10 Reasons to Travel with your Partner

10 Reasons to Travel with your Partner

When it comes to travel, there are quite a few different options to choose from regarding travel buddies. You can choose to travel alone, with your family, a group of friends or my favourite – couple travel. There’s no right or wrong answer, and it can be hard to decide what’s right for you. Everyone enjoys different aspects of travel, and depending on your preferences, one style of travel can be better than the other. We love traveling together, and I definitely could not go back to traveling solo. There are lots of reasons to travel with your partner, and we’re going to talk about some of them in this post!

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We love exploring the world together, making lots of incredible new memories and broadening our travel horizons. I’m extremely lucky to have the opportunity to travel with the person I love. If you’re trying to decide whether traveling as a couple is the best option for you, here are 10 of the best reasons to travel with your partner.

10 Reasons to Travel with your Partner

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Making memories

Making memories and experiencing new places together, is one of the best reasons to travel with your partner. Think about all the stories and special moments you will share with that person while seeing the world.

I often think back to the time I visited New York City back in June 2015 with Contiki. Although I had an incredible time, being able to experience the city I had dreamt about my entire life, with the person I love, would have made the moment so much more special.


In March 2017, we spent four weeks exploring Japan together. Neither of us had visited Japan before, so it was an incredible experience to have together. We have hundreds of photos and an endless amount of memories together, that we can look back on for years to come.

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Help with carrying heavy bags

When it comes to travel, there are two things about me that can make it a super difficult experience (mainly for Russell). First, I am a terribly bad over-packer. I always bring far too much with me, and regret it almost instantly. As soon as I pick up my luggage from baggage claim, I immediately regret packing three pairs of leggings when I really only needed one.


Second, I am quite unfit. I can’t walk too far with my super heavy suitcase, without having to stop and take a breather. So when Russell and I spent the month of March in Japan, and realised that not every train station has elevators, it became quite a difficult task. There were many times that Russell had to carry both of our suitcases up and down staircases, because I was too weak to carry my own. Sorry, babe. Thanks for being a gem!

If I had been traveling solo, I definitely would have struggled. I know some travelers swear by backpacks, and this is probably why. Traveling as a couple means less heavy lifting, which is a pretty great reason to travel with your partner.

Couple travel is never lonely

I definitely couldn’t ever travel solo again, purely for the fact that I wouldn’t enjoy the loneliness. I know there are a lot of people who love exploring new places along and not having to rely on anyone. But I love having company while traveling. Sharing our excitement the night before a busy day of new adventures; or having a few drinks together in the hotel room while looking back on the day’s events, are some of my favourite parts about traveling with Russell.

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Safety

Another one of our reasons to travel with your partner, is safety. Traveling with Russell automatically gives me an incredible feeling of safety. I know that he will always protect me if something were to happen. Not that you should rely on somebody else for your safety, and everyone should know basic self defence, but it’s still nice having the reassurance of traveling with another person.


Traveling with your partner means safety in numbers. If something were to go wrong, you will always have somebody there to help. Having someone you trust with you while traveling makes all the difference!

Working together to solve problems

Unfortunately, travel is going to bring some problems whether you travel solo, with a group of friends or with your partner. But traveling with someone who knows you well, and vice versa, is going to make life a lot easier.


Whether you’re stuck at the airport due to delayed flights, lost luggage, hotel rooms mix ups or transport issues. No matter what the situation may be, working together to solve the problem, is another reason why couple travel is awesome!

Different ideas lead to new experiences

I have seen and experienced so many things that I never would have, if I didn’t travel with Russell. Combining your interests and bucket list with the person you travel with, will mean seeing so many places that you never thought you would. If you and your partner want to see different things, even if it’s something that you don’t think you’ll enjoy, give it a shot! Bounce ideas off each other, and you never know where you’ll end up.

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Planning and counting down to the next trip

Planning for an upcoming trip is so much more exciting when you’re traveling with another person. I love researching our next destination, watching endless videos about the next place Russell and I will be visiting. Writing those bucket lists are even more exciting when you’re traveling with your significant other, because we discover new and exciting places and attractions!

Strengthens your relationship

Traveling with your partner and dealing with travel issues, arguments, lost luggage, delayed flights, being stranded in a foreign city and not knowing how to get back to your hotel, is definitely going to strengthen your relationship. You’ll learn to communicate better, put each other’s needs ahead of your own and learn how to work together in ways you may not have yet.

Traveling together is cheaper

Think about all the costs that come with travel. From flights to accomodation, travel insurance, food, spending money, and transport. Traveling with your partner is a great way to cut most of those costs in half. If you’re booking accomodation for five nights and your total comes to $400, split that in half and you’re already saving a huge chunk!


This is one of my favourite reasons to travel with your partner, because it can significantly lower the cost of travel and make international travel in particular, a much more attainable goal. It’s still a good idea to set yourself a budget, and may mean being able to splurge in a different area, now that your costs are cut in half!

Couple travel is romantic

Depending on where you’re heading, traveling with your partner can be a super romantic way to spend time together. If your budget allows it, visiting a beautiful island such as Bora Bora or Fiji is something that you will never forget. Otherwise, there are plenty of places around the world to enjoy a romantic weekend away with your significant other.


If you have an anniversary coming up, book a week in a place neither of you have been before. This is a great way to spice things up, see more of the world and have a romantic time away with your partner.


There are lots of awesome reasons to travel with your partner. From saving money to the feeling of safety while exploring a new city. If you love the sound of experiencing a new city with your significant other, couple travel is definitely the right option for you. I love traveling with Russell, and being able to explore the world together. I will always be grateful for the chance to make new memories and see incredible places all over the world, with the person that I love.

Do you travel with your partner, a group of friends or go it alone? Tell me in the comments below!

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Rhiannon is a travel blogger from Adelaide, Australia. Together with her partner, they have been traveling the world for around two years, and hope to not only visit every country in the world one day, but also live in Japan. Rhiannon started this blog back in September 2016, and has been helping people just like you, travel the world with ease!

10 Things to do on a Long Flight

10 Things to do on a Long Flight

Trying to come up with good travel entertainment ideas, so you have plenty of things to do on a long flight, is sometimes easier said than done. Especially if you’re new to travel and haven’t been on an international flight before. Some people underestimate how boring, frustrating and just plain awful long haul flights are.

Not only are you stuck in a cramped and uncomfortable chair that’s way too small for most humans, you also run the risk of being seated near an annoying fellow passenger. I’m talking about those people who kick the seat in front of them, and the ones who think it’s okay to have loud conversations with someone from across the aisle.

Those people are not fun to travel with. So in order to make the best of a potentially (and more than likely) bad situation, you definitely need to be prepared. I’ve come up with ten of the best travel entertainment ideas for (almost) all ages. These probably aren’t suitable for babies or toddlers, but for almost any other age group – here are 10 things to do on a long flight!

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Read a book

Reading a book is one of the best things to do on a long flight. Whether you prefer to go modern and bring along your kindle filled with an endless amount of e-books; or stay true to your classic self and pack your favourite real life book, there are plenty of options out there for the avid readers.


A kindle is the perfect option for someone who wants to travel light, but still have plenty of ways to stay entertained while flying. Being able to download a wide variety of books and magazines, there’s definitely something for everyone in the Kindle world.

Watch a movie (or a TV show)

Watching a movie is a great way to stay entertained while suffering through long haul flights. Most planes used for international flights have televisions on the back of each seat for passengers to watch a small collection of movies and TV shows selected by the airline.


But if you prefer to choose your own movie, bring along your laptop, tablet or even your smartphone. Purchase a few of your favourite movies or TV shows before you leave the house, and you will have hours of entertainment for your flight ahead!

Note: Don’t forget to pack your favourite pair of headphones to watch those movies!

Organise your life

Organising my life is one of my favourite things to do on a long flight. If you’re traveling to your destination, you could plan the first couple of days in your planner. I use a bullet planner to keep track of everything I’m doing, tasks I need to complete for both my blogging life and regular life and all sorts of other important things.


I came across the Bullet Planner, which is an Australian based company selling personalised, already created bullet planners. If you’ve ever thought hey, that’s an awesome idea! I’d love to create something awesome like a bullet planner, but didn’t know where to start and forgot all about it because you don’t have the time, the Bullet Planner is perfect!

Edit travel photos

This is great for anyone who is active on social media and documents their travels on a platform such as Instagram. I don’t do this as often as I should, but spending an hour or two on a long haul flights editing photos, is a great way to get things done.

