🌏 LOCATION 🌏
How about off season?
1. The weather might be ok
It's not as simple as 'good' or 'bad' seasons, even within a country there are variations in weather e.g. the north of Thailand tends to stay cooler and drier than the south no matter the season.
Check out www.thebesttimetotravel.com
2. Avoid tourist mayhem
Good weather = influx of tourists = battling through crowds & expensive hotels. Going off season can be a better experience all round and much cheaper.
✈️ flights! ✈️
gRAB THE DEALS
Sign up for Google Flights to get alerted...
Check out Jack's Flights Club for top bargains...
Just want to travel but not sure where? Select 'everywhere' for the best deals worldwide.
Skyscanner uses historical data to show when's the best time to book specific flights (e.g. how far in advance)....Use their 'best time to book' tool.
📝 adulting 101 - a checklist 📝
1. Do you have travel insurance?
Protect yourself against travel hiccups
e.g. if you have an accident abroad, lose/have something stolen.
FYI - Some insurance policies don't cover you from winter sports/skydiving. Check!
Travel a lot? - Sometimes a multi-trip insurance policy is cheaper over the long run vs. buying insurance for a single trip.
Avoiding travel fraud
2. Is the agent or holiday website legit?
What is travel fraud?
Holiday booking fraud is when you hand over money only to discover the holiday, accommodation or flight they paid for doesn’t exist.
How do I avoid it?
STEP 1. Look at the domain name of the booking page and run a quick Google search to check it’s the right one e.g. it doesn’t change from .co.uk to .org.
STEP 2. Look for the ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) logo to make sure they’re legit. Verify by searching the ABTA website for the company itself.
STEP 3. If you can, pay with a credit card.... this gives you more protection if you are scammed...
STEP 4. Make sure to get a receipt and KEEP IT.
STEP 5. If the company is not well-known, check review sites like Trustpilot and Tripadvisor
3. Is the company ATOL protected?
ATOL stops you losing money or becoming stranded abroad if the travel business you booked with collapses
🎒what to bring 🎒
Pack light to save £££ but don't scrimp on:
A COMFY TRAVEL PILLOW
Catch some zzz's. Get a decent one which you can clip to your luggage to save space.
Noice cancelling technology is a life saver + add a headphone splitter to watch movies with your travel buddies.
A DECENT SUITCASE/BACKPACK
It'll last you forever.Travelling to multiple locations? Look for front opening backpacks.
A UNIVERSAL PLUG ADAPTOR
Don't be the person that buys it at the airport + Buying your adapter ahead of time saves you money
+ HOW TO PACK IT
The KonMari Method: learn how to pack efficiently and view each piece of clothing for easy access.
ROLL DON'T FOLD.
Wear your chunkiest items on the plane.
Use vacuum packing or packing cubes to maximise space and categorise items into groups.
Use the space inside shoes to protect important electronics from damage or stuff socks.
while you're away
Some FREE apps to save time and money...
Download detailed maps offline to save data and survive without wifi.
Learn the basic phrases needed to survive your trip.
Hostel booking app. Compare and book hostels worldwide. An absolute must for budget travellers.
XE CURRENCY CONVERTER
Currency converter: get live up-to-date currency exchange rates, store and view them even when you’re offline.
It will organise your tickets and itinerary, offer guides to more than 200 cities, and make personalised recommendations based on your Google history. AND it works offline: download what you need, including maps and walking directions.