3 Ways to Maximize Your Time When Traveling

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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…


(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


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


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:


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 (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. 😎).


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).


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 

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!

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