As a blogger, it’s important to be consistent. By taking the time to properly edit photos that correspond with what I’m talking about in a particular blog post, helps you guys learn as much useful information as possible! I spent a couple of Bullet Train journeys in Japan, editing photos from the previous day’s adventures. This is the perfect time-waster (or time maximiser?) for photographers.

Use a gaming console

There are so many gaming consoles available that are perfect travel entertainment ideas. From the new and growingly popular Nintendo Switch (which Russell has and absolutely loves), to the more classic Nintendo DS. If you’re more of a PlayStation person, check out the Playstation Portable (PSP) and the Sony PlayStation Vita.


Both are great options for gamers, and will keep you entertained for hours on long flights. Most games can be downloaded digitally these days, which makes it even easier to travel with a portable gaming console.

Play travel sized board and card games

If you’re traveling with children, travel sized board games are one of the best things to do on long flights, and are guaranteed to keep your kids entertained for hours. You can find magnetic game sets with favourites like Checkers and Tic-Tac-Toe, Uno and even travel sized Yahtzee!


There’s definitely something for everyone, both kids and adults alike. Keep a collection in your house and have your kids choose their favourite to pack for the plane!

Listen to music

These days, most of us probably just listen to music on our phones. Whether you have an Apple or Android phone, they’re all very similar and do pretty much the same thing. Before leaving for the airport, purchase and download some new music to your phone, and don’t forget to pack your favourite pair of headphones!


Throwback or classic songs are also great for travel. These generally bring back memories from a particular time in your life, which could put you in a better mood and help you to forget that you’re stuck on a plane for hours on end.

Write or journal

Writing is another one of my favourite things to do on a long flight. Since I’m a travel blogger, I usually start or continue a new post while on flights or traveling by train. If you have a journal on your phone, tablet or laptop, use this time to do some writing. It’s a great way to combat anxiety if you’re afraid of flying, and can help to calm nerves.


You could also go the old fashioned route and start a pen and paper journal. Purchase a blank or lined notebook or journal and start writing about your day. This is a great way to record your travels, because you can even stick any tickets, boarding passes or travel mementoes inside!

Draw or colour in

Colouring books aren’t just for kids anymore – there are actual colouring books made for adults! I had one a while back, and although I didn’t actually use it on any flights, it was super relaxing. There are a ton of different varieties to choose from, for children and adults of all ages.


Note: Don’t forget to bring along some coloured pencils in a convenient travel case, too.

If all else fails, sleep (or drink)

I personally can’t sleep on planes. I’ve tried many times, in almost every position. Yes, I was probably that annoying kid who used to kick the back of your seat while you were trying to watch a movie. But as I’ve grown up, I’ve realised it isn’t actually socially acceptable to do this.


So instead, I’ve either accepted defeat and realised I’m never going to sleep anyway, so why bother trying; or drank my way to sleep in free (included) alcoholic beverages. Both options have their perks, but I generally choose the second. Now, I’m not one to promote unnecessary drinking, but if you’re of legal age to do so, and it will help you to forget you’re stuck on a plane for the next 10 hours, why not?


So there you have it, 10 of the best things to do on long flights. Flying for the first time can be nerve-wracking, so why not combat those nerves with some fun travel entertainment options! As long as it’s travel sized, doesn’t make a lot of noise and is safe to take on an aircraft, you can pack almost anything for some fun flight entertainment. Happy flying!


Did you like the sound of anything on this list? Tell me in the comments below what two of your favourite travel entertainment ideas were! If you are a regular flyer, be sure to tell me what your go-to things to do on long flights are! 

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Rhiannon is a travel blogger from Adelaide, Australia. Together with her partner, they have been traveling the world for around two years, and hope to not only visit every country in the world one day, but also live in Japan. Rhiannon started this blog back in September 2016, and has been helping people just like you, travel the world with ease!

A Packing List for First Time International Female Travelers

A Packing List for First Time International Female Travelers

If you’re about to head off on your first international adventure, you probably don’t quite know what to pack. I used to be a serious over-packer, but over time I’ve learned just how important it is to pack light. Traveling internationally for the first time can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be. Don’t let the fact that you already have three pairs of jeans and five sweatshirts thrown into your suitcase stress you out. I’ve got your back! In this packing list, I’m going to give you all the advice I have about the things you absolutely must take with you, what you can afford to leave behind, and what’s easy to pick up along the way.

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If you’re a female who is about to travel internationally for the first time, get comfortable. I’m about to share everything I’ve learned thus far, in regards to not taking my entire life’s possessions with me, for a two week trip. I don’t need those four pairs of leggings, and neither do you.

Related: Planning Your First International Trip: A Useful 10 Step Guide

A Packing List for First Time International Female Travelers

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Packing List for Summer Seasons and Hot Climates

Your packing list will depend on what weather and climate you’re heading into. Packing for a summer holiday will obviously mean you’ll be taking up far less space in your luggage, and will leave you with more room for shopping! Here are our suggestions for essentials items to pack when traveling to hot climates and warm destinations.

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Clothing & Underwear

T-Shirts and Tank Tops (two of each) – Packing two different t-shirts and two tank tops will give you a bit of variety, and is a great space saver. Choose simple, versatile shirts for optimal convenience.

Shorts (three pairs) – Pack one pair of comfortable shorts to wear around the hotel or on a quick walk down the street, and two nicer pairs of denim or patterned shorts for every day wear. Just like with most of my suggestions in this post, the more versatile the shorts you pack, the better!


Comfortable and Good Quality Leggings (one pair) – I swear by Lorna Jane leggings. They may be a bit more expensive than most leggings, but I promise the cost is well worth it. I have six different pairs, in all sorts of shapes and lengths, and I love them all.

Dress or Playsuit (two) – I’ve recently started to delve into the world of summer dresses, and I must say, it’s pretty exciting. Shorts were my go-to summer outfit, and despite how uncomfortable some were, I refused to switch things up. Well, I’ve come to realise just how great dresses and playsuits are, especially when it comes to traveling. They’re super thin, light-weight and easy to pack and can be versatile enough to go from day to night.

Light Jacket or Sweater (one) – Although you may be traveling during summer, evenings and nights can still get a bit cold in certain parts of the world. Pack a light jacket or sweater, just incase!


Underwear – Depending on the type of accomodation you choose, you may have the convenience of a washing machine. If you do have access to a washing machine, you won’t need to pack as many pairs of underwear. Even if your accomodation doesn’t have laundry facilities, there will almost always be a public laundromat that you can use.

Bra or Sports Bra (two) – I like to pack one proper bra and one sports bra whenever I travel. That way, I have the two options of either wearing a full support bra, or a comfortable sports bra.

Socks (three pairs) – Pack your socks depending on how often you’ll be hiking or spending time wearing sneakers. When we travel in summer, I don’t generally pack too many pairs of socks.


Bathing Suit or Bikini (two) – If you’re traveling to a warm and summery location, pack a couple of bathing suits and bikinis. They’re small and won’t take up too much space in your luggage, so you can afford to pack some variety!

Pyjamas or Lazing Around Clothes (one) – I generally walk around the house in an oversized basketball jersey during summer, whether I’m on holiday or at home. They’re comfortable, cool in the warm weather and nice to sleep in! Pack one pair of pyjamas or lazing around clothes, for some added comfort during your down time.

Footwear

Sneakers or Walking Shoes (one) – Whether or not you plan to do lots of hiking and hour long explorations through the jungle, it’s still a good idea to pack a comfortable pair of sneakers.

Everyday Sandals (one) – I like wearing sandals while out exploring, except times where a lot of walking is on the cards, like a theme park day. Pack a comfortable and good quality pair of sandals that will go with every outfit.


Thongs or Flip Flops (two) – Here in Australia we call them thongs, but to everyone else in the world, you would probably know them as flip flops. These are great for almost any occasion, and an absolute must if you’re visiting a beachside location. I always pack two pairs of thongs, just incase.

Fancier Sandals or Heels (one) – If you’re planning a night or two out on the town, or even just out for a fancy dinner, don’t forget to pack a cute pair of heels. I personally don’t wear heels, because I’m far too uncoordinated and tall, so I just pack an extra pair of sandals instead!

Miscellaneous & Accessories

Plastic Bags and Sandwich Bags – Plastic bags are great for storing dirty shoes, clothes and underwear in your luggage. I always pack a few plastic bags, as well as some sandwich bags to store small bits and bobs. Sandwich bags are great for keeping chargers separated and toiletries organised.

Packing Cubes – These are a traveler’s best friend. Although they are mostly used by backpackers who travel with only the bag on their backs, I use them whenever I travel and I almost always have checked luggage. Packing cubes are great for keeping my suitcase organised, and makes it super easy to find exactly what I’m looking for.


