Category Archives: Travel Tips

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3 Ways to Maximize Your Time When Traveling

Category : Travel Tips

I’ve found the one thing that every traveler always seeks but never has…

TIME!

(I mean, what else did you think I was referring to?)😜

Travelers around the world are always equipped : sometimes with the best tools, the best gadgets, (and when lucky), with a load of money. But there is something that we uniformly lack: TIME. Yes, you heard (read) right! Whether you’re traveling for 2 days, 2 weeks, 2 months or 2 years, you don’t have enough time, even though the longer periods of travel tend to make you feel otherwise!

With that being said, here are 3 tips to make you maximize your time when traveling overseas.

1. Plan Ahead

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I can’t emphasize this enough. In a nutshell: if you don’t know where you want to go or what you want to do, you’ll end up going anywhere and doing anything. (does this quote already exist online? Hope not. If not, I call dibs on it. #quotebyClem). But you get my point. There are so many things that you can do whenever you arrive in a new city, which is why it is important for you to make a list of “Things to do in Sydney, Places to go in Chicago or What do See in Durban” and then …

2. Prioritize

With sister

This second tip works even in all areas of life. Now that you’ve listed the 5,10,30,50,100 things you’d like to do while you’re on vacation, it’s time to look at that list again, reshuffle it and prioritize in order of most important to least important. If you’re like me and you oftentimes think that you can see the entirety of New York in only 48 hours, this second point is particularly important for you. That being said, you need to be realistic in terms of the things you can really do with the time that you have. Consider the distance and time it will take you to get to each touristic attraction, including traffic and access queues (if you’re planning to go on the Eiffel Tower for instance), and load your days with activities that can actually be completed within the timeline you have. And yes, it is perfectly Ok to do one big thing per day.

3. Allow Some Free Time for Spontaneity

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While it’s important to plan, it is equally important to be flexible. There is no real fun in being super rigid with your time: 12:01 – Have a Gelato at the Trevi Fountain in Rome. 12:15: Walk down the Spanish Steps 12:17: Take a selfie in front of the Column of the Immaculate ConceptionI mean… you get my point. Sometimes, you need to allow some space in your schedule in case you change your mind, have a change of plans or meet a group of tourists along the way who are about to do something super cool that you absolutely didn’t think of!

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Love, Clem😎


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Top 5 Unique Travel Souvenirs For Your Friends

I love souvenirs shopping. In fact, it’s one of my favorite activities when I travel. Ok let’s take it back: I enjoy souvenir shopping so much that one of the first things I do when I travel is look for cheap and affordable places where I can buy souvenirs to bring back with me!

And you’d think that after having visited 15 countries (or so), souvenirs shopping would get easier, but it doesn’t! And when it comes to souvenir shopping, the trick is in finding something that is 1) Unique, 2) Useful 3) Beautiful. And if you’re like me and you “happen” to travel a lot, then you don’t want to bring the same gifts to your friends every time. On top of that, you don’t also want to go overboard, break the bank and wipe out your entire travel budget just because you want to get something unique. And, if you have a lot of friends, you know things get even more complicated for you.

So if you don’t want to be the one who to expand your friends’ wardrobe by bringing them a souvenir shirt for each of the city you visited, here are 5 other unique ideas that absolutely work for me:

Chocolates🍫


More than once, I’ve had the feeling that somewhere, in some mysterious travel book, was written the fact that “chocolates must always be brought back from a trip, as a souvenir”. And even if everyone always seems to bring back chocolates, trust me: no one ever gets tired of eating them! They are easily accessible (downtown, airport stores, etc) very affordable, and come in countless varieties. And if you’re returning from a country where chocolate is a big deal, like Switzerland, then you score even more points, because you’re bringing back “Swiss Chocolate”. 😋

Keyrings🔑


Keyrings (key chains) are among my favorite souvenirs: I love to give them, and I love to receive them (and to all my friends who are going to read this, “you can never have too many keyrings! Because you don’t just have one door in your life… when one door closes, another one opens. 😎).

