I love travelling – and most of the time I do it alone. Travelling alone means that I have to have super sharp travel skills. Here are all the travel things I have picked up over the years:
1. Holiday Pirates is amazing.
The perfect guilty break from work. Look at those low prices and dream of your next holiday! There’s a German version, too!
2. Travel blogs are great to get info on the place.
It’s annoying that google will put up all the big websites first and then small blogs later, but if I keep clicking I find nice stuff written by expats who know what’s what in the where’s where.
3. Travel guides are great, but the TripAdvisor app is even better.
I like to have a travel guide to hand while I’m out and about but I downloaded the TripAdvisor app for when I was in Istanbul and it was really great. The best thing about it is that it works offline, and when you get to some wifi you can just calibrate it again and it’ll sort out the display telling you how far it is away from you. In general I’m addicted to TripAdvisor anyway, and have to review everything I do haha.
4. Don’t be a dick on the plane.
Sure, you want to lie down. Of course you do. But the thing is, I’m sat behind you, using the little table thing to hold my drink. You ramming back your chair like that makes my drink tip over me and gives me so little room to do anything. And YOU! In the seat behind me! You don’t need to haul yourself up by pulling on my headrest/hair/head. I was asleep and you jerked my seat back taking a handful of my hair with you!
We’re all in cattle class together – let’s not make it even worse, ok?
5. If the airline loses your baggage you can claim lots of compensation.
Singapore Airlines once lost my bag from Singapore to Osaka when I was travelling. At the airport they weren’t so helpful, and when I got back home and started phoning them for help they were just being very Japanese, saying “it can’t be helped” over and over. Then, I phoned them a third time and said that I’d like compensation. Suddenly, my bag was found, and they asked if they could deliver it to me at 1am. I told them I’m not waking up at 1am to collect it and that they can deliver it in normal hours.
Basically, you can get compensation for whatever you needed from that bag during the time it was gone. Say, for example, you had work clothes in there and had to buy new clothes for Monday morning. I didn’t bother following up my compensation request since it’s pretty hard in Japan (Japanese people don’t do stuff like that very often) but it’s always good to know that the option is there.
I think 5 will be enough! There are also little things like how I never wrap my liquids (lipstick/lipbalm – I rarely have anything else) in a plastic bag and that even in airports where they try to get you to buy bags, they’ll just give them to you at the security check if there’s a problem.
I’m sat here doing my last few things before I go to brunch with my friends, then head off to the airport to London. I was worried it’d be heavy snow or something but perhaps that’s something I should worry about when I come back! I once had to fly out of Detroit airport with two fire engines either side of the airplane, throwing de-icer at the plane as it took off! That was pretty scary…
Do any of you have any travel tips you could share? I’d love to know them!