Our Best Travel Tips from 20+ Years of Travel

Like anything in life, it takes years of practice to be ‘good at travelling’.

In the beginning, we didn’t know all the tricks and expert tips to help us travel cheaper, better and longer.

Our Best Travel Tips from 20+ Years of Travel

Like anything in life, it takes years of practice to be ‘good at travelling’.

In the beginning, we didn’t know all the tricks and expert tips to help us travel cheaper, better and longer.

Hi, we’re Rach & Marty!

We’ve visited every country in the world and want to help you get the most out of your travels!

Whether you need an expertly planned itinerary, some experienced hints and tips, or just craving a delicious food adventure, we’ve got you covered!

Hi, we’re Rach & Marty!

We’ve visited every country in the world and want to help you get the most out of your travels!

Whether you need an expertly planned itinerary, some experienced hints and tips, or just craving a delicious food adventure, we’ve got you covered!

Hi, we’re Rach & Marty!

We’ve visited every country in the world and want to help you get the most out of your travels!

Whether you need an expertly planned itinerary, some experienced hints and tips, or just craving a delicious food adventure, we’ve got you covered!

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Now, after more than twenty years of travelling the world, we’ve perfected all these skills, and we’d like to share our best travel tips with you.

Whether you’re planning to travel for two weeks, a month, or even a year, our best travel tips from the road should help you stay one step ahead of the game.

If you stick to the tips below, your travels should be more affordable, easier, and more enjoyable.

Our Best Travel Tips after 20+ Years of Travel

1) Get creative when booking your flights

With many different flight comparison websites out there and inconsistent pricing between each one, the approach to thrifty flight booking is, at times, exhausting.

After many years, we’ve worked out how to beat them at their own game.

You’ve just got to think outside the box, be flexible and book separate legs of a journey rather than requesting a price for one through-fare to your destination.

For example: If you’re searching for a flight from Melbourne to London, perhaps break it down and first search for one flight from Melbourne to Singapore (search for cheap flights with a budget airline such as Air Asia or Scoot Airlines).

Then search for a separate flight from Singapore to London with different airlines using the comparison websites listed below. It’s all about staying one step ahead of the big guys.

We book all of our flights on one website

The website we always use and recommend is Skyscanner.

We love that you can search for accommodation at the same time. They have a huge range of products to offer and the best thing is that they are rarely beaten on price.

Budget airlines can sometimes be the best option available too, so don’t forget about them! You may not get in-flight service and movies, but who cares?

Take some food with you and have your laptop fully charged and you’ll be fine.

NOTE: Low-cost airlines aren’t always included in comparison websites such as Skyscanner, so do your research first to find the cheapest fares.

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2) ALWAYS ask the price before you agree to do anything

We see it happening more and more these days in countries worldwide.

Taxi drivers absurdly rip off vulnerable tourists, touts tricking you into paying for a tour. This usually ends up being just a sales pitch of visiting different stores around a city, where you’ll get the hard sell from the salespeople there, for which he receives a commission.

Or perhaps you made the mistake of ordering a meal or a drink in a place without prices visible and almost had a cardiac arrest when you were shown the bill afterwards.

Unfortunately, there are countries around the world with cunning people who look upon tourists as walking dollar signs. They see you coming, and often, they know precisely how to con you out of your money.

Trust us on this one: Even if you’re naturally shy or don’t want to offend, always ask the price before you accept anything.

This practice actually helps the rest of your fellow travellers keep prices as they should in the long run.

Learn to negotiate and agree on the price of the service you accept beforehand. It’s essential to clarify the finer details also, such as price is based on per person or total and if it includes one way or return ride.

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3) Learn some of the local languages – it will only enrich your experience

We travel to explore new countries, eat different food, see amazing sights and meet new people. When you’re visiting a new country, you can’t just assume that the people there will be able to understand you. Why should they?

You’re in their home country, so you can’t expect them to speak English, for example.

