Our 20 Best Travel Tips After 20 Years of Traveling

Over the past 20 years, Caz and I have been fortunate to have visited over 50 countries and lived in 5, and today we’d like to share with you our 20 best travel tips!

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Whilst our style of travel has evolved from solo travel to traveling as a couple and to now traveling as a family of four, there are some core travel habits that have served us well, and we continue to follow them to this day.

For us, travel is not just about checking places off our list.

Our motto has always been “accumulate memories and moments, not just possessions”, and we like to do that through travel.

From our travel experiences and 10 years of travel blogging we’ve accumulated our fair share of top travel tips along the way and it was difficult to limit this to just twenty!

We hope this list of our best travel tips will inspire and help you to travel, and travel more often!

Our 20 Best Travel Tips

1. Make Travel a Priority

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The stunning Whitehaven Beach

If you want to travel more, you’ve got to make it a priority!

Seriously, if you don’t have enough money for travel yet you have a wardrobe full of designer clothes that you never wear, or a garage full of expensive toys collecting dust, then you’re not clear on your priorities and purpose.

We’ve been able to travel overseas consistently over the past 20 years because we made travel one of our top priorities.

We channeled most of our energy, focus, and finances towards travel.

Currently we don’t own a lot of stuff, but we sure have a lot of memories.

Read More – Saving Money for Travel

2. Spend More Time in Fewer Places

Happy to be in Hawaii after our overnight flight from Sydney
We spent 2 weeks in Hawaii and didn’t want to leave

When you’re planning a trip, don’t try and go everywhere and do everything – that’s a recipe for burnout and blowing your budget!

Instead of racing from one end of a country to another, or tearing through 6 countries in 6 weeks, get to know a region well.

Constantly having to pack and unpack, spend time searching for cheap flights, deal with different time zones, currency changes, and even visa issues can lead to burn out.

And moving around to too many travel destinations can really eat into your finances.

Slow down and take more in. This way, you’ll get a better feel for a place.

Traveling with kids?

Plan for a slower pace than you would if traveling solo or as a couple. Be realistic about what you accomplish, especially when traveling with toddlers.

The less you feel you have to see and do, the more enjoyable and stress-free for everyone.

Understand that you will never have time to see and do EVERYTHING. And be okay with that.

3. Don’t Expect Things to Be Like They Are at Home

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Rush hour in Bangkok

If you want everything like it is at home, then what’s the point of going anywhere?

Keep an open mind to learning and experiencing new things when you travel abroad, that includes trying new foods which can tell you a lot about a culture – and don’t be scared to eat the street food!

We travel abroad to experience different cultures, environments, and ways of thinking. So don’t shut yourself off to experiencing all a country has to offer.

If you travel with an open mind you can have a much more enriching experience.

There will be moments when other cultures will shock you. Don’t judge them. When this happens, sit back and say, “Isn’t that interesting, tell me more!”

4. Travel Does Not Have to Stop Once You Have Kids

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Enjoying the views in Winton, Outback Queensland

We often get emails or have conversations with people we meet on the road who express that once they have kids their travel days are over!

Take it from us, family travel is possible and need not be a hassle. In fact, it can be one of the best experiences you have as a family!

Sure, we don’t travel around the world like we used to or party as much as we did pre-kids, be we obviously still travel and so do MANY other families – the family travel niche is alive and growing.

Over the past 20 years, our travel style has evolved from traveling solo, to traveling as a couple, to now traveling with our two daughters and many of our readers are inspired to follow in our footsteps.

Yes, family travel has its challenges and there are pros and cons of traveling with kids, but creating priceless memories is something to cherish!

There are valuable benefits to traveling with kids. They force you to evolve your style of travel, and in my opinion, usually for the better.

Top Tips for Traveling with kids:

There are three key essentials to having a stress free family vacation. 99% of the time your child will be irritated, cranky or screaming because they are either:

1. Tired

Provide enough opportunities for them to rest and an environment for them to get a good nights sleep.

2. Bored

Choose a kid-friendly destination that has enough activities to keep them occupied, and bring along a few home comforts such as a stuffed toy, reading books, or activity packs which can be a lifesaver on flights and road trips.

3. Hungry

Pack enough healthy snacks to keep them satisfied, especially on flights, buses and road trips. Long road trips or flights can leave kids feeling cranky and hungry.

When eating out, go out for breakfast or lunch as we find it easier to handle than dinner as they tend to be cheaper and more casual affairs. Plus by dinner time our kids are tired and can get a little crazy!

A hungry or tired kid is a grumpy kid, much like me actually!

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5. Plan it Together

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Plan your trip together

Sit down with all members of your family and talk about your trip.

