Skills Every Traveller Should Have And Some

Travelling abroad on a gap year, the adventure of a lifetime or just a week’s jaunt? Then you’re bound to discover more about yourself during your adventure. While most of us will happily head off to an all-inclusive holiday or an arranged tour, independent travelling is a little different as it calls for much more self-sufficiency and usually means requiring certain skillsets, we may not rely on so much otherwise.

To help you on your way, here is a list of essential skills every traveller should have (or develop!) to make the most out of their travel experiences. 

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Animal Welfare And Spotting Animal Cruelty While Travelling

Sadly, animal cruelty is present in every country in the world. As evolved and humane global citizens with considerations towards animal welfare, it can be an intensely upsetting experience to witness the mistreatment and exploitation of animals while on holiday and as badly, unwittingly contribute to the practice. 

As travellers, interaction with local wildlife can be very educational and memorable, but these experiences should always occur in the best interest of the animal. Here are a few things to consider or do when planning such encounters or when you think you’ve spotted animal cruelty during your break and what to do about it. 

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Why 3 Is The Magic Number When It Comes To Packing? 

The internet is full of tips and packing hacks to help you maximise the space inside your suitcase before jetting off on holiday, but very little is said about how to streamline your packing to make sure that you use every piece of clothing that you actually take with you. 

Many of us are guilty of ramming our cases fit to burst with as many outfits and pairs of shoes as we possibly can, only to discover that we’ve used just a small fraction of what we’ve lugged abroad with us when we return home.

That’s why we’ve devised a new, streamlined system using the ‘power of 3’ to help you avoid packing unnecessary items and to make the most of your available suitcase space. 

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4 Obvious But Easy To Fall For Travel Scams

Travel scams are so obvious and we will never fall for them…will we? You’d be surprise how easily we can get caught off guard when in holiday mode.

Unscrupulous individuals are always coming up with new and inventive ways to trick holidaymakers out of their hard-earned cash while they're on holiday, so we've collated this list of trending holiday scams to make sure that you're not persuaded to part with your money and line the pockets of these less than reputable people.

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Prepping And Planning to Ease Travel Anxiety

For those that suffer from anxiety, the thought of jumping on a plane to travel to a destination you’ve never been is enough to trigger a full-on panic attack. But even those that do experience anxiety need a well-earned break with the family 

Even the most organised and best planner can’t plan for everything that can go wrong on a trip, but being prepared for common problems can be hugely calming for anxious travellers.

Hence give our top tips a try. It will help you relax while travelling and enjoy some R&R during your break.

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Four Weird But Useful Items For Your Packing List

Clothes? Check. Passport? Check. Toiletries? Check. Split Key Rings?!!!

When you’re putting together your holiday packing list, you’ll be focusing on getting all the essentials you’ll need to enjoy a fantastic break away with friends or family. But there are some weird but wonderful items you might not have considered that can be super useful during your break. 

The value of an item increases exponentially with each function, simply put, the more flexible and more different uses an item has, the more invaluable they become!

Here’s our top four items and an explanation on why you shouldn’t travel without them!

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Simple Ways To Prevent ID Fraud When Travelling

Being robbed is a traumatic experience, which we take every precaution to prevent. But nowadays, robbing can come in a less dramatic way digitally and as harrowing, hence we should be no less vigilant. 

ID fraud and personal information theft seems to be everywhere at the moment, and many holidaymakers are falling victim to them when travelling abroad. To help keep your personal details safe, here are some top tips to stop ID fraud the next time you go on holiday.

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Two Rookie Packing Errors That Could Spoil Your Holiday

Packing should be simple and straightforward before you jet off on holiday, but you’d be surprised at the number of people that have their breaks ruined by making these four rookie packing errors. 

Take a look at the list below to make sure that you don’t fall victim to these common packing problems that could potentially spoil your holiday. 

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Terrible Travel Souvenirs (And What To Give Instead!)

From straw donkeys to sugar-laden sweets bought as an afterthought at the airport, we've all received a dodgy gift from a loved one that's been abroad on holiday.

Most holiday destinations have an array of tacky trinkets specially targeted at tourists, but most of the time these little gifts are often packed straight off to the nearest charity shop or popped in a cupboard or drawer never to see the light of day again.

But if you love bringing home gifts for friends and family members, there’s still ways to avoid these terrible travel gifts and give them something they’ll actually appreciate instead. It’s the thought that counts; hence thoughtful travel gifts are usually the most useful and touching presents. Here are some great ideas on good holiday gifting to get you started. 

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Cost Saving Tips For Saving Money On Calls & Internet Access Abroad

Roaming charges in the EU have largely been scrapped, but outside Europe, you can face hefty charges. Even when roaming is 'free' in the EU, there is still chance that you get a substantial bill when using too much data plus the fact that we have no idea if it will still be “free” after Brexit dateline in March 2019.

