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Dayvee's Ultimate Travel Resources Guide

Hi friends. You’re probably here from seeing me on TV. I’ve been traveling since age 11 and professionally since 2015. Over the years, I’ve learned so many hacks and I study the latest tips and trends for a living. I’ve created this guide to lay out my favorite travel resources. I continually update this with the best and most reliable resources to improve your travel experience. Please feel free to share your favorites; I will check them out to share with the community users of this guide.  Enjoy.

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Trip Planning

Planning a trip can be overwhelming, with so many details to consider, from flights and accommodations to activities and sightseeing. Check out these tools for a hassle-free and organized travel experience.

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One of the most robust and easy-to-use trip planning apps, and the best part is that it is  completely free. Plan any kind of trip, from solo road trips to group travel. You can create your  itinerary, organize flight, hotel, and car reservations, view places to visit on a map, and collaborate with your travel partners.

Not interested in an app, use my Trip Planning Quick List.

You can print it, save it to your tablet or camera roll

  1. Right-click and save this image.
  2. Keep it in your favorites.
  3. Reference this list to stay organized when planning your trips!
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google travelThere are plenty of search engines out there to find a cheap flight. But one option is better than all the rest: Google Travel.

It’s really a one-stop shop for all things travel and the most robust option to plan where you want to go, when you want to go, and how much you want to spend.

Check out these videos on how to use it.

giphyUse a Travel Advisor to elevate your experience.

If DIY travel is overwhelming, the good news is that there are professionals out there who are waiting to help you plan your dream trip. We can thank the online travel agencies for making travel more accessible, but a travel advisor can do it better than you can on your own. 

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  • They have the connections and access to deals that you don’t.
  • They save you time on planning.
  • You have a real person looking out for your best interests.
  • They will handle the inevitable travel challenges.
  • They are more affordable than you think. (Sometimes free! Depending on the situation.)

I’m often asked how to find a travel advisor, and the truth is that you need to find one that gets you. I get that you may not know where to start, so I’ve partnered with Fora Travel.
Fora Travel is a modern travel agency built by travelers. With their massive database of travel advisors, each one with their own specialty, you can find the perfect partner to co-plan your dream trips.

It’s a game changer, and you’ll never go back once you start using an advisor.

How would you best use a travel advisor?

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How to Score Travel Deals

The best way to score travel deals is to be flexible. Flexible on when and where you can go. Most of us can’t be so flexible on when we can go (because of our jobs), but if we open up the possibilities of where we are willing to go, then that’s when you can score the best deals.

If you really want to go to a destination, then track your airfare. (See “Book on Your Own)

If you want to travel during peak season, the best strategy is to book in advance.

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Besides Google Travel to track the destinations you already know you want to go to (see Trip Planning), Going (formerly Scott’s Cheap Flights) uniquely monitors the best flight deals from your home airport. So instead of choosing a specific flight to follow, you’ll select your home airport. The site will also recommend nearby and hub airports to follow for even more deals!

Glitch/Error/Mistake Fares

Mistake airfares, also known as error fares or airline price glitches, occur when either an airline or an online travel agency accidentally lists the wrong price for a flight, selling the ticket for much less than it is worth.

Usually, you can snag hundreds of dollars of savings on these tickets—sometimes 90% or more. The key is to act quickly, since when the airline or online travel agency notices, the ticket price will be discontinued.

Here’s the tried and true OG’s in the game. These sites are famous for finding glitch/error/mistake fares.

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Secret Flying is probably the most popular site to find cheap flight deals and mistake fares. It sends out cheap deals via daily email newsletters, mobile app alerts, and social media account updates.

AND…it’s free!

airfarewatchdog.com logo 150x150 1Airfare Watchdog is a free flight search engine that helps you find the lowest flight prices, along with email alerts and flexible options.

Check this site for last-minute flights and flexible travel dates.

priceline 300x300 1Priceline is one of the largest US platforms on which to book hotels, airline tickets, rental cars, cruises, tours, and other travel services.

WayAway Logo 1024x508 1 300x149 1Flights are typically the most expensive part of your trip, which is why using WayAway offers a brilliant incentive to use their platform. WayAway is a flight aggregator that claims to give travelers the best rates on airline tickets and other travel deals. But the best part is that when you book through the platform you get cash back immediately!

Users who sign up to WayAway’s membership plan get additional cashback on bookings of flights, hotels, rentals, and more.