The best way to get your kids interested and excited is to have them involved in the travel planning process.

Talk about:

Memorable trips are those where each member of your family gets to experience something they love.

Grab a few brochures or travel magazines and flick through the colorful pages. Everyone gets to choose a destination and activity they’d like to see and do.

Go through the list as a family, discuss the pros and cons of each and vote.

Next, jump online or on the floor with a big paper map and plot out your basic route with a highlighter, leaving room for flexibility.

When you plan a trip it’s important you choose a destination and activities that suit the interests of all family members. If your kids (or you) are bored or dislike a place it’s not the recipe for a memorable vacation.

6. Talk to the Locals

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Craig with the locals in Dali, China

One of our best travel tips and what we always do is talk to the locals!

They usually have the best travel advice and insider knowledge on what to see, do and eat in their own town.

It’s truly amazing what you will learn by striking up a casual conversation.

We ask simple questions like:

  • Where can we get the best coffee?
  • Where is the best spot to see the sunrise?
  • What are the top three things you would show a friend from out of town?

You’ll find that the locals love sharing travel info and stories about their town and are more than happy to help you have a memorable visit!

Some of the best locals to talk to are those working behind the front desk in your hotel, or the bell boy. We always ask them for tips on where to eat, drink and explore.

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7. Learn the Basics of the Local Language

Smiles and happiness in Thailand
Sharing happiness with our friend Jintina

Do not shout at the locals, they are not deaf, they probably just can’t understand you!

And NEVER complain that the people of the country you are visiting do not speak fluent English. Remember where you are!

Learning the basics of the local language is a great way to show respect and break down barriers. Plus a smile, a wave, and a friendly attitude can break down any barrier where language isn’t understood.

Get a phrase book, or an app, and make the effort to learn at least a few basic phrases.

It can make life easier for you, you’ll immerse yourself more in the culture, and the locals will respect you more.

8. Travel In Your Own Backyard

If you can’t afford to travel overseas or out of state, if you don’t have the time to go away for more than a few days or the thought of traveling makes you nervous, start off by traveling in your own backyard.

You don’t have to be rich to travel and it doesn’t have to involve long flights.

A great way to bring more travel into your life is simply by exploring new areas in your home city or state.

Start off by taking a day trip to a nearby town or a weekend getaway to the coast or mountains. Or simply explore your own town with new eyes.

  • Visit a new cafe or market
  • Go kayaking in a nearby river
  • Climb a new mountain
  • Visit a different park or beach.
  • Grab a drink at a different bar
  • Walk around a different neigborhood

After a while, you’ll be looking for bigger and longer adventures.

This strategy is one of the most overlooked and cheapest ways of bringing more travel into your life.

The benefits of local travel include:

  • Less planning
  • Less packing
  • Les time away
  • No jet lag or burnout
  • Usually cheaper

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9. Do the FREE Stuff

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Taking a walk in Snowmass, Colorado

If saving money when you travel is a focus for you, then one of our best budget travel tips is to seek out all the free things to do.

Most of the time the best experiences in life are free, or extremely low cost.

There is absolute joy in the simplest of moments, such as swinging in a hammock while watching the sunset over the horizon.

Other free things:

  • Take a walk or bike ride
  • Swim at the beach or lake
  • Climb a mountain
  • Catch a magnificent sunrise
  • Attend museums or tourist sites on free days or when they are discounted
  • Play in the park
  • Visit a market
  • See a street fair or cultural event

We LOVE walking. It’s one of the best ways to get to know and appreciate wherever you are instead of racing around by car.

When you walk around you have time to stop and marvel at all the nooks and crannies.

You are better able to soak up the atmosphere and feel the energy.

And walking is FREE and good for your health!

10. Stay in Apartments or Airbnb (and share the costs)

We love staying in apartments and holiday homes
Enjoying a BBQ at our apartment in Tasmania

This is one of our favorite vacation tips!

Depending on the length of our trip and the destination, we tend to chop and change between accommodation styles.

If we are planning a trip that is longer than a weekend getaway, we prefer to stay in apartments or an Airbnb.

They offer several benefits:

  • Access to a full kitchen (saves money on eating out)
  • Separate bedrooms from the living room (easier to get the kids to sleep)
  • You have your own laundry.
  • You can book a 3 or 4-bed apartment and split the costs with another family or friends.

These extra facilities on a long stay can make your trip so much more enjoyable.

Apartments and Airbnb are also typically cheaper and more practical than a hotel – especially for families or small groups.

But if it’s only a short city stay, or we’re just traveling as a couple, we’re happy to stay in a hotel.

