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For some people, packing a suitcase to take with you on your travels can be extremely stressful. What if you haven’t packed enough clothes? How are you going to get everything to fit into one bag? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. One common method to pack for a big trip away is to write down a list of everything you may need and then tick the items off as you put them into your bag. However, there are other things you mustn’t forget when packing your suitcase/backpack. There also some little tricks to make your items more secure and to make packing less stressful. Always remember a padlock One thing that you should always remember to do when packing your suitcase for any trip is to padlock the zips together. This is to help prevent anyone wanting to steal your luggage. Sure, any thief that wanted to get into…

For too long now, travelling the world has always been associated with wealth. It is a dream that can only come true if you are born rich and have unlimited funds to splash on hotels, cruises and flights. However, for just as long the poorer people have also been making their way around the globe. But how does someone with a limited amount of money travel the world? The secret is to save as much money as possible before your departure and then budget your finances during your trip. You may not be able to stay in luxurious villas and party on yachts, but you will still be able to see the world and experience things you wouldn’t if you stay at home. This post will provide you with top tips on how to save money to travel the world. Visualise the kind of life you want The first step…

Heading off on a new adventure means you need to plan what you are going to take along with you. Are you going on a summer holiday and will need to pack swimwear? Or are you going on a camping trip where you will need to pack a tent full of items? Regardless, every trip is different and therefore you will need to take different things with you. However there are some products that you should take travelling with you as they will make your life easier. Read on to find out which 10 products you need to take travelling with you in 2019.

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Packing Cubes

If you like to stay super organised when you are travelling then one of the best things for you to purchase is a set of packing cubes. Packing cubes are pretty self-explanatory. They are cubes that you can separate your clothes, toiletries and other items into. These are extremely helpful at knowing exactly where everything is in your suitcase, they also make your suitcase look super neat and organised. Also, if you prefer to travel with a backpack, it means you don’t have to rummage around in your sack for too long. You simply pull the right packing cube out and from there it’s easy.

A Camera

A camera is not a necessary product to take travelling with you but in my experience it enhances your experience. Think about a trip you went on a couple of years ago and ask yourself how much you can remember about that trip. As the years go on you remember less and less. However if you had some nice photographs to look back on then you can almost relive your memories long after you returned from your trip.

One of the best cameras to take with you on holidays where you will be in water or holidays full of adventurous activities is the GoPro. This little camera is very small, meaning you can fit it anywhere. Also, it can now shoot 4k which is an added bonus.

However one of the disadvantages of a GoPro is that it only shoots wide angled shots. If you’re more interested in an affordable camera that takes high quality photos and can zoom then the Canon G7x is a good camera to opt for.

Power bank

One item that I cannot go without is a power bank. When I’m travelling around in a new city, I need a fully charged phone and camera. There’s nothing worse than when your camera dies and you really want to carry on taking photographs or you’re lost and you need a charged phone to use google maps. Me and my partner also tend to opt for digital tickets for trains, attractions and boarding passes and so we really need to make sure our phones are fully charged.

Universal Adaptor

Whenever you travel to a new country you need to make sure that you have a power adaptor that fits the countries plug sockets. Most countries power sockets vary and so if you want to use your chargers you will need to a take an adaptor. I used to always purchase separate adaptors for every country I visited until I discovered that you can  purchase a universal adaptor that has multiple options to fit multiple socket types. This is particularly ideal if you are going on a long trip and will be visiting multiple different countries. It saves you having to carry around multiple adaptors.

Money Belt/ Bum Bag

One of my favourite items that I always wear when I am travelling anywhere is my bum bag (or ‘fanny pack‘). It is perfect for when you’re going through airports or train stations because all the important stuff is so easily accessible. Passport, money, bank cards are all good things to keep in your bum bag. This also makes those important items more secure because they are right in front of you. A thief will have a harder time stealing those items when they’re in your bum bag than if they were with your other luggage.

A male alternative, or something that may be easier for men to wear, is a money belt. This is because often men wear shorts that can easily conceal it. This little device is a belt with a secret pocket that you can wear on your waist under your clothing. Not only is this a perfect place to hide money, but you can also purchase waterproof money belts that you can wear in the water.