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Points & Miles
Social media travel accounts have you drooling over a life of luxury travel from first class airline seats to dreamy rendezvous at overwater villas. These posh dreams can be a reality and done at no extra cost to your regular lifestyle when you maximize Credit Card points with Airline and Hotel loyalty programs.

In my wallet

Here’s a look at the favorite travel cards of a professional traveler. Keep in mind, these cards suit my travel-work lifestyle and all are considered quite expensive. But don’t worry, click the link at the bottom to see more great offers from the top travel credit cards. 

Capital One Venture X
Hands down the super star travel credit card of the moment. The bonuses far exceed the annual spend of $395.
Delta American Express Cards
My preferred airline is Delta. Having a credit card where I can directly benefit from spending and turn into skymiles is one of my travel hacking strategies.
Marriott Bonvoy
Especially useful for business travelers, if you love the Marriott brand of hotels, then getting one of the Bonvoy Cards can lend you many benefits. This card is by Chase
Chase Ink Business Cards
It's encouraged that entrepreneurs should separate their business and personal expenses. This is a relatively easy card to obtain and there are benefits that you can accrue just by doing day-to-day business.

MORE GREAT OFFERS

With so many travel credit cards to choose from, where do you start? Whether you’re looking for travel rewards, cash back, or 0% intro APR, take a look at these top cards from our partners.
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Let Me Upgrade You

For years it was quite daunting for me to even conceptualize that I could play the points and rewards game. The barrier was because I thought you needed (a lot of) money to play the game. But that’s a fallacy.

Check out my guide where I break it all down in the most simplest way.

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Places to Stay
Finding good and affordable accommodations can make or break your trip. You want to stay in clean, comfortable, and well-located hotel or vacation rental. And if you can find that at a bargain, then you’re winning!

Find the best place to stay at the best budget comparing all the best hotel sites

RIGHT HERE!

Compare rentals and hotels on the same map. Just enter your destination and I can show you the largest inventory of available rooms RIGHT NOW, offering the best rates on over 35 million bookable listings in over 220 countries and territories.

You can also search and book experiences, restaurants and more. No need to open a bunch of tabs. I’ve got you!

  1. Use search bar that says “World” to search your destination.
  2. Use the dropdown to search Hotels& Rentals, Experiences, or Restaurants.
  3. Click directly on the map to learn more about the place or book directly!
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At the Airport

Some people hate this part of the journey. But here’s some tools to ease your stress and make for a better experience before boarding your flight.

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TSA Precheck

TSA Precheck is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program that gives low-risk members access to an expedited security lane and screening process at selected airports in the US. Once enrolled, your membership will last five years. Some credit cards will cover or discount the fee
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Global Entry

Global Entry, another U.S. Customs and Border Protection program, gives the same benefits as TSA Precheck, plus expedited customs screening for when international travelers re-enter the U.S.

An unofficial benefit with this program is that you will also be granted TSA Precheck when approved for Global Entry. So, it’s like 2-for-1!

Once enrolled, your membership will last five years.

Some credit cards will cover or discount the fee.

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Nexus

This is a joint-venture program created by the Canadian Border Services Agency and the US Customers and Border Control to allow pre-approved, low-risk travelers to use their NEXUS card instead of a passport at self-service kiosks at selected airports in Canada and the US.
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CLEAR

CLEAR is a program that allows its members to fast-track airport security, using biometrics for identification, in the U.S. through an exclusive ‘CLEAR’ lane at select airports. You can compound your benefits by having TSA Precheck and Clear. Some credit cards will cover or discount the annual fee.
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Mobile Passport Control

Mobile Passport Control is one my favorite travel secrets that is hiding in plain sight. MPC is a U.S. Customers and Border Protection approved mobile app that gives travelers an electronic version of their passport. The key is that rarely anyone uses it, even though it is free (no application or approval required). Which means, often there is no one in the line. I find the line faster than Global Entry! Just download the app to your phone and upload your travel documents.

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Hello Vacay is a new travel company that launched an innovative product that offers lounge access during delays for $29/year via the membership model. 

Its first product, VacayDelay, is a service that sends members a text message with a QR code with lounge passes for travelers once an hour has elapsed since scheduled departure and the plane has not, in fact, departed. The lounge passes are good for registered travelers and up to four guests who do not have to pay for their own access so long as their trip has been registered in connection with the paying member.

