12 Reasons Why You Should Visit the Same Destination Twice

12 Reasons Why You Should Visit the Same Destination Twice

Everybody has a different style when it comes to traveling. Some like to visit a country only once and then move on to somewhere else. Others like to travel back to that same destination again and again. We’re the latter, and we’re about to tell you why you should visit the same destination twice!

We spent the month of March 2016 in Japan, and fell in love with absolutely everything about the country. From the incredibly kind and caring local Japanese people, to the awesome attractions and how smoothly everything runs. Tokyo might be the most populated city in the world, but life still runs more smoothly than anything we’ve ever experienced.

Our love for Japan is so deep, that we’ve already booked our next trip! We’ll be returning to Japan for another month, during January and February 2019. We’ll be spending a lot of our stay in most of the same cities, but this time around, we are including a few day trips to cities we didn’t get a chance to visit last time.

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Have you visited and fallen in love with a country before? Are you wishing you could return, but aren’t sure whether it’s the best idea? Keep reading to find out why we truly believe you should visit the same destination twice, if your heart desires!

Why You Should Visit the Same Destination Twice

1. You’ll feel a lot more comfortable

Just like anything, practice makes perfect. The same rule applies for traveling, too. Your first visit to a foreign country (especially a non-Western country, if you’re a Westerner like us) can be pretty overwhelming the first time. You’re thrown into a totally different world, and depending on the country, it could be an intimidating or scary experience.

Returning to the same country twice, means you’ll already know the areas that you feel safe, and places that you should maybe avoidespecially if you’re traveling alone.

Even simple things like walking down the street to get some dinner, will feel a lot more comfortable. You’ll already know the process when it comes to paying for your food, and you’ll know the best places to go for a quick snack or indulgent three course meal. Feeling comfortable in a different country is super important, and can make the world of difference when it comes to making the most of your holiday!

2. You’ll know how to pack more efficiently

On our first trip to Japan, I overpacked real bad. Before we left Australia, I was adamant that I had only packed the essentials. I was positive I would need four t-shirts, three pairs of leggings and a pair of jeans (even though I hate jeans and literally don’t remember the last time I wore them). Well, it turned out I didn’t need half of what I packed, and ended up having to purchase extra luggage to get everything home.

Next time, we will know what we definitely need to pack, what we can leave behind, and what we can purchase when we arrive!

Things like shampoo and conditioner, will definitely not be going in my suitcase. They’re much cheaper in Japan and most hotels provide complimentary toiletries anyway, including soap, shampoo and conditioner.

Packing to travel is always a trial and error experience. Especially if you’re traveling with checked baggage like we do. If you’re a backpacker, you’re probably used to carrying everything you need on your back. But for us suitcase folk, it’s a little bit harder. We tend to overpack, even when we don’t mean to. So, returning to the same destination twice, means your luggage will be a lot lighter!

3. You can experience different places and attractions

This is another great reason for visiting the same destination twice!

Since we have already spent a month in Japan, and have ticked off so many things on our bucket list, that gives us the freedom to take more day trips outside of major cities, explore further and have more unique experiences next time around.

That being said, there’s nothing wrong with returning to a place that you absolutely loved on your first visit, even if it’s the most cliche tourist attraction you’ve ever seen! 

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Don’t forget to take the opportunity to head off the beaten path, though. Talk to locals, ask for their favourite lesser known destinations, and where they might recommend you visit. This will allow you to feel as though you’re seeing more than the same tourist attractions, and will give you a deeper love and perspective of the country and people!

4. You’ll pick up the language a lot faster

Although we aren’t fluent in Japanese, and will probably need to brush up on some key phrases, the fact that we’ve already visited before means we’ll naturally pick it up a lot faster. We’ll be able to communicate with the locals much easier, understand a lot more than we think we will, and will have the added advantage of knowing where most places are and how to get there.

It’s always a great idea to learn a few key words and phrases before traveling to a new destination. This also applies to a place you’re traveling back to as well. The locals will respect your attempt at learning their language, and are more likely to go out of their way to help you if they can see that you’re trying your best!

5. You’ll be a pro at public transport and navigating the streets

Japan’s transport system is world class. Trains and buses run precisely on time, and if there’s a slight delay, you can expect a public apology.

Regardless of where you’re traveling, the fact that you’ve already experienced the public transport before, means you’ll be a pro in no time.