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My personal keyring bunch! At least I know I’ll never lose my keys again:)

The advantage of a key ring is, anyone can appreciate it, and it will always be unique because it is destination specific. When purchasing keyrings, I’d advise you look for unique shapes because during my last trip to Rome, while I was getting myself a keyring, I noticed that some of the keyrings had the exact shapes and designs as those I had purchased from London; like they were made in bulk, and a city logo was stuck on it to make it look different. So it’s really important to keep that in mind and make the effort to keep your gift original.

PS: I got this “keyring bunch” idea from my friend and lifestyle blogger, @BlissExpressions. She has one that is similar and it was love at first sight. Feel free to check out her blog, http://blissexpressions.com for unique content on lifestyle, makeup, fashion and most importantly, tips to live a fulfilling life.

Snow globes🔮


Snow globes have become another a must-have souvenir for me, to the point where I have a personal collection. Every time I travel, I always return with a snow globe for myself. I love the display, the look and the feel of it, and it serves to me as a reminder of the great time I had in that specific city. While in Switzerland, I actually got a snow globe that can be personalized with a picture, which makes it pretty cool. When purchasing your snow globes, makes sure the structures highlighted in the design are actually iconic places in the city you visited, and ensure that the country/city name is written with no typo or mistake. Also, keep in mind that they can be bulky (which means they will add to your luggage weight) and they can also easily break (which means you need to ensure proper packaging).

Mugs☕️


Every time my mom would come back from a trip, she would always bring back a new mug, and I’d always be the first one (OK, first one after her) to use it and claim it as mine. 😬 Mugs are effective and multipurpose: they can be used for drinking, for decor, or for storing things. When purchasing mugs, the same rules and advice that is applicable for snow globes also applies here.

Other Little Unique Things 

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I have friends (a couple) who are very much into catering and cooking, and I felt a swiss salt-and-pepper shake would be cute and appropriate (it was either that or a knife set). Do you have a friend who loves to play cards? Then why don’t you get him/her a set of playing cards? I also came back with a drinking flask once (of course, my friend had to be of legal age), and some country-specific tennis balls.

You see, there are a few fun ways to be creative! What souvenirs would you love to receive?

Let me know in the comments section below!

Check out other amazing blog posts I will be sharing at this weekend’s linkup!

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5 Reasons Why It’s Better to Travel Solo!

A lot of people tend to believe that having a travel companion is the better way to go around visiting the globe, but take it from a serial traveller: the saying “the more the merrier” doesn’t always work here.

Certainly, having someone to laugh with, play with, take pictures with and even share the hotel room price with is great, but I can give you a thousand reasons why traveling solo is just as fun, but for now, let’s just stick to 5:

1.Your Time, Your Schedule, Your Trip, Your Way.

Me at the Sydney Eye Tower, Australia.

A lot of people who are taking a year off (or a few months) to travel tend to either go through a process of soul-searching, seeking independence or realizing a dear dream. Whatever the reason is, this is usually something you want to do for yourself, and this would involve discovering new facets and aspects of your personality and ways you handle situations: and sometimes, the best way for discovering yourself is by doing it alone.

2.You don’t feel Guilty about cancelling Plans.

Me In Katoomba Blue Mountains, Australia

This is one of the things I value the most about traveling alone. If you oftentimes tend to be a people pleaser, then this would apply to you too. When you travel on your own, you set the plan and schedule to suit yourself, and you can readjust it as you please. Tired from bar hopping last night and want to pass on the island sightseeing scheduled for the morning? That’s fine. Would you rather check out the free morning fair instead of the art museum? That’s fine. Would you rather eat discounted burgers than try out a new (and perhaps expensive) restaurant? That is also fine! These might seem like little trivial things, but as a tourist, you have limited time and nothing compares to the freedom of readjusting your plans to suit your needs.

