Traveling can be so exciting! The thought of getting to know an entirely different culture and seeing in person all the places you only used to see on your Facebook feed is enough to make anyone giddy with anticipation. However, it’s easy to get caught up in the tiny details of your trip and if you’re not careful, you might end up grumpy and overwhelmed even before you’ve boarded the plane. So before you hop on a 14-hour flight to the city of your dreams, read our travel tips below for the most hassle-free trip you’ll ever take!
Pack only what you need. Easier said than done as most of us toss in stuff we think we’ll need during the trip. No, you probably won’t need those extra pair of heels just in case you stumble upon an “it” club. Save space by asking yourself if you’ll really need a certain item while packing. If you find yourself hesitating, leave it. It’s all going to be worth it when you save yourself time and money at the airport by only having less than 7 kg. of luggage. No need to check it in!
Do more with less. Pack versatile pieces of clothing that go well with each other and a single pair of shoes to go with everything. Make sure to bring machine washable clothing so you can just wash, wear, and go for longer trips.
Limit your gadgets. Let’s face it, gadgets are heavy and they take focus away from your main travelling goal, which is to explore the city you’re in. Ditch your laptops and iPads for just a light point-and-shoot camera. Trust us, you’ll live without Facebook for a couple of days.
Organization is key. Channel your inner Monica Geller and separate your luggage items into categories before stacking them neatly in your bag. Make sure to have a separate compartment for essentials such as your travel documents (if we’re going all-out Monica here, you’ll want to sort them in the order you’ll need them), keys, and itinerary. Put the things you’re gonna need often (i.e. hand sanitizer and earphones) somewhere you could easily access. Being organized will cut your stress levels in half before, during, and even after your trip.
Know where everything is. This includes your hotel, the restaurants you want to try out, as well as useful places like hospitals, police stations, and places with the best bargains. Know where they are on the map even before you arrive in the city so you could plot your whole route for the entire trip. Be on the lookout for hidden gems, though. You’ll never know what you’ll find! Maybe a secret restaurant? Or perhaps a shop of vintage finds tucked away from the main streets?
Be money-wise. Pack only cash that’s enough for minor buys as well as some in case of emergency. You wouldn’t want those pesky coins weighing you down and getting in the way for your entire trip. Most establishments you’re going to be in will most likely accept a MasterCard anyway.
If you don’t have a credit card and the time to apply for one, don’t fret! We got you covered with Globe’s GCash MasterCard. Because it’s linked to your Globe or TM sim card, you can simply reload your GCash account using your smartphone or tablet to enjoy the swipe and pay features of a MasterCard! Safely pay for anything anywhere without worrying about running out of cash abroad because with your GCash MasterCard, you can even withdraw some dough from ATMs worldwide! You can also track your spending with the GCash Mobile App so you won’t go over budget ever again. With all these features, be sure to categorize your GCash MasterCard as a travel essential!
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