Sun Protection – If you’re traveling to a hot location, a floppy hat or protective cap is a must. Don’t forget to pack a good quality pair of sunglasses too.

Packing List for Winter Seasons and Cold Climates

Your packing list for winter will include much heavier, bulkier and ultimately larger items. This will make it harder to remain under the weight limit for most airlines, so always make sure you’re just packing the essentials. Here are some of the things we suggest packing, if you’re traveling to a colder location.

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Clothing & Underwear

Long Sleeved Shirts (two) – Long sleeved shirts are great to pack when traveling to colder destinations. They are awesome for layering, can be super versatile and will keep you a lot warmer on a brisk and cold night.

Sweatshirt or Hoodie (two) – I have a hoodie obsession. No matter how many I currently have sitting unworn in my cupboard back home, I always buy more while traveling. I don’t know what it is, but it’s becoming a problem. Don’t be like me. Pack one or two comfortable, warm and versatile hoodies for the duration of your trip and try not to buy ten more while you’re there!


Full Length Leggings (two) – Lorna Jane’s full length leggings are probably my favourite clothing item of all time. I pretty much live in them during winter, and wear them every day while traveling. I generally wear one pair on the plane and pack the other in my suitcase.

Comfortable Jeans (one to two) – I’m personally not a fan of jeans, so I don’t normally pack any when I travel. But if you have a favourite pair or two that you love, bring them along! The more comfy and versatile the better.

Thermal Shirts (three) – Thermal shirts are great if you’re heading to much colder destinations, particular those in the snow. They will keep you much warmer than a regular long sleeve shirt, and are also great for layering.


Warm Coat or Jacket (one) – Even if you have to wear it on the plane, always pack a warm coat or jacket when traveling to cold locations. You may not wear it everyday or need it at all, but it’s always a good idea to pack one just incase.

Underwear (ten) – Depending on the type of accomodation you choose, you may have the convenience of a washing machine. If you do have access to a washing machine, you won’t need to pack as many pairs of underwear. Even if your accomodation doesn’t have laundry facilities, there will almost always be a public laundromat that you can use.

Bras (two) – I generally pack one proper bra and one sports bra when I travel. That way, I can either wear a full support bra, or a comfortable sports bra.
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Socks (five) – If you’re traveling to a colder location, you’ll more than likely need more pairs of socks, as you’ll be wearing enclosed shoes more often.

Pyjamas or Lazing Around Clothes (two) – I don’t normally walk around the house in an oversized basketball jersey during winter, that would be silly. Instead, I tend to wear oversized hoodies instead. Whatever your cold weather comfortable clothes are, pack a couple sets of them!

Footwear

Sneakers or Walking Shoes (one) – Whether or not you plan to do lots of hiking and hour long explorations through the jungle, it’s still a good idea to pack a comfortable pair of sneakers. These type of shoes also come in handy during cold weather, and you’ll more than likely be glad you packed them.

Comfortable Enclosed Shoes (one) – If you decide you don’t want to browse New York City wearing bright pink sneakers, perhaps opt for some more every day type shoes instead. Vans and Converse are great options, and come in a huge range of styles and colours.


Nice Boots (one) – When you’re not out exploring during the day and hiking up mountains, you’ll probably be going out to dinner and enjoying the night life. Pack a nice pair of boots to wear out at night – just make sure they’re still versatile!

Thongs or Flip Flops (one) – You probably won’t need thongs or flip flops for anywhere other than your hotel or accomodation, but it’s still a good idea to pack some just incase.

Sandals (one) – Even if you choose to travel to a colder destination, there may be a nice and sunny day or two throughout your stay. Be prepared and pack some cute sandals. They’re small and don’t take up too much space in a suitcase.

Miscellaneous & Accessories

Winter Accessories – If you’re traveling during winter, you’ll probably need a scarf, pair of gloves and a beanie. Even more so if you’re spending some time in a snowy location! Don’t forget to pack your favourite winter accessories.

Packing Cubes – You probably won’t fit as much in them, but packing cubes are still a must.


Plastic Bags and Sandwich Bags – Just like when packing for summer trips, plastic bags are great for storing dirty shoes, clothes and underwear in your luggage. I always pack a few plastic bags, as well as some sandwich bags to store small bits and bobs. Sandwich bags are great for keeping chargers separated and toiletries organised.

Packing List – Toiletries

Generally speaking, you can find most toiletries quite easily in most places around the world. Items such as shampoo, conditioner, hair dryers and soap are also fairly commonly provided by hotel rooms.

Toiletry Bag – I recommend buying a hanging toiletry bag that has clear, zipped compartments. This will make finding what you need much easier, and will also save space in your luggage and accomodation.

Moisturiser – I get dry skin all year round, even more so during the colder months of the year. Packing a good quality moisturiser is always an essential, and I don’t leave the country without one that I know works for me.

Travel Sized Bottles – Most hotels generally provide complimentary shampoo and conditioner, though, so double check with your accomodation before arriving. If they do not provide shampoo and conditioner, squeeze some from your full sized bottles at home into travel sized bottles!


Medication – Any essentials such as birth control, vitamins and pain killers for headaches, stomach aches and colds and flu. 

Toothbrush and Toothpaste I personally suggest packing your toothbrush and toothpaste in your carry on bag. That way you will be able to freshen up during your flight or when arriving at your destination. 

Sunscreen – You’ll generally be able to find sunscreen pretty easily in most parts of the world, but if you have sensitive skin or use a specific brand of sunscreen, remember to pack your own.

Deodorant Aerosol cans are not allowed in carry on luggage, so I suggest packing a roll-on instead. That way you can pack one deodorant in your carry on backpack and one in your checked luggage, without taking up too much space or causing issues when going through security. 


Makeup – I wear make up on most days while traveling, for no other reason than the fact that I enjoy it! Of course, I don’t go overboard, and only pack what I feel are essentials. Generally when it come to make up, I pack: mascara, concealer, loose powder, eye lash curler, bronzer and make up remover wipes. 

Personal Hygiene – Tampons can be hard to find in some countries, so it’s always best to bring your own just incase. Pads are generally much easier to find, so keep this in mind when packing for that time of the month. 

Hair Straightener – I always pack my hair straightener, regardless of where I’m traveling. I’m sure there are backpackers cringing right now, but I like my hair to be straight. Okay? Travel sized hair straighteners are a good alternative if you’d prefer to not pack a full sized one. 


Depending on where you’re traveling (especially in Southeast Asian countries like Thailand), it’s best to bring any medications in their original packaging, and take your prescription with you. Pain killers are pretty easy to find in most countries, so to avoid drama at the airport, consider purchasing these when you arrive.

Packing List – Carry On

Good Quality Backpack – If you are traveling with both checked luggage (that goes underneath the plane) and a carry on bag, be sure to purchase a good quality backpack. I guarantee it will not only be the perfect way to store all of your in-flight essentials, it will always come in handy while you’re out exploring each day.

Travel Wallet – These are great for keeping your passport, credit card, debit card, cash, boarding pass and all sorts of tickets in the same place. I have a travel wallet with a zip, so it’s essentially just a purse that has been specifically designed for travelers!


Passport – The most important possession you will have with you while traveling. Pack your passport first, then triple check that you’ve got it before heading to the airport. You won’t be able to leave the country without your passport.

Passport Holder – What better way to keep your passport safe, than in a cute passport holder? Some come with other card slots for storing a credit or debit card, and some just come with a pretty design on the front. Whichever you choose, you will rest easy knowing your most important possession is safe and sound.


Neck Pillow – These are available at the airport if you decide to purchase one at the last minute. We highly recommend memory foam neck pillows, not only for use on the plane, but also in hotel rooms and on longer duration public transport trips.

Travel Documents – Most travel documents are sent electronically these days. But it’s always a good idea to have a hard copy of all flight, hotel and ticket information, just incase. You can keep them in that travel wallet you just spontaneously purchased! 

Phone and Charger – Because, well, duh.

Laptop or Tablet and Charger – Whether you decide to take your full size laptop or just a tablet, make sure they are easy to take out of your carry on luggage when going through security. 


Headphones – Noise cancelling headphones are a must, especially on long haul international flights. I have a pair of over the ear, noise cancelling headphones and they’re great for blocking out sounds while on full flights.

Camera and Charger – Whether you’re a professional photographer or not, you will want to pack your camera. Don’t forget the charger and a protective case or camera bag to store it all in.


