Dec 11, 2018
Posted by: Daniel Walker

10 important things to do when travelling

Today’s article is a list of 10 important things to do when travelling. I think they are the most important things to do, they will keep you safe and healthy and allow you to have a stress free experience.

 

Don’t forget these important things when travelling

 

1. Keep in touch with your family

Definitely the most important thing on this list, keep in touch with your family and/or friends back home. Not only will they be excited to hear about all the things you have been doing since you left home, but they want to know you are safe. Check-in with them at least once a week, or every two or three days, send them photos, send them messages and tell them what you have been up to. This is so easy to do with apps like Facebook, Skype and WhatsApp.

 

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2. Remember to drink water

glass of water

 

This is something that even I overlook, drinking enough water to stay hydrated. I’m sometimes so busy and enjoying myself so much, I don’t take the time to drink enough water during the day.

 

3. Eat healthily

This one is really important. Again, even I am guilty of this, I’m overseas and I want to enjoy my time and eat lots of foods, but that shouldn’t come at the expense of health. Eating nutritious foods is important for our health. I have previously written an article on how you can eat healthy while travelling. You can read it below:

 

4. Take lots of photos

iphone

 

As a photographer, this is really important to me, both on the business side of things and also on a personal note. The great thing about a photo is it freezes a single moment in time. When I think of photos I think of how powerful it is to be able to show it to my future children and grandchildren. I would recommend taking pictures of as much as you can and a really important one, to get a lot of selfies. One of the things Kayleigh and I always regret after a trip is we never seem to have enough photos of us actually together in the same photo. I would also recommend recording lots of videos too.

 

 

5. Backup your photos

Another really important thing to do when travelling is to upload photos and videos from your phone and cameras to your computer and continually make backups. You should, ideally, have more than one backup, one on your computer and a portable hard drive and if you have an online cloud service or online drive like Dropbox or Google Drive you should also add them there too.

You never know what might happen and you should be prepared for the worst-case scenario. Having several backups means that if something were to happen to your computer, your hard drive, your phone or your memory cards you will still have those files somewhere.

 

6. Take care of your possessions

It’s vital that you take care of your possessions, if you don’t they won’t last as long, they could get damaged or be stolen. The most critical thing to keep safe is your passport, without this, you can’t travel home and it is expensive to replace. On a previous trip to Seoul, we were careless and Kayleigh’s passport was lost/stolen the night before we were meant to fly to Tokyo, Japan. As a result, we had to stay in South Korea for an extra week and we had to fork out money for extra accommodation and food, a new passport and a new flight to Tokyo.

Australian passport

 

We have definitely learned our lesson, so if you want some tips on keeping your passport safe then we highly recommend you check out the article listed below.

 

When you travel anywhere overseas, but particularly to Europe, you should be very mindful of pickpockets and scammers. They are really good at what they do and if you aren’t careful they will steal your valuables, including your phone, wallet, passport, camera and anything else of value.

I don’t mean to scare you or to make this point fear-mongering but we have learned from experience what can happen if you aren’t careful and we know a few friends who have been pickpocketed in Europe.

 

7. Have a rest

sleeping in a hotel bed

 

Travelling doesn’t mean you have to go, go, go all the time. We should listen to our bodies and rest them when they need to be rested. It’s important to sleep well, take regular breaks during the day and one thing that I think is often overlooked is to have a day off. There is nothing wrong with taking a day off to rest and recover, this doesn’t mean you have to stay in bed all day and do absolutely nothing, it means you just have a slower day. Rather than go on a 10 km walk or 8-hour-long tour, have a slower day walking around the local streets or spending a couple of hours relaxing at the beach. I have written more about this subject in more detail, you can read it below:

 

8. Get off your phone

We often get distracted by our phones and spend way too much time on them checking our social media and email inboxes. Travelling is a great excuse to stay away from them, for at least a few hours anyway. Instead of snapping away and uploading to Instagram and Facebook there and then, save them all for later and then upload them all at once.

 

9. Enjoy the present moment

One of the worst things is coming home from a trip and not fully remembering something that happened. The best way to avoid this is to forget about everything else in the world when you are there and be present in the moment. To be in the moment means you are absorbing it all in and are not being distracted by anything else. I have written about this and point eight previously. You can read more about it here:

 

10. Have fun

And lastly, this should go without saying, but always have fun. Travelling can be overwhelming, it can be exhausting and stressful, but it should always be fun and enjoyable.

 

10 important things to do when travelling

Thanks for reading this list of 10 important things to do when travelling. We would love to hear your thoughts on this list and if you would add anything to it, let us know in the comment section below.

 

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Daniel Walker is an Australian landscape photographer, blogger, outdoor enthusiast and travel addict originally from western Sydney, now residing in Melbourne, Victoria.

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