Here you’ll find some travel tips I’ve picked over the years. I’ll be adding to the list as and when I get the chance, so keep your eye on it. For tips on specific places check out my Explore in 360º posts
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I first rode a moped as a teenager riding around a mates back garden. Fast forward 20 years and I found myself renting a ped in Thailand I was a little nervous, but it's the best way to get around as it gives you so much more freedom to explore. I've jotted down 10 tips that I think will help any newby riders no matter where you are in the World.
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I was recently on holiday with a group of friends and most of the time we had to get separate vehicles to get to our destinations as we couldn't always all fit into one vehicle. On two occasions, once at a lake in Chiang Mai, another was at Wat Pho temple in Bangkok, we found ourselves separated after being dropped off on opposite sides with no idea where the others were. Luckily Whatsapp came to our rescue with location sharing in real time.
Be cruel to be kind. Get rid of all those things that you put in the pile in with the slightest hope that maybe the pile wouldn’t be too big and you could slip them in. You’ve got to be really severe with yourself as you should be leaving with a bag no more than three quarters full.
Over the years I've used a few different ways to manage my money while travelling from, cash, travellers cheques, debit card, credit cards and travel currency cards, but its just recently that travel cards seem to have made a real step forward, so for my latest trip I actually went away with no cash and only carried the pre loaded plastic travel cards..
These are some quick simple tricks that i've found can help make life easier on the road. Maps is such an invaluable and essential service these days, yet so many of us just scratch the surface of its impressive capabilities. Ready to up your Google Maps game?
The things I can’t travel without. I’ll keep updating this list whenever I discover something new, so keep your eye on it.
Travel insurance can be easily forgotten, but its essential for the times you find yourself in trouble. These are my usual go to sites where I usually find the best cover and prices.
Browse in Incognito mode for a cheaper fare
You may notice that ticket prices go higher if you search repeatedly. This is because the cookies installed in your browser notify travel websites of your previous searches. They know you’ve been looking into certain flights with given rates, and they’ll use this as a starting point for an increase. To start fresh, clear your browsing history and delete cookies. Then, remember to always search for flights in an incognito window to prevent this from happening again.
Tune Everyone Out
Cancel out all the noise around you with headphones. Play music that improves your mood, or just use it to avoid unnecessary conversation. Noise cancellation headphones are best.
Keep the Air Vent On
- You don’t have to turn off the air unless you’re cold. The ventilation system will actually keep you from getting sick. Ventilation is necessary for your health and safety in the air, and the constant flow ensures the air from other rows doesn’t reach you, acting as a barrier against microbes. So, if you can, keep the air on for comfort and safety.
- Iced drinks cause your body to expel the liquid much faster, which will mean many more toilet breaks. This will interrupt your sleep and the passengers around you. Even worse if the ice served comes from water tanks, which is often the case with air travel. These tanks may not be entirely clear of bacteria. The time ahead of you could be ruined if you pick up a stomach bug, so it’s worth saying no to ice!
Get Access to an Airport Lounge
- Airport lounges aren’t as exclusive as you might think. Many people assume that business or executive class lounges are for first-class travelers only. However, you can usually gain entry by paying a one-day fee usually around £30, sometimes a little more. It’s worth it for some peace and quiet.