11. Fly Where the Deals Are

This is one of our best travel tips on how to find cheap flights!

Instead of choosing a destination and then spending days or weeks looking for a deal, considering flying to where the deals already are.

Skyscanner is one of the best travel websites, a flight search engine that lets you type in your departure city and search for a list of cheap flights to anywhere in the world.

Simply go to Skyscanner and click in the “To” box and a drop down menu will appear allowing you to search for flights to everywhere from your departure point. This is a fun tool to plan a vacation.

Searching flights using Skyscanner

Kayak Explore is another one of the best travel sites to search for flights to anywhere by simply typing in your departure city.

After you have used these flight search engines and found your cheapest airfare, go directly to that airline’s own site to see if you can get it cheaper.

Many airlines have lower fares only available on their own website.

12. Blow Your Budget

Every now and then, don’t be afraid to blow your travel budget on those once-in-a-lifetime-experiences.

We go away to experience things and create lifelong memoriesDon’t limit yourself to just traveling for the sake of traveling.

Go splurge on a famous restaurant, see a big concert, attend a mega sporting event, go on a safari, learn to scuba dive, take that hot air balloon flight, do something incredible you’ve always wanted to do!

Even if you have to go under budget for a few days or a week to compensate for your splurge, it’s worth it.

We spent $650 for a day trip out to the Great Barrier Reef. And $600 to trek and see the gorillas in Uganda – expensive at the time but lifelong memories! We share our adventures and memorable travels in Uganda in this episode of our podcast.

13. Be Flexible

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Enjoying a walk at Lake Lure

One of our best travel tips, especially if you travel with kids like us, is to leave room for flexibility in your itinerary.

If you’re on an extended trip, don’t pre-book everything. You’ll meet people along the way who will recommend great places you’ve never heard of.

You’ll discover interesting cultural activities and tours, and activities you thought you only needed 2 hours at you’ll need all day! And places that sound great from your pre-trip research can turn out to be horrible!

If all your flights, tours and accommodation are pre-booked it can be costly to change. Go with the flow a little and don’t over plan.

Of course, if you are on a short trip with limited time and there are popular attractions you want to visit, it pays to book ahead.

14. Don’t Travel Without Travel Insurance

Probably our most important trip advice. I’ve said this over and over…“If you can’t afford travel insurance, then you can’t afford to travel”.

It’s that simple. Especially if it’s an overseas trip!

No, I don’t like paying for it either, but buying travel insurance can be so cheap it’s a no-brainer and the peace of mind is priceless!

I would rather spend an extra $100 or so for our trip and most likely never use the insurance than wipe out my bank account if something did go wrong.

Why do you need travel insurance?

What happens if:

  • You need to cancel your trip unexpectedly
  • A hurricane damages your destination
  • There is a terrorist event
  • You get sick or injured on your trip
  • Your luggage is lost or stolen
  • You lose your passport

If you are an American, or someone visiting the USA, you should definitely NOT skimp on travel medical insurance.

Health care costs in the U.S. are ridiculous, so large that people go bankrupt.

15. Working Holidays Are a Great Way to Experience the World

One of our best travel tips is to make it a working holiday!
Caz with her students in Bangkok

If you’re interested in long term travel, consider a working holiday.

Caz and I have lived and worked in 5 different countries using the working holiday strategy.

Just three days after Caz graduated from University in Australia as a school teacher, she moved to London to teach for two years on a working holiday visa.

Since then we have both lived in Dublin (Caz teaching, me working in construction), lived in Bangkok teaching English, and lived in the US on J1 and J2 visas (Caz teaching, me in construction).

In each of these countries, we arrived with little money and little contacts, but we made it work and they became some of our most cherished memories and a great way to immerse yourself in a culture and travel a region whilst earning the local currency!

If you desire to live in another country and travel abroad, we recommend making it a working holiday!

Most of us have to work for a living and we need money to travel. Why not combine the two?

Why we love the working holiday visa strategy:

  • You don’t have to save up as much money before leaving home.
  • You’ll be earning local currency.
  • You experience a culture deeply by working, living, traveling within it.
  • Weekends and days off become adventures.
  • You’ll travel more like the locals, which usually makes it cheaper.
  • You form deeper friendships and connections with people.
  • You’ll learn new career skills and processes.
  • You may get perks such as free accommodation, meals or even flights.

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16. Pack Smart

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Pack smart with packing cells

Just thinking about packing can be stressful when you are planning a trip, but the best thing to do is pack the bare minimum because you can always buy it once there!

Our top travel packing tips are to select versatile, comfortable and loose fitting clothes and neutral colors that can be worn in multiple combinations so if something gets dirty you only have to change part of the outfit.