Spare Memory Cards – It’s always a good idea to bring a second or third memory card. Then you won’t need to worry about taking too many photos, and can snap away until your heart is content. 

Small Toiletry Bag – Pack a small, see-through toiletry bag for essentials like lip balm, tissues, deodorant, pain killers, birth control (if you use it), toothbrush, toothpaste and moisturiser. Remember all liquids must be in a travel size bottle.

Sanitising Wipes – These are perfect for freshening up during a long flight or wiping down your tray table and seat before sitting down or eating. Keep a small travel sized pack of sanitising wipes in your carry on backpack, and you won’t have to worry about cleanliness on flights ever again!


A Kindle or Book – Kindles are becoming more and more popular these days. They are great for travel, as it means you don’t need to lug around a thick, heavy book and can instead store hundreds of e-books on your very own Kindle!

Spare Outfit and Underwear – Touch wood this doesn’t happen to you, but lost luggage happens quite frequently. Although losing your luggage is a very annoying and upsetting situation, if you’re prepared, it won’t be as bad. Pack a spare outfit and underwear in your carry on bag, just incase. That way, if your luggage does get lost, you will still be able to freshen up in a nice clean outfit.

A Travel Adapter – Different countries use different plugs and adapters. We recommend purchasing a multi-country travel adapter, so you don’t need to purchase individual ones for each country you visit. Most even come with USB ports, for ultimate convenience!

Thongs or Flip Flops – If I’m not already wearing a pair of thongs on the plane, I like to keep some in my carry on bag just incase. They’re great for trips to the bathroom and to wear on a long airport layover.


A Warm and Comfortable Jacket – Planes can get very cold, especially on international flights. The further you travel, the higher you will fly; and the higher you fly, the colder the plane will be! I like to pack a warm jacket, regardless of the destination I’m traveling to.

Empty Water Bottle – Open and full beverages aren’t allowed through security, so bring along an empty water bottle to fill up while you wait. Then you’ll have plenty of fresh water to get you through your flight.

Snacks – I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but plane food sucks. Solve this issue by bringing your own delicious snacks. If you forget to pack some before arriving at the airport, there are a ton of stores that sell snacks before and after security, you’ll just have to pay a little extra.


Portable Wifi Device or Local Sim Card – A portable wifi device is the best way to ensure you will have internet almost anywhere you travel. For an alternative to portable wifi, consider purchasing a local sim card at the airport. You can find them in most terminals upon landing, and you’ll not only have data, but also credit to make phone calls and send text messages.


So there you have it, the ultimate packing list for females traveling internationally for the first time. Whether you’re visiting a hot or cold destination, I hope you learnt some new ways to pack efficiently and save space while doing so! Your packing list will vary depending on where you’re traveling, how long you’re staying, your accomodation and personal clothing choices. But generally speaking, these are the main essentials you should add to your own packing list!


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36 Tips for First Time Travelers

36 Tips for First Time Travelers

Traveling for the first time can be a daunting experience. There is so much that needs to be planned and organise, and so many options when it comes to flights and accomodation. Even the most experienced travelers have some doubts and worries when it gets closer to that anticipated departure day. Luckily for you, there are a ton of resources and tips for first time travelers, to help you along the way.

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Keep reading for tips when it comes to every aspect of international travel. We’ve compiled this list of tips for first time travelers, to help your first international adventure be as smooth sailing and stress free as possible. From booking and planning, to what to pack and the things you need to do on departure day.

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Booking & Planning Your Trip

The booking and planning stages of your first international trip can be the most stressful. There’s a lot to research, book and organise, and that’s before you even step foot on your first plane. Here are some important things to remember and tips for first time travelers, when it comes to booking and planning for your trip:

Shop Around when Booking Accomodation and Flights – Accomodation rates and flights tend to be cheaper at the beginning of the week, so check on a Tuesday or Wednesday first, to be sure you’re getting the best deal. Shopping around is the best way to be sure you’re getting a good rate, and aren’t being unnecessarily charged extra.

Read Accomodation Reviews – Regardless of the type of accomodation you choose, it’s important to read reviews left by fellow travelers. This is the best way to get an idea about what you’re in for, and if there are any issues to be aware of. Stay away from hotels, hostels or any other type of accomodation that mention bed bugs. This is a common occurrence in cheap hostels, so have a good read of the reviews across multiple websites before booking.


Don’t Forget Insurance – Purchasing travel insurance should be at the very top of your list of things to do, whether you’re a first time traveler or experienced. No matter where you’re heading in the world, travel insurance is an absolute must – especially if you are traveling internationally. We recommend purchasing full comprehensive travel insurance, and double check the travel dates you are inputting when purchasing.

Transport from Airport to Hotel (and vice versa) – If you’re traveling to a particular country for the first time, you’ll more than likely need to do some research as to the best transport option from the airport to your hotel. This can be done easily with a quick Google search. Find out whether there are any bus or train services available. Countries such as Japan and China have impeccable train and Subway services, which are generally the best option when it comes to transport.

Related: Japan Rail Pass & Shinkansen – Transport and Navigation in Japan

Make sure your Passport is Valid and has at least six month remaining – Ensuring your passport is valid and has enough time left on it before expiry, is another important step when booking your international trip. Most countries require you to have a certain amount of time left on your passport before allowing you entry, so double and triple check this when you decide on your location.


Check whether you need Vaccinations – If you’re traveling to some countries around the world (Southeast Asia and Africa are good examples) you may need vaccinations. Book an appointment with your doctor to make sure, before leaving for your trip. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

Look into Currency Conversion and Travel Money Cards – There are a lot of options when it comes to taking money overseas. From cash to a travel money card, your everyday credit card or debit card. Depending on the country, I either use my own debit card or a travel money card. It’s a good idea to take some cash, too, even if you plan to withdraw some once you arrive. Having a little bit of cash for your first couple of hours in an unfamiliar country, is always a good idea for things like public transport, catching a Taxi or Uber and even just for some snacks upon arriving.


Local Sim Card or Portable Wifi Device – If you plan to use the internet quite frequently while traveling, I recommend purchasing a portable wifi device. We purchased one for our month long trip to Japan, but there are a ton of options available for purchase online. The device that is best will vary depending on the country you’re visiting, so do some research beforehand to be sure.

Packing For Your Trip

There are a few things that you can do when it comes to packing for your trip, to make the whole experience a lot less overwhelming. Here are some of my favourite tips for first time travelers, when it comes to that dreaded packing:

Try to Pack Light – I’m not very good at this, but packing light is the best way to go, regardless of where you’re traveling. Whether you’re bringing along a suitcase or you’re traveling with just one backpack, you don’t want to be stuck with a million kilos worth of unnecessary items. Check out our packing list for first time female travelers heading overseas, for some ideas! Remember that you can (almost) always purchase anything you’ve forgotten when you arrive at your destination!

Related: A Packing List for First Time International Female Travelers

Most Hotels provide complimentary Shampoo and Conditioner – If you can’t find it listed anywhere on the hotel’s website, give them a call to double check. Most hotels do provide free shampoo and conditioner these days, which means you won’t need to pack any!


Pack your Important Items and a Spare Outfit in your Carry On Bag – Unfortunately, checked luggage goes missing quite frequently. If this happens to you (touch wood that it doesn’t), it’s best to be prepared. I like to pack the following items in my carry on: an extra pair of underwear, a spare outfit, toothpaste and a toothbrush, deodorant, laptop, camera, phone and chargers, medication and pain killers. That way, if my checked luggage does go missing, at least I have the most important items with me. Everything else can be replaced.

Check the Season and Weather before Packing – If you’re visiting the United States during their summer, you’re not going to need a big fluffy jacket. If you’re visiting England during their winter, it will more than likely be snowing, so you’ll definitely need a jacket. Google will be your best friend when it comes to determining what the climate is in the country you’re heading.


Choose the right type of Luggage for your Destination – I’m a suitcase girl. Always have been, and probably always will be. But there are some people who swear by carrying their belongings on their back. This is a great option if you’re heading to countries with a lot of cobblestone streets, or you’re setting off on a backpacking trip around the world. Again, research is great for determining which luggage is best. There are pros and cons to all types, and it’s definitely a personal choice.

Pack an Adapter – Different countries around the world use different plugs and adapters. I recommend purchasing a worldwide adapter that can be used anywhere, which generally include a couple of USB ports for ultimate convenience.


Make Photocopies of your Important Documents – It’s a good idea to have a photocopy of all important documents (flight information, accomodation bookings, any tickets you’ve booked, travel insurance etc). Keep these seperate from your originals, just incase you misplace them. I use a travel wallet to store my passport, tickets and cash, and keep photocopies in my suitcase.

