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50+ Expert Travel Tips

What do Matthew Kepnes, Samuel Jeffery, Audrey Bergner and Graham Hughes all have in common? They are all expert bloggers in backpacking and world travel and have shared their best travel tips with Round the World we go. We have managed to find the very best experts in world travel across the world-wide web and asked them to share their favourite travel tips with us, for you!

Each travel tip has been made tweetable – so not only can you discover some of the very best travel secrets, but you can share your favourite tips with your friends. Curating the best all time travel tips from the world’s expert backpackers and travellers has ensured we have all the advice you could ever need for the next time you travel the world – ENJOY!

50+ Expertย Travel Tips

1. “Go with the flow. Sketch out your general route and plan but let the details fill themselves in each day. You’ll have more fun and be less stressed.”

Matthew Kepnes, nomadicmatt.comTravel Tip

2. “When booking anything online (flights, tours, everything), look for Promo codes that can save you money.”

Nick Dariece, Travel Tip

3. “When planning a trip make sure to have a flexible itinerary that will allow you to change your schedule easily while on location”

Samuel Jeffery, Travel Tip

4. “Invest in a portable safe – Even in simple guesthouses, you’ll have a safe for your valuables!”

Kate McCulley, Travel Tip

5. “Don’t forgot to tear up the plans from time to time, and go with the flow. Sometimes the best adventures are the ones we don’t plan for!”

Laurence Norah, Travel Tip

6. “Splurge on packing cubes, they are invaluable as they compress clothes and help you organize.”

Ayngelina Brogan, Travel Tip

7. “Opening your eyes and mind to connecting with others matters more than getting off the beaten path.”

Jodi Ettenberg, Travel Tip

8. “Travel is full of serendipitous surprises. Plan an outline of your trip, but be flexible in your plans!”

Audrey Bergner, Travel Tip

9. “If you can go with the flow, all you need is a one-way ticket and a credit card to start any adventure.”

Gary Arndt, Travel Tip

10. “Eat where the locals eat. That’s where you’ll find the best food”

Adam Boston, Travel Tip

11. “Lay out your clothes and any other belongings you wish to take with you, and pack only half. It’s always so much easier to travel light.”

Paul Johnson, aluxurytravelblog.comTravel Tip

12. “Don’t over plan – sometimes the unexpected is the best.”

Theodora Sutcliffe, Travel Tip

13. “Plan sparingly. Have a few trajectories in mind and follow whichever best suits the energy of your destination.”

Robert Schrader, Travel Tip

14. “Send your travel reservations to Tripit which can be viewed on mobile and will save printing.”

James Clark, Travel Tip

15. “Planning should be a fluid concept, research the top few things in each country on a map and draw a dirty big red line through them!”

Johnny Ward, Travel Tip

16. “Airfare is expensive ๐Ÿ™ Be flexible when shopping for flights. Often varying travel dates result in better fares.”

Dave, Travel Tip

17. “Don’t over plan – you’ll stifle serendipity & kill your ability to fit reality. Plan for improvising. That’s how adventure happen.”

Mike Sowden, Travel Tip

18. “Build some flexibility into your travel itinerary; leave room to be spontaneous!”

Amanda Williams, dangerous-business.comTravel Tip

19. “Check to see if your destination has a Greeter program. If yes, you’ll get a local experience and it will be free!”

Janice Waugh, Travel Tip

20. “When planning a family trip, never overbook yourselves with tour. Kids can only handle one tour at most per day!”

Marina Villatoro, Travel Tip

21. “Buy the Lonely Planet Kindle editions and use them on your phone or other device!”

Lisa Niver Rajna, wesaidgotravel.comTravel Tip

22. “Solo travelers meet so many people, so quickly, on the road who have great tips and things to do that youโ€™ll never get from a guidebook.”

Michael Hodson, Travel Tip

23. “Make sure to leave room for delays. A loose schedule is best and always ask the locals for money saving tips on transportation”

Christy Woodrow, Travel Tip

24. “I always love to take food tours when I travel. Who wants to travel on an empty stomach?”

Adam Groffman, Travel Tip

25. “When traveling use your phone’s camera to snap photos of important details: airport parking location, luggage, kids, & even hotel/flight confirmation numbers.”

Beth Blair, Travel Tip

26. “Use packing cubes to organize your bag and keep it all sorted – they’re a life saver on the road!”

Shannon O’Donnell, Travel Tip

27. “Never accept the first price, especially when travelling to developing nations. Always do some window shopping before making a final decision”

Cameron Wears, Travel Tip

28. “Visit fewer countries/cities and spend more time in each. More time learning and enjoying and less time in a bus.”