If you're heading off overseas but can't live without your mobile phone, then make sure you take a few moments to read this helpful guide featuring top tips on how to save money or calls and internet usage abroad, EU or not. Following some of these suggestions will help you to avoid a nasty bill once you arrive home.

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Four Sleep Tips For Overnight Flights

If your flight means that you’ll be travelling overnight or between different time zones, you’ll want to give your body every opportunity to adjust to any new sleeping patterns, so you arrive feeling refreshed and ready to start your holiday. 

But some of the things we do to try and encourage our bodies to get into this pattern can actually make matters worse, so here are a few useful sleep hacks and things to avoid on overnight flights.

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Four Packing Hacks For Winter Sun

We know that when you’re sick to death of frost-bitten fingers and runny noses, then the temptation to jet off for some winter sun and escape the miserable British weather is real!

If you’re lucky enough to be heading off for some R&R, here are some helpful winter sun packing hacks to make your upcoming holiday preparations easier than ever this year. Read on to discover how to be a layer expert and never compromise on what to wear again!

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Extra Vital Items To Pack For The Solo Traveller

Opting to travel solo on your next big adventure gives you total freedom to go where you want, when you want to, without having to check in with or accommodate anyone else. 

There is no difference whether packing for travelling alone or with some one. It just means that you cannot share stuff and it also means that you have no one that you can rely on if you’ve forgotten to pack an essential item. Hence, it more important to make sure that you get your packing right before you jet off to your chosen destination. 

Here are a few “extra must-have” essential packing items for the solo traveller as somehow they feel like when without these, being alone in that situation feels worse! Plus, they help you make friends along the way as someone or another will need them!

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Top Tips For Backpack Use While Travelling 

The good old backpack has been a travel staple for generations, there’s even a specific type of holiday designed for ‘backpack’ travellers, so you can see why backpacks are still a popular choice for those that want to jet off on an adventure without having to wheel a bulky suitcase along. 

But it’s down to you to make sure that your backpack is used properly to ensure that you don’t cause any damage to back muscles or your spine during your next escape. Here are a few tips on how to use your backpack safely. 

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Why You Should Say Goodbye To Social Media When You Travel

If you're off on your latest adventure, it might feel like the most natural thing in the world to upload your latest photos to Instagram or log on to Facebook to check out what friends and family back home are up to.

But what if you were missing out by using social media while you’re away? Here’s just a few reasons why you should try and curb your social media usage the next time you head off to explore a far-flung land. 

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5 Easy & Effortless Ways to Reduce Plastic Waste When You Next Travel 

We travellers are getting far more environmentally conscious when it comes to our everyday lives. This isn’t just something to practise at home as there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t keep your commitment to the natural world the next time you head off on an adventure. 

Plastic waste have been featured a lot in the news lately and rightly so as plastic bags can take up to 500 years to biodegrade. We want our travel memories to last as long but to leave such negative environmental impact behind that last that long is unfathomable.

Here are a few tips on how to easily reduce and minimise your plastic use the next time you travel. 

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Rolling AND Folding - Packing Tips To Optimise Space & Save Time

Everyone seems to have their own way of packing a suitcase ready for their holiday, but out of rolling or folding clothes, which technique works best? The debate goes on, but whether you roll or fold is not as important as what you take with you. Check out our blog on packing smart. Once you have the ideal holiday wardrobe, the lean team concludes that a combination works best.

Here’s a quick guide on rolling AND folding to help you tailor the optimum packing process best suited to you. 

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Where’s The Safest Spot For My Essential Travel Documents?

From passports and visas to accommodation details, travel documents are part and parcel of any foreign getaway. 

These essential items are important, so you’ll need to keep them close at hand, but where is the safest spot to stow them during your journey and once you arrive?

Here are our top tips for keeping your travel documents safe while also ensuring that you always know where to find them when you’re in transit. 

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Pre-Paid Foreign Currency Cards: Are They Worth The Hassle?

From travellers’ cheques and foreign currency to credit cards, there are oodles of ways to spend money abroad without constantly having to change your GBP at the nearest foreign currency exchange while you’re on holiday. 

A combination of different methods is probably best dependent on individual situations but what does one look for when choosing travel money? The two key things we really want are 1) an option that’s convenient and safe 2) you’re not paying more than you have to. 

Pre-paid foreign currency cards are a popular choice for travellers and holidaymakers that can meet both mentioned wants. But like anything, they have their pro's and cons. Read on to discover if a pre-paid travel card is a good option for your holiday money the next time you jet off abroad.

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Travel Tips to Enjoy Cooking And Eating Well When On Holiday

Self-catering holidays are a great way of feeding the family without having to rely on local restaurants or pay a premium for meal packages, especially if cooking for your group is something you enjoy. It is important to make it a highlight and not a chore.

However, it can have its downsides. If you want to cook but don’t want it to ruin your break, read on to discover some of our top tips for travel cooking the next time you head off on a self-catering adventure. 

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