I love to travel and I like to think I know a little about travelling in general. And because I’ve just returned from a trip to Hong Kong and Macau (more on that later) I’d like to share a few tips for travelling with you.
1. Do your research
Now I’m not just talking about the logistics, such as hotel or flight, I am talking about the locations itself, possible activities to do and sights to see. Here I recommend getting a guidebook (make sure it is no more than one year old) and asking friends and family who might have already been where you are heading. Having a clear itinerary or a list of things to do ( even if it amounts to only lay on the beach all day) will provide you with an anchor throughout your trip. I also find that having an itinerary significantly lowers my stress levels because I won’t waste time on trying to decide what to do next. Especially if you are travelling in a large group making a plan before you get there, will mean, that everyone’s wishes can be included and everyone knows what’s up.
2. Make a list
When planning your itinerary or your packing, I recommend you make a list. I use a super cute pad from Flying Tiger Copenhagen to plan out my packing. Now I could absolutely pack my bag without this aid, but I enjoy the planning and it helps with dissipating worries about forgetting something. Especially for longer trips or if you need to pack certain meds or braces like I have to, keeping a list will mean that you can enjoy your trip without having left something vital at home.
3. Don’t stress it
At the end of the day, all you need are passport, wallet, and phone. Everything else can be bought once you get there. I try to pack with this in mind, especially when going on city trips, where I will definitely end up buying things. Make sure, that you have the essentials like underwear, toiletries, and good shoes. Bringing clothes to layer, so you can either pile on or peel off depending on the temperature, will make it easier to deal with fluctuating weather, air conditioning, and cold planes.
4. Bring a friend
If you are a nervous traveller, don’t travel often or just want someone to share the adventure with: bring a friend. If you forget to bring something, chances are they will have packed it. And even if everything goes to hell in a handbasket (see point 5), you won’t have to suffer through it alone.
5. Shit happens, let it go
Even with the most prepared trips, anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Luggage is lost, flights are cancelled or the weather is shite. Whatever happens, let it happen. Make like Elsa and let it go. You are not the first person to suffer through it, and you will not be the last. Make the best of the situation and if all else fails, just take a nap.