Friday, August 4, 2017

Plan the Perfect Trip with These Travel Tips

Traveling is one of my favorite things to do, but with travels also come a lot of preparation and planning. You have to plan where you are going, think about what you are going to do, pick out outfits to fit those plans, pack, head to the airport early, or take a long car ride, and then you can finally start the ‘fun’ part of your travels (although who doesn’t love buying new clothes for an upcoming trip?!). :) Over the years, I have come up with tips to make my travels easier and more fun and I wanted to share them with you today. Here are the questions I ask myself each time I am traveling:

Before anything else, you have to prepare for your trip. There are a few things that go into it, some of which I named above:

  • Where are you going?
Figuring out where you are going is the first step to your travels. First of all, think about who is traveling with you. If it is just yourself, you have the flexibility to go where you want to go, when you want to go. If you are traveling with someone else, always consider what they want, as well. Other than personal preferences, you also have to consider how much money you can spend. If you do not have a big budget, maybe take a short road trip. Write down what is most important to you and plan from there.

  • What are you going to do?
Once you have a place, you need to figure out what you are going to do there. Are you going to the beach, are you going to the mountains to hike, or are you going to a place like Nashville where you will be bar-hopping, or exploring local businesses? Either way, figuring out what you are going to do is your next step to a successful trip! I love to plan out a rough itinerary and research the location that I’m headed so that I don’t have to waste time and do it while I am there. Instead, I can hit the ground running and spend as much time as possible exploring the town!

  • How much space do I have?
Step 1 in packing is figuring out how much space you have. Do you have a carry on and a checked bag if you are flying, or do you have all the space you could want in your car? If you have just a carry on, it is possible to pack in that alone!

  • What do I need to pack?
This is the fun part! Plan your outfits based on where you are going and what you are doing. If you are going to the beach, make sure to pack some cute kimonos and maybe a trendy one piece. If you are headed to Italy, make sure you grab your sundresses and comfortable walking shoes. I love shopping for new outfits depending on where I am going.

  • What to wear when traveling
Most people try to stay comfortable while traveling no matter if on a plane or car and while that is great, I always try to look cute, as well. There is a way to be comfortable and cute! Try opting for some jeggings, which are leggings that look like jeans, or stretchy jeans instead of sweatpants or leggings. For shirts, try wearing a simple shirt with maybe a cardigan for warmth, if it is needed. When it comes to shoes, try to wear some that are easy to slip on and off.

  • What to bring in your carry on
When packing your carry on (if you are flying, of course) make sure you pack only items that you will actually need or use so that you are not weighed down by your bag and can easily enter and exit the plane. Some of my favorite go to items for my carry on are: book(s), chapstick, face wipes, hand sanitizer, a water bottle from the airport, a small change of clothes, and my phone charger.

  • How to find the best items to bring back

When you are done having the best trip of your life, you need to figure out what to bring home as a souvenir. If you are headed to a place like Hawaii, you could bring home some macadamia nuts, coffee, or jewelry. If you are going to Italy, you can bring home cheese, paintings, or leather. When in Mexico, bring home salsa or tequila. In China, you can order a sword from Swords of Northshire. All of their swords are hand forged in Longquan, China, which is located in the remote, green mountains of Qinxi. Longquan is famous for sword making with over 2,600 years of sword making experience, making Longquan swords the most traditional ancient weapons of China. If you are looking for the best sword product out there to remind you of your trip to China, look no further than Swords of Northshire.


  1. After visiting your article, I feel like I had been traveling the wrong way my whole life. You travel tips are so helpful in making my trips cost and time efficient, I wish I had been following this since the day I started travelling. Anyway, thank you for sharing all these tips with us for free, I really appreciate that.


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