Give yourself a couple of hours to get back into the swing of things, then you’ll be catching trains and buses without even needing Google Maps! Well okay, maybe that’s a bit far fetched. But I’m sure you get the point. You’ll generally feel a lot more comfortable and more prepared to hop onto a train, knowing (almost) exactly where you’re heading!

6. You’ll be more prepared and know what to expect

Tasks like catching public transport from the airport to your hotel, or knowing whether it’s good value for money catching a Taxi over the train. The best places to grab a cheap meal, what time of day the shops open. How busy the trains are at certain times of day, and how quickly you can get from one station to another.

These are some of the things that you will already know before returning to the same destination again. Your trip will feel like it’s running a lot smoother, even though you’re still in a somewhat foreign country.

7. You can learn from mistakes made the first time

Say you forgot to purchase a portable wifi device the first time round, and had to rely on hotel wifi instead. If having easy access to the internet is important to you while traveling, this is something you’ll know to make a priority next time.

Maybe you didn’t use Google Maps very often, and relied on paper maps or the advice from locals to get around. There’s nothing wrong with doing things this way, but depending on the country you’re traveling to, Google Maps can generally save a lot of time and difficulty in getting where you need to go.

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Did you book a hotel that you didn’t necessarily love? You’ll know to book a different type of hotel or accomodation next time! All of these things might seem un-important, but they all help in making your trip as easy and smooth sailing as possible.

8. You’ll know the best times to visit certain tourist attractions

Theme parks in any country are always going to be busy. But theme parks in Japan, are on a whole other level.

We have never seen as many people in the one place, as we did at Tokyo’s Disneyland, and Osaka’s Universal Studios. Both parks were crazy busy, even though we visited on weekdays as opposed to the weekend. Almost every line was multiple hours long, and if we didn’t have Express Passes, we definitely wouldn’t have been able to go on half as many rides as we did.

If you hope to go back to one of these busy tourist attractions, you’ll know the least busy times to do so. For attractions other than theme parks, first thing in the morning is generally the best time to visit. Leave your hotel before the sun comes up, and you’re almost guaranteed to have the place to yourself. Or at the very least, a much smaller crowd to compete with than if you visited at lunch time.

Sometimes it’s worth sacrificing a bit of sleep, for the chance to experience something spectacular, and have the place (almost) to yourself!

9. You’ll have the chance to visit during a different season

Say you visited the country during summer on your first time round. How about planning your next trip for winter or autumn? Depending on where you’re traveling, there can be some pretty incredible scenery during certain times of the year.

For example, our first trip to Japan was during March. It was the beginning of Cherry Blossom season, so the trees were blooming with beautiful pink and white petals, and the weather wasn’t too unbearable.

Next time, we’re visiting during the dead of winter. It will be freezing cold, there won’t be any Cherry Blossom trees, but we’re hoping it will be far less busy than last time! Snow might be falling in major cities, and it will be a totally different experience.

If visiting during a particular time of year is important to you, make that a priority! It’s always fun experiencing a place during different times of the year.

10. You can do the things you missed the first time round

Say you spent a month traveling across the United States. Before you arrived, you had written a long list of things that you wanted to see and do, but in the end, didn’t get to cross them all off. Well, now is your chance!

Use your second trip to the same destination, as a chance to see the things you missed the first time. Make those your priority, do them first and enjoy every minute of it.

Even though you missed out the first time, having the chance to go back and tick off those attractions you have been dreaming about since your first visit, will make them even more special experiences.

11. You’ll know what to expect when it comes to the cost of things

Our first trip to Japan was a bit of a fail when it came to spending money. We thought we had enough, and even if we didn’t, we assumed we would be paid our annual leave for at least the first three weeks of our trip. Well, unfortunately, things didn’t work out that way. There were issues with our leave payments, and long story short, we weren’t paid for almost an entire month.

This meant we had to prioritise the things we wanted to see and do, had to budget a lot more than we wanted to, and missed out on some of the most exciting attractions due to our lack of money. Having the chance to return to Japan, means we can save much more money beforehand, know what to expect when it comes to the cost of food and attractions, and can budget a lot easier.

If you had similar issues last time round, use this visit to plan ahead more. Get spending money converted in the months leading up to your trip, instead of leaving it to the last minute. Budgeting before you arrive, means you’ll probably have a lot more money saved up than if you did the opposite.

