Expertise from Inside The Field
“Intellectuals solve problems; Geniuses prevent them.” – Albert Einstein
It has always been my goal to inspire others to see the world, learning to travel and traveling to learn. I am committed to sharing the world with you, including my professional expertise, top tips, savvy-saving must-dos and trade-secrets of the field.
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My School of Travel Life Tips – some valuable things learned, tried and true. Every time you take-off to venture the globe, here’s some personal advice:
- Take public transportation and support local taxis, buses, metro
- Purchase a keepsake souvenir from a local artisan (not a touristy shop)
- Keep a personal travel diary of your journey experiences & share it
- Eat at a restaurant recommended by a local (not by a book or website)
- Go on an unforgettable immersion-excursion with a local guide
- Learn the language (or at least some phrases and expressions)
- Explore the nooks & crannies of neighborhoods around you
- Check out live music and listen to the beats of local musicians
- Forgo your maps for at least one day and just let yourself wander
- Challenge yourself to try something new – see more below!
- Time Your Travels – fly on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Traveling during off-peak days including times means lower airfares and possibly an even greater chance for either an upgrade if using miles or redeeming your points for a mileage-award elusive seat. Also consider traveling during off-season or mid-shoulder season when rates to many destinations around the world are much cheaper. Most shoulder seasons still have good weather climates, whereas off-season it can vary. So if price is a major motivating factor, then opt to go when the crowds aren’t going. Another good way to go is “School’s in, you’re out”! Fall, Winter and Spring can be best.
- Be Dedicated to a Carrier – to understand better how all the perks work and how to gain privileges and access to the best lounges & seats of the airways, view one of my favorite vlogger’s (Casey Neistat) easily explained reasons as to why it’s important to pick one carrier and remain loyal to it when traveling.
- Travel Lighter – you don’t always need everything you pack; less is smarter so the going isn’t harder, especially if you’re going for a longer stay and further away. Weigh your suitcase before you ever leave home, as this will predict what you might be hit with at the airport for excess weight fees. Or if you’re carrying-on luggage, also weigh it because you’ll be the one carrying it most of the time. Consider rolling all your clothes and use dry-cleaning plastic sleeves to keep the wrinkles away.
- Hopping Around – if your travels take you to multiple cities, then hop between them around midday especially in Europe or Asia, as this is the best time to arrive into your final destination. For one, your hotel room will almost always be ready for you, and flights are less crowded and you won’t have to fight rush-hour commuting. In addition, if you must hop then consider other modes of transportation such as trains or rental cars, as often these can reduce the overall cost and be the most scenic (plus you get to avoid multiple TSA check-points and have less luggage hassles).
- Slow Down – take time to breathe and enjoy what you’re doing and where you are. Make time to sit down to eat enjoying the local way of life, wander and wonder while you’re at it. Certainly consider a turtle’s pace if your destination is on the humid and hot side of the equator; and if you tend to prefer a colder climate, even more reason to escape the frigid elements and enjoy a coffee or hot cocoa with the locals. Perhaps plan less, schedule only the must-do’s that can’t be missed, and learn how to get lost. Really master the art of escaping from it all, and yes that means unplug it all. Read my blogpost and be part of this new movement!
- Go Your Own Way – you don’t always need a map or lots of guide books to get you to where you’re going. Surprise yourself, use your instinct and if you get lost, just go with the experience of being impromptu and see what you’ll find. Also don’t always feel pressured to do what everyone else is going or has done before; instead do what’s really tugging at you to get seen and done. Sometimes this might mean going it solo and leaving behind your usual pack. Finding your true self is part of the adventure. Read more about your purpose for traveling – what’s your Travelstyle?
- Eat More Adventurously – don’t be afraid to taste the unknown. Try a dish you’ve never had before – just go for it. Wander through the streets, stroll off-the-beaten paths and venture out to the open-air marketplaces. Explore the street food, the truck scene, the weird and unusually-good local hangouts. The can’t go wrong golden rule of thumb: if it’s crowded (especially with the locals), it’s awesome. Get inspired through my shared Cravings section!
- Study a Romantic Language – falling in love with a local is of course the quickest and easiest way to learn, but consider immersing yourself into the culture and you’ll learn naturally (and a lot quicker than you think). Of course there are apps that can help you speak like Duolingo.
- Practice Transcendental Transportation – this is not some odd 60’s-era hippie hype, especially if you tend to be claustrophobic. Consider these easy little tips on how not to lose your mind on a busy subway, packed flight, stalled train or any other undesirable travel scenario. Focus on being somewhere else through just simply breathing, which scientifically has been proven to chill you out. Take inhales for five seconds and exhales to six seconds, and repeat this for about 2-3 minutes. You’ll slow down your heartbeat, reduce anxiety and lower your blood pressure. If breathing this way is far too cumbersome, then focus on chocolate! Seriously! Just place a small square on your tongue and just let it melt (no chewing or gobbling it up). The brain thrives on novel thoughts such as thinking about the texture, the taste and the way it feels. Or consider another beat and focus on some tunes. Turn on music, but most specifically something ambient. Zero into the grooves and you’ll instantly chill out.