If you travel with kids, encourage them to choose and pack their own clothes to minimize complaints and to teach them travel planning skills.

And with toddlers, pack a change of clothes for dinner, pajamas, or what is needed during the day in case of accidents.

Packing cells have been a life saver for us – in each cell we roll up each item and arrange clothes based on type and season.

You can even stuff your underwear into your shoes to save space.

And Caz loves her underwear organizer.

Worried about the weight of your suitcase? Wear your heaviest clothes on the flight, including your big hiking boots!

And don’t forget to bring a sarong!

A sarong doesn’t weigh anything and can be useful for so many things like covering yourself in holy places, a bed sheet, a towel, a picnic blanketa scarf, a sweater, wind protection, a privacy screen, shade – they are amazing!

Top 5 Travel Packing Tips:

  1. Know the weather of the destination you are visiting, which helps reduce over-packing.
  2. When flying take a change of clothes in your carry-on just in case your checked-in luggage doesn’t arrive with you.
  3. Know the activities you will be doing so you can pack appropriately.
  4. Know the types of accommodation you will be staying at. If you are staying in hotels you won’t need to take things like towels, hair dryers or linen.
  5. Charge your electronics and load up all your tablets and portable devices with things to read, play, watch.

Take it from us, dragging heavy suitcases around airports and onto public transportation becomes stressful real quick!

As they say, “halve your clothes and double your budget”.

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17. Have More Than One Way To Access Your Money

We all want ease and convenience when traveling, especially when it comes to accessing our money.

One thing to know is should you have a checking or savings account when traveling? Well, it can depend on the country you’re visiting.

On a previous trip to trip to Thailand, we had an issue accessing our money using our ATM card because our card was a checking account. For it to work in Thailand it had to be a savings account.

We did not know this at the time. Check with your specific bank regarding this.

It’s best to have more than one option. When we travel, especially overseas, we use a combination of:

  • Debit Cards
  • Credit Cards
  • Cash
  • Travel Money Cards

If traveling with a partner split up the locations of your credit cards and cash in case of theft.


Notify your bank and credit card company where you will be traveling to and the dates, this is to stop them putting a freeze on your card if they see unusual transactions from overseas.

We recently discovered this amazing way to transfer money overseas. It gives us a fantastic exchange rate and no fees. It’s saved me about $1000 this past month transferring money to the US.

18. Use Credit Card Reward Points

One of our favorite travel hacks we’ve used in the past is accumulating reward points from our credit card that we can redeem for free flights or accommodation.

One of our friends here in North Carolina is an expert at this and has inspired us to become better.

Get the best rewards credit card you can and use it to pay all your bills, groceries, fuel, eating out and earn reward points.

You have to pay your bills anyway so why not use your Rewards Card.

BUT, you have to display self-discipline and be smart with your spending and pay off the balance!

Which is easy to do by setting up a direct debit from your checking account to pay off the balance each month.

This strategy is one of the fastest ways to gather points you can put towards travel, and they can add up fast.

Since our recent move to the US, we got ourselves the Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card which gave us 50,000 sign on bonus points.

This Chase card has been helpful for us in setting up our new apartment in Raleigh and after spending $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months we can redeem $625 towards travel.

We are still on the lookout in the US for the best rewards credit card that we can accumulate points on to be used on any airline or hotel. Can you recommend one?

Check the program and benefits for your current credit cards, you might be able to use your points for travel.

And for expert tips on this topic check out The Points Guy.

19. Get Up Early

Sunrise over the Tennessee River in Knoxville
Sunrise in Knoxville, Tennessee

I know, waking up early can be tough when you’re on vacation and especially if you have to drag kids out of bed.

But it can be the best time of day.

Early in the morning you can take a peaceful walk and see a city coming to life or catch a beautiful sunrise, like the one above from our morning river walk in Knoxville, Tennessee.

If you’re driving you can beat the rush hour of traffic, and you can avoid the heavy crowds at popular tourist destinations – like we did at The Twelve Apostles and Wineglass Bay.

When you get out of bed early it’s amazing how much more you can get done in a day, and the light is nice and soft too making it a great time for taking photos.

20. Put Down Your Phone and Camera

We are guilty of this as much as anyone, considering we are full-time family travel bloggers and spend a lot of our time taking photos, putting out updates on Facebook and Instagram, and creating YouTube videos.

But it’s important for us to remember to step away from behind the camera, to put our phones down, and simply be present in the moment.

Sure, it’s nice to look back on your photos and videos, and social media is addictive, but the only time we have is right NOW in the present moment.

