People Share The Best Travel Tips They Know
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Traveling is one of life's greatest pleasures. To see new places, meet new people, and witness different cultures in action can be both a thrilling and rewarding experience.

But travel can also feel intimidating, especially if you've only just started to get a feel for it. What do you pack? What if you forget something?

And when you get to your destination, how should you behave in order to blend in and to avoid making yourself an easy target for scams and the like?


People shared their best advice with us after Redditor swankyhank asked the online community:

"What travel tips do only the pros know?"

"Ignorance..."

"Know the rules/laws/currency exchange rates for the country you are going to. Ignorance is not a get out of jail free card."

CptSmarty

This is so important. You should know it and come prepared! It'll save you a big headache later.

"Do not entertain..."

"Do not entertain people asking questions in other countries."

CptSmarty

Similarly, know the common scams for wherever you're going. If you travel around it's inevitable that you'll be targeted at some point, probably more than once.

"My tip is to download..."

"My tip is to download the map of the towns you are visiting. You can do that easily in the Google Maps app. If you have the map downloaded on your phone you can easily find your way around town even if you don't have any internet connection."

"It won't show you the route you should walk from A to B, but through the magic of GPS you will still see where you currently are and if you are moving in the right direction."

Bassmeister

Google Translate as well. You can download an entire language onto your phone, and type back and forth.

Obviously don’t physically hand your phone to someone else, unless it’s like a hotel concierge, and not a random guy at the metro station who might just run off with it.

"If you are traveling in a group..."

"If you are traveling in a group, give yourself breaks from others. Some people want to do everything together, and that can lead to a lot of fighting."

HobbitFoot

Indeed. Getting some alone time to wander or nap or whatever can make or break a trip.

"Clean or at least..."

"Clean or at least leave your home in some state of clean prior to leaving on your trip. It feels terrible to come home to a mess when you're likely exhausted from a plane or long road trip. Especially if you have to work the next day."

Racthoh

Yes! It is such a relief and I always make sure to clean before I head out anywhere.

"You are allowed..."

"You are allowed to have your ID and boarding pass out and ready before your turn in the security line. You don't have to begin fumbling for these things only once it is your turn to go."

chicagotim1

I seriously don’t get how people don’t understand this. It's so frustrating.

"If you don't know..."

"If you don’t know where you’re going, walk and act like you do anyway."

Marquetan

Same goes for any busy location, metro, train station, bus station, busy park...

"If you're going on vacation..."

"If you’re going on vacation and can swing one more day of time off, take it after you arrive home and give yourself an extra day to mentally prepare and get organized."

NuthingToHoldBack

A vacation from your vacation. This is the way.

"Navigate before going..."

"Navigate before going into a massive crowd. A simple mind map of 'right in three blocks, left in two' usually suffices for the walk, and makes you look like you're walking with purpose, instead of standing out immediately as a target."

UnoriginalUse

Excellent advice. The less you stand out, the better for you (and anyone in your party).

"It's worth it..."

"It’s worth it to pay more for accommodations in the city center close to all the action rather than a cheaper place far away. It’s less stress and you have to pay for transport back and forth anyway."

lakersforever21

Very important. I am generally quite frugal but spending the extra money to have a place close to the airport saves a lot of time and makes the trip relatively stress free.

Get out there, young traveler! There's so much to see! And watch out for pickpockets. They're always around.

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