Departure Day

The day has finally come. You’re about to set off on your first international adventure, but there are still a few things left to do to make the whole experience as smooth sailing as possible. Here are some tips for first time travelers, and your departure day checklist:

Check in Online (if your airline allows this) – Depending on the airline you have chosen to fly with, you may be able to check in online. Double check around 24 hours before your flight leaves, to see whether you qualify for early online check in. If you’ve got a domestic layover, your chances of being able to do this are much better.

Always arrive at the Airport Early – It’s best to arrive at the airport at least two hours early, and even longer for international flights. This will give you enough time to check in, go through security and customs, purchase some snacks and use the toilet once or twice before boarding your flight. There’s nothing worse than being late, having to rush through security, run to your gate then be stuck on a plane for six hours. Always be prepared!


Bring an empty drink bottle – The water served on planes is pretty gross, and we suggest avoiding it at all cost. Bring along an empty drink bottle that you can fill up once through security. Most airports will have a ton of water fountains on the other side of security, where you can fill up for the plane trip.

Don’t Forget Headphones – Even if you don’t plan on listening to music on your flight, it’s always a good idea packing a pair of good quality noise cancelling headphones. You could be seated next to a screaming baby or have a loud group of teenagers nearby. If this is the case, you will be thankful you packed some headphones.

Set Multiple Alarms for an Early Departure – If you have an early flight, no matter how excited you are, you’ll more than likely sleep in if you don’t set an alarm. I like to set at least two alarms on a regular work day. So if an international flight is in question, you can bet I’m setting many more. It’s better to arrive early, than arrive late. Duh.


Attach Distinctive Features to your Luggage – If you’re checking your luggage (meaning it will go underneath the plane instead of in the overhead bins), it’s a good idea to attach a little distinguishing feature, to make it easier to spot on the conveyor belt. Something simple like a ribbon, a patch or some stickers work great. Attaching something distinctive to your luggage could also come in handy if it goes missing. Trying to explain my hot pink suitcase with the bright yellow ribbons is a lot easier than my black suitcase that look’s like everyone else’s. Be creative!

Pack a Travel Pillow – Even if you don’t use them for their intended purpose, having a travel pillow close by will prove to be a great idea. Trust me!

Be Kind to Airport Staff – Although I can’t say this from personal experience, I would imagine working in an airport is a stressful job. You’re faced with all sorts of potentially dangerous situations every day, and the last thing these people need is having to deal with difficult travelers. Be kind, smile and say hello to staff when purchasing your plane snacks. Don’t kick up a fuss if you’re asked for a random security check. Remember, these people are just doing their jobs and trying to ensure your safety.


That also goes for Flight Attendants – Don’t be that person who complains because your flight has run out of your favourite beverage. It’s not the end of the world if you can’t have a cup of coffee. Listen to the flight attendants. If the seatbelt sign is on, do not get up. Keep your seatbelt on and be patient. Turn your phone to airplane mode when told to do so. Put your seat up for meals, take-off and landing. Basically, don’t be a d***.

Take a Jumper or Hoodie on the Plane – Even if you’re heading to the desert, you’ll be thankful you have a jacket on the plane. They get cold, and the higher up you fly, the colder they get. I always take a hoodie on the plane with me, and to this day, I’ve always been glad I did.

Arriving At Your Destination

So you’ve survived your first international flight, and are ready to get out and explore your destination – finally! Here are some tips for first time travelers, to get you through your first couple of days in a new country:

Customs is a fact of life. Be patient – If you’re traveling internationally, customs is a fact of life. Don’t complain because you’ve just landed from an eight hour flight, and still have to make your way through customs. It’s part of the traveling experience. Don’t kick up a fuss, because you’ll just make yourself look suspicious. Stand quietly, wait for your turn and you’ll be out exploring in no time!

Remember, not every Country speaks English – If you’re a westerner traveling to an Asian country, for example, culture shock is a very real thing. Communicating with people and finding your way around may be difficult at first. Don’t expect people to speak English, if you aren’t in an English speaking country. You’re the visitor, so it’s up to you to learn some key words and phrases, to make your adventure easier!


Don’t look too much like a Tourist – This is mainly for safety purposes. If you’re walking around with a giant map in your face, pointing in different directions and looking as though you’ve just landed on Mars, you’ll stand out. There are bad people everywhere in the world, and they are more likely to target people who are vulnerable. So do yourself a favour, and act like you know what you’re doing! By all means check your map and find your bearings, but do it discreetly and away from large groups of people.

Keep your Passport safe at all times – Your passport is the number one most important possession you will have while traveling. Always make sure you know exactly where it is, and if you are required to take it with you while exploring each day, keep it in a very safe place.

On that note, keep your Belongings safe at all times – These days, it’s easy to find secure, lockable backpacks for traveling. Whether or not you choose a backpack that has a security feature, have some common sense and keep your bag with you at all times. Don’t leave your phone and wallet on the bathroom bench while drying your hands. Don’t put your bag down to take a photo. Stay alert and make sure you know where your personal belongings are at all times.


Keep your Family Updated – Especially if you’re traveling solo, your parents and family members are going to be worried about you. Take some time everyday to update them and let them know you’re safe. Agree on a (rough) time each day, when you will send through a quick I’m safe, having fun and will talk to you later! message. You’ll be surprised at how much they appreciate this gesture, as small as it may seem to you and me.

If you’re staying in a Hostel, be Courteous – I’ve never stayed in a hostel, but it’s a general rule that being courteous is the way to go. Don’t roll in at 3am being super loud and pissing off your dorm mates. Have some respect, and remember that you’re sharing a space with people you don’t necessarily know.

Turn off Data Roaming – Be sure to turn off data roaming on your phone once you land at your destination, or even once you are on the plane. Otherwise your home mobile carrier will be thrilled, as they can now charge you a million dollars per second while you scroll through your Facebook newsfeed. Okay, that’s a bit dramatic but I’m sure you get my point. Don’t be left with a thousand dollar phone bill when you arrive home!


Try New Things – You’ve finally made it! You’ve landed at your dream holiday location, and you’re ready to head out and explore. A good rule of thumb is to say yes to anything – unless it’s illegal or puts you or someone else in danger. If your travel buddy wants to head out one night and experience the nightlife, why not tag along? Even if partying isn’t usually your thing. You’re almost guaranteed to have an amazing time, and leave with some kick-ass memories, so go for it!

Keep an Open Mind – Things are going to be different, regardless of where you’re traveling to. This is especially true if you’re a westerner heading to a non-western country, so be prepared. Don’t shy away from something that seems strange, and don’t judge or criticise what you don’t understand. Talk to the locals and embrace their food and culture. Remember that there’s a lot more to see around the world, than what you read about online. So if you’re keen to have what us travelers call an off the beaten path experience, immerse yourself in the local way of life! You’ll be surprised at what you can discover.


I hope these tips for first time travelers has helped you to prepare for your first international adventure! It’s been a long time since I hopped on a plane for the first very time. However I do still remember how nerve-wracking and exciting it can be. It’s easy to forget the most important steps in the planning process, so hopefully these tips for first time travelers, makes your experience a lot less stressful.


Do you agree with this list of tips for first time travelers? Are you a first time traveler yourself? Are you currently booking your very first domestic or international trip? If you’re an experienced traveler, have I missed anything important? Tell me in the comments below!

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How to Prepare For Your First International Flight

How to Prepare For Your First International Flight

Setting off on your first international flight will be one of the most exciting and nerve-wracking times in your life. Whether you’re traveling solo, with your family or with a trusted group of friends, the unknown will more than likely cause all sorts of stress. That being said, it should also be one of the most exciting times in your life. Yeah, planes are uncomfortable and the food sucks, and sitting in the one spot for multiple hours at a time is frustrating.

But your first international flight doesn’t have to be awful. I’m here to help you through it, with tips on ways to stay comfortable, the best things to pack in your carry on bag and more. Anything that can be useful in helping you through your first international flight!

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Tip One: Be Prepared

I know what you’re probably thinking: duh. But although it may sound obvious that preparation is key when it comes to travel (and almost everything else in life), if you’re feeling nervous or overwhelmed about your first international flight, it’s easy to forget those important steps. Most material items can generally be picked up along the way, but there are some things that you definitely cannot forget.

Don’t Forget the Essentials

Passport – Your passport is the most important possession you will have when traveling internationally, so protect it with your life. You cannot physically travel anywhere internationally without your passport. Always be sure it’s kept in a safe place, and have photocopies in a few different places in your luggage, just incase.

