Traveling can seem overwhelming and impossible. And it can be overwhelming – expensive, far, etc. But it doesn’t have to be a stressful and nail biting experience. Here are 11 tips to help have a successful adventure.

1) Pack Efficiently
Most people overlook the little details when planning a trip. This includes forgetting the tragedy that hauling two suitcases through airports, to different hotels, and in multiple cars can be. Packing efficiently can save you so much grief and it starts with planning your outfits and bringing pieces that can potentially be worn more than once, and remembering to roll your clothes. This technique will provide much more space and One Bag can show you how to make it happen.

2) Bring Medicine
No one wants to be on vacation and get a migraine only to realize that after they’ve dragged themselves to the nearest drug store that they can’t find the medicine they need because they can’t speak german. Bring the basic medical necessities with you to save yourself the hassle of feeling sick and helpless.

3) Learn Basic Words
Locals appreciate this. You are a visiter in their home country and a little effort will go a long way. Purchase an english-to-language dictionary or write down few important words and phrases. The locals will be much more receptive and helpful towards you if they know that you’re truly invested.

4) Dress Nicer Than Normal
In America, it is normal for people to go about in sweats and old sneakers. In Europe, for example, someone wouldn’t only wear their gym clothes if they were on the way to the gym. And maybe even then, they would change into their workout clothes once they got there. Look presentable when you’re getting ready to go out for the day.

5) Ask The Locals
These people live here, what better way to find out the best things to do? Guidebooks and Google don’t have everything. Ask around to find the best places, restaurants, and directions.

6) Eat Local Food
You can eat all the pizza and burgers you want when you get home. Unless you’re in Italy, don’t eat the pizza. (but if you are in Italy, do eat the pizza. It is so good). Food prepared in other countries is usually much fresher and includes ingredients that are hard to come by in the states. It may not be your favorite, but branch out and get a true cultural experience.

7) Don’t Be Flashy
The Michael Kors purse? Leave it at home. Those diamond earrings? Don’t take them. People will steal from you, especially if you are out and about in valuables. Hotels usually have a safe to leave priceless items in. But remember that you should always carry your passport with you.

8) Don’t cram your trip
It can sometimes feel like if you’re not seeing a new site every few hours and visiting 12 cities in a week that you aren’t getting the most out of your trip, but that is not so. It is just as important to plan a day or two to just relax and enjoy yourself. Pick a few key destinations and get the most out of them.

9) Journal
You will not remember the details. There are so many things to see and smell and taste that you can’t possibly remember. Take time every night to write down what you did that day, from start to finish. In 30 years, you’ll be happy you did.

10) Be Flexible
You will miss your train. You will lose your tickets. Your reservations will be mixed up. That’s okay. You will find something else to do. Getting stressed out will only sour the mood and take away from your trip. You’re on vacation, have fun.

11) Be Present
Take your pictures, but then put away your phone. Post things when you get back to the hotel and talk to your friends when you make it home. You don’t want to miss the sunset over the Eiffel Tower because you were stuck to your phone screen. There’s a big world out there and you don’t want to wish that you had taken advantage of seeing it while you had the chance instead of retweeting that cat picture.

Traveling is a blessing and if you’re lucky enough to go on a trip, remember these tips. They will help, at least that’s what nugget says.

XOXO

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