The past has past and the future never arrives – so take the time to just sit and be fully aware of where you are with all your senses!

If you spend your whole vacation looking at it through the confines of a lens, or keep jumping on Facebook every 5 minutes to see what everyone is up to at home, you are not fully present and can miss so much going on all around you!

You’ve spent valuable money and time to be there in the first place, don’t let the moment pass you by!

Read More: 10 Principles to Create awesome travel experiences every time

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111 thoughts on “Our 20 Best Travel Tips After 20 Years of Traveling”

  1. Tip #4 is an eyeopener for me. It truly is inspiring the way you are traveling as a family. I always told myself: “enjoy your travels now, because you are going to take a long break from them once you have kids”. But you guys make me see that kids don’t have to interrupt your travel dreams.

    Thanks for that. 🙂

    1. Hey Matthias,

      We used to tell ourselves the same thing before we had kids. It’s a common phrase we all say to others, or used to say… “enjoy your time now because once you have kids your life is over”. Not true!!!

      You can definitely still travel with kids, you just do it in a different way 🙂

  2. Hi Craig,
    I love travelling and I make 2 family overseas trips a year.
    I thank you for giving incredible advise on every single details of travelling.
    Despite my own travel experience I have learned so much from your article. The most useful is first one (to make travelling top priority ) . I have 2 kids, and my next trip will be very much different with your great tips.
    Keep writing.

    1. Hi Ravi,

      Your welcome, and that’s great that you are making travel a “priority” with your family, they are priceless memories and all the best for your next trip!

  3. Travel doesn’t have to stop once you have kids. This resonated so much with me. Even since our daughter was born in 2011, surprisingly, our travels have only increased.
    Put down your phone and camera is the best tip you have put. Having started my blog only a month ago, I am a bit apprehensive about spending too much time on work (during vacations) and not enough with my family.

    1. Hi Shweta,

      Glad the post resonated with you, and happy to hear your travels continue as a family. Yeah, as a blogger it’s hard to find the balance between “working” whilst on a trip and just enjoying the moment, it takes awareness and presence. Happy travels!

  4. Thanks for sharing these tips, so that we can have the best tour. Glad to read this post and really very useful it is. Once i had a visit in Darjeeling and i planned to have a glimpse of sunrise but i cant be able to get up early so for me Tip no. 19 is very useful.

  5. tip#14 this is really very useful information for us,who are going to trip for abroad by reading this article i learned lot of things about the prons of taking travel insurance.thanks for sharing such a nice article for us.

  6. Beautiful! Just wanted to share with you guys that I went to Australia for about a month. Explored Melbourne, visited Yarra Valley, Adelaide and Barossa Valley. It was lovely! Coming back to your post – yes, slow travel is always more rewarding, exploring your own backyard is also fun, and getting up early gives you enviable memories and photos!

    1. That’s awesome that you got to visit Australia Renuka. And they are all great places. Yes, slow travel allows more time to be in the moment and take it all in 🙂

    1. Yes. It’s so easy and cheap to explore your local area as well. Focus on what you want travel to give you and you can find that very close to home! Thanks for appreciating our best travel tips!

  7. Hi Guys,

    So many tips here that I live by. After 5 years on the road I came to #4 (kids). Recently had a month in USA and happily did #12 (blow budget) but we have come back and said to ourselves that it’s not really worth those massive big budget blowing trips with our little one only being 2 yo (almost 3) as she can get great fun out of almost anything. We took her to Disneyland and her best time was a bench seat that had old tractor seats on it!
    I notice that https://www.skyscanner.com.au/ is listed in the article. WIll keep an eye on that too.

    Love the blog.

    1. Lol the bench seat at Disneyland 🙂

      Yep, free stuff in your own backyard is an awesome way to keep travel in your life until you figure out your next adventures!

  8. Fantastic tips from a very well-travelled family. I especially like the cheap flight tips; I fly a lot but mostly for work as I´m a pilot. Its great to see how flying and travel is becoming more accessible and affordable for people. Thanks for sharing and keep enjoying life as you have been until now!

  9. Thank you for the tips!
    I believe that AirBnB and doing free stuff are perfect ways to spend less, but still enjoy a vacation.
    Do you know a way to share a AirBnB with a stranger to save additional money?

  10. I had the Barclary Arrival credit card and it was super easy to earn AND redeem rewards. At the time I had to put $3,000 on the card within the first 3 months and then I got 60,000 points, which was about $625 in travel credit. Plus you get 10% of your redeemed points back. So I booked us 2 roundtrip flights from Newark to Orlando and a hotel outside of Newark – earned the points for those purchases and then I was able to go into my account and pay the travel portion of my bill with my points, plus get 10% of them back. Super easy! We also booked an AirBNB in Providence, RI that would have cost us $275, but was free because of rewards. Also, no foreign transaction fee, which is nice if you are leaving the US. I cancelled it after the first year though because I was just churning it for the points and didn’t want to pay the $89 fee after my first year was up. Something to think about though!

