Savvy Travel Tips That Will Make You A Traveller And Not A Tourist

When you travel frequently you pick up some savvy travel tips to make your journey safer, easier and you find great ways to save time.

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This is our list of things that we have learnt along the way that we know will work for you:

Infinity scarves

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So Many Uses

Infinity Scarves or shawls have many uses.  They can be one of the most versatile items of clothing you can own. From a scarf or shawl to a beach towel or a picnic blanket they are an necessity to every carry bag.  They come in handy when visiting religious sites and can even keep you warm on overnight bus trips.


Save important documents and photo’s to cloud

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No more crashing hard drives

This is getting extremely popular with travellers and we must say, it works!  Cloud in computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive.  Information in a cloud it is safe so you don’t have to worry about hard drives crashing or losing your laptop.  A cloud gives you piece of mind that your personal travel documents and photo’s are all safe and easily accessible as long as you have internet connection.  Check out play store, there are a few different free cloud apps available.  Dropbox or Google Drive is a popular option.


Turn on private browsing for cheaper flights online

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Airlines and travel sites are watching

Turn cookies off your computer when searching for plane tickets.  Airlines and travel sites can record your visits by the cookies installed on your computer.  The more you search, the higher the prices go up to encourage you buy your tickets sooner.  To switch your cookies off click on the three dotted or spanner icon on your far right hand top corner of your screen.  Click new incognito window and search.

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Buy a sim card on arrival at the airport

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No more Wi-Fi woes

Even if the hotel you are staying at says they have Wi-Fi, it may not always be reliable.  It can either be really slow due to the remoteness of a place or too many people are logged on at one time.  This can be really frustrating especially if you are relying on something to download or catch up on the news back home.  At most airports you can buy a sim card and data and stay connected.  A hint… make sure all your contacts are saved onto your device, a cloud and sim card so when you take your sim card out you don’t loose some of your contacts.


Google Maps offline

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Save your directions directly to your phone

The latest Google Maps version for Android 8.0 allows you to still navigate with turn by turn directions offline. Download the latest version, open the app when you have a internet connection, sign in and search for a place “Cape Town” for example then select ” download offline map.”


Always have a pen handy

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A pen can be your best friend

This may seem like an obvious tip but it has been a life saver for us many times and will help you avoid standing in long queues.  On some flights the hostesses will pass out immigration cards to fill out just before landing.  Its a good idea to fill in these forms before you get into the airport because standing in a queue waiting for a pen seems like hours when you have flown half way across the world.  You usually have to include your passport number so keep that handy too.  A pen can come in handy through out your trip, just in case you need to jot down some notes or numbers or write something down that made you smile.

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Hello – Bonjour

It is always great to visit a country and know a little bit of their language.  It will help you get around and chat with some of the locals. Knowing the basics will probably come in handy more than you think.  Duolingo is the app we have used, its easy, free and sends you little reminders when you are due to learn more words.  There are many different languages to learn and of course the little owl is so cute!


Fragile sticker

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Save those souvenirs

Don’t be scared to ask for a fragile sticker for your back pack.  Not only does the luggage with a fragile sticker usually come out first but backpacks often get thrown around while in transit.  Any gifts you may have in there can break, we have suffered a few losses on our last leg home in the past.

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Gifts or Sweets rather than money

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Spread a little love

Not many people carry loads of change around on them while travelling. When visiting some third world countries people asking for money can get a little overwhelming.  Before we left for India we made beaded bangles which are typically South African.  The beads are really inexpensive, they easy to make and are great gifts to friends we make along the way.  We also carried a few sweets in our pockets and gave them to the kids instead of money and they were just as appreciative.

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Take extra passport photo’s

Visa on arival

Some countries like Vietnam and Cambodia require extra passport photos for your visa on arrival.  If you don’t have one it can slow down the process, cost you more or may even deny you entry.  Get extra passport photo’s done before you trip and store in a safe place.


Take a Screen shot of your booking confirmations

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Store your booking confirmations in your phone gallery

Thanks to technology instead of carrying a file of booking confirmations we can get them from the email on our phones.  It’s easier to take a screen shot of the confirmation and store them in a folder in your gallery for easy access.  Not only does this save a few trees with all the paper that is used to print these confirmations but you also don’t have to rely on data or WiFi.

BONUS TIP: Invest in a filter water bottle while travelling to reduce plastic waste and keep you hydrated & healthy while travelling.


Have you got any savvy travel tips? What items can’t you travel without? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Liza Williams

Born in South Africa, fascinated with culture and loves wood fire pizza. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away” Follow me on twitter: @soul_drifters

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