Packing Travel Tips

Packing Your Phone

Your-Phone
Put down your phone, and enjoy the little things in life!

Now, before you start packing your suitcase, let's pack your phone. Yup, your phone.

Getting around can take a lot of planning if you are not ready to take the blind leap of faith and purchase a ticket on the spot. (Note: I highly recommend this, even just once! Some of my best adventures were spontaneous.)

Apps are a great way to prepare for your upcoming trip. Below I listed my favorite apps & sites that I use throughout my travels that make my life easier.

Transportation

Transportation

Google maps & Maps.me:
I tend to use Google maps more, but when it fails me, I switch to Maps.me and continue on with my journey. Even on airplane mode, the GPS follows me wherever I go.

By air:
My go-to flight browser is Skyscanner because of the flexibility in destinations, dates and selecting the cheapest month to travel. Azair.eu is best used for European flights.

By ground:
Carrentals or Rentalcars.com are great for cheap deals on renting a car. For ride-sharing companies, I recommend Uber and Grab. Grab is cheaper and offers motorbike hire as well. Busbud and Trainline are great for bus and rail travel.

Accommodation

Hostels/Hotels:
A great way to meet new people and travel cheap is to stay in hostels. Agoda is my absolute favorite for cheap hostels. Hotels.com and Booking.com are also good for finding deals on hostels and hotels.

Homestays:
Airbnb is my number one for homestays. I have stayed with amazing hosts across the U.S., Europe, and Asia during my adventures. Click here to save money on your first Airbnb booking!

Accommodation

Trip Organization

Travel Organization

Tripit:
I usually keep track of my flights in my head or via email, but that doesn't always work. I was recommended Tripit a few months ago and I love it! It snycs all my travel documents from my phone into my calendar and keeps it organized.

Been App:
Sometimes I struggle to keep track of all of the countries I've traveled to off the top of my head. Instead, I update my travels on the Been app. I can add countries by region and see a colored world map of where I have been and where I have yet to travel.

Entertainment

Social:
I use Facebook and Messenger to stay connected with family & friends. I also keep my readers & followers updated on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Reading:
I keep all of my books on my iBooks app. Or I bring a physical copy with me. I love the smell of books!

Movie:
I have digital copies of my movies on Apple TV. I can download them for my next flight or overnight train ride. I also use Vudu when I have exhausted my Apple movie collection.

Music:
Apple Music, Spotify, and Soundcloud are my favorite ways to listen to music while traveling. I create playlists for road trips, empowerment, and chill days.

Entertain Me

Keeping in Contact

"E.T. Phone Home"

Calling & Texting:
I don't have an international phone data plan. Instead, I use WhatsApp to call, text or video chat my family and my partner. I will also use FaceTime or Skype once in a while.

SIM Cards:
My phone is unlocked, which means that I can put any SIM card into my phone and it will accept it regardless of where I am. It's easy to purchase a tourist SIM card at the airport. This saved me twice while I was road tripping through New Zealand and backpacking through the Philippines. You never know what could happen in a no wifi zone.

Finances

Banking:
I keep my Bank of America online banking app on my phone regardless if I am traveling or not. It helps me stay up-to-date on my banking accounts and saves me time.

Credit Cards:
I use Capital One Venture One visa for everyday purchases and while traveling. I also use my Gold Delta SkyMiles American Express for large purchases to keep accumulating airline miles.

Budgeting:
We all have different ways of keeping track of our spending. I personally use Microsoft Excel and the "old school" pen and paper. What do you use to budget your travels??

Finances

Looking for more travel tips and tricks?? -- Check out more here!

Have your own travel tips that you absolutely love and can't be without? Let me know in the comments below!

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