The cost is $29/year and comes with unlimited usage for the year during any delay that extends 60 minutes or longer. There is no time limit associated with the passes meaning that whether the delay is 60 minutes or 10 hours, members aren’t expelled. 

The service provides access to more than 1,300 lounges worldwide and their website indicates that it is a Priceline partener.

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Booking your parking space in advance checks one more thing off your list. Especially during high-season travel, you don’t want to search aimlessly for an available parking spot. This website searches available spaces, including surrounding lots and hotels near all the major airports in the U.S. and Canada. And offers a discount to you, as well.
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Road Trips

Technology has revolutionized the way we travel. Paper maps and old-school GPS systems have been replaced by apps and services that map road tripping accessible to almost everyone.

roadtrippersRoadtrippers is one of the most practical and popular road trip planning apps out there. You can plan your journey right in the app, adding up to seven waypoints for free or 150 with a Roadtrippers Plus account. You can collaborate with friends or family and discover all the best stops along your route. The app features lodging, sights, outdoorsy destinations, restaurants, activities, shopping, fuel, and more all around the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and beyond.

The app is free, but to enjoy all the bells and whistles, you’ll want to upgrade to premium for $29.99 a year. It’s available on iOS and Android.

IDPInternational Driving Permit: Many countries do not recognize a U.S. driver’s license, but most accept an International Driving Permit (IDP). You may also need supplemental auto insurance. Read more about driving and road safety abroad before you go.

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I recommend using Waze, even when you know the route. Waze stands out (over Google Maps) because it can tell you about obstacles, police traps, potholes and more. Because it relies on community-reported incidents, the app is able to help you navigate the best route in real time. (Google Maps relies on officially reported incidents.) Waze is free!
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Rights, Safety & Emergencies

Flight disruptions are one of the most frustrating issues faced by travelers. Whether it is your fault or not, you should always be proactive and have things in place for emergency situations. While most of the time you will not need them, you will always be grateful to know exactly what to do when things aren’t going your way when you are away from home.

Know Your Rights

This is for U.S. passengers. Other countries have different rules.

If your flight is canceled...

If your flight has been canceled, federal law entitles you to a full refund for the cost of your airfare should you choose not to fly or a new flight other the airline’s choosing. Refunds are given in the same form as the ticket was purchased - cash, credit or miles.

If your flight is delayed...

If your flight is delayed, you may still be compensated. Most airlines say if the flight is “significantly” delayed, which is intentionally vague. Check the airline’s contract of carriage for their delayed flight policy.

Canceled & don't want to travel...

If your flight is canceled and you choose to cancel your trip as a result, you are entitled to a refund for the unused transportation – even for non-refundable tickets.  You are also entitled to a refund for any bag fee that you paid, and any extras you may have purchased, such as a seat assignment.

If you need to get there ASAP

If your flight is canceled, an airline can put you on another airline’s flight if they have available seats. (But, they are not required to do so. So kindness and patience goes a long way.)

Canceled until the next day

If your flight is canceled and you've been alerted that flights won't be available until the next day, ask the airline staff if they will pay for meals or a hotel room.  While some airlines offer these amenities to passengers, others do not and they are not required to, either.

Note:

  1. Airlines do not guarantee schedules
  2. Airlines are never responsible for losses you might suffer because you don’t arrive at your destination on time or at all.

For that reason, I highly recommend using Travel Insurance, which can be found in the Travel Emergencies tab in this section.

A handy dandy list of U.S. airline’s cancelation policies

If you believe you’re entitled to a refund and the airline denies it to you, you can and should file a complaint with the Department of Transportation.

Canceled Flight Quick List

You can print it, save it to your tablet or camera roll

  1. Right-click and save this image.
  2. Keep it in your favorites.
  3. Reference this list when your flight gets canceled.
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Travel Emergency Quick List

The key is to plan ahead for the worst case scenarios.

Be Informed

Learn about the country, including visa requirements, local laws, customs, and medical care in the countries where you will be. 

Check the destination’s website for required visas for your passport.

Check the U.S. Department of State for any Travel Advisories

Consider enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive important safety and security messages and make it easier for us to locate and assist you in an emergency.

Know the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate with you. They are available for emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, overseas and in Washington, D.C. 

