Are you ready to take your travel game to the next level? Whether you’re a seasoned jet-setter or a first-time wanderluster, there’s always room for improvement! In this blog post, I’m sharing my top travel tips and tricks to make you a savvy traveler and ensure you have the time of your life on your next adventure. From nailing the perfect packing list to money saving hacks, these insider secrets will save you time, money, and stress. So, buckle up, and let’s get started on your journey to becoming a travel pro!

Travel Light

Nowadays, when travelling with a budget airline, adding so much as a large cabin bag can be more expensive than the flight itself! If travelling for just a few days, I would absolutely recommend travelling with just a free small cabin bag. Most airlines allow you to bring a bag at least 40cm x 20cm x 25cm, which can be enough if you pack thoughtfully.

Bend the Rules

Okay… so travelling light isn’t always that easy, but there are some ways that we can bend the rules to maximize our haul.

Layer up

Wear all of your heaviest items. Get the chunky boots and big coat out of the bag and onto your body, because if you’re wearing it, you can take it! Could I BE wearing anymore clothes?!

Be a Bit Sneaky…

If your neck pillow unzips, which many of them do, take the cushion out and stuff the case full of extra clothes. If it’s soft clothing, it will still function as a neck pillow, and as you’re wearing it you won’t be breaking any rules! (Tried and tested!)

Order Your Toiletries to the Airport Click and Collect

Most airports have a Boots of similar type of shop that offers click and collect. This means that you can collect your items once you have already gone through security, so you can bypass the liquid rule and pick up all the shampoos, conditioners etc. that you could need! This worked a treat when I recently travelled to Seville with a small cabin bag and only a litre of liquid allowance!

Bring an Empty Water Bottle To the Airport

There is nothing worse than getting made to dump your water at security only to have to pay £3 for a fresh bottle when you’re in the airport or on the plane. Lets face it, water is a rip off when you travel, yet it’s something you can’t go without. Most airports have water fountains or hydration stations, so make sure you take an empty water bottle or two so you can fill up after security and save a few pounds!

Take an Extension Lead

Don’t waste money buying multiple adapter plugs. Just buy one and take a short extension lead if you have one lying around. This means you can charge or power multiple devices at once using just one adapter!

Flexible Travel Dates

If you are able to be flexible with your travel dates when booking flights, you could significantly reduce the cost. Check flights for the day before / after your intended travel dates to check for price differences, just a day either side can make all the difference! I usually use https://www.skyscanner.net to compare flight prices across multiple airlines.

Off Peak Travel

Travel during the off-peak season to take advantage of lower prices on accommodation and attractions. If at all possible, avoid travelling during school holidays as travel prices during these times are highly inflated.

Budget Airlines and Deals

Considering flying with budget airlines or taking advantage of deals or promotions. You won’t get any frills, but you’ll save a pretty penny! A Ryanair flight sale is not to be sniffed at!

Don’t be Afraid to Use Public Transport

Using public transport abroad can be intimidating, but it’s often far cheaper and is amore authentic way to get around. Get prepared by checking online in advance for what stations/routes you need to take, and how to buy a ticket. I’ve saved a fortune by avoiding paying for expensive airport taxi’s and taking a bus or train instead!

Buy an E-Sim Card

If your data package makes it expensive for you to use data abroad, you can purchase an E-Sim card. This is a electronic sim, that is digitally activated so there is no need to swap out your physical sim. You can buy these online and purchase a data package, which is often much cheaper that you could get with your existing network. You can also still receive messages etc. through your existing Sim. I recently purchased an E-Sim in Turkey which allowed me to use 2GB of data over 15 days for only $6.50 which was much cheaper than my usual network. I used https://www.airalo.com.

So there you have it, my top tips to help you become a savvy traveller. So pack those tiny bags, throw on half your wardrobe and lets go! 🙌

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