Alternate Form of ID – It’s a good idea to bring along an alternate form of identification, just incase. You may not need it, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry in an airport.

Insurance Information – Have either an electronic copy or hard copy of your insurance information handy, just incase. You may need to call your insurance company to ask a quick question, or for something a little more serious such as lost luggage when you arrive at your destination. Put their contact information into your phone for easy accessibility.


Cash and Credit or Debit Card – Whether you decide you want a quick bite to eat before your flight, or find a good deal in Duty Free while you wait, you’ll want to have cash or a debit/credit card handy. Keep your wallet in your carry on bag, instead of packing it into your checked luggage.

Booking Confirmation or Boarding Pass – You may not need it because everything is electronic these days, but if you’re a bit nervous about the whole process going as smoothly as possible, it won’t do any harm having a hard copy of your booking confirmation, and even a print-out of your boarding pass, if you decide to check-in early (more on that soon).


A Travel Wallet to keep it all in – There’s one perk in needing to take so many important documents on your international flight, and that’s being able to purchase a cute travel wallet. There are a ton of different styles and sizes available, but one that has multiple sections and has a zip to close the wallet is the best option.

Be Prepared for Departure Day

Check in Online – Some airlines allow early online check in, which then means you’ll save time on the day of your departure. Double check on the airline’s website around 24 hours before your flight, to see if this is an option. Sometimes, checking in online means you can choose your own seat, also.

Arrive at the Airport Early – If you are traveling internationally, it’s recommend to arrive at the airport around three hours early. This will give you plenty of time to check in, check your luggage, go through security and customs, find your gate and purchase some snacks. It’s always best to arrive too early than be running late, so don’t be afraid to over-estimate.

Have your Bags Packed and Outfit Ready – If you have an early morning flight, you don’t want to be running around trying to pack everything last minute. Try to have everything packed into your suitcase the night before, except any bathroom products you will need in the morning. Have your outfit laid out too, for ultimate organisation!


Cancel any Services or Deliveries – If you are not having a family member or close friend look after your house while you’re gone, be sure to cancel any regular services or deliveries. The fewer people coming by your house and leaving newspapers or parcels, the better. If you can, ask a family member to do a quick check of your home every few days, just to make sure everything is okay and to put your mind at ease, if this is something you are concerned about.

Tell Family or Friends where you will be – It’s always a good idea to give at least one family member a copy of your itinerary. This should have your flight details, accomodation information and contact details and a rough outline of where you will be and when.


Double Check Travel Insurance – The night before your departure day, double check that your travel insurance is in place and valid. You can do this by giving your insurance company a quick call, and will put your mind at ease just incase something does go wrong.

Have Currency Converted – A couple of weeks before your departure day, purchase some cash in the currency you will need at your destination. It’s always a good idea to have a little bit of cash for small things like a Taxi or public transport ticket. Load the rest of your spending money onto a travel card or simply take your own debit or credit card.

Tip Two: Wear Comfortable Clothes

Other than remembering to bring your passport, wearing comfortable clothes on the plane is crucial in surviving your first international flight. I choose the outfit I’m going to wear on the plane, days in advance, and make sure everything is clean and easily accessible on the morning of my flight. This makes life a lot easier, and you will thank past you for being prepared. Especially if you have a super early morning flight.

This is my go-to, perfect international flight outfit. I don’t really care too much about looking cute, but I do like to be comfortable. Here is the outfit I almost always wear, regardless of how far I’m traveling:

Leggings or Tights – I swear by Lorna Jane tights, and have about 8 pairs of them in all sorts of styles and lengths. Wearing a good quality and comfortable pair of tights on a long-haul flight, will be the best decision you will make since deciding to travel in the first place.


A Comfortable Tank Top – I like to wear a tank top on flights, because I personally feel it’s more comfortable than a t-shirt. With more freedom under the arms and less material getting in the way, I always opt for a tank top.

A Warm Jacket – Planes are always going to be cold, regardless of the temperature outside. The higher up you fly, the colder the plane’s cabin will be. I always wear a comfortable jacket on the plane, to be prepared when I start shivering. A jacket is a lot easier to put on and take off than a jumper; and I suggest choosing one with pockets and a hood, for ultimate comfort.


Comfortable Enclosed Shoes – If you have a long layover in a different city before arriving at your final destination, you may be walking around a large airport for hours on end, just to kill the time. Some cities even allow airport guests to head out and explore while waiting for your next flight. Either way, it’s always a good idea to wear comfortable, enclosed shoes while traveling.

A Pair of Thongs (flip flops) – If you decide to wear enclosed shoes on the plane, pack a pair of thongs (flip flops) as well. These will come in handy for trips to the bathroom, and if you are landing in a warm location.

Tip Three: Bring Plenty of Entertainment

If there’s one thing I can say for sure, it’s that flights are boring – especially international flights. You will definitely want to pack plenty of entertainment in your carry on bag, to keep you busy throughout the journey. Depending on the length of your flight, bring a variety of things to keep you occupied. Just like a day at home, you will more than likely not want to do the same activity for multiple hours, so variety is key.


The more you have to distract yourself from the many hours left of your flight, the better. Here are some suggestions for the perfect in-flight entertainment:

A Kindle, E-Reader or Regular Book – If you’re an avid reader, I can’t think of a better place to smash out a book or two, than an international flight. Purchase yourself a kindle before your flight, and download some great stories to immerse yourself in.

Laptop and Charger – Given that I run this blog, I like to get some work done on flights occasionally. Depending on the time of day and how long the flight is, I’ll take out my laptop and do some writing or editing. If you have your own blog or run an online business, long-haul flights are a great chance to get some work done.

Phone and Charger – Download some games that can be played offline, before you get on the plane. This is a great way to kill some time, and generally international planes have USB charging ports on the back of each seat.


Headphones – I suggest noise cancelling headphones, to block out any annoying sounds while on the plane. There’s nothing worse than being seated next a screaming baby or group of excited teenagers. So come prepared with some good quality noise cancelling headphones.

Travel Sized Board Games and Card Games – This is a great option if you’re traveling with kids. Not only is it a good distraction to avoid temper tantrums, it’s also lots of fun for adults! Travel games like Uno, Yahtzee and Scrabble work well.

Colouring in Books, Puzzle Books and Magazines – Colouring books aren’t just for kids anymore. There are entire brands dedicated to creating adult friendly colouring books. If this doesn’t interest you, there’s always the classic puzzle books and trashy magazines to get you through the flight.


Note: If you forget to pack quality entertainment, there are plenty of stores throughout airports that sell books, magazines, puzzle books and more. You may have to pay a little more than you would in a regular shop, but it’s worth it, especially if you have a long international flight ahead!

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Tip Four: Pack Plenty of In-Flight Comforts

Unless you’re lucky enough to fly First Class or Business Class, you’re in for an uncomfortable flight experience. On every international flight that I’ve been on, each passenger has been given a small pillow, blanket and pair of socks. I cannot vouch for the fact that every airline supplies these, though. So it’s best to come prepared just incase, and bring along some familiar comfort items of your own:

Neck Pillow – These come in a huge range of colours, styles, shapes and range of comfort. Airport gift stores sell them (for a hefty price), and you can also buy them from most department stores, travel stores and online. Shop around to find one that suits you, is comfortable and in your price range!

Socks – Like I mentioned earlier, planes can get very cold. More so on international flights, given that you’re even higher in the sky. Having a pair of socks handy is a good idea if you are hoping to have a little nap, since it’s the best way to keep your feet warm!


Pain Killers – I always get headaches when flying. I’m not entirely sure why, but it’s probably a combination of the altitude, lack of real air, and small spaces with lots of people. So I make sure to pack some pain killers in my carry on, just incase.

Toothbrush and Toothpaste – Some airlines do provide these on international flights, but just incase, it’s a good idea to pack them in your carry on. (remember, you are only allowed under 100ml of liquid in carry on luggage).

Deodorant – Because let’s be honest, who wants to be stuck next to someone smelly on a plane? I always bring a roll-on deodorant on all flights with me, even domestic ones! Instead of packing my deodorant in my suitcase, I pack it in my carry on. That way, I can freshen up on the plane or after landing!


Lip Balm – I don’t know about you, but my lips get super dry whether I’m flying or not. So I always make sure to include a lip balm in my carry on, for ultimate convenience.

Moisturiser – Another essential for me. My hands get very dry and itchy during cold weather and in unfamiliar surroundings. I like to keep a travel sized tube of moisturiser with me, to keep me comfortable during any domestic or international flight!

