Invest in a pair of go-to travel shoes: a comfortable but classy pair of slip-ons that are convenient for the airport, easy to ease off your feet on long trips and won’t kill your feet if you underestimate the amount of time it takes to walk from point A to B. The ultimate pair of shoes transition from daytime sightseeing to evening dinner and drinks. Yes, these will be hard to find, but they’re worth the effort!
On road trips, no matter how many GPS-enabled electronic devices and snazzy navigation apps you have, bring a real, old-school paper map. You never know when you’ll lose a cell signal, run out of battery life or get terrible advice from an app or online map source. It’s just good insurance!
Got a camera phone? Use it: Take a photo of your room number, your rental car and license plate, parking lot locator number, and anything else you might forget while out and about.
Brazil’s most famous novelist, Paulo Coelho, has some not-so-common tips for travellers: forget museums and hang out in bars. “People feel obliged to go to museums because they learned as children that travelling was about seeking out that kind of culture”, he says, whereas popping into a local pub and striking up a conversation is the way to really get to know a place.
If you’re checking a black rolling suitcase (and from the looks of every conveyor belt we’ve seen, 90 per cent of you are!), add a colourful ribbon or tape to the handle so you can spot it more easily at baggage claim. Be creative: the general population has caught on and a plain red ribbon won’t cut it. Go for neon, stripes, polka dots—something more unique. (We’ve seen animal-print duct tape at Home Depot.) Or whip up a distinctive handle cover if you’re crafty.
Start your packing with a colour palette. If everything in your suitcase is mix-and-matchable, you can get much more mileage out of your wardrobe.”