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Be prepared

Digital copies of your passports, travel documents, itineraries and emergency numbers stored online where you can access by logging into any computer, anywhere (i.e. emailed to self or emergency contact, Google drive). Mad money, have cash on hand in local currency, enough to cover your for at least five days. If you take medication, make sure to have at least five days’ worth at any given time. Always have a fully charged extra battery pack. Recommended minimum 10000mAh.

Travel insurance will help to protect you by giving you resources and save you thousands during emergency situations. 

Always have an exit stratgy. If something were to go down, know how you can escape harm’s way.

Be connected

Keep a hard copy of emergency contacts. Have at least one place on social media where you are active. Phone lines are usually affected during a crisis. Many U.S. embassies and consulates, along with the Bureau of Consular Affairs, use social media to provide information.

When looking for good travel insurance plans, you want to find coverage that suits your particular trip needs.

World Nomads offers simple and flexible travel insurance policies for more than 150 activities, emergency medical, lost luggage, trip cancellation and more.

World Nomads is a good place to start your research, because their quote process is easy and quick.

World Nomads travel insurance offers:

  • Single-trip travel insurance plans
  • Multi-trip plans
  • Annual travel insurance plans

If you travel more than 4 times a year, it’s well worth the investment getting an annual insurance plan. 

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is essential in my book. It can help protect your budget and your travel experience during travel emergencies. If you have travel insurance, you can be compensated for losses from canceled and delayed flights, if you need to cancel or stop your trip, in addition to covering needed accommodation if you need to stay overnight. It can also help with medical emergencies.

It’s recommended to purchase travel insurance from a travel insurance company – instead of what is offered at the bottom of your ticket purchases for flights, hotels and car rentals.

Travel insurance is more affordable than you think. 

A comprehensive travel insurance plan should be 4-10% of your total trip cost and you can buy travel insurance anytime before your depart for your trip. 

If you’re on the fence, consider how much you can be out of pocket in an emergency situation. 

Most of the time you will not need to use your travel insurance but you will be glad to have it when you need it! 

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Passports: Apply several months in advance of actually needing a passport. If you already have one, it should be valid for at least six months after you return home and have two or more blank pages; otherwise, many countries may not let you enter.

  • Children’s passports: Passports issued for children under age 16 are valid for only five years, not 10 years like adult passports. Check passport expiration dates carefully and renew early.

Visas: You may need to get a visa before you travel to a foreign destination. Contact the embassy of the countries you will be visiting for more information. 

Medications: Some prescription drugs, including narcotics and some U.S. over-the-counter medications, are illegal in other countries. Check with the embassy of your destination(s) about regulations and documentation before you travel.

Consent for Travel with Minors: If you are traveling alone with children, foreign border officials may require custody documents or notarized written consent from the other parent. It’s also a good idea to have a copy of their birthcertificate, which you can store digitally..

IDPInternational Driving Permit: Many countries do not recognize a U.S. driver’s license, but most accept an International Driving Permit (IDP). You may also need supplemental auto insurance. Read more about driving and road safety abroad before you go.

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Travel Companies

As a professional traveler I have had a lot of really special travel experiences. But some just stand out from the crowd.

These businesses come highly recommended from me to you!

The following are companies I have had actual travel experiences with.

Watch the videos to see my coverage featuring these experiences.

Use the links and tell them Dayvee sent you!

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UnCruise Adventures

I describe it as summer camp for grownups who love outdoor adventures.

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AmaWaterways

High-end river cruise line that offers cruises in Europe, Southern Africa, Southeast Asia, South America, and Egypt.

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Austin Adventures

Family-owned small group tour company that offers 5-star wilderness adventure experiences in National Parks in the U.S. and around the world.

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Rocky Mountaineer

A dreamy luxury train experience that takes you through the Canadian and American rocky mountains.

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REI Adventures

Put all your adventure gear to work on one these experiences. You can choose a level according to your skill, and enjoy an epic outdoor adventure.

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Nature Tours

A small riverboat cruise that takes you through the Brazilian side of the Amazon Rainforest. A science boat for those who want an intrepid and authentic journey.

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Space Camp

Mixes education and fun. But, not it is not just for kids,; there are adult programs, too. You don't have to be a space nerd to go. Anyone can join the fun.

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Packing Guides

Learn how to pack in a way that makes your travel experience better. These tips with teach you how to pack lighter, smarter, and faster.

Packing Tips Quick List

Whether you’re someone who starts packing a week ahead of time or waits until the last minute, these hacks will help you pack faster and smarter.