3.You get to Prioritize what You Want.

Me with a good friend, Madame Tussaud Museum, Australia

This goes hand in hand with the first two points. Sometimes, when you travel, in groups, decisions are made in the best interest of the group. Even if everyone contributes to the itinerary, at the end of the day, the majority wins and it might not always be in your favor. It’s Ok sometimes, but other  times it’s not. If you’re in a group setting, you have to move with the group (as group dynamics impose) but if you’re travelling on your own.. Oh well. See you on the other side!

4.You get better at managing your Finances.

Me in Geneva, Vue of the Mont Blanc, Switzerland.

We tend to be less careful about our spending if we know that there will always be someone who can bail us out of a situation… (unless of course, you’re the rescuer!). But I am sure you get my point. However, when you’re traveling alone and you realize that a) Your only have $50 (or less) left for the rest of the day b) Your family members are located in a different timezone and you can’t call them c) Even if you call them they won’t pick up the phone because they’d be out or sleeping d) Even if they pick up they’d be super cranky; this forces you to think twice about where you put your money. I’ve been there, done that. Trust me.

5. You are less Inhibited when it comes to meeting new People.

Me in Katoomba Blue Mountains, Australia

And this is a huge part of traveling. Traveling alone makes you realize that no man is an island, but if you isolate yourself, you will sink in the waters. So you get out there and talk to people. And you might even get more comfortable sharing some aspects of your life with strangers (of course, not your deepest secrets otherwise you put yourself at risk) than when you’re alone or not with someone you know.

So there you have it! You might not have someone to take a picture of you next to some cool monuments (but hey, that’s why they invented selfie sticks), you might not have someone to talk to while you’re eating your meal (but hey, more mental space to plan your next move) and you might not have someone to share the price of your hotel room with (but hey, it wasn’t so expensive anyways since you booked it super early, right?): but the freedom, independence and sense of adventure that you get when you take the road on your own make it all worth your while, I promise!

Me when I was a bird. I’m kidding. Natural History Museum, Switzerland

So if you’re planning to go somewhere and none of your friends is down and you’re tired of convincing, please pack your bags and go.

But if you meet someone who wants to join you on your adventures, why not! The more, the merrier, right? But be careful… Not everyone who “wants” to travel “knows” how to travel… Find out how to pick The Perfect Travel Buddy in my next post!

Cheers,

Clem. ❤️

“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” Mary Anne Radmacher


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3 Tips to “Not be Broke” when Coming back from a Trip

“Travel brings power and love back into your life.”
― Jalaluddin Rumi

And you know, it really does. But when the reality of going back home kicks in, something else hits you: the possibility of going back to an empty (or barely surviving) bank account. Have you ever felt like you had such an amazing time away that the mere thought of thinking about how much you spent could crush all your good memories? Or have you ever delayed looking at your bank statements upon returning home?

I know, for sure, I have, or at least I used to, until I started applying these three tips to avoid being broke when coming back home:

Tip 1: Make a budget

I learned to budget since I was around 13 (perhaps even earlier), and this is definitely a skill that I am grateful for. Budgeting when traveling gives you a clear vision of a) how much you want to spend, b) how much you can spend and c) what you want to spend on. It is crucial to have that balance when traveling, because you might want to spend more than what you can afford, and this might put you into very delicate situations.

When establishing your budget, avoid allocating the exact amount to each activity. Rather, go towards the upper limit in the event that your activities turn out to be more expensive than what you originally expected. Finally, allocate more funds to the things that you consider as priority for each trip. For instance, going to Rome for a shopping spree? Then allocate more funds to shopping. Going food tasting in Paris? The biggest part of your budget should be on meals and fine dining. Looking to enjoy sightseeing, museums or historical expos in Geneva? You would probably end up spending more in sightseeing. So make your budget strategically based on what the primary purpose of your trip is.