12. You can plan a lot better the second time round

Combining all of the above 11 reasons for why you should travel to the same destination twice – it will essentially be a much more enjoyable experience.

You’ve essentially got a second chance to have the most amazing holiday of your life. You’ll be able to see a lot more, have more unique experiences and be much more prepared than your first visit.

Regardless of where you’re traveling back to, write down all of the things you learnt the first time and list all of the things you missed or didn’t get time to see – then combine the two! We guarantee your trip will be a lot less stressful, more smooth sailing and tons more enjoyable the second time.

We hope our guide with 12 reasons why you should visit the same destination twice has helped you decide to book those flights! If you have fallen in love with a country you’ve visited, why shouldn’t you go back and spend more time there? We know there are some people who believe in moving on and creating new memories and experiences in brand new locations – but who says you can’t do both?!

Have you returned to the same destination twice, after falling in love with the country? Was it a good decision? Would you do it again? Tell us in the comments below!

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20 Essential Travel Items for All Kinds of Travelers

20 Essential Travel Items for All Kinds of Travelers

Whether you’re traveling for the first time, or about to head off on your 5th international adventure, there are always new travel products popping up on my newsfeed that we just need to have. Whether they’re things we can live without, or absolute essential travel items, we’re always thinking of fun new ways to improve our travel game and make flying across the globe as simple as possible!

If you’re one of those people who love purchasing all kinds of travel related products, this post is perfect for you. Trust us! From fun clothes to help you express what you like about travel, to a lockable backpack and everything in between. As always, Rhiannon Travels has your back! Here are 20 essential travel items for every traveler!

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1. Packing cubes

If you haven’t jumped on the packing cubes bandwagon yet, what have you been doing with your life?! These things are an absolute game changer, whether you’re a backpack or suitcase traveler. We both use suitcases when traveling domestically and internationally. Packing cubes have been a lifesaver, especially for a sever over-packer like myself – I’m definitely getting better, though, I promise!

2. A secure, anti-theft backpack

If you’re someone who travels with a lot of valuable items (such as your laptop), it’s a good idea to invest in an anti-theft backpack. With a built in USB cable for super convenient on-the-go charging of your phone and other devices, this backpack is perfect for you young folk reading this. Knowing that your belongings are safe while traveling, makes the entire experience so much more enjoyable! It’s super affordable too, which is a bonus!

3. A comfy, custom travel tee

Looking for the perfect comfy tee, that you can wear with pride while traveling the world? Want to express what you like about traveling, or almost anything else, for that matter? Awesome! You’ll love I Like Apparel.

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We have over 50 designs up already, with more being released every single week. Check out our Travel Range, and if there’s something you like that we don’t already have, be sure to let us know! Our goal is to have an endless range of pre-made designs ready to roll, and since travel is a huge part of our lives, you can expect to find something for all kinds of travelers!

4. A travel sized first aid kit

Whether you’re someone who tends to be a little clumsy, frequently travels with kids or simply wants some piece of mind, purchasing a travel first aid kit is an awesome idea! Being fully stocked with bandaids, pain killers, wound wipes, dressings and more, this first aid kit should get you through almost any trip!

5. Hanging toiletry bag

If you choose to stay in a hostel or somewhere similar with very little bathroom space, a hanging toiletry bag could be perfect! Keep all of your bathroom essential travel items in one place, with the added convenience of being able to hang it almost anywhere! This eliminates the chance of you forgetting something, or having your favourite mascara stolen while staying in a dodgy hostel!

6. A universal adapter

Traveling between different countries or continents? A universal adapter is definitely something you should add to your packing list! Not only does it mean you can charge your phone and other electronic devices no matter where you are in the world, it also comes with two USB ports for even more convenience!

7. A travel money belt

If the idea of walking around in a new city while wearing a backpack makes you uncomfortable, consider buying a travel money belt. They might not be the coolest travel accessory, but you can’t deny the convenience! Keep your passport, cash, credit cards, phone and any tickets close by at all times. This travel money belt even has an RFID blocking feature, for that extra piece of mind.

8. A travel wallet

Travel wallets are probably our favourite travel item, regardless of where we’re going! Not only are they the perfect place to keep your passport, they’re also awesome for keeping any boarding passes, tickets, cash, a pen and small notepad for those just-in-case situations. This travel wallet even has a pocket on the front – perfect for storing your phone or passport while you’re at the airport waiting for your flight!