A Dry Bag

A popular item to travel with, especially if you’re heading to hot countries where you will be around the water a lot of the time, is a dry bag. These are bags that are waterproof and can keep your stuff dry when you are: at the beach, on a boat trip and/or round a swimming pool. These can come in many different sizes dependent on what you are planning to put in them.

Extension lead

Another extremely useful travel hack that was recently brought to my attention is to take an extension lead on holiday with you. This means that you only have to take/purchase one adaptor as opposed to however many plug sockets you would need. This is particularly useful if you are traveling with a family and everyone needs a plug socket to charge their phone. Perhaps if you are travelling solo then this may not be something you would need to take travelling with you.

A Good Book

This is just a personal preference but I can not go anywhere without a good book to keep me entertained on long journeys. I usually like to read something travel related or about characters that are going on adventures. One of the last books I read was by one of my favourite YouTubers Psychotraveller and it was about her journey on a working holiday visa in Australia. I have given this book a review and you can read this here if you would like.

Waterproof cover for your backpack

This item isn’t essential but it is a good purchase if you are going to be walking around with a backpack on your back. If it rains whist you are outside with your backpack then without a waterproof cover your backpack and its contents would get wet. This is the last thing you would want as it may make all your clothes smell damp. One simple solution is to purchase a waterproof cover for your back.

Travel Pillow

Last but not least, one product that you should always travel with is a travel pillow. They come in many variations and it can prevent you getting a sore and tender neck on long journeys. A lot of travel pillows can be rolled into small packaging which you can easily tie onto your backpack. This way you do not need to use up your luggage space.

Have you ever lost money from a non-refundable flight or hotel reservation because something suddenly came up in your life prohibiting you from traveling? You are not alone. Thousands of people every day lose money this way because they are not aware that their reservations may be transferred and sold to another traveller through a safe and trustworthy platform.

Thankfully, SpareFare.net has come up with a solution for this frustrating problem. Its marketplace connects people who have already bought a flight, hotel room, or holiday package but are unable to use them, with buyers searching for travel options at bargain prices. This allows sellers to recover a portion of their money, while the new buyers receive a discount of up to 50-60% from the current price of travel bookings. It is a total win-win for everyone and a much-needed solution in the travel industry!

Saving your non-refundable holiday

Can I sell my flight to someone else? Yes, you can!

Many people are unaware that their reservations can be transferred to other travellers. However, flights, for example, can be transferred to someone else if your airline allows you to change the name associated with the flight ticket. The airline usually charges a fee for name changes which tends to vary from airline to airline. Most low-cost airlines offer name changes as part of their official policy statements and the name change is completed through the airline’s online website very quickly.

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Can I sell my hotel reservation to someone else? Absolutely!

Hotel reservations are even easier to transfer. If the reservation is made through an online booking engine, the name change is done through the traveller’s online account. If the booking is made directly through the hotel, all you need to do is call the hotel’s reception desk and they will do it for you. Hotels typically do not charge name change fees.

How are secondary travel marketplaces different from selling your flight on platforms like Ebay, for example?

SpareFare has built-in fraud protection for both the buyers and the sellers in its system. It acts as an intermediary which dramatically reduces the risk typically associated with transferring flights, hotel rooms and holidays to strangers. Sellers gain protection because they do not have to change the name on the reservations and pay the name change fees until SpareFare has received the money from the buyer. This, then, guarantees the sellers that they will be refunded for the name change fees on a reservation, ensuring they won’t lose even more money than before.

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Buyers gain protection, as well, because SpareFare doesn’t release the money to the seller until the date of the flight or the check-in date of the hotel to ensure the reservation is legitimate.  This prevents sellers from selling the same reservation to multiple buyers. This varies greatly from selling or purchasing travel reservations on platforms like Ebay, where trust is a significant barrier between buyers and sellers. And with so many technological hacks and travel scams in our world today, users are rightful to be cautious about general selling sites like Ebay. Travel reservations are expensive, and if something goes wrong, travellers can suffer considerable losses. SpareFare also verifies the authenticity of all offers when they are listed on the platform. This assures buyers that they will not be scammed and the listings are available for transfer.