Tip 2: Stick to it!

It’s one thing to make a budget, it’s another thing to stick to it! Regardless of how difficult it is, it is important to make a conscious effort to stick to your budget, especially if you’re traveling Solo. To ensure that you stick to your budget, you could separate each portion into different envelopes and whenever you hit the town, make sure you only take “what you need”. That way, if you see something that you’re extremely tempted to buy and know for sure you don’t need, you won’t be able to purchase it (since you won’t have any cash for it anyways).

Tip 3: Travel with currency from your home country.

This works especially well if your home currency is not very common (like the US Dollar, Euro or Pound). The reason this works particularly well for me is because whenever I travel with my home currency (which is currently the Eastern Caribbean Dollar), there is no where overseas where I am able to change it into another currency (unless I am traveling within the Caribbean). That way, I have a guarantee that I won’t be able to use that money during my trip and I’ll have some substantial cash when I return back home!

And you, do you have any tips to “avoid being broke” when coming back from a trip? Share it in the comments below, I’d love to know!

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” 
― Henry Miller

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5 Flight Booking Traps and False Ideas that No One is Telling you about

Here are the two most important expenses that you always have to deal with when planning a trip: 1) Accommodation and 2) Flights (unless, of course, you decide to purchase a private residence or a yacht while overseas, in which case, that’s a completely different story😅 ). And because these are the most pricey items when it comes to budget for a trip, people tend to get very nervous over flights and accommodation bookings.

When it comes to flights, I have come across 5 key traps that keep being repeated over and over again, everywhere on social media and on several travel blogs:

1. Skyscanner is the best: Nope, it is not. Sky scanner is great in its own rights, but I wouldn’t qualify it as the best. In fact, people should not even say “the best”, but rather, “the best for me”; because what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another.

For instance, when I was looking for affordable flights to visit other European cities while in Geneva, almost everyone in my entourage was praising Skyscanner wonders. Interestingly, every time I’d go on Skyscanner to look for a flight, I would never get the results that I want. And at times, I could not even see any flights listed for my intended dates. Someone introduced me to Google Flights, and it was a game changer for me, I’ve used it ever since. Whenever I enter a search on Google Flights, it combines all the results that are available, with all airlines, all layover options, etc. Additionally, it sorts out the prices based on the least expensive, and you can even check the most expensive flights if you feel adventurous. Moreover, Google Flights has this great option of suggesting travel dates that could make you spend even less money. And did I mention that they include results from ALL airlines?

The lesson: before landing on Google flights, I had to try a million options: Expedia, Cheapoair, Skyscanner, Trivago, etc. At the end of the day, you need to give it a try for yourself and use what works for you, and not take anyone word for it. 

2. I have a limited budget, so I need to go with the cheapest flight: wrong. I used to fall into this trap a lot, and I’m glad I’ve seen the light. Whenever you look at the price of a flight, there are a lot of things to take into consideration: departure and arrival times, duration of the layover, number of transits, and last, the number of carry-ons and bagages allowed.

  • First case scenario:  if for instance you get a $50 round trip flight deal, but with no carryon and no suitcase allowed (which means you need to purchase it afterwards), and you also get a $70 deal with a carryon allowed but no suitcase, which flight would you take? To make that decision, you need to know how much a carryon costs for option 1. If the carryon costs less than $20, then option 1 is definitely the cheapest of the two, but if it’s more, then… well, you get the point.
  • Second case scenario: say you’re planning a one day trip to a special city, like I did for my trip to Brussels. Ideally, you’d like to leave early in the morning and return later at night, or early the next day. Option 1: you get a $50 flight that leaves at 12:00 PM and returns the same day at 6:00 PM. Option 2: you get a 110 flight that leaves at 7:00 AM and returns at 8:00 PM. Which option is best? I’ll let you figure out this one on its own, feel free to give me your answer in the comments! (but if you picked option 2, I know you definitely got the point!)😎

