Traveling smartly is obviously help you optimizing time, money and comfort. Make the most of the visit and the experience. These are my 13 tips for traveling smart.
1. Traveling in low season
When work permits, it is best to travel outside of the holiday season. The prices are more affordable and there are far fewer people. Not all destinations have the same seasons. Spring and fall are excellent times in most destinations.
2. The hotel for you
Do not always look for the cheapest. You have to know how to spend money and take advantage of it. The hotel is perhaps the most important decision in a trip. If you visit a city make sure it has a good location and preferably have breakfast and WiFi included. If you visit a beach or rest destination it is worth investing in a hotel that has good quality facilities, beach, and good services.
3. Go Local
Leaning towards local products is a wise decision as well as ecological. Transporting products from other countries or localities always contaminates and the price will be paid at the end by the visitor.
Discovering the local dishes of the region is part of the experience of traveling. Forget the chains and visit the local coffee shop and the classic restaurants of each site.
4. Travel light
Carrying with an industrial size backpack or suitcase is never recommended. In addition to how heavy it can turn out, there are many factors to take into account.
If you travel in a group you will have to pack those bags in the car and many times you will end up paying another taxi to carry only the suitcases. It is impractical to carry large luggage in travel.
You have to take what is necessary and if it is a long trip choose to wash clothes while on the way.
5. Use WiFi
Many people ask about the data packages of telephone companies. It is usually useful if you need to be connected to the internet all the time, but it finds them very expensive so that the best option is WiFi. In many countries, free WiFi is very common in hotels, restaurants, and even parks. The WiFi finder app can help you find open networks to connect to and share your travels on social networks.
6. Do the homework
Planning is the best way to save money and time on a trip. The more you know your destiny before you step on it the more you will enjoy the experience. Look for many hotel options, decide before you reach the places you want to visit and always have a plan B in case things do not happen as you planned.
7. Have a good time
At least one night during your trip, enjoy yourself and visit a good restaurant. Look for places that offer a unique culinary experience and let yourself go. The flavors are also a journey.
Souvenirs collection is an important part of travel. It reminds you the experience of travel you are visited. It is advisable to get away from the typical “Made in China” souvenir and look for something more original and special. Some local designers who offer clothes that you will not find anywhere else. Craft made in front of your eyes. The possibilities are many but they are not usually at first sight.
9. Fewer countries plus cities
It is strongly recommended not visiting more than two countries on a trip. Doing those tours where 6 countries are visited in two weeks seems like an awful lot where you do not know anything and just watch everything happen.
Experts’ recommendation is to focus preferably on a single country as far as possible. Soak up your culture, tour various cities and find little-known spots. See it all calmly and enjoy.
10. Do not look for the famous, look for what you like
It is difficult to resist the photo in the most famous places of the cities. Visit well-known museums or the places where books speak. But actually traveling is a personal experience and has to do with taste.
If you love food, focus on finding unique and recommended restaurants. If you love art, spend more time in a museum that you like or sign up for a temporary workshop. Do not be afraid to get out of the traditional way of tourists and look for something that is special for you.
11. Use coupons and discounts
Many attractions, restaurants, and even hotels have promotions and discounts. Use them in case they are useful to you. Most museums offer one-day free admission per month and all have special discounts for students, senior citizens, etc. Visit the websites of the places you want to visit and find out. Many attractions and hotels also have better online rates so consider buying some tickets in advance and/or reserving.
12. Take advantage of loyalty programs
If you are a frequent traveler and accumulate miles or points in hotels do not hesitate to use them. They usually expire and it is good to take advantage of them. Make the most of the loyalty programs by informing you about all the options you have and have it as an option when looking for a hotel or flight.
13. Be responsible
The most important thing is to be responsible when traveling. The biggest difference between a traveler and a tourist is that the first is usually generous and the second is selfish. Let it explain. The tourist is generally not very aware of the impact of their presence in places and tries to do everything at home. A total is a few days or a few hours that pass in the city and does not know if he will ever return in his life, so what else if he does not behave to the height. The traveler, on the other hand, is more respectful and seeks his presence to be of help.
It is known a lot of people who have stolen a “pebble” from the Roman Coliseum or have seen a woman embrace a statue two thousand years old to take a photo. As travelers, we must strive because our presence has the least possible negative impact. Respect local customs, not take photos of people without their permission and above all preserve our heritage so that future generations can enjoy them as we have done.
At the end of the day, traveling is a very personal experience and everyone finds magic in different places. The worst thing that happens to the industry is the irresponsible and uninformed tourist. Let us, therefore, be all intelligent and responsible travelers.