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4 Luggage Tips for Any Type of Traveler

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Traveling today is a whole different world from what it was a hundred years ago. With the abundance of cruises and resort hotels, the rise of AirBnBs and hostels, and the styles of travel ranging from backpacking and flashpacking, to round-the-world flights and direct flights to both popular and best-kept-secret places, there is as much diversity in traveling as there is in destinations.

All these travel factors mean that you have to be savvy when deciding what type of luggage you’ll need to take. You want to make the most of your trip and be prepared for whatever comes your way on the road. To help travelers of all types, here are 4 tips and things to consider, so you can ensure that the luggage you bring is the most suitable for your travels.

Know Your Destination

You probably know where you’re going—and if you don’t, that’s okay too!—but do you know what the destination you’re heading to is like? Are you going on a wildlife safari, or are you going to a world-famous destination? What’s the weather and environment like at your destination? Will you be somewhere with access to banks and that can accept credit cards, or will you need to make all purchases in the local currency?

Knowing your destination will help you determine how to prepare, and that’s the first step in choosing what kind of luggage you’ll need to bring. If you need to pack clothes for walking around the town and eating in high-end restaurants, you’re going to need roomier luggage than someone who intends to spend their entire vacation in a bathing suit on the beach. The general travel rule is to pack light, but you also don’t want to pack too light and end up unable to do everything you want on your trip.

How Are You Getting There?

Whether it’s hitching rides on the road, flying, taking a boat or ship, or driving, your luggage options will vary and depend greatly on your mode of travel. If you intend to backpack, then of course you won’t want to pack so much that you’ll be weighed down and dog-tired after a day of walking and hitching rides. If you fly, then you’ll also have to take into consideration the restrictions for carry-on luggage size and check-in baggage weight. Think ahead and imagine yourself on your travels to foresee whether your luggage will be sufficient or a hindrance.

What’s Your Travel Style?

Some people pack a few items of clothing that they can mix and match to make outfits for any occasion, and some people like to pack for every imaginable situation they might encounter on their trip. Your travel style will help you decide on what size and style of luggage you need. For the light and laid-back travelers, a smaller piece of luggage might be enough. But for people who need to be prepared for going on a business-and-pleasure trip, or who are going on a skiing escapade and having to worry about weather, a larger luggage or two might be necessary.

Where Are You Staying?

Whether you’re camping out at a seaside park, staying budget-friendly at a hostel, or checking in to a fancy resort, where you end up staying can have a huge impact on the type and size of luggage you should carry.

Backpackers who will be living and possibly eating out of their packs will want larger backpacks than ones used for school. Since people don’t want to leave their belongings out in the open, hostels often have lockers that either come with the room or that you can rent for a daily fee, but these lockers tend to be small. A hotel or resort will allow for travelers to simply leave their luggage in their room, so the size and amount of luggage is less of an issue.

No matter where you’re staying, you’ll want to make sure that the luggage you take isn’t something you’ll have to worry about. After all, you’re going on a trip! You should be able to enjoy it and take in all the amazing sights without having to think about your luggage.

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Hot travel apps to download in 2015

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Hitting the road soon and looking for some cool apps to add to your phone or tablet to make your travels fun, safer, and more efficient? If so, we have assembled a post with five hot travel apps to download in 2015 that will make your latest trip the most enriching one yet.

1) Trover

Love Pinterest, but hate how hard it is to narrow down pins to a specific destination? If you find yourself in this predicament, then Trover is for you. All you have to do is type in a destination that you are curious about, hit enter, and BAM! A plethora of photos fills your screen, each with additional information on the destinations within the selected picture. A must for visually-oriented people.

2) Localeur

Those headed to America for a holiday in 2015 may want to consider adding Localeur to their phone before stepping on the plane. With 12 US cities available and more being added as time goes on, users post articles based on their experiences in their hometowns, with articles ranging from the best Chicago cafes to hang out during winter to dining options of Fremont Avenue in Seattle, among many others.

3) Hotel Tonight

OMG! Your accommodation overbooked, leaving you out on the street with nowhere to stay … whatever will you do? Download Hotel Tonight, as this program will currently save your butt in the USA, Canada and in Europe, all while saving you money off the rack rate. Talk about turning that frown upside down…!

4) Image It

As much as we try to learn key phrases in foreign languages, there will inevitably in gaps in communication that will make certain encounters abroad slightly awkward. Fortunately, there are apps out there like Image It that give you digital flashcards that will communicate roughly what your needs are to total strangers that will then be able to help you, despite neither of you knowing a word of each other’s mother tongue.

5) CityMapper

For many travelers, there are few things more intimidating than landing in a megacity (10 million + people) that you have never been to before. In these places, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to getting around, which makes apps like CityMapper indispensable. CityMapper helps you plan your journey in one of these megalopolises from point A to point B, via its buses, trains, and trams, helping you get to your destination with nary a wrong turn.

Hate Your Job? Here Are Three Travel Friendly Careers To Consider

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One common lament of many people that have a strong urge to travel is that their chosen career simply doesn’t allow them to hit the trail more than two weeks per year (and even then, the boss makes a game out of making you feel guilty for leaving the office).

It’s extraordinarily frustrating, especially when you cruise travel blogs like this one and you see the proprietors gallivanting around the globe at will while you slave away on yet another pointless TPS report.

If travel is a major raison d’ etre for you, it’s time that you took action to acquire a career that is far more compatible will what makes you tick as a person. The following career choices will permit you to get away on the road at a much more liberal pace than in your typical corporate gig, so peruse the following options closely and start dreaming…!

Commercial / Wedding Photographer

If you love to travel to places that are part of your job and you love to putter around with your DLSR on the weekends, perhaps a fresh new career as a photographer is the right path for you. Corporations put out advertisements and promotional material all the time, and they either hire the services of a roving freelance photographer, or they retain one in-house for their own personal use.

Alternatively, you could farm out your talents as a wedding photographer, make tonnes of money for several dates, and travel on the proceeds for the reminder of the year … balla!

Freelance Writer

Have you always had a way with words? Top of your class in English all through school? Find yourself writing blogs on the side? If so, monetizing your literary talents may be a way to get out of a cubicle and on to the road.

Most base level content writing can allow you to live comfortably in the developing world, and as you build your skills and get into the more lucrative field of copywriting, you can also build a nice living for yourself in the 1st world as well.

Tour Guide (and any other business that is seasonal)

Love the outdoors/certain tourist destinations and want to share your love of it with the traveling public? Then give the life of a tour guide an honest trial. While your wage will get you by, entertaining and informative guides often make great tips, and when the season ends, you have many months open to go traveling anywhere you like.

Those that love money a bit more than that may want to roll up their sleeves and get into certain fields of construction that only operate through the warm months, as they offer higher wages, plenty of overtime, and an entire winter to explore the globe with a fat bank account!

Saving Tips for Young Professionals

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Young professionals have many opportunities to spend money, especially as you make the switch from paying the little money to cover transportation cost and clothing and occasional travel to paying student debt, saving to buy a home or for retirement. Once you are established in a good job, it is time to think on how to save money. Here are some saving tips for young professionals. Read the rest of this entry

Thailand’s Culture and Traditions

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Thailand is a country steeped in history and heritage, and this is seen through the rich culture and traditions that the country partakes in. With so many beliefs and cultures that are different to Western society, it’s a brilliant place to visit if you’re looking to spread your wings a little and go in search of something new. Below are just a select few things that you should know beforehand to practice respect in a new country and get to grips with the traditions of Thailand. Read the rest of this entry