3. It’s always better to use different airlines based on whoever offers the best deal: false. Sometimes, it’s advantageous for your to use different airlines, other times, it’s wiser to stick to the airlines you are familiar with, especially if you already have miles with them. For instance, if I get a Quantas Airlines (Australian airline company) for $60 and a Virgin Australia Airlines flight for $100, and I am a frequent flyer with Virgin Australia, I would personally choose to opt for the $100 flight because it would help me to accumulate a few miles (just for a $40 difference). Small rewards, but handy on the long run. But if my budget is extremely tight or there is a bigger price difference (in the order of the hundreds), then I’d gladly consider switching to the other airline and, why not, start a Frequent Flyer account with them too! 🤗

4. If I ‘m used to a specific airline, I should just stick to it: wrong. For instance, I’m a huge fan of American Airlines when it comes to traveling to North America and beyond. However, depending on where I want to go, Delta would offer me way cheaper and better options. Perhaps airlines have agreements with specific airports, I wouldn’t know for sure. But for some cities, American Airlines would charge me two to three times the price of a ticket sold on Delta and this for similar services (I have checked), and Delta would do the same for other cities. So even if you have your go-to airline whenever you travel to a specific country, be open-minded.

5. First and Business classes are always more expensive: said who? Psssh. My sister recently came back from a trip to Philly (Philadelphia) which she absolutely loved (in fact, she promised to write a guest post on www.travelwithclem.com about it, stay tuned!) And guess what, she travelled Business, and paid the same price she would have paid if she had traveled Economy (with a mere difference). And would you believe me if I told you that with an additional 20$-100$ to your economy fare, you could actually get a first class ticket, if you book your flight 6-8 months in advance? Test the waters, you’ll be pleasantly surprised😎

Do you agree with these tips? And are there any other flight myths you know of?

Join the discussion by letting me know in your comments, I’d love to know!

 


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Where Do People Find Money to Travel?

Since I have been sharing my travel experience through my blog, I have had this question time and again: where do I get the money to travel?

And I am happy to tell you.

But first things first, it is important that you know that what works for one might not necessarily work for another person, and as such, use the advice and information here to see how this can apply to you.

Here are three key questions to ask yourself:

1.First things first! Where do I want to go?

A lot of people tend to believe that you need to have money first before traveling, but let me correct this: you need to know where you want to go before you have the money. Just as much as your budget determines your destination, your destination also dictates your budget. In other words, where you want to go determines how much you’d need. Note that some people prefer to save up a lot of money and then decide on where they can go based on how much they have. I personally prefer to pick a destination and work towards getting the means to afford a trip to that destination.

2. How much do I need?

Now that you know where you want to go, it’s easier to determine how much you’ll need. 95% of the time, your biggest expenses are on flight+accommodation, so budget for that first. To make a budget for your flight, consider the travel season (summer vs winter, holidays vs regular days, weekdays vs weekends, etc.) to get the best flight deals. To make a budget for your accommodation, consider your preferences and expected level of comfort: do you rather stay in a guesthouse and maximize on sightseeing and meals, or do you rather stay in a resort and live the suite life? Either option is fine, according to your needs. You just need to take that into consideration when making your budget. Once you have an idea of the cost of your flight and accommodation, you can estimate the rest of your expenses on site such as transportation, meals, and sightseeing.

3. Where do I get the money?

The money can come from either existing funds, or newly acquired funds. Existing funds refer to savings and newly acquired funds to money earned while working at a regular job. So if you’re currently employed, it goes without saying that it’s easier for you to earn and save, depending on your responsibilities.

