Today I have a special guest post lined up for you: Casey from True Colours! I really enjoy her travel blog and today she will be sharing some awesome tips that I think will definitely help any seasoned or new traveler. (I can especially vouch for the greatness of Evian Facial Spray while in a stuffy plane.)
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Hey everyone! I’m Casey from True Colours over here at Glocal Girl guest posting today. I grew up as expat kid in the Middle East and have had my fair share of traveling in my lifetime. My husband and I also continue to travel regularly both abroad and within the States, so I’m here to offer the top 5 lessons I’ve learned (in no particular order) over the many years of flying around the world.
1. Fly with only carry-on luggage. Though challenging, if you can pack methodically to make this possible, it will be worth it. My husband and I did this on our last big trip to London, Morocco and Paris earlier this year and we both took only 1 roller bag each and 1 supplementary duffle type bag. This makes traveling so easy: no baggage check in, head straight to security, no waiting for bags on the other end and you’ll be the first through customs since everyone else is still waiting for their luggage.
2. Use mobile boarding passes on your smartphone. A relatively new feature for the savvy traveler, most of the major airlines now have apps for your smartphone that allow you to pull up a boarding pass on your phone. Then all you do is show your phone, they scan it and you’re good to go. It’s also great when you’re traveling and can’t print out the boarding pass, no need anymore, just make sure you have an internet connection and it’s super easy.
3. Products: Beauty Balm & Evian Facial Spray These 2 products have changed my life while traveling. I’m a fan of the Clinique BB cream and it basically goes on like a lotion but looks like you’re wearing makeup. It’s great for flying because it doesn’t get all “cakey” like foundation does. The Evian facial spray may sound cliché, but it makes a huge difference on a long flight. I spritz my face with it every few hours on a long flight and I instantly feel refreshed.
4. Travel with cash. It’s a good thing to carry cash when you travel in case cards don’t work abroad or ATM’s are down. I always travel with multiple currencies too. I keep some American dollars with me, as well as the currencies of wherever I’m going. Exchange your money at home at your bank before you go, so you don’t pay fees at Money Exchanges in airports.
5. Learn a few key words of whatever language they speak wherever you’re going. I learned growing up abroad, that any effort you put into trying to fit into a culture that isn’t your own, is deeply appreciated by the locals. So I still always learn some key words or phrases in whatever language is spoken where I’m going. This will often make your trip extra special and a whole lot easier.
I hope these tips help on your next adventure and you can follow me
True Colours to see where I’m headed next. Bon voyage!