Make a packing list

Do a brainstorm and create a list of things you’ll need for your upcoming trip. Avoid trying to pack on the fly and prevent over- and under-packing.

Use the packing lists in the Lists tab.

Outfits only for the itinerary

Pull out your planned schedule and pack outfits based on the activities you will do. This saves you from overpacking, instead of winging it.

Pro tip: Pack clothing you can wear for multiple occasions, and mix and match pieces.

Keep a pre-packed toiletry kit

Having a grab-and-go travel-only bag with all of your essentials is one less thing to worry about when it’s time to pack; especially when you’re in a rush.

Pro tip: When you return from a trip, make sure to restock your toiletries so it’s always ready.

Check out my favorite toiletry bag.

Travel emergency kit

Having some basic bandages, cold medicine, pain relievers, etc is helpful to keep peace of mind, even if you never use it. Just keep it in your suitcase.

Check out this fully stocked travel emergency kit

Spare foldable bag

Whether you think you’re going to shop or disaster strikes and your main luggage falls apart, if you keep a foldable bag in your luggage you’ll always have it for emergencies. It can also be used as a day or beach bag. 

Pro tip: Keep a spare foldable bag for emergencies and also pack a foldable daypack for exploring.

Check out my favorite spare bag.
Here’s my favorite adventure daypack.

Packing cubes

They work great for organizing your suitcase, but take care to fold your clothes efficiently within the cube. Getting a set that also compresses clothing will help you get the most out of your luggage space.

Check out my favorite packing cubes.

Wrap shoes in shower caps

The weirdest and grossest thing is having to pack the shoes you took your adventure with in the your suitcase at the end of your trip. (Even if you have time to clean the bottoms, it still seems unsanitary to me.) Collect the shower caps, often found in your hotel’s bathroom, and use them to cover the bottom of your shoes.

Wrap shoes in shower caps

The weirdest and grossest thing is having to pack the shoes you took your adventure with in your suitcase at the end of your trip. (Even if you have time to clean the bottoms, it still seems unsanitary to me.) Collect the shower caps, often found in your hotel’s bathroom, and use them to cover the bottom of your shoes.

Pack wine, olive oil in your checked luggage

The weirdest and grossest thing is having to pack the shoes you took your adventure with in the your suitcase at the end of your trip. (Even if you have time to clean the bottoms, it still seems unsanitary to me.) Collect the shower caps, often found in your hotel’s bathroom, and use them to cover the bottom of your shoes.

Pack a hat and not crush it

The weirdest and grossest thing is having to pack the shoes you took your adventure with in the your suitcase at the end of your trip. (Even if you have time to clean the bottoms, it still seems unsanitary to me.) Collect the shower caps, often found in your hotel’s bathroom, and use them to cover the bottom of your shoes.

Prevent spills in your liquids

Take a piece of plastic (which can be found everywhere, unfortunately), then place it over the mouth of your bottles. Then screw the top back on.

Avoid tangled jewelry

If you don’t want to buy a jewelry case, use a small towel or cloth, then add your earrings by piercing the towel and adding the backs on the other side. For necklaces, lay it flat on the towel, then fold it over, then repeat.

Reduce the size of bulky jackets

When you don’t need to wear your bulky jacket or coat, lay the coat with the back down. Then fold the arms in. Next, fold in half the long way. Now from the bottom, use compression to tightly roll the coat until you reach the hood. Now, push the rolled coat into the hood.

You will now have a compressed bundle, which can double as a pillow!

Pack first clothes on top, heavy items at the base

When loading your clothes in your packing cube or luggage, stay organized by placing the clothes in chronological order for how you will wear them. That way in cases where you are bopping around and sleeping in different places, you can don’t have to unpack everything to get what you need.  

Carry a reusable water bottle.

It’s not only more sustainable but will save you from spending way too much on a bottle at the airport. Once on the other side of security fill it up. If you’re at an airport without a fill up station, be kind and ask one of the bars or restaurants.

Here’s my favorite travel water bottle 

Pick the right suitcase

What is the right bag for you? Well, it can vary depending on the trip. I tend to go for soft-sided carry-ons because they are more flexible to shape-shift, especially when I’m overpacked. I was also told by some airline staff that they can’t really tell the size of soft luggage - so you’re more likely to get away with being a little oversized and a little overweight.

But, when I have to check a bag, it will go for a hard case, which will be more durable to protect my things.