  11. Tip #19! I don’t travel with a family so this one’s quite easy and I just love how it extends my day that much longer! Also, a place is so different early in the morning than what it’s like past 10 am 😉

  12. First thing I have to ask you that how are you feeling after completing the 20 years of traveling? You have so many stories to tell everyone. You explore the world in a very different way and now I think its the time to tell your journey to others. Well, I will keep all your tips in my mind.

  13. You forgot one very important tip for travelers, especially for women and those who may be traveling alone……be mindful and aware of the places, situations you get into, and people that you are around, this world is filled with just as much bad people as there are good. Happy traveling ;)

  14. These are some great tips. I now feel like I can travel the world with the little rugrats and actually enjoy myself. Thank you so much for this.

  15. Surprised To Read The article! Really well-Written Article. Hats off To the Writer. I personally really love to Travel and some of the things discussed above were really new for me. what I personally felt during my journey Is the Expect the unexpected! Keep Up the Good work!

  16. Hey Buddy,

    Thanks for sharing these tips.I really like all the tips you mentioned above.

    But, here you miss the one point and that is on the map. It is very important to carry a map while traveling to any place.

    As there are so many different maps in the world. But, according to me, the scratch map is the best map you can consider.

    Scratch map is quite useful for travelers since they can use the map to see where they have already visited and where they should plan their next trip.

    This map is also useful for the kids.Believe me, if you give a scratch map to your child, they will learn all the countries of the world within a couple of months very easily.

    Jason Thomas

  17. Thank’s for the amazing post! This really takes traveling to the next level, I would personally also add to it that getting a plane ride much more advance is somehow cheaper compared to next day flights, but hey that’s my opinion.

  18. Making the travel your priority seems to be a really important tip. With my income I can afford 2-3 destinations a year, each about 5-7 days and so many of my friends ask me how do I find money for the trips. Everytime I eplain that after paying the basic bills and stuff I need I try to save all my money and invest them in traveling. It is not so diffucult to travel, it just needs some serious planning if you are going to do it on a budget.

  19. Number 2 and 4 rings so true for me. I hate the burnout of travel. I always feel I am going to come back to a place so I try to do less and enjoy a more rich experience, hoping to build on that the next time I come back. Traveling even after having kids is one of my big beliefs. I am not one to want to wait till the kids are out of the house to experience the world. While i am healthy and at my most active self, I want to experience the world – with the kids when possible.

  20. I love this travel tips! Especially Tip№20 resonated with me.
    Sometimes social media really do not allow as to be present in the moment.

    Thank you for the inspiration:)


  21. Tip #4 is an eyeopener for me. It truly is inspiring the way you are traveling as a family. I always told myself: “enjoy your travels now, because you are going to take a long break from them once you have kids”. But you guys make me see that kids don’t have to interrupt your travel dreams.

  22. Enjoyed the tips and welcome to the US. I grew up in Asheville and now live in Greenville, SC, but Raleigh tends to have some of the best fares to Europe (even over Atlanta!), so you’ve got a good spot there.

    I’ve been looking at cards for travel too. I think you’re right with the Chase Sapphire, that is the one I’m leaning toward. I use Hotels.com a lot (enjoy those free nights), so by adding the benefits of extra points, plus all the other travel related extra points that can be earned, it seems like the best way to go.

    Plus, as I start getting more into travel writing as my side hustle income (I have a full time Internet based business already), there will be a day it would be good to keep those travel expenses separate for tax purposes…so I’m looking for that travel only card.

    Good luck on your quest and maybe we’ll bump into each other on the road!

    1. Hey Drew,

      Thanks for the welcome. Very happy to be here and glad our tips helped. Enjoying the Chase card and we just got the American Express Hilton Honors card that comes with 50K HH points upon sign up. Yes Hotels.com has a good rewards program, and nice to hear Raleigh has good fares to Europe as that’s a destination we are looking to explore over the coming years. Enjoy your travels.

