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.
Exchange rates can have a dramatically positive impact on the quality of your trip, do your research.
Download all maps and information for places you want to visit, or get a local SIM card to avoid paying expensive roaming charges.
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.
If you travel occasionally, a cobranded credit card that provides free checked bags is a good idea. It pays for itself and lessens stress.
Say “yes” around 30% more. Common sense applies heavily here - but what better way to open yourself to new things to love?
Leave the city! Go on a nature and wildlife tour. Take a tour of a local farm or producer. And eat at local, small restaurants.
Eat everything! Dive into whatever the locals are eating. There's no better way to connect with a place and its people.
Pack light! You do not need most of the things you think you do. Keep it simple.
Keep a travel journal, and add photos, receipts, ticket stubs, anything that will remind you of how you were feeling at the time.
Travel overland. You might have to fly to reach your destination, but always travel by rail, sea and road once you're there.
Eat, eat, eat! Research local delicacies and try them all. A lot of interesting history/culture can be gleaned while foraging for food!
For a short but beautiful hike with lush rainforest and multiple waterfalls, visit Kaiate Falls on New Zealand's North Island!
Make plans, but be open to changing them. Some of my best memories are of the misadventures and serendipitous discoveries I never expected.
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 ever in Mexico, Ik Kil is a must visit Cenote spot.
Don't overthink, overplan, or overpack. The best adventures are made by winging it, making your own memories, and doing what the locals do.
Empty your pockets into your carry-on before going through security. It speeds things up and reduces the chance of leaving something behind.
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.
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.
Walk when possible. This will reveal hidden gems, spontaneous conversations with locals, and help burn the excess vacation calories.
Capsule wardrobes! Every piece can work together interchangeably.
Let yourself be surprised—don't plan the life and spontaneity out of your trip!
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!
Put down your phone and experience travel through your own two eyes instead of a screen.
Don't worry about the perfect photo. Take more video! It's more memorable and way more fun to watch when you're 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
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!
If you're into coffee and struggle with quality when traveling, an aeropress fits in carry-on and turns "meh" coffee into "pretty decent."
If its something you can do or eat at home...DON'T DO IT. Experience the culture where you are and be open to new things
TSA PreCheck lets you skip to the front of airport security lines - and it's just $85 for five years! Beyond worth it!
Always keep a complete toiletries bag ready to go! It simplifies packing and guarantees you never forget something essential.
Carry-on bag + Global Entry = never spending more than 15 minutes going through US customs and immigration—most of that time spent walking.