If you’re not employed, then you need to look for a source of income. Possible sources of income include:

  • Conferences: this is a great option to combine traveling and learning (I call it traveling with a “greater” purpose). Regardless of which ever field you’re into (Arts&Crafts, Business, Marketing, Accounting, Pharmacy, Medicine, Videos Making, you name it), there are a lot of conferences out there with other people sharing the same interests as you. Check it out, and if available, apply for travel assistance! However, it might be important to demonstrate how attending such a conference could help advance your career goals/develop your community.’
  • Training workshops: just like conferences, training workshops are great opportunities to get out there, learn new skills, meet people and discover other countries. You can also apply for travel assistance where available.
  • Paid volunteering programmes: a lot of my friends are involved in those and these options are rewarding at multiple levels. Again, it is important to pick something in the field you’re interested in, as it makes it easier for you to align the experience with your career objectives.
  • Freelance work: do you have any skills or services you can offer in your community or online? Get out there, give it a try and get paid for it! Whatever you think can be used as a marketable skill, is probably  marketable skill. Don’t let your fears limit you. Get out there. Remember, you’ve got a trip to plan!

Do you know of any other opportunities where someone can get money to travel? Feel free to share them here!

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“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine


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The Perfect Carry-On.

Category : Travel Tips

Following the experience that I had while traveling to the UK a few weeks ago (where my carry-on did not fit the airlines regulations), I felt the need to make this article, specifically regarding the contents of the perfect carry-on.

  • If you were stuck on an island for 3 days, without any access to your luggage, what would you absolutely need to have with you?
  • If your were traveling for a conference and your bags were delayed for 48 hours, what would you need with you right away?
  • If your connecting flight was cancelled and you had to wait for at last 24 hours till the next flight, what are the items that you’d readily need?

Based on my experience with each of these situations, here are my suggestions of what should be included in the perfect carry-on:

1. Your Bible

The Story: There are just way too many, and I don’t even know which one to pick.But as I stated on the page About me, I believe in God. And personally, I always make sure to carry the word of God with me wherever I go. Traveling is fun, but when things go wrong, it can turn into a physically and mentally challenging experience. I have faced despicable things and been in unthinkable situations when traveling, but just like in all my trials and tribulations, I turn to God for advice, strength and courage and He has always gotten me out (Had it not been the case, I wouldn’t be writing this post today). I don’t always carry the Bible with me, but I have access to a Bible app on my phone and my other electronics, and it works perfectly.

Speaking of electronics…

2. Your Essential Electronics.  CHARGED Essential Electronics

 You learn to understand the value of a charged phone when you need to make an urgent call and your phone is conveniently dead.

The Story: I was traveling to Houston, and I had arranged with a friend to come and pick me up at the airport. My flight from Charlotte was delayed due to poor weather conditions, so I notified him when we eventually took off and we agreed that I’ll do the same when I land. But when I landed, my phone was somewhere close to 1% and because there were no inflight power plugs, I was relying on the airport plugs on arrival to get a quick boost. Unfortunately, it was also peak flight times, and the immigration and baggage collection lines were so long that by the time I got out, my phone was already dead. So I ended up having to wait to get it charged enough to make an uninterrupted phone call, and then wait for my friend to come pick me up, which just added to the pain. This was not funny at all, especially since I had an exam in the morning.

3. An International Travel Adaptor 

Not having an international travel adaptor is just as bad as not having a charged computer/phone/power bank.

The Story:  Everything that I could think of was well planned and prepared for my trip to Australia. I was super excited, so I wanted to make sure that I had everything. And I did, except for…a travel adaptor.  I arrived in Sydney, only to find out that my UK and US friendly devices would not charge there because the same power outlet was not used. So for my first nights, my devices were on “low energy” mode until I was eventually able to find a travel adaptor.

4. Something to keep you warm

You learn to understand the value of this when you happen to be freezing cold in an 8 hours flight.

The Story: I can’t remember where I was going, but I am certain it was to a warm country because I purposely did not pack any warm clothing. However, I overlooked the fact that sometimes the planes are a bit chilly, and you can’t always control the temperature. In certain aircrafts, you are able to adjust the temperature just above your seat, but not in others. So I was literally there for 8 hours, turning around myself, wondering what kind of life this was. Worse, there were no covers available on the plane. I had to force myself to sleep, that was the only way to endure this. Don’t be like me.