Don’t get annoyed if you’re having trouble communicating with them if you haven’t bothered to learn some of their languages.

This doesn’t mean you should sign up for a comprehensive Spanish course if you intend to travel to Mexico for two weeks, but you should at least try to learn some basic language before you go.

So many free phone apps can help you with this, the most popular ones being Babbel & Duolingo.

Considering the time we spend on our phones these days, we recommend you download one of these apps. Try and spend at least ten minutes each day learning some of the lingo.

It’s a much better use of your time than flicking through your Instagram feed for an hour.

We can guarantee you that the language skills you learn by investing that little time each day will enrich your life and travels.

Learn the basics

Try and learn the basic language such as ‘hello’, ‘goodbye’, ‘thank you’, ‘how much is it’ and ‘Where is the bathroom’.

We try to learn numbers so we can calculate the cost of taxis, buses etc and also how to say all the food menu items too, because who wants to eat badly on holidays? Not us!

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We used google translate in Taiwan to communicate with locals to buy bus tickets at the station.

While we’re talking about phone apps, download Google Translate.

Then download the language offline pack which will be spoken in the country you’ll be visiting. Some great features you can use offline will help you communicate with locals.

We love the feature where you can face your camera over some written foreign language and it translates it into English for us.

This makes our grocery shopping and dining experiences in each country much easier.

4) Purchase good Travel Insurance

Some people have the attitude that nothing will happen to them. They think that if they don’t partake in extreme activities on vacation and they’re careful, they’ll be ok.

Here’s the thing though…accidents and unwanted incidents happen all the time. From our personal experience and the countless terrible stories we’ve heard from travellers over the years, we strongly recommend investing in travel insurance.

Getting covered with a good travel insurance policy is one of the smartest decisions you will make – trust us.

Yes, it can feel like you’re spending some of your hard-earned travel dollars on something you may never physically use, (even we find making the initial purchase hard to do) but the peace of mind and benefits are worth it.

If you’re not covered, the cost of emergency surgery or medical evacuation overseas could put you in debt for the rest of your life.

We recommend Heymondo (get 5% off your policy) and SafetyWing travel insurance.

5) Slow down

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Island Time in the Solomon Islands at Fatboys Resort, Gizo

Before we embarked on this trip to visit every country in the world, we travelled much slower. If you have the time to travel slower, you’ll gain so many more valuable experiences and memories. This will be better for your budget, too.

If you travel slower, you can negotiate better deals when booking accommodation on Booking.com and save on transport costs with Omio, Trainline or 12Go.

If you’re long-term travellers like us, you’ll appreciate slowing down to take a breath and organise a few things.

Tasks like booking onward accommodation, arranging visas, and booking flights or onward transport take time.

You’re likely to burn out if you’re constantly moving and trying to manage all of the above whilst rushing around each destination to see the highlights.

The answer to avoiding this is to slow down.

We recommend getting up early to go sightseeing, hang at the beach, or just walk around a new city to take it all in. Then, keep your afternoons free. Use this time to relax in a cafe with a good book or rest at your accommodation.

Staying in a place longer also allows you to try different cafes and restaurants, find some hidden spots that only locals may know about and immerse yourself more in the culture.

RELATED POST – Travel to the Solomon Islands – 15 Essential Things to Know Before You Go

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6) Get a VPN

With our lifestyle, we’re in a different country every other week, so it’s important that you have a VPN to protect yourself and your important data from being hacked.

When you hook up to and browse wifi on unprotected networks, it’s quite easy nowadays for online hackers to monitor what you’re doing. It takes just a few minutes of you entering your passwords to your online banking or purchasing a flight ticket online by entering your credit card details, then all your sensitive information can be collected and abused.

Having a VPN turned on is the only way to feel safe about money matters online. This creates a secure connection and a safe space to do whatever you need to do securely online.

Some countries such as China and Iran will block access to various websites and social media platforms. Our friends in Iran all have a VPN on their phones so they can access Facebook and certain websites that their government bans.

