No one likes to be stuck in an airport. It’s a traveller’s worst nightmare. But sometimes things just don’t go your way and you find yourself slapped with a long layover or stranded by plane delays. Well, since you can’t do anything about it, instead of yelling at every airline employee in sight or tapping your feet in annoyance, make the most of your predicament (like the guy who shot a ridiculously epic lip syncing video to ‘All By Myself’ in the Vegas airport).
Here’s our two cents worth of stuff to do when you find yourself trapped with no place to go.
So many places to visit, so little time. Ugh, we feel you. First world problems, right? The world’s your pearly little oyster and you feel your wanderlust starting to tickle, but you have absolutely no idea where to next.
Should you fly halfway across the globe to immerse yourself in the bright lights of glittering cities? Or put on your adventure cap for a nearby journey to see some of nature’s finest?
You could just make a list of your top few destinations and then narrow them down from there… But what should you take into consideration? Which elements carry more weight than others? We’ve got tips at hand for you to zero in from endless possibilities to the one.
New to a particular country? Don’t let the possibility of being hustled burst your bubble of excitement. Con artists have upped their game in recent years, from expert pickpockets to cabs who stealthily zoom off with your valuables to swindlers who offer you free stuff… and then demand you pay a hefty price.
Sometimes it’s tough to climb over the language barriers and familiarise yourself with the cultural differences, so you end up falling prey to shrewd thieves and their sneaky schemes. Sadly, this is a problem that won’t go away anytime soon, so the best thing you can do is get savvy and guard yourself against tricks of any kind.
Here are some tips to help you steer clear of tourist rip-offs.
Don’t be that person – you know, that annoying traveller who disturbs the peace, creates all kinds of trouble and gets on everyone’s nerves. Oh, and gives his or her country a bad rep. There’s just something about being on the road or going to another country that surfaces the worst habits of humanity.
Sometimes it may be something you do unintentionally, but it’s just bad form to keep rubbing people the wrong way. So here are 10 ways on how to avoid being that rude, obnoxious and overbearing traveller that drives others up the wall.
You’re probably tired of hearing this travel buzzword, but bear with us for a minute. First of all, what does off the beaten track actually mean to you? For some, it could be traveling to world famous destinations but forgoing iconic landmarks in favour of searching for hidden shops and hole-in-the-wall bars or chasing after whispers of locally-loved restaurants not mentioned in any guidebooks.
For others, it could be scrapping popular vacation spots completely and hunting down the most secret, isolated places that could very well land you right smack in the middle of nowhere – miles away from any annoying traveler and ridiculously expensive tourist rip-offs.
Whichever way you choose – despite transport inefficiencies, language barriers and any other obstacles you might encounter – you’ll often discover an enriching experience waiting for you when you venture away from the footsteps of others and pave your own way.
Here are 5 reasons why you should veer off the well-trodden path.
Picture this: You’re finally embarking on that perfect vacation you spent months planning and maybe even years dreaming about. You step off the airplane and breathe in the sights and sounds – you can’t believe you’re actually there. You spend the entire day exploring and wolfing down local dishes; when evening hits, you start to feel tired. So you head back to your hotel and look forward to a good night’s sleep… that’s when it hits you.
Suddenly, you’re red-eyed and ridiculously wide awake in the middle of the night. You can barely keep your head up come breakfast; you’re a zombie shuffling around from shop to shop, more concerned about crawling into bed than your surroundings. And as soon as you adjust to the time difference, you’re almost due to go home. What a waste.
You can blame your internal clock or your lousy eating and sleeping patterns, or you could avoid the dreaded jet lag altogether with a few simple steps of forward planning.
Here are 10 easy ways to beat jet lag.
Ah, Perth. It’s not quite the bustling metropolis that is Sydney, nor does it boast the quirkiness of Melbourne’s coffee connoisseurs and music lovers – but don’t be too quick to brush it aside. The laidback capital and largest city of Western Australia has its own quiet charms, endearing characteristics and, of course, one of the best climates in the country.
If you’re not yet convinced by the short five-and-a-half hour flight time and affordable fares to hop on a plane, check out our list of the Top 10 things to do in Perth.
So you love to travel, but you hate packing. We get it. Sometimes it can be quite a hassle – especially when you can’t decide what to stuff into your already-overflowing suitcase and what to reluctantly leave out. Plus, it gets worse when you start to experience that nagging feeling that you’ve forgotten something of absolute importance. Obviously, passports, travel documents and cash are a no-brainer – but to be prepared, take full advantage of the limited space you have.
So here’s our checklist of top 10 essential travel items and accessories that will make your life that much easier, as well as save time and money.