9. A pair of noise cancelling headphones

If there’s one piece of advice we can give you, it’s: don’t get on a plane without noise cancelling headphones. You could be stuck next to someone who wants to spend the entire eight hour flight chatting; or there might be an unhappy baby behind you on the plane who keeps crying. Whatever the situation, noise cancelling headphones will save your sanity!

10. A toothbrush holder to keep your hygiene in check

If you’ve been traveling without a toothbrush holder, your life is about to change. We never go anywhere on a plane, without one of these bad boys. Not only does it keep our toothbrushes safe from all of the gross things that are probably in our suitcase, but it also means we can keep our toothbrush in the bathroom, without fear of it contracting all sorts of disgusting diseases! Bonus!

11. A compact charging station

Along with the universal adapter we mentioned earlier, a compact charging station is another awesome way to stay organised while traveling. Charge all of your devices at the same time, or share it with your travel buddies! This will make life so much easier, because it means you’ll only need to pack one charger instead of five!

12. A language translator

Ever wondered what might happen, if you visit a foreign country without knowing any of the language? Fear no more! Buy yourself a language translator device. This will help you out of any sticky situations, like making sure your meal doesn’t have peanuts if you’re allergic and getting from your hotel to the train station safely!

13. A collapsible drink bottle

Instead of buying twelve bottles of water each day when you’re out exploring, get yourself a collapsible water bottle that you can reuse over and over again! Choose from a huge range of colours, and keep it in your carry on bag for ultimate convenience no matter where you are! Collapsible water bottles are perfect for a day out at a theme park, too!

14. A comfy pair of thongs (flip flops)

Here in Australia, we have a brand of thongs (flip flops) called Havaianas. They come in a huge range of colours, styles and shapes, and are super comfortable. I wear them everywhere during summer, and so does almost everyone else in Australia! They’re a bit on the pricier side, but in my opinion, they’re totally worth the cost!

15. A compact travel umbrella

Regardless of where you travel, you’re probably gonna need an umbrella at one point or another. Whether you use it during winter or summer, an umbrella is definitely an essential travel item. Buying a travel size umbrella means you can take it absolutely anywhere, and won’t have to worry about being rained on or sizzled by the sun!

16. A Kindle

If you’re an avid reader, buying a Kindle will be the best thing you ever do. Okay, maybe not the best thing you will ever do, but it’s definitely up there. Before you head to the airport, download a ton of your favourite books, plus some that you’ve been dying to read. That way, when you’re settled in for your 15 hour flight, you’ll have plenty of reading material on your Kindle to keep you entertained!

17. A travel sleeping kit

If you struggle to fall asleep on long flights, don’t worry, we feel your pain. Neither Russell nor myself can fall asleep on any flight, regardless of the length of flight or how little sleep we had the night before. This travel sleeping kit is a good way to help you get at least a cat nap in! For $20, you’ll get an 100% pure memory foam neck pillow (with a phone pocket!) plus memory foam ear plugs, a travel mask and a convenient bag to carry it all in!

18. Luggage scale

If you’re like me and tend to overpack badly, this travel sized luggage scale is exactly what you need! It’s always a good idea to weigh your luggage before heading to the airport, plus before you head home after your trip, just incase your checked suitcase is a bit too heavy. This luggage scale also comes with an in-built tape measure. Cos you never know when you’re gonna need a tape measure, right?!

19. A travel case for your electronics

Whether you’re a fellow travel writer like we are, photographer or a tourist traveling with kids, this electronics travel case is awesome and should definitely be included on your packing list! As travel bloggers, we always pack a lot of cords, devices and memory cards with us. Being able to keep them all together makes organisation much easier!

20. The perfect travel outfit

When we travel, we like to be as comfortable as possible. My go-to travel outfit is a pair of Lorna Jane leggings, comfy t-shirt, sneakers and of course, a warm hoodie with a pocket! The comfier you are while stuck in the horrible flying tube we call an airplane, the less awful your journey will be!


When it comes to travel, everyone is different. That means, what I might consider as one of my essential travel items, you might not agree with – and that’s okay! No matter what your travel style is, the beauty of these items are they suit almost every travel style. Plus, even if they don’t, I’m willing to bet you know of someone who would use a travel wallet or I Like Apparel shirt!

Have you got any of these essential travel items? Do you swear by something that we don’t have on this list? Tell us in the comments below!

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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!

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.

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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.

