Three of my travel hacks

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

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

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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  2. Light Packing and Healthy Eating is really great tips to travel easily. Thanks for sharing the idea. I will keep these in my mind.

  3. Its really hard to eat healthy when traveling. But that was an interesting article an would try it. Can you post any more information.

  4. This article is so innovative and well constructed I got plenty of information from this post. Keep writing related to the topics on your site.

  5. I’ve been collecting loyalty points and it’s starting to pay off, thanks for all the tips!

  6. Awesome post! One of mine is meet as many friends as you can as the more people you know, the more opportunities and experiences you can discover on your travels!

  7. My Favourite Travel hack is Clearing my cookies to get the best deals from travel agents.

  8. Nice Read!! I find it hard to get airline rewards because I feel like every different country has their own airline that has the best prices (Air New Zealand, Iceland Air, etc). Is there an airline that works with those airlines as well or do you have multiple reward programs?

  9. Great advices, we use them too! Feel free to check out how we do it on I especially like your advice anout eating healty and making concious choises to what you take in.

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  11. Awesome tips! Working on eating healthier while traveling 😊

  12. Great post! Def agree with eating healthy, got sick halfway through my trip in the states as didn’t eat enough veggies!

  13. Trying to go out of the country for mission work soon, great to know beforehand!

  14. I could not agree more with the carry on! I live by trying to ensure I can strategically pack to not have to check a bag.

  15. Great point about being health conscious while traveling. Something a lot of people don’t think about but it’s crucial!

  16. Great tips!! I became a firm believer in travel insurance after a mishap with my partner…luckily he had coverage so we were able to cover urgent care expenses; you just never know what might happen! Also loved the fitness tips, something I try to do but can always do better! 🙂

  17. Thanks for sharing your travel hacks. It will help us to make our travel better. Keep updating us.

  18. Thanks, Samantha! These are not only travel hacks – its excellent advice for daily living as well. If you ever need some tips for travelling to the UK, please take a look at my blog.

  19. Great suggestions! My best hack is to take a little extra time at the end of a work trip to enjoy the city you’re visiting to really get the most out of your time and money.
    xx Sarah

  20. I couldn’t agree more with this!!!

  21. I love the tip about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It’s so important! That’s why I always try to find good hikes or outdoor activities everywhere new that I go.

  22. These travel hacks are awesome. Everyone should know lot of hacks while he travel. this makes their travel easy.

  23. Like you said i always keep my healthy living and look for local discounts to the place where i go.

  24. I think a good one is to stash money and IDs in different places … just in case you lose/get pick pocketed !

  25. Wow! This is great! Thanks for sharing!

  26. Beautiful post! agree with your travel tips especially pack light, it’s a game changer

  27. 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.

  28. 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

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      Thanks so much!

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      Thanks so much!

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      It really gets easier with time 🙂

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      Thanks so much! Much appreciated!

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      It makes such a difference!

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      Thanks so much! Much appreciated

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      Thanks for your comment!

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      Thanks so much! I appreciate it!

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      Thanks so much! Much appreciated

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      It is! Thanks so much!

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      Thanks so much!

  29. Well you know me and packing light! It won’t happen but I do try the others 🙂

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      Haha! One day maybe it will 🙂

  30. I am working on packing light but find it hard 🙂 I try to find as many deals as I can too

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      It takes time to pack lighter but it gets easier with time!

  31. I find the food one the hardest, but that is probably an every day thing 🙂 I walk a lot more when I travel than at home so I think it balances out!

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      Haha! I get it! I do too and find it balances out too

  32. Great tips and pics Sam!

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      Thanks so much!

  33. Keeping healthy is my hardest one. I find I tend to eat more just to try everything!

    1. I agree, and it is more of a laziness that takes over during travelling and getting tired cycle.

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

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      Thanks so much! I appreciate it

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      Thank you very much! It was a great trip!

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