Travelling at a young age can be one of the most rewarding experience of a life time. But it comes at a cost, especially if you are still in University, or just recently finished.
TIP 1. EAT PASTA
I recently travelled to North America, where the dollar is 1 to 0.7 at the moment. I somehow came back with more money than what I originally had organised and I think half of the reason is because of pasta (who doesn’t love a good reason to eat your weights worth in carbs?) Pasta is generally cheap no matter where you go, as it is fairly easy to make and doesn’t rely heavily on seasoned produce. You can also buy big packets which last you a couple of days. Eat up!
TIP 2. WALK EVERYWHERE
We spent most of our time in NYC which is the city of cabs and subway tracks. Due to our budget, we decided to simply walk everywhere-and I mean everywhere. Both my partner and I agreed that walking from place to place was one of the greatest ideas we had over there. We found really cute restaurants to eat, beautiful streets to take photos in and met people and saw things we just wouldn’t have if we hadn’t walked. And also, it burns off all the extra food you eat whilst there!
TIP 3. STAY A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE THE MAIN DISTRICT
The main district of every city, or rural area is usually filled with a tourist ideal of what they ‘think’ the place should look like. Staying a little bit out can really give you a cultural experience, allowing you to make the most of your travelling experience. Plus, places just outside the main district are usually a fair bit cheaper, which is always nice!
TIP 4. WEAR A HOODIE. EVERYWHERE
Hoodies make you look scary, and my boyfriend and I noticed when we wore them people didn’t hassle us as much. We also didn’t look like tourists as much as we did. They also ensure that you don’t get cold at any point, and if you get hot, you can take it off and tie it around your waist. It also works ridiculously well as somewhere to sit on grass.
TIP 5. TAKE SHUTTLES LONG DISTANCES
Taking a cab gets ridiculously expensive, especially if your travelling somewhere that requires you to give the cabby a tip. Sometimes cabs can also be a bit dangerous in certain countries, so it gives you a safety net of travelling in numbers. You will have to organise a shuttle a bit an advance, so its great if you know where you’re going and when you’re going. It’s also an awesome opportunity to meet people on the shuttle! Which is always awesome.
TIP 6. GET A TRAVEL CARD FROM YOUR BANK
The boyfriend had one of these on my trip, and I was so so so thankful. It allows you to simply transfer your money direct from your account into different currencies, which is ridiculously handy, especially when your going through airports for inter connecting flights. There is nothing worse then having to exchange 20 dollars into the local currency for a feed at the airport, and this is an easy alternative. It’s also amazing because it ensures that you are not carrying around huge amounts of money. You can grab one simply by calling up your bank and asking at least a month in advance. It’s that easy!
TIP 7. LEARN A LITTLE OF THE LANGUAGE
I’m not talking going to a 12 month course to become fluent. You’d be surprised how far a ‘hello’, a ‘thank you’ and a ‘do you speak english’ goes. It will take you half an hour maximum and may just save your ass a few times whilst over there. I know a lot of people who didn’t do this, and went around the country not understanding anything anyone was saying to you. Not a good idea, and could get you into a bit of trouble along the way. It just isn’t worth it
TIP 8. REGISTER WITH SMART TRAVELLER
This is legit, the easiest thing to do (besides perhaps taking a hoodie with you.) You can literally download an app on your phone, pop in your details and you’re done! A great thing about the app, is that it tells you how relatively dangerous the place is that you’re travelling to, and gives you some great tips on the culture, and what is expected over there from tourists. This is honestly a life saver for us girls, when clothing and culture can sometimes be a huge factor in certain countries. It also helps parents who are stressing about your travels. It allows the government to know where you are incase there’s a disaster of some sorts.
TIP 9. FOLLOW SOME OF THE LOCAL NEWSPAPERS AND MEDIA ON TWITTER
This is one of the best things we did. Whilst we were in NYC, a crane fell down and blocked off two roads and two train stations. It was great to know there was a blockage and we adjusted our day accordingly. It was so easy to do as well. Definitely something I would recommend not just to young travellers but to everyone! Keeping informed means keeping safe.
TIP 10. DO THINGS THAT SCARE YOU (TO A DEGREE)
A lot of us like to stay in our comfort zone, but this can really restrict your experiences when travelling. Of course, don’t go diving off a cliff just because you want to be well travelled, keep it to a limit. But always try things you wouldn’t normally. You won’t regret it. If a mate suggests going somewhere new or exploring a random mountain, just go for it. It could be the best experience of your life. Or it could be super boring. But hey, you never know.