Chewing Gum – Some people experience their ears ‘popping’ during take-off and landing. A great way to combat this is by chewing gum before the plane takes off and just before landing. For some reason, this helps to stop the ear popping, and the uncomfortable feeling afterwards!


Tissues – Before heading off on your international adventure, stop by the supermarket and buy a few packets of travel sized tissues. Trust me, you will be glad you have them on more than one occasion. Even if you don’t use them during your actual international fight, there will be a time you’ll need a tissue!

Empty Bottle of Water – Airplane water isn’t the greatest. You aren’t allowed to bring a full bottle of water through airport security, but they allow you to bring an empty water bottle. So once you’re passed security, fill up at a water fountain, and you’re set for your flight!

Special Food Requirements – Whether you’re allergic to a certain type of food (always make sure to alert your airline before your flight if this is the case), or simply like a nice cup of herbal tea, don’t forget to bring them along! If you can only eat a specific type of snack, pack it in your carry on. Most airlines will be more than happy to assist you in making your flight as comfortable as possible, and this includes special food requirements!


Anything Else that Helps you Feel Comfortable! – International flights are different for everyone. Some people aren’t phased. Some people are highly anxious when it comes to flying, and therefore need some extra reassurance before to getting on a plane. If there is something that helps you to relax, don’t forget to include it in your carry on. As long as it isn’t restricted for air travel, there’s no harm in bringing along something that will put your mind at ease for your first international flight.

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Everyone’s flight experience will be different. International flights are long, boring, filled with anticipation and will make you appreciate a bed more than you ever have in your life. Jet lag will kick your ass, and you’ll be so confused as to where you are, it will take a while for it to sink in that you’ve actually flown to an entirely different country or continent. But once you’ve done it once or twice, flying internationally will get easier. Follow this guide and you’ll be prepared for anything!


Are you approaching your first international flight? For you experienced flyers – can you remember what it was like to fly overseas for the first time? Tell me in the comments below! I’d also love to hear some of your own flying experiences, and any tips you’ve got!

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A Guide to 5 Popular Types of Cheap Accomodation

A Guide to 5 Popular Types of Cheap Accomodation

When organising your first international trip, finding the perfect accomodation is one of the first things you’ll need to do. There are some travelers who choose comfort over cost, and vice versa. Above all, however, most travelers opt for cheap accomodation. There are a few different options to consider when deciding on your travel accomodation. Your decision should be based on your preferences when it comes to privacy, safety, budget, proximity to city centres and places of interest and finally, the amount of people you are traveling with.

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Choosing the right accomodation can be a bit difficult if you are a first time traveler. So to help you out and make this process as easy as possible, I’ve written this guide with the pros and cons, for five of the most popular types of cheap accomodation.

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Cheap Accomodation #1: Hotels

Hotels are our accomodation of choice. We’re happy to spend a bit of extra money on a decent hotel, mainly because we value comfort and privacy when traveling. There are a seemingly endless amount of hotels in all shapes and sizes, almost everywhere in the world. From one star budget friendly hotels, to high class ultra luxurious hotels and everything in between. There’s something for everyone, and if you decide to go for a hotel, you will very rarely struggle to find one.

That being said, hotels aren’t necessarily the perfect choice for everyone. So here are some pros and cons for hotels, to help you make your decision:

Pros of Hotels

Privacy – If privacy is something that you value while traveling, hotels are probably the best option. You will have your own room and bathroom, and unless you’re stuck next to a loud group of travelers, hotels are the more peaceful option.

Comfort – Most average to middle of the range hotels will be fairly decent when it comes to comfort. That being said, the level of comfort and cleanliness you get, varies greatly on the amount of money you spend. Obviously, if you choose a hotel that costs $500 per night, it is going to be in better condition than one which costs $50 per night.

Convenience – If you are looking to spend a few days near a popular tourist attraction or destination, it will be pretty easy finding a hotel that is conveniently located. The only downside with choosing a convenient hotel location, can sometimes be the cost.

Hotel Facilities and Services – One of the best things about staying in a hotel, are the facilities and services that generally come complimentary. You will have convenient access to perks such as room service, laundry service, a pool and sauna, gym and a restaurant or two.

24/7 Reception – Most hotels have reception staff available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is convenient if your flight doesn’t arrive until early in the morning or late at night, giving you the option to check in outside of regular hours. Please note that not all hotels have 24/7 reception, so be sure to check when booking if that’s something you would prefer.

Cons of Hotels

Hotels can be Expensive – If you are trying to budget as little as possible for accomodation, hotels probably aren’t the best option. Depending on the location, hotels can get pricey. Upscale areas in expensive cities such as New York, are going to be a lot more expensive than a fewer star hotel in a less central location. If you still want to stay in a hotel but do not want to price tag, set your search to the outskirts of expensive cities, as these areas will normally be cheaper.

Hotels aren’t the best option for Long-Term Stay – If you plan to remain in a particular city for an extended period of time, hotels can become quite expensive. For long term stays, there are far better options when it comes to accomodation. Keep reading to learn more!

Conclusion

Hotels are perfect for short term stays. For budget travelers who would prefer to stay in hotels, start your search further away from city centres and major tourist attractions. Hotels are great for convenience and privacy, but not so much for budget friendly, cheap accomodation.

Cheap Accomodation #2: Hostels

I’ve never stayed in a hostel, and honestly, I don’t have any desire to. That’s mainly due to the fact that both Russell and I like our privacy while traveling. We like to be in our own little bubble, especially after a long day of exploring. Winding down with some local TV, a glass of wine and sharing memories from the day, is most enjoyable in the comfort of our private hotel room.


That being said, there are travelers who swear by hostels for both domestic and international travel. Hostels are generally marketed towards backpackers, but anyone can stay in them so don’t let that deter you. When booking a hostel, you’re booking a bed as opposed to a room. That means there are a few different options: private dorms, mixed dorms and female only dorms. Generally dorm sizes will range between four beds, all the way up to twenty beds. You’ll be given this option when booking.

Pros of Hostels

Hostels are Super Budget Friendly – Hotels are probably going to be one of the most convenient, cheap accomodation choices in this post. Other than free camping sites (which we will get to soon), hostels can be incredibly budget friendly per night, and allow travelers to float around as freely and conveniently as possible. In most countries, you can find a four to eight bedroom dorm for less than $30 per night.

Great for the Social Aspect of Traveling – Hostels are great if you’re traveling solo, or even with a group of friends. Since you’re sharing a room with multiple other people, you’re kind of forced to be social and interact with the people around you. If you’re traveling solo, this gives you a great opportunity to meet new people and make friends from all over the world.

Hostels are (almost) Everywhere – Hostels are pretty common in most places around the world. Depending on the location, they will vary in price, comfort and cleanliness. But overall, hostels are pretty easy to find.


They’re Generally in good, Central Locations – Given that hostels are meant to be an easy, cheap and convenient type of accomodation, you’ll find that there are quite a few spread out across most major cities. You’ll more than likely be in close proximity to public transport and a good selection of food choices. But again, do your research on the area before booking any sort of cheap accomodation.

Cons of Hostels

You won’t have much Privacy – Hotels aren’t the best option if you like your privacy while traveling. Unless you’re lucky enough to book a private dorm, you’ll more than likely be in a room with up to twenty other people. Most of which, you have never met before. This could lead to some pretty awkward situations, especially in mixed dorms. Be sure to consider this if you’re planning to book a hostel.

You’ll have to share a Bathroom – Most hostels generally have a communal bathroom, which you will have to share with a dozen or more people. Very few hostels have private bathrooms, so you will need to compromise. Make life a little bit easier if you are forced to use a shared bathroom, by purchasing a hanging toiletry bag.


High risk of Theft – Given that you’ll be sharing the same space with other people, the risk of theft is much higher than that of a hotel room. Especially if your dorm doesn’t have a safe or locker available. Make sure you bring along your own high quality luggage lock, to keep your personal belongings safe while you’re out and about.

Hostels can be unclean and may have a higher chance of bed bugs – I’ve read horror stories about hostels from around the world, having bed bug issues. Bed bugs are huge annoyances and as soon as they come into contact with your luggage, you’re basically screwed. If you decide to stay in hostels while traveling, make it a habit of checking underneath and between sheets before you do anything else. That way, if you do notice a bed bug problem, you can leave immediately and lower the risk of your belongings coming into contact with them.

Tips for Staying in Hostels

Bring your own Toiletries – From what I can gather, hostels don’t generally provide toiletries, at least not complimentary ones. So be sure to bring your own to avoid any awkward or inconvenient situations. Check the hostel’s website before you arrive, to find out if they do provide any amenities such as toiletries or bedding.