You can get around these restrictions by installing a VPN on your phone or computer.

Make sure you’re one step ahead of the game, and sign up with a good VPN provider today.

We use Surfshark VPN and love this product.

More reasons why VPNs are amazing

In addition to the above, having a VPN is also helpful for countries with geo-restrictions or geo-blocks.

This is when a certain website or content providers only allow gaining access to their websites available in specific countries. With a VPN, you trick the website into thinking your location differs from where you are.

Having a VPN on at all times will save you money, too.

It’s incredible how different the price is for an item to be purchased in Australia, yet prices seem to drop considerably when the location changes to the USA.

Sign up with Surkshark VPN and get connected today.

7) Get a debit/credit card with zero international transaction and ATM fees.

This used to be a thing that you couldn’t avoid, and it drove us insane. Years ago, all banks would charge you a fee for using an international ATM or purchasing in a foreign currency.

The rate was around a 3% fee for a currency conversion charged by your bank for purchases made internationally. If you made a withdrawal for any amount of cash using a foreign ATM, you would be charged between $5 – 10 (depending on which bank’s ATM you used).

It doesn’t sound so much, yet when you’re having to make multiple withdrawals and purchases each week, it quickly adds up and really eats into your travel budget, especially if you’re a long-term traveller.

We applied for a debit/credit card in Australia with ING Direct, which was the best thing we have ever done! We’ve saved so much money on avoiding foreign transaction fees and ATM fees internationally (up to 5 per month), and we want all travellers to have this same feeling of winning!

Check out our article below, which explains how to sign up. We guarantee you will not be disappointed.

8) Exchange or withdraw money on the road

Family and friends are often curious as to how we constantly deal with using different currencies as we travel. It’s 2023, so long gone are the days when you exchanged your hard-earned money at home for foreign currency to go and travel.

The rates from banks are and always have been terrible.

Don’t do this; instead, we recommend waiting until you arrive in the country and then withdrawing money at an ATM. There is bound to be one at the airport arrivals area.

Remember that international debit card we recommended you apply for above? This card will be the best investment you ever made, and you should use it every time, at every destination. You won’t pay any transaction or ATM fees, it’s a no-brainer.

Even if you don’t have one of these recommended debit cards, still use your other debit card to withdraw cash at the ATM rather than changing money at the airport. You will still come out on top by getting a better exchange rate.

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Another Tip: We always travel with some hard currency, such as USD and EUR, for the times when things don’t go according to plan.

Occasionally, our debit card might be rejected at that particular ATM, or we might have forgotten to transfer more funds to our travel bank account, so we’re declined.

When this happens, we’re always prepared. We exchange a small amount of cash at the airport (enough to pay to get to our hotel/accommodation using local transport or taxi) and away we go.

Once we’ve arrived at our hotel, we’ll check online that our bank account has sufficient funds.

If it does, we’ll walk to a different ATM to withdraw the needed cash.

Sign up with WISE or Revolut – Get more for your money as you travel the world

Wise is an online account that lets you send money, get paid, and spend internationally. You can also get paid in other currencies and send money overseas. 

This service has saved us loads of money in International fees. When you sign up for a Wise account using our personal invite – send your first International transfer for FREE!

Alternatively, you could sign up with Revolut – it’s similar to WISE. The truth is, they’re both awesome!

Revolut helps you get more from your money. Leave the ‘old school’ banks behind (and their huge fees) and sign up for an account with Revolut. Request money from friends and family worldwide, and they can pay with a tap using Apple or Google Pay. There are no fees.

These guys ARE the future of banking. Get A$15 cash reward when you sign up here.

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9) Keep multiple copies of your passport, travel insurance & important documents

Make several photocopies of your passport page and keep them in different spots in your large backpack/suitcase and your smaller daypack.

We’d recommend you keep a few copies of your insurance policy and for travel in some countries, your yellow fever certificate too.