Thailand is one of the most exotic holiday destinations there is, and the tropical climate can easily affect a westerner’s health, what with disease and germs that your body is simply not accustomed to. If you are planning a trip to Thailand in the near future, here are some essential tips to ensure that you remain fit and healthy enough to enjoy the experience.

Stay Hydrated – The tropical climate in Thailand is very humid, especially between February and May (Thai Summer), and it is essential that you drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. People sweat while sitting in the shade, and if you are trekking or doing anything physical, always have a bottle of water with you. Dehydration can trigger something else, and as your immune system is not familiar with the environment, you must take special care in many ways.

Only Drink Bottled Water – This is an absolute must, as it is oh so easy to get an upset stomach by drinking tap water, and if you take out one of the private escorted Thailand tour packages you can book online, you will be in very good hands. You must also take care with ice, as any ice made from tap water would bring the same results as drinking the water. Your guide would know establishments that are safe, and with their help, your holiday will be a stress-free experience.

Avoid Street Food – As delicious as it is, eating a few pork sticks from a roadside stall can quickly lead to stomach issues, and while a veteran expat would have no problem, a tourist does not have immunity to local germs and viruses. One of the advantages to having a tour arranged is that you have an experienced guide with you at all times, and they would know what is safe to eat.

Dengue Fever – This disease is carried by mosquitoes, which are everywhere at dawn and dusk, and while this might be more of a problem in rural regions, many people in Bangkok catch dengue fever from a single mosquito bite. Your best line of defence is to rub mosquito repellent over all exposed areas, which can be bought locally, and it smells quite nice too! For more information on staying healthy in Thailand, a quick search online should lead you to a few helpful articles.

Watch Out For Sunburn – If you have a pale complexion and have just arrived from a European country, you must take extra-special care with the sun. Use some suitable sunblock, especially if you plan on being in a coastal area, as the salt makes it worse, and always apply this after a swim. Wearing a hat is a good idea, and while you might love to be in the sun, there is a very real risk of getting burned, especially during the first few days.

If you grew up in England and your parents were not rich enough to be flying back and forwards from DisneyLand to Tenerife, then you were most likely taken on a very British caravan holiday. By a British caravan Holiday I mean a holiday where the kids can spend all day participating in the kids club and the adults can get drunk on cheap pints. You would be situated at a small seaside town and spend a lot of time by the amusements. My fondest memories of spending a week or two at a caravan park often revolved around walking to the beach and crabbing from the rocks. Did anyone else do this? Anyway, if you are heading off on a British Caravan Holiday read on for all of my tips and advice to making it a fun filled week. 1) Food The greatest things about a caravan holiday is…

It’s that time of year when I begin to start thinking about where I want to be this summer. After a hard year of work, there is nothing I would want more than chilling on a beach with a cocktail in hand. But, before you can be relaxing in paradise you need to consider a few things. The first thing you need to do is actually book a holiday, which sounds easy enough but when there are thousands of hotels to choose from, it can be hard to make a decision. So, I’ve decided to write a post containing all the things you need to look for in a summer holiday. Budget The first thing you need to consider is how far your budget will take you. There’s no point thinking of booking a holiday in Barbados for two weeks from England if the flight alone would steal half of…

I came to the realisation not long ago that the travel content on my blog was rather limited and there is a reason for this. I have not travelled anywhere in far too long. University commitments and lack of funds just keep getting in the way. None the less, I thought I’d create some travel advice content whilst I wait for that day when someone will just pay me to travel the world and not look back. Any takers? I’m PR friendly… I promise! Anyway I thought I’d start the advice with 10 things you should never do when staying in a hostel. I haven’t seen all of these happen but you’ll soon gather why I don’t see them to be hostel appropriate! Number 1 – Do NOT leave the lights on Do not be that annoying somebody who is the last one in at night and then forgets to…