Wear Thongs in the Shower – Regardless of whether you are traveling during summer, be sure to pack your own pair of things (or flip flops) to wear in the shower, and that you don’t mind throwing away at the end of your trip. Hostels and the showers in them have been used by a ton of people in the same 24 hour period that you plan to use it. For your own personal hygiene, it’s always best to wear flip flops while showering.


Bring Ear Plugs and a Sleeping Mask – Hostel dorms can and will be loud, a lot of the time. If your dorm mates are coming home in the early hours of the morning from a late night out, you will want something to drown out the light and the noise. Although it’s common practice for travelers staying in hotels to be considerate of others in the dorm, sometimes that just doesn’t happen. It’s best to come prepared with some ear plugs and a sleeping mask, just incase you are stuck with a less thank respectful dorm buddy.


Purchase a High Quality Luggage Lock – As I mentioned earlier, hostels are prone to theft. Given that you are sharing a dorm with multiple people, most of which you haven’t met before, you should never assume that your belongings are safe. Purchase a good quality, secure luggage lock before you arrive. That way you will know your personal items are safe, even if you spend all day exploring the city.

Conclusion

Hostels aren’t for everyone. If a good amount of privacy, safety, security and cleanliness is important to you while traveling, I suggest choosing another form of cheap accomodation. If you are all about the social aspect, budget friendly and convenience of travel, find some well-rated hostels in the area you are visiting.

Cheap Accomodation #3: Airbnb

Airbnb is one of the more recent types of cheap accomodation. Airbnb’s are good for a few different types of travelers: groups of friends, couples, travelers who don’t like to socialise or people who simply prefer a more private style of cheap accomodation. This type of accomodation isn’t for everyone, but can be great for travelers who hope to have a little bit of freedom and a more home-like feel, as opposed to that of a hotel or hostel.


Airbnb works with hostels (or owners) essentially renting out their own property for a certain period of time. This accomodation can be a single room, apartment, group of rooms, houseboats or even entire houses. As a traveler, you can search for the destination you will be visiting, the length of time you play to stay, the style of room you would prefer and your price range, then Airbnb will list some available accomodation for you.

Pros of Airbnb

Can Help to Save Money – Depending on the type of accomodation that you rent, you could be potentially saving a good chunk of money. Airbnb’s are generally cheaper than hotels, but be sure to do some research and compare beforehand, to see which option suits you.

Access to a Kitchen and Cooking Essentials – This is another great way to save money while traveling. Booking a room or even an entire house through Airbnb, will more than likely mean you will have access to a kitchen or some sort. In some cases you may have to share the kitchen with the owner, so check the host’s guidelines before booking if this is important to you. But being able to cook some meals will save a ton on food, as you won’t be eating out all the time.


Comfort and a Home-Like Feel – Given that generally with Airbnb you’re staying in someone’s house, it will probably feel more comfortable and ‘home-like’ than if you were to stay in a hotel.

Great for a Group of People – Whether you’re traveling with a group of friends or your extended family, Airbnb accomodation could be the perfect choice. Most are large enough for a group of people, and are even marketed towards this kind of traveler. Airbnb is also great for couples, as it gives that extra bit of freedom, privacy and independence that a hotel or hostel doesn’t.

Cons of Airbnb

Airbnb Hosts can Sometimes be Sketchy – By this I mean the lack of communication, cancelled stays, non-refunded money and similar issues like that. I’ve read quite a few stories released over the past year or so, with people sharing their less than wonderful Airbnb experiences. Be sure to read the reviews about your potential host before making a booking.


Lack of Privacy – This is generally the case whether you’re a host or a guest. If you choose to simply rent out a room instead of an entire house, you’ll more than likely have to interact with the host or owner of the house. If you would prefer full privacy, narrow down your Airbnb search to renting out a house instead of just a room.

Conclusion

Airbnb is a great option for groups of friends or couples who don’t mind sacrificing a little bit of privacy. You’ll get a very homely feel in return, and with convenient access to a kitchen, you can save big on the food budget. Make sure to read all reviews about your host before making a booking.


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Cheap Accomodation #4: Camping Sites

Camping sites come in all shapes and sizes. In very road-trip heavy countries such as Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada, there are ample camping sites to satisfy even the pickiest camper. Most of the popular road-trip countries will have a good amount of both free and paid camping sites, allowing you to have the full experience.

Pros of Camping Sites

Great for Budget Travelers – Since camping sites can simply be a patch of dirt in the middle of no where, they come pretty cheap these days. Of course you will have the option of a powered site, but if you are trying to stick with a cheap budget, free camping sites (patches of dirt) are your best bet.

Opportunity to Camp at Beautiful Locations – The best thing about camping, is that you can sleep literally almost anywhere. There are some great apps available that list all camping grounds nearby, whether or not they’re free and what amenities they have. But if you do a little bit of further research, you can come across some incredible locations, some even for free.


Sunsets and Sunsets – Need I say more? Camping at beautiful locations like the ocean and national parks, means you’ll be able to enjoy sunrises and sunsets from the best possible places. Totally worth the bug bites!

Cons of Camping Sites

Bug Bites and Sleeping Outside – If you aren’t a fan of sleeping in a tent on the ground, I highly suggest renting a camper van or an RV. Otherwise prepare to be eaten alive by bugs, and have one of the worst sleeps of your life.


Middle of the Night Toilet Runs – If you don’t have a camper van or RV with toilet facilities, you’ll have to leave your tent for those middle of the night toilet runs. This isn’t very idea during the middle of winter.

Conclusion

If you love the great outdoors, getting close to nature and want budget friendly accomodation, check out the camping sites at your destination. Be prepared and take some bug spray, though. You’ll thank me later.

Cheap Accomodation #5: Holiday Parks & Caravan Parks

Holiday Parks (or Caravan Parks) are essentially a fancier way of camping. They’re normally made for people who have an RV or camper van, although some do have cabins and rooms available for a nightly fee. Holiday parks are very kid friendly, and most will have playgrounds, swimming pools and a ton of other outdoor activities for kids (and adults) to enjoy.


Note: If you’re planning to stay in a caravan park during the peak and busy times of year, I suggest booking pretty far in advance. This is especially important if you’re heading to a popular tourist destination.

Pros of Holiday Parks & Caravan Parks

More Comfortable Accomodation – Compared to camping in the middle of no where on a patch of dirt, caravan parks are a great, more comfortable option. Depending on the location, you can generally find pretty decent caravan or holiday parks starting at just $20 per night.

Great Fun for Kids – As I mentioned, holiday parks are perfect to keep kids occupied throughout the day. I’ve been to a couple of holiday parks that have swimming pools, playgrounds and even giant trampolines.


Some Holiday parks are Pet Friendly – Some caravan parks and holiday parks allow pets to tag along. Not all do, however, so if this is something you’re interested in, be sure to check before booking. You could also do a Google search for the holiday or caravan parks that do allow pets, and book your stay around that.

Perfect for a Barbecue – Holiday parks generally have tons of barbecue’s available for guests to use. You’ll obviously need to provide your own cutlery, food and the like, but it’s a great way to socialise and have some fun with family and friends!

Cons of Holiday Parks & Caravan Parks

Shared Bathrooms and Showers – Unless your RV or camper van has an inbuilt toilet and shower, you’ll have to use the shared holiday park facilities. I recommend bringing some sanitary wipes, because not everyone’s cleanliness standards will be as high as yours. This is also a situation where hanging toiletry bags come in handy.

Some Nights may get Noisy – Depending on the place you’re staying and the time of year, holiday parks can get pretty busy. Especially during long weekends and special occasions. Prepare to be stuck with loud and partying caravan neighbours, if you choose to stay during peak times during the year.


Not Ideal for Extended Stays – If you prefer to have the comfort of an actual home or even hotel room while traveling, holiday and caravan parks may not be the right fit for you. It can be frustrating having to share facilities with strangers for extended periods of time, so keep that in mind before booking your stay.

Conclusion

Holiday parks are great for families and groups of friends, as they’re a cheap, less uncomfortable version of camping. Bring along some food, cooking supplies and utensils, to make the most of the included, shared barbecues. If you’re looking to bring your pet along for the ride, call the holiday park before booking and ask if they’re pet friendly!


So there you have it! The 5 main types of travel accomodation. What’s your favourite type of cheap accomodation? Do you prefer hostels over hotels? Holiday parks over camping sites? Tell me in the comments below! 

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