I love the app Drops for learning simple phrases of each country I am traveling to. The app is free and offers 5 minute sessions everyday to easily learn some basic words from over 40 different languages.
Make sure to check how many blank pages in your passport are needed before traveling abroad. Some countries require as many as 4 blank passport pages to enter.
Whenever I go to a new country I always try to go to McDonald's to check out what unique items they have based on the country's taste preferences. You can also always find a restroom and free wifi if needed.
Try renting a bike once in a new city, you will get a great overview of the area and its a fun way to get a workout.
Get a credit/debit card with no international transaction fees, the average transaction fee is 3% of the purchase which sounds small but adds up!
I use the free app SNOW to easily edit all my pictures to look more professional in seconds.
It will always be cheaper to purchase your luggage in advance online rather than at the gate.
Always write down your accommodation address on a piece of paper so you can easily find your way back if your phone dies.
It usually takes 1 day to recover from jet lag for each time zone crossed, for example if you travel to somewhere that is 6 hours ahead you can expect to recover in 6 days.
Download a VPN if you want to access any western social media platforms in China, my go-to VPN is Astrill.
I find it essential to have a good eye mask to sleep on flights, especially when I'm in the dreaded middle seat.
When I'm not on a time crunch, I buy flights with long layovers so I can explore two places for the price of one.
I use WhatsApp to call and text my family and friends around the world for free.
I love traveling solo as much as I enjoy traveling with others, try it at least once and thank me later. (:
Pack an extra outfit in your carry-on, so if your luggage disappears you won't have to rock the same look for days.
Try the local food wherever you travel, you will never know you like it until you try it! Example: Chicken feet in China
If your flight is delayed for 2+ hours, cancelled or rebooked within the EU you may be eligible for compensation.
I learned while traveling not to overplan to avoid being upset that your original plan fell through.
I love Global Entry, it lets me breeze through security and customs when flying internationally and returning to the US.
I use Hopper to predict when to book flights and hotels at the best price.
I use the Gudak App to capture Polaroid pictures for free, you can take 24 photos per hour and they develop in 3 days.
I use Fast Currency Converter app to save my own selection of personal currencies for instant conversions.
I found that purchasing local SIM Cards on Amazon is usually more affordable than turning on international data.
I wear knee-high compression socks on long-haul flights to lessen the effects of jet lag and prevent blood clots.
I always adjust my phone to my destination's time zone on the flight to reset my internal clock and prevent jet lag.
I recommend opening a Western Union account before you travel to transfer yourself $ if your cards are stolen/blocked.
I scan my important documents and email them to myself and a family member in a protected PDF in case of emergencies.
I found that learning how to say hello and thank you in the countries' local language will go a long way with locals.