Whatever you choose, don’t go cheap. This is the case where you’ll want to invest in something that is battle tested and offers some warranty. The worst is traveling and then your luggage fails!

Pack your essentials and a pair of safety underwear and socks

You’ll hear other experts recommend a safety outfit, but the truth is if you are without luggage due to the fault of your airline, you now have an excuse to get a few things, including clothing, to carry you over on your tip on the tab of the airline.

*Be sure to check with the airline on their policy and your spending limit.

But, what can be the most frustrating is not having a change of undergarments, which can be a little more challenging to find. 

Additionally, I recommend that you keep the most valuable and essential items in your carry-on to guarantee that it is always in your possession.

Leave items your accommodation will have

A way to pack light is to think about the things your hotel will have and leave them at home. Pack travel-sized products, and if you need more ask the hotel or buy more. It's often not worth bringing full-sized items with you.

Travel Insurance

Worth it! Just like having that emergency kit, you may not need to use it. But when you need it and have it, then you’ll be grateful. The investment in insurance is small, but can save your pockets thousands.

Dirty laundry

Fold and store in your luggage an extra and unused packing cube (or foldable bag), and as you continue your trip, load it with your dirty clothes to keep the clean ones separated and fresh. 

Keep luggage fresh with dryer sheets

This hack is the easiest to execute. Grab a few fragrant dryer sheets and lay them between your clothes and in the mesh pockets of the luggage, and your things will smell fresh out of the wash your entire trip!

Did I miss any of your favorite suitcase-packing tips?

Please let us know, and we’ll add them!

For those who like to physically check things off lists.

The Ultimate Travel Packing List

This is your list of all the things you’d ever want to bring on any trip. 

  1. Print out one or a dozen to have on hand.
  2. Customize for each trip by using a marker to black out what you don’t need or highlight what you need.
  3. Share with your travel partners, family and friends.

For those who prefer a digital list.

Here’s my recommended Packing List App

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For the ladies

The Essential Clothing Packing List

Every trip will be different. This guide will help you streamline your luggage so you don’t forget key items base on the theme of your trip.

Pro tip: Instead of packing a new outfit for each event, every day, bring 1 or 2 items from the list (you are referencing), then mix and match items. 

Essential Clothing Packing List

Toiletries Packing List

Toiletries Packing List

In-flight Packing List

Once your luggage is stowed, above or under your seat, you don’t want to fuss around for the things you will use during your flight. For that reason, I recommend that you prepare a small bag or fanny pack to keep on your lap. (I prefer a fanny pack because it’s handsfree and you won’t have to keep track to make sure it won’t fall down the side of your seat when you doze off.

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Travel Gear

As a professional traveler I have researched, tried and used countless products. Here’s a few of my favorite things.

Curated for you on my Amazon Storefront

Thanks for supporting my work by using my links if you see something you like.

Do you have a must-have travel essential? Let me know and I’ll test it out.

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Responsible Travel

Looking to make sustainable and responsible travel choices, here’s some guides, resources and tools.

The goal of this guide is to provide a comprehensive, but succinct overview of why it is important to put the pillars of responsible travel at the forefront of every trip that is taken in the modern era. The challenge is that some of the concepts around responsible and sustainable tourism may be daunting and overwhelming, resulting in delayed action, or even worse, denial of the urgency to implement solutions. My hope is that this guide breaks down the basic principles and offers tangible solutions that will inspire both consumers and industries with the shared incentive to apply responsible practices to everyday travel.

Responsible Travel Quick List

Hover over the images below to read the tips.

Research

  • Choose companies that have a commitment to responsible travel and to minimizing their footprint.
  • Try to take direct flights to destinations.
  • Consider traveling to less popular destinations.
  • Consider traveling in shoulder and off seasons.
  • Research wildlife experiences.

Prepare

  • Pack reusable items, like a water bottle.
  • Bring toiletries in reusable bottles
  • Pack light and take less space.
  • Learn local customs, dress codes, and greetings.

Do the Right Thing

  • Avoid single-use items.
  • Turn off everything when not in room.
  • Take short showers.
  • Shop, eat and stay local.
  • Avoid unethical experiences and products.
  • Honor local customs.
  • Adhere to anti-oppressive travel practices.

Calculate Your Trip's Footprint​

We all can contribute in our own ways to a more sustainable tourism industry.

I’ve added this tool for you to easily access when you want to make low carbon choices for your travel.