Take photos of these important documents and email them to yourself, your partner or your family member. We like to upload them to Dropbox or Google Drive to access them from anywhere in the world.

It’s also a good idea to place them in an easy-to-find folder on your iPhone and computer.

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10) Charge your electronics whenever possible

In this day and age, most of us have at least two or three forms of electronics (iPhone, computer, camera, Go-Pro, kindle, iPad, power banks, to name a few) that we use on the road to make travel easier and to capture memories.

It’s heartbreaking when you run out of camera battery on a fantastic day trip, or your iPhone dies, and the details of how to get back to your accommodation are stored on it.

Charge your electronics whenever possible to avoid disappointment. We always charge our electronics overnight, and many travellers use a travel powerboard to charge many things at once.

A popular choice is the USB Charger – with 3 USB ports to charge electronics or a travel power board with 4 AC outlets and 2 USB ports to charge additional gadgets.

We recommend you get a USB Solar power bank, too.

This allows you to charge your smaller electronics during the day when you don’t have access to a power outlet, convenient if you’re on a long bus or train journey.

11) Eat the local food

You’re travelling to discover a new culture, new surroundings and learn something new, right? Make sure you try the local food too.

It’s the best chance you will get to interact with locals, try new flavours and possibly have one of the best travel experiences of your life.

Local food can be found on the streets, in food markets, in small family-owned eateries or even in your hotel restaurant. From our experience, the best food in every country is always the local dishes.

Read our tips for how to find the best food when travelling (and avoid getting ill).

We love to eat when we travel…but you probably already know that…

We love to eat, so we like to research where to go to find the best food in a new destination. Before we arrive, we’ll read blogs, watch videos, and read social media posts, then pin the locations on our offline maps.

(We use an app called Maps.Me to navigate our way around most new countries. Just download the maps when you have an internet connection, and once you arrive, it works offline).

We also love to join food tours or even cooking classes when we travel. We recommend GetYourGuide and Viator for the best tour deals.

Travel for food? Read our 10 best countries for food lovers

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Try the local food when you travel.

12) Handwash your clothes on the road

This will really save you loads of time and money. In some parts of the world such as West/Central Africa or Central Asia, a washing machine is rarely an option, so you gotta do it yourself.

Alternatively, you can find a local who may be willing to hand wash it for you for a price.

However, don’t be surprised if you’re missing a few items when you get it back simply because it blew away in the field where it was laid to dry in the sun.

Of course, if you travel in countries where laundry service or self-service is available for a small fee, use it.

Hostels are a great option for getting a load of laundry done at a good price. We sometimes visit hostels (even if we’re not staying in them) and just ask the reception if it’s okay to use their laundry facilities. Most often, it’s no problem, and you can hang out there while you wait.

One of the reasons we book apartment accommodations on Booking.com worldwide is to have access to a washing machine. 

Fact: Have you ever noticed that hotels charge absurd prices to launder your clothes? They generally charge per piece, which makes a very expensive bag of laundry.

We’re long-term travellers, and now we’re experts at hand-washing our clothes on the road.

We travel with a Scrubba Wash Bag, which does a top job!

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Travel clotheslines are ideal

We pack a travel clothesline in our carry-on backpacks. 

We’ve found it much easier to wash what we wore that day when we shower each night and hang it in our room. If we don’t do it daily, we do it every few days. If you get into this habit, you’ll find that your bag is much easier to pack if you’re not lugging around dirty laundry.

We usually carry a small bag of washing powder, easily found in most countries. Any soap bar will do the trick if we run out and can’t find it. 

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13) Pack a few sets of earplugs and a sleep mask 

Earplugs are one of the handiest, cheapest things you’ll have in your bags. We’d recommend keeping a pair in your large backpack and another in your smaller backpack.

Earplugs will be your saviour when you’re on that loud overnight bus journey, a long flight, or when the guy in the next room or tent is snoring like a chainsaw.

The sleep mask is great to use on flights and in rooms without decent curtains on those bright mornings.

