people who know you best back home is important for your mental health.

Making Friends while Travelling or Traveling
Hanging Out with some Dudes in the West Bank

36: Make Friends With Locals

Make it a point to avoid other travelers from time to time and start conversations with local people. One of my best travel tips is to make eye contact and smile more. Maybe stop to ask for directions. This is a fast way to make new friends.

Also, check out websites like MeetUp.com or CouchSurfing.org and similar good travel websites to see what kinds of activities are going on nearby, and join one. Take the time to hang out with locals who actually live in the country you’re visiting. People enrich your travels more than sights do. 

37: Listen To Podcasts For Long Trips

Podcasts are awesome. It’s like your own personal radio station full of shows and music you always want to listen to. I never thought I’d actually look forward to a 10-hour bus ride. But with podcasts, it’s possible (well, as long as the seats are comfortable)!

Time will fly by as you listen to incredible storytelling, fun music, or fascinating interviews with experts. Here are some of my favorite podcasts that I play regularly: This American Life, The Moth, Tim Ferriss Show, Radiolab, and Smart Passive Income.

38: Say Yes Often

Be impulsive and say yes when someone randomly invites you to meet their family, try a new activity, or explore a place you didn’t know existed. You never know what you’re missing unless you say yes!

It’s these unexpected and unplanned situations that add spice to your travels and always turn into the best stories later. Accept the kindness of strangers when you travel — you’ll have plenty of opportunities to do so.

Advice to Help You Travel More
Get Out There & Travel More!

Bonus Travel Tip: Travel More!

If there’s one thing I’ve noticed over the past 9 years, it’s that many people back home love to tell me how lucky I am while making excuses why they can’t travel.

It’s too expensive. They can’t get time off work. Who will feed their pets?

When I suggest solutions to these “problems”, they still don’t take action. Why? Because they’re often hiding behind the true reason: they’re scared.

Unfortunately most people who wait to travel the world never do.

You don’t need to sell all your worldly possessions and become a homeless vagabond like I did. Just get out there more than you do now. Start with a weekend in a different state. Then maybe try a week in the country next door.

The new car, remodeling project, and the latest iPhone can wait. If you truly want to travel more, you can make it happen. Career breaks are possible. You have friends who would love to watch your pets.

It’s a big, beautiful, exciting, and fascinating world out there.

Explore some of it now, rather than later.

How Am I Able To Travel So Much?

Check out my popular budget travel resources page for even more travel tips on saving money, location independence, working while traveling, gear guides, and improving your photography.
More Travel Planning Resources

Packing Guide

Check out my travel gear guide to help you start packing for your trip. Pick up a travel backpack, camera gear, and other useful travel accessories.

Book Your Flight

Book cheap flights on Skyscanner, my favorite airline search engine to find deals. Also read my tips for how I find the cheapest flights.

Rent A Car

Discover Car Hire is a great site for comparing car prices to find the best deal. They search both local & international rental companies.

Book Accommodation

Booking.com is my favorite hotel search engine. Or rent local apartments on Airbnb ($35 discount!). Read my post for tips on booking cheap hotels.

Protect Your Trip

Don’t forget travel insurance! I’m a big fan of World Nomads for short-term trips. Protect yourself from possible injury & theft abroad. Read more about why you should always carry travel insurance.

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My 50 best travel tips to help you have an amazing trip!
My 50 best travel tips to help you have an amazing trip!

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Hi, I’m Matthew Karsten — I’ve been traveling around the world for the last 9 years as a blogger, photographer, and digital nomad. Adventure travel & photography are my passions. Let me inspire you to travel more with crazy stories, photography, and useful tips from my journey.
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575 thoughts on “My 50 Best Travel Tips After 9 Years Traveling The World”

  1. I loved how most of your tips included advices for the state of mind instead of physical stuff. So inspiring things sorted here.

    I haven’t got the chance to travel much yet but I just love to discover new places

  2. Fantastic travel tips and advice Matthew. These are going to come in handy when we start our adventure, but not until we have finished the current one!

  3. I love your photos you have on this post. Looks like some really amazing places you have visited in your 9 years of travel. How do you afford to travel for so long? Do you miss your home town and friends?

