1) Always pay for the biggest amount of storage.
2) Except with luggage space. Always pack like you have no room for anything.
3) Bring a big book for long travels.
4) Check to make sure restaurants aren’t closed before walking to them.
5) Don’t trust Instagram geo tags ever!!!!! People always post things belatedly and pretend like it happened yesterday.
6) Google maps only knows so much. Don’t be shy. Ask for directions. Chances are they know a better way (and cooler points of interest along the way).
7) People in chronic pain suffer so much and require so much patience to live a normal life and not be an asshole (as I experienced running around Japan with a swollen ankle).
8) Alwaaaays bring your own toilet paper.
9) You might look like a mom but that coat is so warm and compact so fuck it.
10) Safety and comfort are paid for in expensive ways (usually money or time).
11) The worst someone can do when you ask for something is say no.
12) Take the damn photo.
13) Take the time to take the damn photo so it comes out exactly how you want it.
14) Buy goods from memorable people.
15) Souvenirs are trinkets that eventually become clutter. Always remember: sentimental, useful, and compact.
16) When receiving gifts from people or in places you will likely never visit again, go for sentimental over stylish every day.
17) Get a damn wrist watch.
18) 7/11 in Japan has free hot water.
19) Always check for yourself whether something is closed otherwise you will regret it!!!! Trust yourself first!!!!
20) If you’ve been on a train or in transit for more than 6 daylight hours in a day, explore the area you just got to or chill the fuck out. Do not plan a massive expedition; you’ll waste even more time traveling and you will be grumpy. Seeing things in a rush, unless it’s the only thing you came to see, will 9/10 ruin the experience.
21) Don’t get the extra box of sake.
22) Never put more than $10 on any transit card.
23) Convert only the amount of money you plan to spend in that country (outside of flights and transportation).
24) Don’t do it just for the foodgram; you’ll go broke, be disappointed, or spend half your trip waiting in line for food.
25) Always show up to a show at least a half hour early (before it starts/before ticket windows open.)
26) Make time for your art or else stop calling yourself an artist.
27) Always bring your notebook.
28) Buy enough birth control or Thinx panties and a diva cup because feminine hygiene products can be expensive, hard to find, and annoying to pack.
29) Also always bring your own detergent because you never know when the next time you’ll find a washing machine.
30) If someone from a local area is going to treat you out let them pick the place so you don’t accidentally spend $440 in a restaurant you saw on Instagram.
31) Anything (restaurant or landmark) on the 52nd floor of a high rise is a tourist trap. So bring the moneys or stay away.
32) When it comes to food, you pay for the taste or the ambience. (If you like the taste and are on a budget stop trying to be fancy!!!)
33) Don’t get major medical procedures done right before a long trip because sorting out results and billing problems will be a huge bitch.
34) Consider getting a new debit card and cash back/mileage credit card a month before your trip.
35) It’s better to book flights yourself so you can change it as you want to (I’m looking at you, Hopper…)
36) Track your finances when you travel so you can check to see if your money is going where you want it to, or if it’s going towards stupid things. It can be as simple as writing it in a bullet journal or as comprehensive as an excel sheet.
37) Cheap airlines all have some stupid rule. Like restricting carry-on to a total weight of 10kg for your purse AND luggage, or not letting you eat food you bought outside of the $15 crap sandwiches they’re pushing on your plane.
38) In Asia, if there is a mall there is a train station.
39) Also a bus station.
40) Always go VIP for a ground floor festival.
41) Try sneaking in a box of sake. It’s only a dollar anyway.
42) When you think you’ve had enough, sleep on it before you really give up.
43) Listen to your body and what you feel. Make every decision on these two factors alone, even if you have a travel companion.
44) This is first and foremost your trip, and a good travel companion will allow you your alone time. (Just as you should allow them theirs)
45) Always check that you have check-in baggage for international flights.
46) Always have at least $20 in cash at the airport.
47) Order what you want to eat but also don’t be afraid to order what everyone else is ordering (it’s probably because it’s delicious and you should ask before you assume that they are willing to share).
48) Visit a bookstore abroad to see what the local cultures value or dream of.
49) Be of great heart and fear less.
