You’re a travel lover – nay, a travel pro. Fridge magnets from around the world, a wardrobe for all weathers, expert knowledge on the best little cafes on the outskirts of Paris that serve the most finest all-butter croissants in the city – you have it all. And when you’re not travelling, you’re scrolling wistfully through holiday sites and travel blogs trying desperately to satisfy that pent-up wanderlust – but you’ve probably had more than enough of the latter over the past year. Being stuck at home has done us no favours and right now we’re itching for the chance to hop on a plane and explore the world.
With that in mind, here are just five top tips for travellers to make the most of the digital age.
1. Research visa requirements
This sounds like a tip for ‘Travel 101’ rather than advice for a seasoned explorer, but in the excitement of planning, administrative necessities can get forgotten about. Travisa is a useful resource for US citizens, whilst Brits can check their Visa requirements via Visa Central. Wherever you’re from, there are resources online to help you plan ahead, so don’t get caught unawares!
2. Travel light
No one wants to be weighed down by excess baggage on their travels. Yet, it doesn’t matter whether you’re going away for two months, two weeks, or even just two days – the urge to overpack is strong. But unsurprisingly, like just about every common problem of the 21 st century, there’s an app for that. It’s called Packr and it’s designed to help travellers arrange their trunks, suitcases or backpacks for trips of all kinds.
3. Start a vlog or blog
What better place to share your adventures than online, in a digital community full of others who share your love of travel?
Keeping a vlog or blog is also a great way to record travel memories and treasured experiences, and with portable tech, it’s never been easier. For a bespoke site, web devs like Maratopia Digital Marketing can help you create a perfect design page and ensure you gain traction in search engines. Share your passion with others just like you and connect wherever you are in the world.
4. Choose where you stay carefully
Safety is of the utmost importance, especially if you’re travelling alone. But thankfully, the internet makes it easier than ever to check the safety of any region, and price up the best options for accommodation while you’re at it.
Online guides like Lonely Planet, Rough Guides and Hostelworld provide plenty of resources for safety-conscious travellers, whilst Tripadvisor reviews can steer you in the right direction.
5. Contact your consulate
Hopefully, you’ll never need to do this, but bumps in the road do happen and if you ever face an emergency abroad such as a lost passport, it’s good to know how to get in touch with your consulate – just in case. Don’t wait until you need it – plan ahead before every journey.
I hope these tips provide a guiding light for your next adventure on the road – bon voyage!