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11 Travel Tips from a World Traveler

Editor's Note: The following guest post is by Tanya Yaufi, author of All Over the Map: Two Lovers, Six Continents, and a Date with Destiny.

Do Your Research

Do some research on the country you are going to explore before you arrive. This way, you can maximize your time while you are there. Be familiar with what interests you in that particular country.

You might want to buy a travel guidebook or Google the country or cities before traveling to see the different possibilities and attractions.

I would also recommend having a little pocketbook to document the information you have researched before your arrival so you do not forget anything.

Try Local Cuisine

Be open to trying the local cuisine. You might surprise yourself and find your new favorite food or even delicacies you can introduce to your friends and family back home, whether it is just describing the delicious flavors to them or replicating the experience for them to sample.

Either way, it brings that country into your home, and food is always an easy conversation topic.

While visiting the Austrian Alps, I came across one of my new favorite treats, where the aromas lure you to the street vendors selling warm toasted Maroni's.

The mouth-watering chestnuts are roasted on an open drum, buttered, and sold in paper packets. They pair nicely with a glühwein, a hot mulled spiced red wine.

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Be Enthusiastic, and Don't Be Shy

Always have a lot of enthusiasm and positivity packed in your traveling pocket.

Be friendly, authentic, and sincere, and have conversations with the locals; some of the best things to see are hidden gems that may take local knowledge to learn about.

They can also tell you some history, facts, or interesting stories about the places you visit. Some of these things can significantly impact your view of the country.

Pack Light

Pack light as you must haul your backpack everywhere until you find a place to land for a few days.

Depending on what country you are visiting, if it is a warmer country, it is wise to bring a travel sleep sheet with you (two single sheets sewn together or one double sheet sewn together to form a sack).

It is lightweight and compact, so it does not take up much room.

Bring a small pillow to help you feel as comfortable as you are at a hotel, an eye mask, noise-blocking headphones, and a lock if you plan on staying in shared accommodations.

The author on the slopes
The author on the slopes

Meet Fellow Travelers

A great way to meet fellow travelers is by choosing hostels instead of hotels, as everyone is in the same boat.

If you are staying at hostels, they have common cooking areas, movie nights, game nights, dinner nights, and pub crawls; some even have pools.

Hostels usually have a variety of activities to pique your interest. This is a great way to connect, mingle, make friends, and have conversations to get to know each other, and maybe you will become travel companions for a portion of your adventure.

Or they might have some great tips and knowledge they have come across on their adventure, some helpful do's and don'ts.

Hostel bars and restaurants can be budget-conscious, so some days, this may be good to take advantage of; however, make sure you remember to explore the city (and not just stick inside the hostel).

Hostels can help you book transportation (several will pick you up from the airport for a decent fee).

Many are also like a concierge and have city information for you. They can book tours, and at times, they might have good deals on some tours.

Safety in Numbers

First and foremost, it is essential to travel safely and wisely. Travel with a companion; there is always safety in numbers.

If you are traveling alone, I recommend not going out at night in the dark by yourself. However, if you are traveling alone, this might open up an opportunity for you to meet and travel with different people.

Don't travel with expensive jewelry; always keep your money and passport hidden or in a travel waist belt. While having fun, always be aware of your surroundings.


Bring entertainment with you – (my book) or small pocket games like cards to play while traveling on the train, plane, bus, etc. This is always a fun way to pass your travel time.

Traveling at Night

If you are traveling a long distance by train, it can be a great idea to travel through the night. Consider booking a sleeping car in advance. This can be well worth the money.

First, you save on a hotel or hostel and arrive at your destination energized from your sleep.

My husband and I went to Paris on my honeymoon – the City of Love, how romantic it was! We took the night train from Paris to Barcelona for some beach relaxation.

It was a great way to get to our final destination, entertain us, and keep us busy on the train; we played cards, had wine, and brought dinner with us as well. It made the trip enjoyable, all while looking at the countryside.

Yes, the sleeping car was bunk beds on our honeymoon, but I will never forget it! These types of memories make it unique and bring a smile to our faces. It was all part of the experience.

Scuba diving
Scuba diving

Work Visas

Obtaining a work visa might be a good idea to make your traveling adventure last longer.

Always be open to any job opportunities, even if they are out of your comfort zone. For example, sometimes, you can help at the front desk or clean to earn your keep at a hostel.

Maybe you are passionate about something or have an exceptional talent, and you could use this to your benefit when traveling and possibly make some money doing it.

For example, maybe you are handy at fixing things or great at taking photos and posting blogs about the area you are in, or perhaps you are a hairdresser and can give affordable haircuts to fellow travelers.

Keeping my mind open to all job opportunities gave me the flexibility to explore the world while always having an income stream.

Whether picking five-gallon pails of tomatoes, working in a pub, or being a barista, anything can help keep your adventure going.

Be Open to All Opportunities – To Create Beautiful Memories

When my girlfriend and I backpacked around Australia, we found work at a pub in Cairns to extend our travel adventures.

There, we met two co-workers, travelers from Australia who were backpacking around their vast country.

They talked about their dream to go up the coast to Cape Tribulation and suggested we go with them.

This stop was never on our itinerary, but we decided to go with them because of our friendship. It did not disappoint; it turned out to be the most stunning place – lush and tropical.

This is where the Daintree Rainforest meets with the Great Barrier Reef. Here, we had the opportunity to ride horses bareback on the beach. We had landed in paradise, thanks to our newfound friends.

Live life with no regrets.

I have always wanted to live life with no regrets or “what ifs.” This mindset helped me prioritize my dreams, keep my mind open to all job opportunities, focus on experiences over money, and see work as part of a bigger adventure.

I believe it's better to look back on life and say, “I can't believe I did that!” than to look back and say, “I wish I had dared.”

If you have a passion for travel but are unsure how to fit it into your life, I'd say: dare!


If you liked these tips, check out the author's new book – All Over the Map: Two Lovers, Six Continents, and a Date with Destiny.

All Over the Map: Two Lovers, Six Continents, and a Date with Destiny.

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