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7 travel life hacks

I’d like to say I find travel easy. But the truth is, I really struggle with the organizing-packing-planning part of the trip. Or how many times I’ve missed activities or sightseeing because of my tendency to be scattered all over the place.

I could definitely win a prize for cringeing  the most during travels to exotic places. An outhouse with mud and no paper? No thanks. A hotel without any phone chargers? *sighs and screams internally*

Therefore, I’d like to share my top 7 travel related life hacks with you:

–   Use clothespins to protect toothbrushes from touching dirty counters. This is a literal lifesaver, especially because clothespins are easy and cheap to buy and find.

– Keep any spare money in an empty chapstick container. When you’re done with the chapstick, just wash up the container, roll the notes, and slip them inside. Another option, for women, is to keep it inside a sanitary pad pouch; just make sure that you seal it.IMG_2138.JPG

– If you forget the plug from your phone charger, or the hotel has a different outlet (the struggle is real!) you can use the back of your TV. Most TVs have a USB outlet that’ll charge your phone. Just don’t forget the aux cord.

– Make a temporary waterproof phone case by placing your phone inside a Ziploc bag and sealing it tightly.  Warning: this probably won’t work if you dive into a lake. It’s more of a hack for rain, or puddles.

– Line your backpack with a bin bag. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve returned to my hotel, to find that everything in my bag has miraculously managed to open out, and somehow my water bottle decided to leak. I actually found this from Buzzfeed (the rest I’ve used from day to day travel) but this is probably my favorite hack- hands down.

– Plan your clothes beforehand. Believe it or not, but rolling your clothes is apparently more space efficient and so much easier for all the people who can’t fold properly *coughs loudly*. Also an ideal outfit to wear to the airport is probably slippers, trackpants, and layering from t shirts to hoodies (depending on where you are). Slippers are more time efficient, in case security requires that you remove your shoes, and trackpants are just really comfy.

-My last hack for travelling is to leave a day extra. This may be hard for those on a time deadline, but you can use the extra day to complete any last minute tours or destinations. Otherwise, use the time to just explore the city without a plan and just kinda wing it. This gives you a chance to see places you’ll never have seen before, and gives you a chance to explore the hidden gems in any city.

So, yeah. Those are my favorite travel life hacks. I’m gonna be posting from Alibag next week, so I’ll keep y’all posted.

 

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if i had a million dollars

So, my exams are finally over, and I can start blogging more often again. I’m definitely relieved, although that’s a short feeling of obliviousness until my papers are handed back. Such positivity.

But as I haven’t been able to travel recently, I’ve decided to complete a tag that I found online. I’m not sure exactly where I found it, sometime during those three-hour internet quests, that I make too often. Anyways it was really interesting to see what everybody had to say about their dream destination; New York, India, Hong Kong, UAE, and Africa were some of the popular choices.

So, if I had a million dollars…where would I go? Well let’s see. I feel like I’d either do Europe or Australia. Australia is actually my first option, but I have a crippling fear of snakes. I genuinely don’t mind the sharks, bugs, or possibilities of being stranded in the Outback. It’s the elongated carnivorous reptiles of the suborder serpentes that really scare me. Also, I’d like to thank Wikipedia for that definition of snakes, and Google images for producing several pictures even though I didn’t really want them.

However, Australia is just so dazzling, with the vibrant sunsets, the indigenous animals, the rugged outback, and jagged moss covered cliffs above the foamy sea.

But I’m equally tempted by the cyan colored canals of Venice, the faded rising houses from the shallow seas of Greece, the remains of the Empire in Rome.

Since I’m at a crossroads, I’ll use my perfected methods to make any hard decisions.

I’ll flip a coin.

And Australia it is!

I’m not sure where my journey would begin, but I’d like to start at Queensland and do a whole circle of the country. I’d definitely love to camp under the starry sky of the outback, try some water sports, visit the Sydney Opera House, and see the famous Uluru.

And yes, I’d flip a coin to choose my next destination.   🙂

 

Picture above: A view of Fraser Island from my bed.

Also, please don’t get me wrong; if I actually had a million dollars, I’d donate most of it to charity.