Moments. As long as I can remember I have been traveling either with my family, my friends or by myself. Traveling is probably one of my biggest hobbies if you can even call it a hobby. Exploring new cultures, seeing amazing landscapes, meeting new interesting people just widens my horizon. The one time I am truly and deeply happy and completely me is when I am traveling. My first long-distance flight was when I was only 3 years old. That was probably the start of my love for the USA but that is a different topic. Since I have traveled so much in my life already I thought I share my tips with you.
1. Get informed
Research the place you are planning to visit. What can be done there? Which hotels match my preferences? Is there good public transportation? What currency do they use? Should I get any medical vaccinations? Do I need any special travel documents or visa?
I really like to read trough my favorite magazine of all time - the Condé Nast Traveller - to get informed about traveling in general and about certain places, hotels etc.
For me there is nothing more stress causing than not being organized. I hate having to fix everything when I am already there. I like to know everything I need to know before I travel to that place. This also includes my tip number 1. Especially the details are what I love to organize in advance. Details like what will I do there, is there any thing that I need to see or do.... The list goes on.
3. Pack light and pre-plan outfits
I am a huge over packer but I have learned from the past. I pack in outfits which will help me not to over pack. Also this gives me less "What will I wear" - craziness every morning. Also use travel sizes. They are called travel sizes for a reason. Maybe also share some things you need with the people you are traveling.
4. Set yourself a budget
There is nothing more frustrating than coming home after an amazing trip and checking your bank account and you have completely lost it. I hate myself sometimes (especially when that happens) if I don't set myself a budget and shop whatever I can find. Those things are most of the time just things I love whilst I am traveling. Best example: clothes. There are so many clothes that I buy in different cultures that I love because they represent my experience and the feeling you get while traveling. The sad thing about it is that I actually never wear those clothes when I am back home.
5. Enjoy the moment
Really, don't pressure yourself to see every little detail or that you have to do everything on your to do list. Relax, enjoy the moment and capture it - not with your camera but with your mind. You will always remember those experiences and moments. I promise...
What are you ultimate travel tips?