This Land is Their Land

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A screenshot of Native Land Digital’s interactive map

Native Land is clear that their map does not represent or intend to represent official or legal boundaries of any Indigenous nations.  To learn about definitive boundaries, you should contact the nations in question.

Also, the map is not perfect — it is a work in progress with tons of contributions from the community. If you see something that is an error, please directly contact Native Land to make them aware.

If you would like to read more about the ideas behind the Native Land project, click the button below.

If you have any questions, feedback or advice about my work and coverage with Indigenous and local cultures, please contact me. I am always looking to improve my impact in this space.

Native Land

Native Land is an app to help map Indigenous territories, treaties, and languages.

Native Land’s mission is to map Indigenous lands in a way that changes, challenges, and improves the way people see history and the present day. Their hope to strengthen the spiritual bonds that people have with the land, its people, and its meaning.

Why It's Important

"Land is something sacred to all of us, whether we consciously appreciate it or not — it is the space upon which we play, live, eat, find love, and experience life. The land is ever-changing and ever-shifting, giving us — and other creatures and beings on the earth — an infinite number of gifts and lessons."

"Land acknowledgments are just the least we can do if we are sincere in wanting to present offerings of sincere remorse and provide authentic pathways towards the healing from the intentional genocide of Indigenous People and the thievery of their sacred lands."

Dayvee Sutton

Implementation

My coverage includes sharing stories and amplifying the voices of local communities in the destinations I travel to. In an effort to use my platform in allyship with Indigenous and Native people around the world, you will often see the following note in my work.

In this post I promote travel to destinations that are the traditional lands of local Indigenous People. I make a formal land acknowledgment, extending my appreciation and respect to the past and present people of these lands. To learn more about the peoples who call these lands home, I invite you to explore Native-Land.ca.

Rise’s mission is to inspire responsible, impactful, sustainable and ethical travel through education. They offer courses and experiential trips to help you practice the things you learn through their programs.

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) establishes and manages global sustainable standards, known as the GSTC Criteria. There are two sets: Destination Criteria for public policy-makers and destination managers, and Industry Criteria for hotels and tour operators.

Founded by Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, Travalyst is a coalition with a mission is to provide travelers with transparent, actionable information to make more sustainable choices.

A UK-based organization dedicated to promoting sustainable tourism. Their website features insights, reports, and resources on responsible travel.

A not-for-profit organization created to have a positive impact on the people and communities people visit, to protect wildlife and marine life, and to care for the planet.

CREST’s website includes research reports, publications, and articles on sustainable tourism and responsible travel practices.

Since 2002, Sustainable Travel International has been working to improve lives and protect places by providing businesses and destinations with the guidance and support they need to plan responsibly for the future.

Wanderful help travel companies tell award-winning stories that represent all women, while creating a supportive and inclusive ecosystem for women worldwide.

The mission of the Black Travel Alliance is to support Black content creators around the world and increase their representation in the travel industry via various avenues, such as employment, conferences, and media.

Travel Unity is a nonprofit focused on increasing diversity in the world of travel through individual and community empowerment.

This organization gathers and provides information on how tourism can help and not harm the natural, cultural, and social quality of destinations around the world. They seek to build a global community and knowledge network for advancing this goal.

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Other Resources

Here’s my recommendation for other bits and bobs and useful tools to help enhance your travel experiences.

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Currency Converter

This is one of the first travel apps I’ve ever installed and probably my most used when traveling internationally. When conversion rates aren’t easy to do the math in your head (i.e. for a long while the Mexican Peso was 20 to 1 U.S. Dollar), I just tap the app and quickly calculate how much an item or service will really cost me.

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Communicate with Locals

This is another well used app. I recommend downloading the languages that you will need in advance of traveling so that you can access the service even when you are offline. Download the app from your app store or use the desktop.

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Language Learning

Language barriers and communication problems can be a challenge for travelers, especially when traveling to countries where English is not the primary language. If you want to take your language learning to the next level, I recommend LingQ. This is my favorite online resource for language learning. It was create by a professor who believes that the only way to learn a language is through immersion. LingQ has a huge library in different languages and you can create a plan that works with your own pace an goals.

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Hassle-free International Calls

This is the most used communications app around the world. When you meet knew friends or even calling services, they will likely recommend that you contact them on Whatsapp. The best part of using the service is that when you communicate (i.e. send texts, calls or video chats), it won’t run up your cell phone bill. You can use it via mobile data or Wi-Fi. Donwload the app from your app store.