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14) Use a filtered water bottle

It disappoints us that people still buy countless plastic bottles of water in countries where tap water is entirely safe to drink (Australia and New Zealand, most of Europe, North America, and some parts of Africa, Asia and South America).

Not only is this harmful to the environment, but it’s also unnecessary. We recommend bringing along a filtered water bottle. 

It will save you hundreds of dollars and time trying to find water as you go, not to mention you’re doing your bit to help reduce plastic and be a more responsible traveller.

15) Buy an eSIM (Digital SIM Card)

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Nowadays, we take it for granted that we are always connected to the internet. Many of us have data included in our phone contract plans in our home countries.

Unless your phone plan has free international roaming (highly unlikely), you will start unknowingly paying for data roaming fees as soon as you turn your phone on in a new country. If this has ever happened to you before, it sucks.

These fees rack up very quickly and can be very high.

There’s a way to avoid paying those high roaming fees

But avoid those high international roaming charges to connect internationally and get an eSIM instead. Learn more about how an eSIM works in my Airalo eSIM Review. 

We use the internet for everything on the road – so eSIM works best for us

From booking flights and accommodation on the go to navigating around cities, being connected is important for what we do. We also use it to research good cafes or coffee places and to keep tabs on our social media pages and website.

An eSIM is a digital or virtual version of a SIM card. So you won’t have to search for local SIM cards when you travel.

Airalo eSIM lets you connect when you land at your destination and avoid those expensive data roaming charges. We LOVE this product!

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You must ensure your phone is compatible, but read the post above for ALL the essential info.

And CLICK HERE to view Airalo Data Plans.

In some countries, WIFI is non-existent, expensive to purchase or slow 

Airalo has an eSIM to help you connect in 190+ countries – now that’s impressive, right? But, we recommend buying a local SIM card for the few countries that don’t offer eSIM.

Get a local SIM card upon arrival to stay connected when eSIM isn’t available. They’re generally inexpensive (well, they’re usually more expensive than Airalo eSIM, but if you don’t have a choice, this option is recommended), and a SIM card with 1GB of data will usually cost around $5 – 10.

We think this is a smart investment, even for staying connected should an emergency arise or for peace of mind.

You can apply for a sim card within minutes of arriving at the airport. Alternatively, locals sell them on the street if you’re travelling overland in countries. You will generally need a passport or a colour copy of your ID to get set up.

TIP: Before you arrive in a new country, go to the ‘Settings’ tab, then ‘mobile’ and TURN OFF the ‘mobile data’. Ensure that the international roaming option in ‘Mobile data options’ has also been turned off.

NOTE: Your phone must be unlocked to use local SIM cards. 

What is an eSIM? – Read this post to learn more

16) Keep everything important in your daypack or bag

When you’re on the road, keep all your important things in your daypack or bag (we use this Osprey day pack) and never take your eyes off them.

Important documents such as passports, credit cards, money, cameras, laptops, hard drives, and phones should always be carried on one’s person.

Depending on what type of accommodation you are staying in (hotel, hostel, guesthouse or even a tent) will depend on what you do with these important items when you are in one place.

If you’re staying in a hotel with a safe, use it. If you’re staying in a tent, keeping these things on you when you head out to explore is probably better.

Either way, use common sense to ensure your most important items are kept as secure as possible.

Did we miss any of your best travel tips? If so, please share them with us below. If you enjoyed this post, please share it with your favourite travel buddy.

More Travel Tips

We have so many tips to help you travel more!

These 21 cheapest countries to visit will help you stretch your hard-earned dollars further.

Read our top 6 travel hacks to save money and the 20 best travel apps to make travel easier! 

For food lovers, don’t miss our top 10 best countries for foodies. And, if history is your thing, these 30 amazing historical places worldwide will fascinate you!

We have many tips to save money for travel and consider these 20 jobs that PAY YOU to travel the world to help you travel longer.

If you become a trusted housesitter, you can also get FREE accommodation worldwide. Read more about how this works.

