I've travelled to a few places now and these are the
8 tips I've learnt along the way...
I’ve found from meeting people around the world, that everyone has the same wants and needs: For those we care about to be safe and happy. Everything else is just extra that often gets in the way.
The world is a far more welcoming place than most news outlets portray it to be. Don’t let that ever drive an inhibition to travel.
Find out as much as you can about the country you’re going to visit.
Spending time finding hidden locations, events and tips will make your trip incredible.
I honestly have as much fun planning a trip as I do travelling.
I use: Pinterest, Google Maps, Lonely Planet (books), Blogs and Vimeo.
If you don't get to chatting with locals to find out about a secret waterfall or a hidden view, you can use your day to explore something you'd planned.
You'll never have a day wasted trying to figure out what to do.
Take pictures and videos!
I love sharing countries that are new to me. As if I’m an explorer, finding the world.
I also can’t wait to be 60, looking back at the world I’ve seen.
Whether it's photo of video, make sure to use the highest quality settings you camera has. As technology gets better over time old resolution by contrast get rapidly worse and worse.
Always remember to archive and back-up. I use an external hard-drive as well as Dropbox to keep everything safe and secure.
Sometimes though, it's better to leave the camera by your side and just enjoy the moment.
With a car or a bike your time is your own and you can find all the hidden gems. This is by far the best way I’ve been able to see a country (plus you can give lifts to other travellers).
Use your transport to get yourself out of the city as soon as possible! Personally I prefer to be out of the city and out into the natural landscape of the country.
http://www.skobbler.com/apps - This is a free app on both Apple and Android.
A GPS map won't use your tariffs data (like ‘Google Maps’). It just uses satellites to position you on a pre-downloaded map. This also means you get faster and more accurate tracking of movements.
On a side note, this app has literally saved mine and five of my friends lives (we were all caught in a blizzard on a mountain top).
When you hire a car, using this app as your SatNav will save you paying about £20 a day to hire one from the rental company. Just buy a cigarette point charger and a dash-mount and you're good to go!
I’ve only ever really travel for eight days or less, so I try to make the most of every hour I have.
8am wake-up and 12am (average) bedtime makes that time feel double!
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