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Explore with Confidence

For a day exploring, especially around cities, I like to map out a few key targets that I want to hit in advance (i.e. shopping center, restaurant, and a historical site). I can plug them all in Google Maps and arrange the most logical and time-saving order to navigate the town. The best part for me is that I can download the area I am in order to use offline. Download the app from your app store or use the desktop.

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Log-in with Confidence

It’s highly recommended that you do not rely on public Wi-Fi while abroad, but your can protect yourself against scammers using a VPN (virtual private network). I’ve used NordVPN for years and a great benefit is that I can mask my location and direct it as if I am back in the U.S., which allows me to access the website and streaming services, that would otherwise be blocked in the destination I would be in.

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Organize Group Bills

This is the easiest way to share expenses with friends and family and stop stressing about “who owes who”. Millions of people around the world use Splitwise to organize group bills for households, trips, and more. It also will convert the currency for you, so all you have to do is enter exactly what was spent. At the end of the trip, it will do the math and you can pay each other is very clean way. You can even direct pay with Venmo. It’s also free to use.

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Transfer Money Internationally

Making a domestic money transfer has always been relatively simple, but an international money transfer can be more tricky and comes with more fees. Wise is an online platform that anyone can use to transfer money between two bank accounts, regardless of location. When I lived in Mexico, I was able to pay my landlord the rent in this way. It minimized so many fees it would normally take to process a money exchange. They claim it saves you 3x when sending money abroad.

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Find Visa info for all countries

Know what country you want to visit but not sure what documents it requires? Hate going through the long arduous process of applying for a visa? iVisa is an online passport and visa service that does all the hard work for you! It’s a safe, fairly affordable, and reliable as a travel resource that processes your documents in a timely planner.

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Free In-flight WiFi

T-Mobile customers get a special treat with free inflight Wi-Fi on select carriers. Depending on which plan you have, you may get an hour for free — or unlimited access for all flights (Magenta Plus, ONE Plus or ONE Plus International). *Delta is apart of this program but in 2023 they allowed free-wifi for all, powered by T-mobile.

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Explore the Outdoors

AllTrails is a mobile app and website that helps you get outdoors. It has lists of trails for hiking and walking around the world with pictures, maps, and directions to trailheads. You can download trail maps offline if you sign up for the Pro version of the service for $29.99 per year. It's a great resource for quickly finding the best places to be outside when you're in an unfamiliar area.

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Free Resource to Explore Outdoors

I didn’t know this resource existed until 2022, when I met the director at a conference. But, Recreation.gov is a free travel planning platform and reservation system for 13 federal agencies. From campsite reservations to scheduling tours with park rangers, they cover so many things that you can do on Federal lands, waterways, and monuments.

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Book a vacation photographer

Whether you're looking for a professional photoshoot to capture a special trip or a local partner to capture snaps for social media, you can find the perfect one to help capture memories and show you cool spots around the city!

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The world's largest tour marketplace

TourRadar is the Adventure Booking Platform, offering the world's largest selection of multi-day organized adventures worldwide.

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No more roaming fees Get an SIM and go online anywhere in the world* from $9.00/GB

Airalo's eSIM services allow you to easily stay connected when you travel abroad. It's easy to use and offers reliable connectivity in most destinations, often at a cost that's cheaper than using your US mobile plan. Available in more than 200 countries, Airalo is a must-have for international travel.

U.S. Passport:

Make sure to apply or renew your passport several months in advance of actually needing it. If you already have one, make sure that it is valid for at least six months after you return home and you must have two or more blank pages, for most destinations. Otherwise, some countries may not let you enter.

Children’s passports:

Passports issued for children under age 16 are valid for only five years, not 10 years like adult passports. Make sure to stay up on passport expiration dates carefully and renew early.  

Europe Travel via Canada and UK:

Europe’s 26 Schengen countries strictly enforce the six-month validity rule. If you are transiting through Canada or the UK : which do not have that requirement : your passport must be valid at least six months, or airlines may not let you board your onward flight to Europe.

The simplest way to get your visa.

Visas are your gateway to enter another country. Luckily for U.S. Passport holders, we have some of the best passport privilege in the world which gives us a lot of access to many  countries visa-free, and even more with just an application.

Use this tool to check if you need a visa based on your passport and destination.

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