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Three of my travel hacks

Three ways to make the most out of your next trip.
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St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

I have been traveling much more frequently over the last three years, for work and personally. Here are three things I do that help me make the most of my trip, as well as some photos from my trip to St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada. It is such a beautiful part of the country and the people there are so kind!

Maximize your deals

Use travel loyalty programs; they’re worth it. Not just for the bonus miles, rewards and free flights, but you can also get perks such as priority seating on the plane and access to a lounge in the airport while you wait. Programs can also help you if you’re booking hotels and renting cars.

Use Airbnb and couchsurf where you can to save money as well on places to stay. Sites like Groupon and LivingSocial can help you find deals on food or things to do in your destination city.

Read Aldo’s posts Save money on flights and Spend less to take a last minute vacation, even during peak season for more of my tips on spending less to travel.

Pack light

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I pack a lot of black because it goes with everything! Downtown St. John’s Newfoundland

Taking less saves time, money and extra hassles. I don’t have to pay or wait for baggage check, which also lets me get ahead of others on my flight to get out of the airport and start my holiday. I also don’t have to deal with the hassle of lugging around extra baggage.

My suggestion is only to take what’s necessary. I can get by for up to 11 days with one carry-on and one personal item bag, even with a suit or gown. I haven’t traveled longer yet but feel like I can go at least two weeks or longer.

Keep up healthy living

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Hiking in St. John’s, Newfoundland

It’s important to eat as healthy as you can when you travel, as well as to keep up your fitness.

To eat healthier, try to buy some healthy snacks or make your food if you can. Eat the healthy snacks while you’re out so that you don’t stop for fast food options, or gorge when you finally eat because you’re so hungry. If you have a kitchen where you’re staying, you can make some of your food to ensure that it’s healthy too.

To keep your fitness consistent when you’re traveling, research ahead to see if the place you’ll be staying in has a working gym or pool, or what space you have in your room. Also, if there are any parks, trails, gym deals or sports nearby.

I also believe strongly in getting medical insurance if you’re going somewhere you’re not covered in case something happens. The one time it does, you don’t want to be stuck without it, even if you’re out of pocket when nothing does happen. It’s better to be safe. It has happened to me.

These are some of my quick travel tips. What are yours?

 

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61 comments

  1. My travel hack is to Meet locals! It’s great to get off the beaten tourist path, and Meeting the people who actually live in a region is the best way I’ve found to do that.

  2. These are awesome! I like the keep up healthy eating because that’s really important! I blog about Disney world and it’s so easy to eat all kinds of fun food there but … it’s not completely healthy even if you try to eat healthier

    1. It happens to many people! Especially when you’re trying food in places you’ve never tasted the cuisine before

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