This page collects all the Travel Tips by Besides the Obvious. Bucket lists, culinary journeys, travel series, interviews, and a lot of useful content. If you have any further recommendations, on what else we should include in this section, don’t hesitate to reach out. These tips for traveling will help you save money and find a better route. You will experience the unknown, sleep better, get off the beaten path more, meet locals, and eat like locals. And just simply will be a better traveler.


  1. Plan and research: Before your trip, take the time to plan and research your destination. Familiarize yourself with the local customs, weather, and any necessary travel documents or vaccinations required. Make a list of the must-see attractions and activities you want to experience.
  2. Pack wisely: Pack light and smart. Consider the weather conditions and activities you’ll be engaging in. Don’t forget essentials like travel adapters, a first aid kit, and any necessary medications. Roll your clothes to save space and choose versatile items that can be mixed and matched.
  3. Stay connected: Ensure you have a reliable means of communication while traveling. Consider getting a local SIM card or using international roaming plans to stay connected. Download useful travel apps like maps, translation tools, and currency converters to assist you during your trip.
  4. Be respectful of local customs: Respect the local customs, traditions, and cultural norms of the country you’re visiting. Learn a few basic phrases in the local language to show your interest and appreciation for the local culture.
  5. Stay safe: Keep your personal safety a priority. Be cautious of your surroundings, particularly in crowded areas or unfamiliar neighborhoods. Use reputable transportation options and avoid walking alone at night. Keep important documents and valuables secure, and consider using a money belt or hidden pouch.
  6. Try local cuisine: One of the best ways to experience a new culture is through its food. Be adventurous and try local dishes and street food, but also be cautious about food hygiene. Look for busy and reputable food establishments to minimize the risk of foodborne illnesses.
  7. Respect the environment: Practice responsible tourism by minimizing your impact on the environment. Dispose of waste properly, use eco-friendly products, and choose sustainable activities and accommodations when possible.
  8. Stay flexible and open-minded: Travel can sometimes be unpredictable, so maintain a flexible attitude and be open to new experiences. Embrace the unexpected and allow yourself to be immersed in the local culture and customs.

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