Since then, I make sure to always travel with a shawl or a cover and socks, just in case. Be like me.

5. A change of underwear

You learn to understand the value of this when you’re stuck in transit in a country for 5 days.

The Story:  I was traveling to Dominica with my sister, and that was going to be our longest trip. My mother, packing expert and traveler extraordinaire, advised that we put some underwear in our carry-on bags, just in case. The late teenager that I was took pride in arguing about how silly the idea was, and despite how affirmative I was and how independent I wanted to be perceived, Mom always knows best. And she did. We ended up being stuck in transit in Brazil for 5 days with no access to our luggages, and I couldn’t be more grateful to have listened to my mom then. Mom is always (99.9%) right, and that’s good enough. The remaining 0.1% matters not.

6. A Good Book

There is no story behind this, I just think it’s important to have other options in case in-flight entertainment is not satisfying enough.

Also, traveling is a great opportunity to catch up on work (if you’re that ambitious) or meet your reading goals (4 books/year, anyone?).

7. Snacks for Days

You learn the value of this when you have no money (or rather not spend any) on airport goodies and you start to starve on the plane.

Japanese Green tea biscuits, Egg sandwich and yours truly, a Clementine!

The Story: this happened to me once. Because I was taking a short flight, I didn’t feel the need to purchase any food at the airport. However, the flight had some delays and instead of the initially planned 2 hours,  it ended up being a bit more than that (waiting time included). And a hungry passenger is a cranky passenger. Since then, I always make sure to have something to eat and drink on the plane, even if my flight is only 50 minutes.

8. Important Medications 

You learn the value of this when you get sea-sick on the ferry and there is nothing to offer you a quick fix.

The Story: I was traveling to St Lucia for the first time, and I was very excited because it was also my first time taking a ferry ride. I never, in a million years, anticipated being sea-sick. 15 mins into the ferry ride, I felt like waves of water were moving through my belly and well… anyone who has eve been sea-sick, you know what happens next. The ferry assistants didn’t have any medications or anything at all to alleviate this (which I found strange and unfortunate for me), but I was given a small mint candy in the hope that it would help. Luckily, it did. Since then, I not only take sea-sickness medications prior to any ferry ride, but I also load my bag with mint and eucalyptus candies. Never me again.

The same can apply for flu, headaches, cramps or nausea tablets.

9. An Awesome Lip Balm

You learn the value of this when you get “chapped lips” on the plane.

Lucas Pawpaw Ointment, Australia’s favourite, now mine.

The Story: Anyone who has ever had chapped lips can identify with this, really. The only difference is, you’re on a plane, and as such you can’t exactly run to a pharmacy to get a lip balm or cream. If you don’t have one on you, you’re in deep trouble. I was flying to the UK when I learned that lesson the hard way, and that was a very uncomfortable experience. Since then, I always have at least one lip balm in my bag.

10. For ladies only: touch up makeup!

(This last point is optional, debatable and really, up to each person)

First and foremost, I don’t usually wear makeup when I travel, simply because my skin needs to rest, just like my body:) Plus, you can’t really sleep well when you have makeup. Also, who cares what you look like when you’re on the plane? Certainly not the person next to you who is either sleeping, watching movies or working.

However, for me, it’s a good idea to have some makeup at hand because I generally start my day as soon as I land (sightseeing, meetings, conference, etc.) and I don’t always have time to get to the hotel/ accommodation to touch up, etc. So having some supplies at hand help. Now, let me just clarify that this is not going to be a full contouring super lashes or crazy glamorous kind of makeup: just some light powder, blush or lipstick would do. But honestly, some days, I really can’t be bothered. Take me as I am.

And you, what do you think should be included in your carry-on?

Clem.

 


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