Travelling alone the SMART way

Travelling alone can be daunting and even a bad experience if you’re not well prepared, so it’s important to be smart when it comes to that all important trip you’re dying to do!

Here’s what you need to do in order to make your time travelling as enjoyable as possible.

Credit: DU Beat

Be laptop smart

Not only is it exceedingly hard to navigate foreign transport sites from a phone, a laptop will prove very valuable to you when you need precious downtime. Make sure to load up a portable hard drive with movies and boxsets so you can retreat into your own little world if you need a bit of ‘me time’.

Be device smart

Here are some good examples of being smart with your devices:

  • Subscribe to Spotify Premium for $10 a month which allows you to download the playlists you create so they’re available offline.
  • Download the super useful app Tripit, it links with your email and builds you an automatic itinerary based on your email confirmations. Very handy!
  • Download the map of your area on google maps so it’s available offline. Another alternative is Maps.me, an app with offline maps and GPS location so you are never lost.
  • Ensure your emails are accessible on your phone – the Gmail app is the best option we found, because many of your emails are automatically available offline.

Spend smart

It can be hard but your aim is to find an everyday account with fee-free withdrawals and fee-free transactions anywhere in the world. Shop around all your banks and see what deal you are able to find – don’t just go with your own bank, who might smash you with withdrawal and transaction fees. Every dollar counts when you’re overseas, you do NOT want to end up stranded with no money!

Insure smart 

This was a non-negotiable. I actually submitted two claims after this trip – one for a lost phone and another for a change of trip. Make sure you know what you’re entitled to before you commit to a policy – valuables up to $1,000 is essential if you’re taking that laptop or smartphone!

Pack smart

There are hundreds of tips and pieces of advice available relating to packing, and how to pack effectively, but heres’s a few extra quick tips:

  1. Don’t take clothes that need ironing, you’ll end up not wearing them.
  2. Bring comfy running shoes so you can walk miles during the day.
  3. Bring exercise gear. You won’t regret having those nice comfortable clothes with you.
  4. Pack, then take half the things you packed out of your backpack. Every little thing is a lot heavier on your back in the boiling heat, trust us.
  5. You don’t need toiletries, they sell them in every country!

 

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