Check out our ultimate packing list for travellers, and remember to pack travel insurance! We recommend these two travel insurance companies for excellent coverage.

Our 12 essential tips for safe travel in any country are worth a read. 

You’ll need to stay connected while travelling the world. We recommend eSIM. It’s easy, reliable and affordable. View eSIMs for individual countries, or consider a Global eSIM if you travel to multiple countries or regions. This eSIM connects you in 124 countries, offering data-only eSIM and data/call/text eSIM.

The Global eSIM has been a game-changer; we couldn’t imagine travelling without it now.

If you want to travel with like-minded travellers, consider joining a group tour. Get the best deals on worldwide group tours with Tourradar.

Check out our best-ever travel tips compiled from more than twenty years of experience.

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Travel Planning Resources

✈️ Flights: We use Skyscanner to book cheap flights worldwide.

🏨 AccommodationBooking.com is our preferred platform for booking hotels and accommodation. We use Vrbo to book apartments and long-term stays.

🏥 Travel Insurance: We recommend Heymondo (Get 5% off Heymondo) & SafetyWing

🚌 Transportation: Trainline is the best website to reserve trains. We use Omio to book transport worldwide. For travel in Asia, we use 12Go. 

🚘 Car Rental: We use DiscoverCars to book rental cars worldwide.

👫 Group ToursG Adventures OR compare multi-day tours worldwide with Tourradar.

📸 Day Tours & TripsGetYourGuide & Viator are the only two platforms you need.

📚 Lonely Planet: The Best Range of Travel Guides & Ebooks, and FREE Shipping! (use code RACHELDAVEY10 for a 10% discount)

🎒 LuggageOsprey Farpoint 40L Backpack or Samsonite Luggage Range.

🛄 What to Pack: Don’t forget your Universal charger and a good power bank.  To help you pack the essentials, here is our ULTIMATE Packing List for all Travellers.

🐶 Become a House Sitter: Join Trusted Housesitters and enjoy FREE accommodation worldwide. Use our invite to receive 25% off your new membership.

💰 Send Money Anywhere: WISE & Revolut are the best online accounts that let you send money, get paid, and spend money internationally. Both are so easy to use and way cheaper than any bank transfer.

📶 Stay Connected: Airalo eSIM allows you to get connected the moment you land at your destination, and you can avoid those expensive data roaming charges. We LOVE this product! Use promo code NOMAD15 for 15% off ALL eSIMs (new Airalo users only) OR use NOMAD10 for 10% off ALL eSIMs (for existing Airalo users)

✅ Check out our Travel Gear and Travel Resources for more valuable tips to save you money!

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  • Thanks for sharing such a nice & informative piece of content about travel tips with us. Personally, I like the #Tips 3 because living a different culture is very important in life.

  • Great tips for the visitors. I liked the concept of translating for communication. That might have been quite exciting.

  • There are a few tips that are vital when it comes to travelling. Keep in mind these ones so your trips get memorable like get creative when booking your flights, don’t forget to ask the price before you agree to do anything. Check out more travelling tops from this blog. It will only enrich your experience, as it will save your from a lot of time.

  • Aside from all the helpful information, I really appreciate the focus on supporting the local economy and being safe and respectful. It seems very easy for travelers to forget that sometimes, in pursuit of the best story or the most-liked instagram photo.

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  • Pack a whole lot of patience and be willing to compromise on the road as your plans will change on a daily or even hourly basis. Being about to adapt and go with the flow will make your journey much more smooth.

  • Right just go! You’ll find out so many things about yourself and the way you like to travel along the way and you’ll adjust. Also- with regards to packing, pack clothes that you love- at least for me, being in boring beige or all black just wasn’t me. I didn’t want to look back at the photos and think, what was I trying to be?!

  • Great post idea and really well organized! The collection wisdom of the travel blogging community is overwhelming.

  • Wow! I am impressed!
    Such a great list of tips!
    Thank you!