Wes Nations, Travel Tip

29. “Plan for more time than you think you need: slow travel is far more rewarding!”

Dalene Heck, Travel Tip

30. “When traveling to a different country, learn a few words in the local language like Hello, Please, Thank You”

Annette White, Travel Tip

31. “Our 1 Trip Rule: Pack to carry everything at once from cab to hotel etc. Simple & safe, no bags left behind!”

David & Veronica, gypsynester.comTravel Tip

32. “Try travelling Bear Grylls style with a carry-on size pack to save your precious back and money on luggage check in fees!”

Kate, Travel Tip

33. “It’s not necessarily wise to book tours before you leave. Often you’ll find things are cheaper at your destination.”

Victoria Brewood, Travel Tip

34. “Lay out everything you want to take with you, then half it and double your travel budget”

Chris Richardson, Travel Tip

35. “Expect things to go wrong because they often do. Make plans for every eventuality”

Lauren Juliff, Travel Tip

36. “Always pack a pair of earplugs. A good night’s sleep on the road is golden.”

Audrey Scott, Travel Tip

37. “Makes lists of travel essentials, carry on & checked bags to reuse every trip. It saves time & nothing’s forgotten.”

Annabel Candy, Travel Tip

38. “Prepare a few options to pay for purchases. If one card is declined, you’ll have back-ups!โ€

Deia, Travel Tip

39. “Forget the typical bucket list items; base your travel plans on the things you actually want to do.”

Catherine McHugh, Travel Tip

40. “Save cash when flying by bringing a maximum sized carry on and ‘personal item”

Andy Feliciotti, Travel Tip

41. “Organise but donโ€™t over organise your travels. We call it serendipity.”

Paula McInerney, contentedtraveller.comTravel Tip

42. “Learn a little of the local language, you never know when this may come in handy and itโ€™s likely to be met with a smile!”

Rough Guides, Travel Tip

43. “Book a food tour. It gives you insight into the culture and you get a full stomach in the process.”

Leah Travels, Travel Tip

44. “Ask your favourite travel blogger via Twitter for recommendations – they’re really friendly & helpful”

Dave and Deb, Travel Tip

45. “Read reviews but take them with a grain of salt. Everyone’s expectations and travel experiences are unique”

Rhonda Krause, Travel Tip

46. “Get good travel insurance! This is not something to skip, you never know what might happen.”

Sharon Gourlay, Travel Tip

47. “Use plastic Zip-Loc bags for organising stuff: your carry-on to efficiently packing socks, underwear and other small items.”

Matthew Long, Travel Tip

48. “Always travel with a sarong. You can use them for virtually anything, but they are so small and lightweight you won’t notice them in your bag.”

Casey Siemasko, Travel Tip

49. “Be prepared to sleep anywhere. Ear plugs & eye masks will help block out the light for a good nights sleep.”

Kate Owen, roundtheworldwego.comTravel Tip

50. “Learn how to say “no thank you” when travelling to save yourself continually being pestered.”

Adam Boston, Travel Tip

51. “Traveling by train? Take only luggage that you can lift onto the train yourself. Storage is often overhead.”

Terri, EuropeUpClose.comTravel Tip

52. “While visiting the sights has its benefits, the most memorable experiences will involve your interactions with other people you come across along the way….pay attention to the handshakes, the exchanged smiles, the small conversations you share and see what you can learn from each.”

Earl Baron, Travel Tip

53. “Pack less, plan ahead less, and travel more!”

Hannah & Adam, Travel Tip


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Article written by Adam Boston

Discover the most inspiring travel stories, must do adventures, and photography of the world seen through the eyes of Adam. Uncovering what the world has to offer,ย from one country to another.


Currently there's 24 comment(s)

  • Brigid

    Commented on 02/06/2014 at 17:48

    Fab tips from a great bunch of travelers! Couldn’t agree more with tips 13, 36 and 47!
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    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 03/06/2014 at 08:34

      Thanks Bridgid! Every day when compliling the list I would have a new favourite travel tip. So many great tips from the big names in travel! (Thank you all)

      If you have a tip of your own I’m happy to add to the list

  • Catherine

    Commented on 08/06/2014 at 00:45

    Some really great ideas here. Thanks once again for sharing mine ๐Ÿ™‚
    Catherine recently posted…Photo Essay: The Gardens of ApelternMy Profile

