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12 Unique Travel Tips From 12 Top Travel Experts

To help you prepare for the best travel experience possible, we've hand-selected the 12 of the best travel tips from 12 travel experts.

Traveling to a new country can be one of the most exciting adventures we take on.But a lot of things can go wrong when you visit a foreign country, speak a new language, and surround yourself with new people you've never met.To help you prepare for the best travel experience possible, we've hand-selected the 12 of the best travel tips from 12 travel experts. We hope it helps you.

1. Invest in a VPN

"Sign up for a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service. It's cheap and easy and means that you can use public WiFi on your own computer or phone for secure transactions such as banking and booking hotels online with your credit card."— Janice Waugh from Solo Traveler

2. Carry a pen

"Always carry a pen when you take an international flight. You will probably be asked to fill out a customs form, and they often don't have pens on the plane or in the airport. Carry a universal sink stopper, too. It is a cheap $2 piece of rubber that will let you do laundry in the sink or use a bathtub that otherwise won't fill. It takes up little to no space, but it is totally worth it."— Gary Arnd from Everything Everywhere

3. Start before you're ready

"Looking back, traveling when you’re broke is MORE of an adventure than when you’re a bit older, with more money. Don’t delay, do it when you shouldn’t, do it when you’re young, do it now."Johnny Ward from Onestep4ward.com

4. Develop your travel instincts

"After all of this travel, I really do feel a traveler instinct within, one that seems to improve over time, and one that seems to be working quite well. By paying attention to this instinct as I’ve navigated the world over the past sixteen years, both myself and my possessions have remained remarkably safe in such a wide variety of destinations and situations."Earl from Wanderingearl.com

5. Start a business with lower cost of living

"Starting an online business while being based in a cheap destination is a very smart idea. You’ll have a lower cost of living to maintain, your savings can last longer, and sometimes the internet can be even faster than at home!I even know entrepreneurs who can afford to live anywhere but spend stints living in cheap locations so they can invest more of their money into their business."Kate from Adventurouskate.com

6. Less planning, more spontaneity

“Build some flexibility into your travel itinerary; leave room to be spontaneous!”Amanda Williams fromdangerous-business.com

7. Always have Cash

"This is a must! Not all cities in every country have ATM machine and sometimes you will have to cross international borders, where no one accepts your Visa / Mastercard debit cards. Being out of cash can be a big hassle, unless you’re travelling with someone who can lend you money."Kach from Twomonkeystravelgroup.com

8. Don't be afraid to splurge

'You can travel many places for $50 a day with no problems.That said, living on a shoestring gets old after a while. It’s nice (and healthy) to go over your budget occasionally. Book a few days at a nice hotel, eat out at a fancy restaurant, or spend a wild night on the town. Splurge a bit."Matthew Karsten

9. Try calling the airline instead of booking online

"You think all the available inventory is on the web. Not even close. It’s only the inventory they want to put online.”Peter Greenberg from PBS

10. Clear your computer’s cookies and cache

"If you searched for airfares on a site but didn’t buy a ticket, use a different browser or computer on your next visit or clear your computer’s cookies and cache. Otherwise you may be shown a higher fare because you left cookies the first time and the site knows you’re eager to buy."— Jason Cochran from Frommers.com

11. Go with the flow

"Sketch out your general route and plan but let the details fill themselves in each day. You’ll have more fun and be less stressed.”Matthew Kepnes fromnomadicmatt.com

12. Don't be afraid of loneliness

"My only fear around solo travel now is more personal – feeling lonely. I combat this by making sure that when I start to feel alone, I meet up with other travelers, readers or join in on group tours or pub crawls. You can travel solo and never really even be alone if you want. It’s great."Liz Carlson from youngadventuress.com

Do you have any travel tips to share?

We've given you our 12 best travel tips from our travel experts. Now we'd love to hear from you. Are there any tips we may have missed?

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