  • Janice Jenkiens
    January 15, 2020 6:53 pm

    I love traveling and Some of the things I keep with me wherever I go as in my toothbrush, hands-free, chew gum and solar power back. I do compare flight price and then I book tickets. The other tips are also useful. Thanks & keep sharing!

  • Hi Rach & Marty
    Happy to be here today.
    You have a great website with a lot of informative and entertaining content with a lot of enchanting images. Thanks for sharing these lovely images. It really brought out a great message. Let us preserve our natural resources for our good. Keep sharing more such lovely images.

  • I am glad to hear you have “perfected” travel. I have travelled for over fifty years and I am still learning all the time.
    A couple of tips I value are – take half as much luggage and twice as much money as you think you need.
    – never take anything you couldn’t bear to lose.

    • Thank you – These are great tips, Elaine! We definitely agree with you on taking half the amount of luggage that you think you’ll need.

  • amardeepsubadar
    March 7, 2020 6:21 pm

    Great post! Travelling within a new couple can sometimes be a real challenge but you covered so well some of the major obstacles.

  • Thank you for sharing such a well-written post! Glad I popped by your blog.
    These tips are great!

  • This is really best travel tips I have ever read. Such an amazing article for me. Thank you for sharing this valuable article.

  • I agree with the water bottle idea. In Bangladesh, tourist spots are getting messy because of water bottle. It is harming nature a lot. It isn’t just a good idea for tourist to bring water bottle, it is necessary.

  • Probably one of the most useful and informative blog posts Ive come across in a while!

  • Wow, I’m Discovering new things… Thanks for the amazing tips

  • Great page and I totally endorse the advice on ING Orange Everyday cards for Aussie travellers. The savings on fees are immense. It’s a good idea to set up a second Everyday account in the app – that way you get a second card that you can use for emergencies if you main card ever gets lost/ cloned/ eaten by an ATM or similar. Plus you get an extra 5 ATM withdrawals fee free. Keep your money in one account and only transfer to the active card account when you are going to use it. Extra safety (especially in Brazil – ha!!)

  • Thank you so much for the blog, it’s so informative. Also love that it involves food as this is our focus when we travel as well. Love discovering new food haunts.

  • Hi and many thanks for some great tips. We will be “on the road “for 12 months soon and I’m still not certain about the best way to manage phones and internet connectivity ( we will be mostly in Europe). I want to keep my Aussie phone number to allow OTP sms for online purchases with my bank. The Europe e-sim options you recommend look good. Would you please comment on the best way to keep my Australian phone number active to receive OTP sms without paying the hefty monthly fee to keep my Aussie phone number available while paying for the European e-sim? I’ve read that the international e-sims are not as good as the ones purchased in the region you are mostly travelling in. You have travelled broadly over the more recent years, what id your experience?

    • Hi Jane,

      How exciting to hear that you’re setting off on a year-long adventure!

      OK, as you can guess – we love eSIM. If you’re travelling for a long time, the Regional Europe eSIM Data Packs are fantastic. Or, one of these Global eSIMs is great value too.

      To keep your Australian number to travel (and avoid paying high costs for Aust plan back home that you’re not using)…while still using eSIM to help you travel, do the following:

      Go to your phone provider (Telstra, Optus for eg) and buy a cheap $2 pre paid SIM. Ask them to change your post paid plan to pre-paid and transfer your phone nbr, so that you can keep it. You will need to pay the cheapest pre-paid plan to keep your number (I paid $30, and keeps my SIM active for 6 months). I recharged online the Telstra app only a month or so ago to keep it active.

      Doing this means that I have my Aust number active, I can receive texts from my bank etc, and I always use eSIM while I travel. My family calls me on my Aust number (on FaceTime, WhatsApp or FB Messenger), it’s great.

      Lastly, we’ve found that the connection with local eSIM providers has been fantastic for us everywhere we’ve been so far.

      Hope this info helps, Jane – and Happy Travels! 🙂


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