  4. Loved this article answers a lot for me:) just wanted to ask how much money you had on you when you started you’re journey as I’m just finishing paying off some debt and will start a savings account to start my adventure. My goal is to have enough by the end of my years leese just looking for an idea of what’s safest amount to have before hand?

    • Hey Hannah! I left with about $7000 in the bank, plus monthly side income from an online ebook business I was running. In general, I typically recommend having about $1500 USD per month of budget-travel. Obviously, this number will be different for everyone, but that’s a good average.

      In Central America, I was living on about $800 a month. Other countries are more expensive, it depends on your style of travel, etc. Hope that helps a bit! I also recommend reading this post: https://staging-expertvagabond.kinsta.cloud/save-money-for-travel/

  5. I love this list – especially #23, 24 and 29! Of course, as an adventure travel podcaster, I can’t help but like your #26, too:)

  6. Yes, it is all about the kicks we get in our daily life, enjoy every condition and every situation of your life. This is the real happiness.

  7. This is the best tips I have ever read. Thanks Matthew! I love traveling and this would really help me in my next travel. Yes take a lot of photos is the best because it will be a souvenir of my every travel. Take care.

  8. Thanks Mathhew! For shraing absolutely love this post! You have been doing this for a LONGGGG time and I love all the wonderful tips you share!

  9. Hi, great post!
    Is there any website where you can meet up travelers and make plans. I don’t know if that’s a bad idea lol but I have a friend I travel with but he can’t make it all the time and even thought I have travel alone, i do prefer traveling with someone else for help with picture, life talk, and just being a little safer tbh even though I do agree with you that most places are safer than media makes them up to be. Any suggestions?

  10. Thanks Matthew, I’m a 65 Year old new Zealander and been travelling south America last 6 months aiming for world! I got sick in hospital Bolivia and just had accident falling down steps in Quito Ecuador Hostel, but been enjoying myself nevertheless! Insurance far too expensive someone my age, so have to risk travelling without it. I’m traveling on my fortnightly pension! Thanks for tips.

  11. I totally agree with “Back everything up”
    I’ve learned it the hard way. First, my memory card got corrupted. Then, my hard drive was broken. Now, I try to upload pictures in the internet so I’ll know that I can access them anytime.

  12. Thank you for all your tips! I am going on my very own digital nomad adventure very soon! I am really looking forward to it!

  13. What can I say that hasn’t already been said. Travel is a life changing experience which draws people together and educates. Even if you don’t have plans to sell everything and travel continuously, the best tip I could give is to travel to a different country at least once in your life. See how other people live their lives. Witness the day to day things like going to the market, or how something simple like lunch is done in Spain, France or Italy. Having this perspective is a good thing and helps understand the world a little bit better.

  14. May I add some things?

    1. I like to book hotels close to a mall and/or subway stations (for transportation / cheap food / references in town);
    2. I study for all free attractions and traveler opinions. (NY Brooklyn Botanical Garden is free on Fridays);
    3. I buy local cellphone chips for Internet. It helps me with GPS location and public transportation orientations;
    4. I get myself involved with the culture (food, history, places) before the trip. Travelling is an on-site review. Surfing on YouTube, sites, FaceBook groups and specially blogs are the best ways to get the best hints. Some places are very hiddent to most tourists;
    5. I just plan two attractions max per day. If I feel I can do more during the day, I go for more. Leave sometime for this flexibility.
    6. I consider buying city discount cards (NY Pass, Rome Pass, Houston Pass). Some cards worth, others don´t.
    7. I consider renting a car if it represents an advantage (Cape Town).
    8. If I travel on summer, I take sunscreen, cap and even a small umbrella.

    • Of course! Thanks for sharing your tips Eduardo. I totally agree on buying local sim cards when you travel for a week or more. Plus only doing 2 planned activities a day, so you don’t get overwhelmed.

  15. Amazing and a very helpful post! One of a few articles about traveling tips that wasn’t just stating obvious facts like ‘go to the places that aren’t touristy’ but with a full explanation which actually persuades the reader to do all these tips. Very well written, I’ll definitely use these tips for my upcoming trips.

