I didn’t give a crap about photography. But then a family friend generously offered to give Kim and me some photography lessons last summer. Kim was keen and I agreed out of obligation, knowing I had to get better to improve this blog. The lessons were super fun, I got really into it, and I later discovered an unexpected side effect: Photography made our subsequent travels more enjoyable! I used to see something and think, “Cool… Now what next?” Now, I spend more time enjoying those sights. I consciously appreciate their light, color, texture, and composition, actively seek even more attractive angles, and relish the moment. And now, after our travels, Kim and I can relive and remember those moments more fondly than ever thanks to having more and better photos.
As I wrote about here, I’ve learned that trying to visit as many countries as possible is like trying to have as many sexual partners as possible. The first time you travel to a different country is special. The next times are too, to a lesser extent. But, by the time you’ve visited a handful of countries, you stop counting, start confusing them and calling them by the wrong names, and start sounding douchey when bragging about it to others. Instead of racking up countries like notches on a bedpost, pick the ones you visit carefully and spend quality time getting to know them intimately.
The time spent planning and anticipating an upcoming trip is a gift that keeps on giving, so take advantage of it for all it’s worth:
For as the Baz Luhrmann song “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” goes: If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists Whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable Than my own meandering experience. There you have it! My top travel tips! Follow them and you’ll be the best traveler you can be in no time flat! Leave a comment below and add anything you think I missed!
TripAdvisor is fine when you need opening hours or an address, but when it comes to reviews I ignore it completely. People always leave a negative review when something bad happens but rarely leave a positive review when something good happens so the reviews tend to be skewed. On top of that, it’s very easy to create fake reviews and make a place seem better than it is. Many hotels and restaurants hire firms to artificially inflate their reviews on the platform. Additionally, TripAdvisor has been known to take down reviews that are overly negative as well as reviews on sexual assault. Use TripAdvisor with caution. Or better yet, don’t use it at all.
Most flight companies release their flight schedule a year ahead of time, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best deal. There seems to be a sweet spot when it comes to booking flights, and that tends to be around 4-6 month mark. That's not to say that you can’t bag some great last minute deals! However if like us you like to be a little prepared when booking long haul flights, then this is a good guideline to aim for. Sure, you may be able to save a little more closer to the time, but you could also end up being forced to pay a lot more!
It will let you see at night, you avoid stepping on stuff, and help you tell ghost stories. Who’s afraid of the dark?
Most expensive restaurants offer lunch specials featuring the same food they would serve for dinner but half the price! That’s the best time to eat out when you travel.
Go grocery shopping. You can learn a lot about locals’ diets by seeing the type of food they buy. Plus, it will save you a lot of money. You won’t regret it. Cook your food, save money, surprise yourself!