Couple Travel: 7 Perks to Traveling With Your Partner!

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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13 Long Haul Flight Essentials to Stay Entertained

13 Long Haul Flight Essentials to Stay Entertained

If you’re new to the world of travel, you’re about to discover something unfortunate. International flights suck. Whether it’s your first or tenth overseas trip, you’re gonna need some long haul flight essentials.

Some people underestimate how boring, frustrating and 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 more than likely bad situation, you’ll need to be prepared. We’ve come up with 13 of the best long haul flight essentials, no matter your age.

13 Long Haul Flight Essentials to Stay Entertained

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1. Read a book

If you love to read, doing so on a long haul flight is one of the best ways to stay entertained. Whether you prefer to go the modern route and bring along your Kindle, filled with an endless amount of ebooks to read.

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.

2. Watch a movie or TV show

Watching a movie or your favourite TV show is the perfect way to stay entertained on a long flight. Most international airlines provide TV’s on the backs of each seat, for passengers to watch a small collection of movies and TV shows selected by that airline.

But if you would prefer to choose your own movie, bring along your laptop, tablet or even smartphone! Purchase and download a few of your favourite movies or TV shows before you leave for the airport, and you’ll have plenty of entertainment for your flight!

3. Organise your life

Getting some organising done is one of my favourite things to do on a long flight. If you’re traveling to your destination, you could plan out the first couple of days of your trip. If you’re on the way home, you could make a list of the things you need to do to settle back into a normal routine.

4. Edit travel photos

This is a great idea 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 for a blogger or photographer to get things done!

Even if you aren’t active on social media, it’s still nice to have edited photos to look back on. Maybe you could print them out and put them in a photo album, or put some of your favourites in pretty picture frames!

5. 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, 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.

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6. Play travel sized 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!

10. 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.

11. 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!

12. 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.

13. 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, 13 of the best long haul flight essentials to stay entertained. 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 us in the comments below what two of your favourite travel entertainment ideas were! If you are a regular flyer, be sure to tell us what your go-to things to do on long flights are! 

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A Packing List for First Time Female Travelers

A Packing List for First Time 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.

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.

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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!


Are you about to embark on your first international holiday? Have you written your packing list yet? Tell me in the comments below!

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36 Tips for First Time Travelers

36 Tips for First Time Travelers

So, you’ve finally decided to do it.

After years of umm’ing and ahh’ing about whether you should, you’ve taken a leap of faith and said “screw it, let’s go for it!”

I’m talking about traveling, of course. 

Traveling for the very first time can be a scary experience. There’s so much that needs to be planned and organised. So many options when it comes to flights, accomodation and everything in between. Even the most experienced travelers have some doubts and worries, when it gets closer to that highly anticipated departure day.

Luckily for you guys, there are a ton of great resources and tips for first time travelers to help you along the way. We’ve compiled this list of tips for first time travelers, to ensure your first international adventure is as smooth sailing and stress free as possible. From booking and planning your adventure, to packing your suitcase and the things you’ll need to do on departure day!

Tips for First Time Travelers

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8 tips on planning and booking your trip

The first two stages of this traveling overseas for the first time thing are: planning and booking. There is a lot to research, book and organise – and that’s before you even step foot on your very first plane!

Here are 8 of the most important things to remember, when it comes to booking and planning your first holiday:

1. Shop around for flights and accomodation

Generally, the further out you book your flights and accomodation, the cheaper they will be. So, once you’ve settled on the destination and time of year you want to travel, start looking into flights and accomodation!

It’s also a likely possibility they will be cheaper at the beginning of the week, so check on a Tuesday or Wednesday.

2. Always 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.

3. Travel insurance is a must

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.

4. 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.

5. Check your passport is valid

Make sure your passport is valid and has at least six months 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.

6. Research whether you’ll 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!

7. Look into currency conversion prices

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.

8. Choose a 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.

7 tips on 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:

1. The lighter you pack, the better

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!

2. Check whether your hotel supplies toiletries

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!

3. Put the essentials 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.

4. Check the 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

10 tips on preparing for 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:

1. Check in online

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.

2. 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!

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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!

7. 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!

8. 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.

9. Same 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***.

10. Take a 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.

10 tips on 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:

1. 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!

2. 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!

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Keep your belongings safe too

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.

6. 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.

7. Be courteous if you’re staying in a hostel

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.

8. 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!

9. 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!

10. 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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