  16. Planning your pee schedule ahead of time!

    I have a funny story that your peeing story reminded me of as the same happened to me. Even though I was begging the driver to stop I wasn’t successful so… I guess my bladder made some Universe magic happen as 2 minutes later the bus broke down in the middle of a bridge in the highway so I ended up peeing behind the bus, facing the cars, my partner covering me with a jacket. I’m a woman so… it was pretty funny and yes, people quite laughed at me but whatever… I was about to burst so who cares jajajajaja

    One MAJOR thing I learned when traveling –even more as a woman—is to plan my peeing schedule Jajajaja In Italy, for example, there are almost no public toilets, so I have to make a choice whether to drink and good luck with finding a toilet on time, or get dehydrated JA!

    • I love travel toilet stories. A similar thing happened to me currently in Vietnam! I always carry a small travel telescopic umbrella just in case there is no toilet or privacy available lol 😆 Peeing behind the shield of my umbrella has saved me wetting my pants a few times over my forty plus years of travelling. 😆

  17. I love tip #18! It gives more meaning to traveling. You get to encounter new things, more adventures and meet new and odd people.

    • I too love adventures and one way of experiencing that is getting lost but of course, you have to be very careful also at the same time.

  18. All of these tips are essential. I’ve learned a couple myself lately. Earplugs are truly number one, and not necessarily during travelling (I actually always have a pair with me, just in case I’m going to sleep out of home). Smiling at strangers and saying hello does work indeed. Also, an occasional splurge makes sense. However, I’m still tough at this. And saying YES to some seemingly insecure offers certainly pays off. My two latest cases were horse safari and swimming in a freezing cold mountain waterfall—as you said these have become some of my coolest stories so far.
    If I could expand your list, I’d probably add solo travelling, as I’m sure a traveller is much more open to new people and adventures while travelling alone. However, I do realize it’s not so relevant for married couples who on the contrary seek for opportunities to go together somewhere.

  19. What a great post! I agree with all of that points and it nice to read about it in one list. Now I will try to focus on some of points more :)

  20. I absolutely love this post! You have been doing this for a LONGGGG time and I love all the wonderful tips you share! I hope to travel as far and as often as you! Such an inspiration, thanks Matthew!

    • Thanks Tiffany! Glad you enjoyed my travel tips. Wishing you good luck on your own adventures around the world!

  21. I loved how most of your tips included advices for the state of mind instead of physical stuff. So inspiring things sorted here.
    I haven’t got the chance to travel much yet but I just love to discover new places and people! Hope to be on the road again soon

    • Right? I think some of the best tips for traveling is more about your state of mind. Otherwise people miss out on the real purpose of travel (in my opinion), expanding your knowledge of the world and life experience.

  22. Great tips. I always pack ziplock style large freezer bags for easy and quick laundry. It’s big enough for a t-shirt, shorts, socks and underwear etc. Only takes a few minutes, you can do it anywhere (no sink plug needed) and it cuts down on the number of clothes you need to pack.

  23. Wow! What an amazing post with so many valuable tips, and enriching photo’s. I’m glad you made obtaining travel insurance the last main tip on your list. This is definitely important because of the unfortunate things that has happened to you and others. Once again, what an amazing post. You have everything here. :)

  24. Don’t try and see everything at one go. Plan your itinerary because you need to choose among the larger towns and the smaller, more quaint ones. As said before, you can’t see it all in one go.

    If your a student take your student Id. ( College, school ID ) with you. Because if you are a student carrying your id. Some places will give you discounts if you are able to show a valid student id.

    Avoid the crowds and queues. Ask the locals people for all the times when the crowds are less and plan accordingly.

    And many more travel tips to follow.

    • I love the idea of not planning everything in one go. You can always go back! I typically end up finding out about secret treasures when I travel by speaking with the locals on the Jetzy app.

  25. Yes, there’s always a way and laugh at yourself. We have been biking around the world for almost a year now. I couldn’t agree more on life is too short to feel angry or annoyed all the time. Great tips!

  26. I’m just 17 and I dream of traveling the whole world.I thought of being an air hostess after doing my graduation. Is this a good career to persuade if I love traveling??

  27. Thanks for sharing these tips! I haven’t been traveling nearly as long as you (7 months vs 7 years) but a lot of what you said really resonates. I love how you have interspersed the very practical (always pack ear plugs!) with the inspirational (volunteer as you go). I’m hoping to do some volunteering myself in my next spot – Phuket. :)

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