  23. LOVE these thoughts and Agree with just about everything you shared. Especially about staying in fewer places and soaking in the true flavor of a culture. Also really appreciate airbnb, too. We use that resource constantly, and always seek out the Superhosts 🙂
    One thing I thnk you’d love which you may not yet know about is PortaPocket. Lets you safely, hands-free carry small essentials ON your body. Much more than any neck safe, money belt or leg wallet. It’s a patented, wearable system that’s modular, so it’s really ALL of those in one, and works almost ANYwhere on your body (& either under/over your outfit). Super confy, detachable/interchangeable, easy to use. Go from a workout to a night out without skipping a beat. I won’t leeave home without ’em, and haven’t relied on a purse to carry my valuables in over 10 years. Freedom = GOOD!!

  24. Love this post! I especially love hearing #4 – that travel doesn’t need to stop when you have kids. We don’t have kids (yet!), but it’s always encouraging seeing families travel together and knowing that we can do that someday!

  25. Its funny after years of travel that you start thinking about ways to make each trip more enjoyable. I really like the be more flexible section. That is something that we really need to work on. I always stick to the plan and it seems we may be missing out on other activities that we are not aware of prior to going on our trips.

  26. Tip no.5 is very best advice to travel.This is the best idea for planning a trip with family.Best idea for get together from their busy schedule.There we can fun and lots of enjoy with our childrens,parents and other family members.

  27. Wow! i can’t really imagine that what a guy like you would have learned in all those 20 years. i think it would have completely changed your life and have made it exceptionally and thoroughly interesting!

  28. I totally agree with you when yo say : Travel Does Not Have to Stop Once You Have Kids.
    I always have this conversation with my friends and some members of my family. May be in the first months after a baby is born we have to consider and choose a destination with less adventure, but after that you become more free in choosing your next destination.

  29. First of all, I am so jealous of you guys. I mean, 20 years of traveling, that’s the life. These tips are so unique and awesome. Thanks for these tips. I don’t know if I will go travelling soon but I will keep them in mind.

  30. Great advice Thanks.
    Especially when it comes to travelling with kids. Many thinks it might be impossible but you made it clear and simple.. Family trip can be a time to strengthen bonds between parents and their kids.

    Keep it Up!

  31. This was a great read. I enjoyed all of your tips, but number 3. Don’t Expect Things to Be Like They Are at Home has really stood out for me. This is one of the primary reasons most of us travel, because we are tired of seeing and doing the same ol’things. If we can afford it, we may want to journey out for a change and see new things, and we’d hope this new scene is not like our home residence. Lol! We want to see something new. The world is entirely too big for us to just stay in one place. I bet you’ve learned lots on your travel. 🙂

    Once again, a great read and thank you so much for sharing this information.

    1. Traveling with kids seems like can create more problems for the parents, because you have to spend more time on them instead of enjoying and giving time to each other. but i think with kids you have more to enjoy, with your family, you don’t have to worry about your kids at home. So your trip does not become boring.

  32. 21. Just do it;)
    The one with packing was always a tough one for me! It took me years and hundreds of trips to learn that I don’t probably need 80% things I would first think of packing:) I guess it is also expanding the comfort zone and learning how to improvise in a new environment. Still – pretty useful list, cheers!:)

  33. It was wonderful reading your blog. The tips are informative and very helpful. I totally agree with points 2 and 6. During my previous tours, I had to cut visits due to lack of time. Talking to the locals can help you get a better insight into the places. During my last travel, I got good help from the locals to find the best affordable restaurants to try the local food.

  34. WOW !! It was nice to read !! I love Travelling !! I have plan this year we will visit Europe !! Thanks for providing us this good Article !!

  35. Thank you for showing us that traveling with your family is possible. If you truly want to do it, there are ways.

  36. Your tips are really good, practical and straight forward, we only have one life, I mean when we get to work and save then we travel we must enjoy life as it is…memories cannot be replaced by money…

  37. You’re such a lovely family and great to see that the kids having fun. Do you have safety tips for kids when traveling?

        1. What a good read indeed, on keeping our kids safe when traveling, I also like the idea of keeping a tracking device for kids. Thanks for all the tips.

  38. Lots of great tips guys! I especially love number 19. There is no better way to start the day than to wake up in a new place and catch the sunrise as the locals begin their day. Thank you!

  39. I love tips number 14 and 19, 14 which is Travel Does Not Have to Stop Once You Have Kids, I agree with it you can still enjoy travelling with your kids this will strengthen the bond of your family. It is in our mind that we are afraid because we might lose our children We do have this technology GPS tracking devices to keep track on them .19 which is Get Up early, Seeing the Sun rise is a great experience especially if your house is located on the top of the mountain with matching view of the sea near your location.

  40. Great travel tips! I always have with me my Trackimo 3G Travel tracking device inside my backpack just in case when i accidentally lost it i can track on it anytime easily.

