In Beijing experience less touristed parts of the Great Wall @ beijinghikers.com. In Bangkok experience local cuisine @ foodtoursbangkok.com.
Consider why you are traveling and what you want to get out of it. With the right mindset and good intentions the world will open up to you.
If you're into coffee and struggle with quality when traveling, an aeropress fits in carry-on and turns "meh" coffee into "pretty decent."
Don't worry about the perfect photo. Take more video! It's more memorable and way more fun to watch when you're home.
Capsule wardrobes! Every piece can work together interchangeably.
Say “yes” around 30% more. Common sense applies heavily here - but what better way to open yourself to new things to love?
Download offline Google Maps, Airbnb in local neighborhoods, and a learn few phrases in the local language.
Carry-on bag + Global Entry = never spending more than 15 minutes going through US customs and immigration—most of that time spent walking.
Take a suitcase twice as large as you need - you'll want the extra space for all the goodies you'll want to bring home!
Pick a food that you love and try it everywhere you go. It's fun (and tasty!) to see how other places put their spin on something
Try to travel with carry on luggage only—it makes trekking through airports and spontaneous side trips so much easier!
Eat everything! Dive into whatever the locals are eating. There's no better way to connect with a place and its people.
Pick a new song or album and listen to it often during a specific trip. You'll then be reminded of your trip when you hear that music in the future.
For a short but beautiful hike with lush rainforest and multiple waterfalls, visit Kaiate Falls on New Zealand's North Island!
Learn basic words in the local language. Interact with locals - watch daily life for a few hours from a coffee shop away from tourist areas.
In Oaxaca, take a daytrip to Hierve el Agua. Infinity pool hot springs with expansive mountain valley views. 10/10 you will not regret.
Try to bring back a unique object from each trip, to display in your home. It's nice to surround yourself with fun travel memories!
Keep a travel journal, and add photos, receipts, ticket stubs, anything that will remind you of how you were feeling at the time.
Don't overthink, overplan, or overpack. The best adventures are made by winging it, making your own memories, and doing what the locals do.
Exchange rates can have a dramatically positive impact on the quality of your trip, do your research.
Solo travel at least once! It’s a time where the only compromises you have to make are with yourself.
Don't be afraid to try the local food outside of the touristy areas. You'll get some of the best food in the country.
Download all maps and information for places you want to visit, or get a local SIM card to avoid paying expensive roaming charges.
If you're ever in Mexico, Ik Kil is a must visit Cenote spot.
To experience the local life, travel off-peak, book Airbnbs, walk everywhere, shop supermarkets and local markets, and try local cuisine.
Just do it! Forget about all the things holding you back and just go. You'll never regret the trips you do take--only the ones you don't!
Put down your phone and experience travel through your own two eyes instead of a screen.
Eat, eat, eat! Research local delicacies and try them all. A lot of interesting history/culture can be gleaned while foraging for food!
Let yourself be surprised—don't plan the life and spontaneity out of your trip!
Pack light! You do not need most of the things you think you do. Keep it simple.
Pack and fold your items smart. Stop taking photos after 1-3 and enjoy the moment. Eat everything and walk it off.
This isn't for everyone, but try packing everything you'll need into a carry on for reduced stress.
Walk when possible. This will reveal hidden gems, spontaneous conversations with locals, and help burn the excess vacation calories.
Travel overland. You might have to fly to reach your destination, but always travel by rail, sea and road once you're there.
Make friends with the locals. Not only will you gain a new pal or two, but you'll also open yourself up to many more adventures.
Make plans, but be open to changing them. Some of my best memories are of the misadventures and serendipitous discoveries I never expected.