50) Go ahead. Book one night at a fancy hotel. You deserve it.
51) Traveling alone can get boring. When it does, let yourself find comfort in familiar activities (climbing, watching Netflix, reading in a cafe, drinking or eating with new company).
52) Also try to book a tour; it’s an easy way to be adventurous when you have grown lazy of googling and figuring things out on your own (Pro-tip: your new friends might have already booked a tour you can hop in on so don’t be shy and just ask!).
53) Don’t trust any foreigner’s opinion on food or what to see if they hesitate to immerse themselves in the culture.
54) Do whatever the fuck you want.
55) Go home when you think you want to. You probably need to.
56) But sleep on it first before you buy your flight back home.
57) Traveling across islands with a rolling suitcase is the worst.
58) Always withdraw at least $50 from ATMs if you have transaction fees.
59) Count how many times you withdraw to make sure you don’t go over your limit. You shouldn’t even need to withdraw more than 5 times a month.
60) If you just want to try something to eat just get the one, not the pack. And if it doesn’t look like they sell things by packs, then ask for a sample.
61) For the every day instagrammer, taking pictures with your iPhone or GoPro is honestly the way to go. It’s non-intrusive, compact, probably waterproof, and if you don’t know how to use the bells and whistles of a full DSLR to capture those action shots, leave it in your hostel.
62) When you travel through safer methods (hotels, tours, guides) it is a little bit easier to take pictures with your DSLR.
63) Or else, you better just not drop your camera, have the balls to ask people permission to snap their photos, and the no fucks given attitude when people yell at you or make fun of you for standing in a corner trying to take the most perfect shot.
64) Always shoot video horizontally I don’t care if it’s for your story, you’ll thank yourself later.
65) Do not zoom in and out in a video while you’re taking it, and for God’s sake don’t walk around taking video unless you have a gimbal. It will look like shit.
66) Traveling without a tour in a place like Thailand is hard and not glamorous.
67) Always pack in pouches to better organize your life. (ie: electronics bag, money + important items bag)
68) Always bring a waterproof everyday bag.
69) Water resistant long coats are way better to travel with than an umbrella. Especially in market places.
70) Locks are your friends. Bring lots of them for your bag zippers and to tie your luggage to your bedpost
71) If you travel a lot, stay loyal to an airline alliance vs budget airline hopping. The lounges, free luggage, random upgrades, and priority boarding are all small luxuries that will make you feel a little bit better if you’re traveling on a budget.
72) Get an ATM card that has no international transaction fees.
73) Don’t be afraid to just *live* in a different country. The activities you gravitate towards when you are alone in a foreign land are true passions.
74) Nothing about real life is an Instagram feed. All that food costs money, or if it’s free, time and effort to review. All those hotels and excursions cost money, good, safe connections, or a high tolerance for risk. If you’re going to be scared of being kidnapped the entire time just don’t do it, lol.
75) Make peace with the idea that you won’t see every tourist destination and that maybe all you need to do for a little while is write and find a project to work on.
76) You are only limited by what you think you can do.
77) Without knowledge of history, places are all the same, and get boring or repetitive.
78) Growing pains are not the same as mistakes. Growing pains are painful decisions you make 100% of your own volition. Mistakes are painful decisions you make when you decide to doubt yourself.
79) Stop downplaying yourself in fear of coming off as cocky or over confident. Be proud of everything you have done before, or at the very least, the lessons you learned from every consequence.
80) Travel friends are friends for life.
81) Stop talking yourself out of ideas you like or what you want. Find reasons why this will work before you start poking holes in your dreams.
82) Don’t ever stop saying yes. Take every opportunity. Only say no to opportunities that you don’t want and don’t think you can grow from / lead nowhere you want to be later on in life.
83) If you say no to good opportunities that are here now because you think they’ll come around later, you are making a huge mistake. Things rarely come around twice.
84) Asking for help is not always the same as asking to learn. Help those who want to learn so you won’t be taken advantage of.
85) Never let an email or ask go unanswered. Wait a week and follow up. Be persistent in what you want. If you’re a bother they’ll tell you. Silence means nothing.
86) Let go with grace and gratitude. Respect when people tell you their limitations and find the love in parting ways.