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Travel tips from an experienced traveller

Aegean sea ● Cyclades ● Ionian sea ● 10 July 2017
 

Not everyone was born a traveller, so it is logical that some things don’t come in mind that easily. You learn more as you travel, learning by trial and error as in every other activity. Consistent travelling can help you find out what you need, you’ll learn your share of lessons, after having forgotten some things or gotten into some unnecessary trouble just because you weren’t prepared. There might be a time when you might get robbed on a train because you simply left your guard down. Perhaps you might show up at the Airport only to realise that your car rental doesn’t exist. For sure you cannot plan for everything, but you can be ready to deal with some standard situations that might come up.

Make a List

It is essential to write down everything you believe you are going to need on a list, at least about a week or so before your journey. Creating such a list will help you to avoid forgetting some items that you don’t want to leave behind! If you are on a low-budget you might want to narrow it down a bit. 

Make copies of important documents

You should keep a copy of your passport in a separate bag from your actual passport. In that case if you ever happen to lose your passport, a copy might be handy and some extra passport photos, they might actually let you travel even though the real passport is gone. Always carry a copy with you. I would be a pity to be forced to lose your flight or mess up your whole vacation schedule for one unlucky moment.

Always be flexible

It is a key factor to keep your calm in the hardest of situations. You shouldn’t let a delay upset you, because then things could get inevitably wrong. One of the first lessons you must teach yourself if you want to be a happy traveller is: patience! 

Learn common phrases, talk to the locals

Teaching yourself some simple phrases in the local language of your destination like “Please,” “Thank you,” and “I’m sorry” will be helpful. The best tactics to find the most amazing places to visit is to always ask the locals. Many of them will be more than happy to point you to awesome spots to watch the sunset, show you the best restaurants and coffee shops, etc. You might be surprised and actually have the best experience ever, at a place that wouldn’t have been your first choice.


Things to put in your carry-on bag

It is good to have some basic stuff you need with you. In this way, in case your luggage happens to get lost in transit. This smart move will definitely save you money and time. Such important items could be: electronics, back up batteries, smartphone charger, an extra pair of underwear, medications, toothbrush, a swimsuit (for beach vacation). An excellent thought would be to bring along a sarong. If you ever feel cold, an extra piece of clothing will come really handy.

Inform close family and banks of your travel plans

An extremely crucial step you should take, especially if you are travelling solo, is to spread the word that you are going on a trip. This is a really good habit that will be beneficial to you in the long run, if you don’t want your credit card company or bank to put a hold on your card while you are overseas. Since we are talking about money, you shouldn’t keep all your cash and cards in the same spot. Try hiding some cash or a credit card in a separate bag from your wallet.

Keep an open mind
Don’t plan your entire itinerary ahead of time. Surely you are going to choose your outfits or make a list of the top 5 places that you want to visit. It’s tempting to have a schedule about everything, we know, but some of the best moments of your trip will be the unplanned ones… Those might give you the best memories ever. Have fun, get as many photos/videos as you can and don’t forget to wear your sunscreen, especially if you are having your vacation in sunny Greece!!

 

Where to Stay

Hotel in Mani, Greece Kleopatra Traditional Hotel Apartments
8.8 10
Kleopatra Traditional Hotel Apartments
Stoupa, 24024 Mani, Greece

Kleopatra Traditional Hotel Apartments is located in the seaside village of Stoupa, in Mani region in beautiful Peloponnese, just at the foot of Mount Taygetos. The hotel lies within a 5-minute walk from the beach and the center of the village with many cafes, shops, traditional taverns and supermarkets. The city of Kalamata is 40 km away.

Appartment in Corfu, Greece Efi & Sofia Apartments
Efi & Sofia Apartments
Dassia, 49083 Corfu, Greece

Efi & Sofia Apartments is located in Dassia, just a 3-minute walk from the beach. Corfu Port is 10 km away while Corfu International Airport is 14.7 km away.

Hotel in Aegina, Greece Plaza Hotel
Plaza Hotel
4, Kazantzaki Str., Aegina Town, 18010 Aegina, Greece

Plaza Hotel is located in the centre of Aegina Town, just 1-minute walk from the beach. Aegina Port is a 4-minute walk away. Agia Marina is 13 km away.


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