    1. I agree Karen i have one of that Trackimo 3G GPS Travel tracker. Actually Caz, this tracker can manipulate thieves that might steal your valuable things inside your bag because it has Light Exposure Sensor that immediately alerts users when backpacks, packages, luggage are opened.

  41. I completely agree with spending more time in fewer places. That way you can actually explore and experience the culture instead of running around and try to catch up to time!

  42. I love your advice on putting down the phones and camera! Technology is so prevalent that people are missing out from what’s right in front of them! Thank you so much for this beautiful post!

  43. You’re a rockstar family I must say, especially after reading Tip no 20! I’ve seen most of the travelers are more interested in taking photographs and saving or sharing them for future. My simply advice? If you can’t enjoy the present, how will you enjoy a future that only exists in a few photographs!

    Let’s hope more people listen to you 🙂

  44. Your tips are great, and I definitely agree with #1. Like you, we started off traveling as a couple. In fact, we met when we were both backpacking through Southeast Asia, specifically Vietnam. Now that we have a toddler, we tend to pick family-friendly vacation destinations. This year, we traveled to Barbados for two weeks. The beaches are amazing, the food is awesome, and most importantly, the locals are very friendly.

  45. I liked reading #15. In 2009 my wife and I taught English for 3 weeks in a tiny town in Central Vietnam that is still suffering from the effects of the Vietnam War. We will never be able to replicate those 3 incredible weeks of warmth, openness and sheer happiness from our students and the local community. It’s incredible to think that many of our student when on and have since graduated university.

  46. What can I say that hasn’t already been said. Travel is a life changing experience which draws people together and educates. Even if you don’t have plans to sell everything and travel continuously, the best tip I could give is to travel to a different country at least once in your life. See how other people live their lives. Witness the day to day things like going to the market, or how something simple like lunch is done in Spain, France or Italy. Having this perspective is a good thing and helps understand the world a little bit better.

  47. IMO, you could have ended the list after #1, Make Travel a Priority. This is especially true for kids. I wish my brothers and sisters would take their kids overseas to learn not everyone eats, lives, prays, like they do in NC. People need to experience other cultures outside of the TV.

  48. Keeping your mind open is definitely the one that hit me, when we first started travelling, I would go somewhere and expect things to be like at home, but learning to realize cultures and the general feel of a place is going to have it’s different quirks wherever you go is something that can really help prepare to make the most out of any trip.

  49. You rock dude, but I would like to add few more things if you don’t mind 😀

    1) Get a book from a local writer, in this way you can learn more important cultural aspects.
    2) Open an account in Wester Union, in case of emergency you can access it from anywhere in the world.
    3) Always try to drink bottled water that you have opened yourself, so you avoid poisoning.
    4) Travel alone. It is the best opportunity to know yourself.

  50. Great tips! you surely dont have to be rich to travel, you do need some money, but people often think that they need much more then they usually do. No matter how much money you spend, those memories that you get will last forever and that is something worth traveling for.

  51. hello and thanks for your tips. I do agree sometimes you need to put down your camera and just enjoy living in the moment. but at the same time pictures are the most valuable souvenir everyone can bring back home.

  52. Let me share this article on my personal facebook, because I found the sharing information quite detailed and useful. In the near future, I have a similar travel plan, so I will consult to go for easy and most convenient.

  53. These tips were amazing! I feel like you think you know the basics but really there’s so much that could making travelling so much easier for you! I actually started taking probiotics a few weeks before I travel to get my gut health ready for my schedule to be all off and eating foods I’m not used to. Plus it just makes me feel healthier overall so I’m not as panicked getting sick. I take Florajen but I know probiotics is something you need to test out with your body until you find the right one.

  54. These are some great and very helpful travel tips from experienced travellers, thank you very much for sharing these with us. This will surely help a lot of people including me.

  55. Thank you for telling me that I should sit down with all of my family members who will be included in the trip and plan with them. We’re thinking of going on a week-long vacation next month with our families and since it might be a hassle to use our own cars, we’re trying to think of other transportation alternatives aside from the target itineraries. It might be a good idea to settle the itinerary first before looking for a shuttle bus service that we can hire.

  56. Liked your holiday visa strategy. It is important to follow something like this. I have been planning to travel to Europe or Australia. I will check if there are some agencies who can help with the visa application process. Thanks for the tips 🙂

  57. Dr.L; Psychologyoftravel.com

    So true about putting down the phone and camera. I have to admit that my first reaction to seeing an amazing new site is often to snap a photo instead of living “in the moment”. Good healthy advice here!

  58. Traveling is one of the most enriching experiences one can have. It allows us to step out of our comfort zones, explore new cultures, try new foods, and meet new people.

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