24 Travel tips for travel bloggers

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Who better to get travel tips from than those who do it for a living, aka 'Travel Bloggers'. Here are 24 of the best travel tips from some of the most traveled and experienced travel bloggers today.

#1 Wake up early

"Rise at sunrise to have the best attractions all to yourself while avoiding crowds. It’s also a magical time for photos due to soft diffused light, and usually easier to interact with locals."

~ Matthew Karsten, www.expertvagabond.com

#2 Be flexible

"We always plan for delays and try not to get upset when things inevitably go wrong. Patience is extremely important when traveling!"

~ Christy Woodrow, www.ordinarytraveler.com

#3 Don’t live by your guidebook

"Guidebooks are useful for a general overview of a destination, but you’ll never find the latest off-the-beaten-path attractions, bars, or restaurants in them."

~ Matt Kepnes, www.nomadicmatt.com

#4 Spend more time in fewer places

"When you’re planning a trip, don’t try and go everywhere and do everything – that’s a recipe for burnout and blowing your budget!"

~ Caz and Craig, www.ytravelblog.com

#5 Pack a daypack

"The best packing tip is to pack a daypack inside your fullsize bag. This way, at the airport, you can take the second bag out, and have two bags small enough to carry them both on."

~ Matt Wilson, www.under30experiences.com

#6 Eat like a local

"Wherever you are, eat what the locals are good at or famous for — where the locals like to eat it."

~ Anthony Bourdain, www.travelchannel.com

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#7 Try and stick to a rough daily budget

"When tracking your spending, don’t do it every day. First, you’ll drive yourself nuts. Second, you want to be spending your time out exploring and doing cool things in the place you’re visiting."

~ Nick Huggins, www.adventurouspursuits.com

#8 Go where it is warmer

"Leave those bulky jackets and boots behind and head instead to a warmer climate. Bikinis and sandals don’t take up much room… leaving your suitcase light with plenty of room for souvenirs!"

~ Christina Ricchiuti, www.packedsuitcase.com

#9 You are not alone

"Wherever you go, there is a network of travelers who will be your friends, give you advice or tips, and help you out. They will guide you, point you in the right direction, and be your mentors."

~ Matt Kepnes, www.nomadicmatt.com

#10 Patience is important

"Don’t sweat the stuff you can’t control. Life is much too short to be angry & annoyed all the time."

~ Matthew Karsten, www.expertvagabond.com

#11 Pack smaller than you want

"You will always pack whatever size backpack you have to the absolute exploding point… it must be some kind of immutable law of physics."

~ Tony Rulli, www.landingstanding.com

#12 Stay hydrated on planes

"Staying hydrated — especially on long-haul flights — makes it easier to get over jet lag."

~ Christy Woodrow, www.ordinarytraveler.com

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#13 Keep your drinks close to you

"Don’t take drinks from strangers and don’t leave them out when you’re drinking them. Watch them like a hawk."

~ Kate McCulley, www.adventurouskate.com

#14 Relax

"It’s okay to be afraid, but don’t let fear control you. Relax!"

~ Yoshke Dimen, www.yoshke.com

#15 Travel slow

"Don’t rush your trip. Make time to spend a relaxing day in the park or just sitting in a café people watching. Slow down. It gives you time to drink deep from a culture and take it all in."

~ Matt Kepnes, www.nomadicmatt.com

#16 Consider alternative transport

"Before you go, figure out your transportation options. Taking taxis and planes everywhere can add up quickly and take up a large portion of your travel budget."

~ Kiersten Rich, www.theblondeabroad.com

#17 Let someone at home know your plans

"This is extremely important when traveling solo, but it’s still a good idea no matter how many people are in your travel group."

~ Christy Woodrow, www.ordinarytraveler.com

#18 Pack for 7 days

"Only pack enough clothes for 7 days, no matter how long you’re traveling for. It is easier to find a laundromat once a week than it is to carry all of the extra weight around with you the entire trip."

~ Nick Huggins, www.adventurouspursuits.com

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 #19 Don’t wing it

"There’s no shame in being overly-prepared. If you have travel anxiety, don’t wing it."

~ Rachel Jones, www.hippie-inheels.com

#20 Stash extra cash

"Cash is king around the world. To cover your ass in an emergency, make sure to stash some in a few different places. I recommend at least a couple hundred dollars worth."

~ Matthew Karsten, www.expertvagabond.com

#21 Pack versatile

"I only pack clothes that are versatile and my best example of this is my brown leather boots that I can wear for a full day of hiking and out to dinner the same day."

~ Clint Johnston, www.triphackr.com

#22 Don’t travel without travel insurance

"If you can’t afford travel insurance, then you can’t afford to travel!"

~ Caz and Craig, www.ytravelblog.com

#23 Plan an itinerary

"While you definitely want to leave some wiggle room for spontaneous adventures, it’s handy to have a list of things you want to do and see."

~ Kiersten Rich, www.theblondeabroad.com

#24 Go with the flow

"When every day is planned out and there are timetables to follow, you get stressed. Very stressed. You rush. And when you plan too much, there’s no room to experience the happy accidents of travel."

~ Matt Kepnes, www.nomadicmatt.com

 

What travel tips do you have? Feel free to share them in the comments below - maybe they will make it to our next travel tip list!

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Brendan Ihmig

Founder and editor in chief of Best Guide Inc. Loves watches, pens, coffee and wine. When not writing, he can be found with his family or playing video games.

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