    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 08/06/2014 at 15:51

      Thanks for submitting a great tip! This should be the perfect resource for anyone who’s looking to travel and needs some friendly advice from the top bloggers who have already been in ‘our’ shoes ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amanda

    Commented on 08/06/2014 at 21:21

    Really nice collection of tips! And I love the option to tweet them all individually!
    Amanda recently posted…Aroamas: Smell Good While You RoamMy Profile

    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 08/06/2014 at 15:57

      Thanks Amanda, I wanted to add something special to the article and to be able to tweet them I thought would be a great idea to not only save your favourite quote, but share it with the rest of the world ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Deia @ Nomad Wallet

    Commented on 08/06/2014 at 23:52

    Thanks for including me, Adam! Lots of great tips here. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 13/06/2014 at 08:31

      Thanks for participating Deia!

  • Adam

    Commented on 10/06/2014 at 23:02

    Love the tips and the design here. Great job!

    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 11/06/2014 at 08:48

      Thanks Adam, your tip on food tours is such a great idea, not only do you learn about their culture through the food, but you can fill the empty stomach at the same time! ๐Ÿ™‚ – Will be using this idea ourselves

  • Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot

    Commented on 10/06/2014 at 23:26

    Love the round up and thanks for including me. Wes is spot on about visiting fewer places and spending less time there. You get a much better experience ๐Ÿ™‚
    Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot recently posted…The Best Years of Your Life and How to Live it Right NowMy Profile

    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 13/06/2014 at 08:45

      I agree! instead of skimming the surface of many countries, get stuck right in there and experience the country like a local by spending day to day life there to get a real sense of their culture

  • The GypsyNesters

    Commented on 11/06/2014 at 15:59

    Fun, fun, fun! Thanks for including us and *wow!* did we learn a lot from others. Well done!
    The GypsyNesters recently posted…A Patriotic Journey: Biking Washington DCโ€™s National MallMy Profile

    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 16/06/2014 at 08:41

      Thanks guys! If you have any more tips to share, please let me know and I’ll add them ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wesley @ Wesley Travels

    Commented on 18/06/2014 at 09:12

    Awesome tips, I love the one from Nomadic matt. Great

  • Iva

    Commented on 28/07/2014 at 04:26

    Right away I am going to do my breakfast, once having my breakfast
    coming again to read additional news.
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  • Caleb

    Commented on 27/08/2014 at 15:59

    Know what type of transportation you will need to use when you are there. Always plan ahead in this area. These are great tips for traveling.

  • Cathy Coleman

    Commented on 16/04/2015 at 21:48

    Many great tips here, but living in Houston, TX and planning a road trip to Yellowstone and other parks along the way–you can’t be spontaneous–parks are reserved sometimes 12 months in advance. If you plan on staying in one–you have to make reservations months in advance. If you don’t reserve anything, chances are, you won’t be able to stay where you want to stay! Because of that, you have to plan and make reservations way in advance for all stops along the way. Sucks, but I’d rather be safe than sorry. I’ve planned 2 road trips over 3500 miles over the last 10 years–we had 1 problem that made us change our plans for 1 days. When you are working, and only have so much time, you have to try and do what you can do!

  • Marek

    Commented on 06/10/2015 at 23:25

    Wow, you collected quite a bunch of tips here! Have to especially agree with all the tips about maintaining some flexibility… some planning is certainly useful, but it’s lovely to improvise on your trip as well.
    Marek recently posted…5 Fun Ways To Document Your TravelsMy Profile

    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 08/10/2015 at 08:28

      Thanks Marek, I completely agree that it’s nice to improvise as you go along at times and step away from tight schedules

  • Sarah

    Commented on 18/08/2016 at 21:18

    Good Tips Adam, thank you for sharing =)

  • Natalie

    Commented on 25/01/2017 at 16:31

    So many great tips! Love the round up. We use ziploc bags instead of official packing cubes – clear, cheap, and you can write on them!! It is a real time saver for moms to just hand each kid their gallon zip loc bag (with the day’s outfit) and get the day started. Anything to give moms a break! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Adam Boston

      Commented on 26/01/2017 at 07:45

      That’s a great idea Natalie, maybe we could add this to our list with your permission? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ryan smith @Mrabroad

    Commented on 28/07/2018 at 15:28

    “Prepare a few options to pay for purchases. If one card is declined, youโ€™ll have back-ups!” _ my favorite ๐Ÿ™‚ .

    ANd quite an impressive list Adam, thanks for sharing.

    I also had a chance to cooperate with some travel bloggers back in 2017 for their favorite travel hacks.

    Hope you will find this post useful
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