My Top Travel Tips


My favourite thing about Travel Tuesday is having a location where like minded bloggers and readers can meet to share our passion of travel.  The best part for having that camaraderie across an online forum is you get a global view from many different perspectives. I will share with you my most favourite travel tips that I have picked up from my travels around the world.


  1. Research the Airport. You would be surprised how many people just rely on what they find instead of doing some research ahead of time.  Especially if you are traveling with children knowing what is available in the airport ahead of time can help pass the time between flights or if you end up being delayed for a period of time.
  2. Learn to take a good photo. The best part of going on vacation is coming home and looking through your photographs.  Most cameras have manual mode and if you do not know how to use it really well you may not be taking the best photos you can.  Take an online photography course with me and learn how to get a properly exposed photograph without missing your shot.  Also remember to take photographs of the location as well as of yourself in them. Too much of either and you will be missing the complete documentation of your trip.
  3. Scan copies of your passport. Also any important documents you will have on you and email copies to your family.  This is preventative in case you lose your passport or in the worst case scenario, something bad happens to you while you are traveling.  Make sure someone you trust knows where you are and a basic itinerary of your travels.
  4. Pack Smartly. Have a change of clothes with your toiletries in your carry on in case you end up with out your luggage when you arrive or if needed in transit. Packing light is also a good rule of thumb for you might end up having to rush somewhere with your luggage without transport.  Things happen that you cannot control and if you cannot carry your own luggage very far on your own, you should rethink what you are bringing with you.  Rolling clothes and using ziplock bags (with the air pressed out) is a great tip to packing smartly and keeping organized in one go.



  1. Know the local customs and rules. It is so important that you know law of the land while in the country you are visiting.  For example if you spit out your chewing gum onto the pavement in Singpore you will be fined. Also are important are the local customs as in the Thai greeting called a ‘wai’ while visiting Thailand.  These will help you not only stay out of trouble but show respect to the host country.
  2. Have a paper map. While I agree it is nice to have everything on our phones, you will be out of luck if your phone runs out of battery.  Especially in areas where having your phone out could lead to risk of having it stolen, have a paper map back up to use when needed.
    * Anything important you have on your phone (ie. the directions to your hotel) should also be hand written for the same ‘just in case’ scenario.
  3. Know the language. Perhaps you are not fluent, but you can know some of the basic phrases and words to help you out on your travels.  Know how to say: please, thank you, you’re welcome, yes, no, etc.  Having a language book handy is also useful. Just be aware if you are out in certain areas with a language book how it will appear so that you do not risk drawing unneeded attention.
  4. Carry baby wipes. They can come in handy for multiple situations while traveling especially if you end up somewhere without toilet paper. Carrying paper tissues is also another good tip.  You can use the baby wipes as well if you run into not being able to take a shower, need to wash your hands, or for spot cleaning your clothes.
  5. Haggle and be firm.  Haggling for a lower price is normal in many countries you may travel too.  Be polite and have have fun learning the art of how to haggle.  You should also know how to be firm in certain situations.  Be okay with saying ‘no’ and sticking to it when approached by persistent street vendors in various touristy cities in Europe.  You do not have to give in.  Also know taxi prices and check the meter so that you do not get taken advantage of and end up paying more.  When in Thailand my mum and I ended up with a very angry taxi driver because we would not go to his friend’s shop (he gets a commission) and ended up finally being dropped off. Be clear about where you want to go and remember you can say no to intimidation.
  6. Ask the Locals. From places to see to where to eat, I love to find out the best things to do in a city by asking the locals.  Try to stay away from any places to eat that are in close proximity to any tourist traps.  They will be geared to the tourist’s palette and also be higher in price.
  7. Know where your Embassy is located. You can research this before you leave and then make sure you can find it when in the country. You may never have to use it when you travel but it is always good to be safe in case of an emergency.



My favourite post from last week was from Bell Bliss: Riding Elephants in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I loved my time in Thailand and especially in Chiang Mai and so reliving those memories through her blog have been really enjoyable.  While I did get to ride elephants, I did not get to go on the cool elephant trek that she did and have definitely added that to my future Thailand trip list. What an amazing adventure to have and I recommend you check it out!

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  • Wild & Grizzly

    Great tips! Especially the paper map. My 3G didn’t work on a recent trip to Paris so carrying a map was a life saver in finding those off the beaten track secrets x

    • Bonnie Rose

      Thank you babette! Oh I bet it was and so glad that that the missing 3G did not spoil your trip. :)

  • Tina @ Girl-Meets-Globe

    Some good tips!! I realized reading this that I’ve come to rely too heavily on my phone! That’s a great reminder!

    • Bonnie Rose

      Thank you Tina! Yes so good to be prepared.

  • Kaelene Spence

    Asking the locals is such a great tip. Some of the best places I have ate have been what locals have recommend, they give the best tips!

    • Bonnie Rose

      Oh I bet! Especially if you are only in a city for a day or less when its so easy to miss out on the hidden gems.

  • fritha strickland

    I totally agree about the mixture of scenery shots and people, I’m so guilty of too many shots of people and we could be anywhere! x

    • Bonnie Rose

      Oh yes! Most of my photos from growing up in Europe is just of people and I’m gutted I dont have other types of photos.

  • Jackie

    Yes, yes, yes to #4 pack smartly! When my husband and I set out on a 4-month backpacking trip a few years back, we checked our backpacks and carried on small day bags. My husband packed a spare outfit in his carry on and I did not. You can imagine my regret after we flew a San Fran-Beijing-Bangkok flight only to discover our backpacks never left San Fran! I had to live in the same disgusting set of clothes for three days (in a hot + humid climate) while we waited for our backpacks to be put on a plane, then a train and then a boat to meet up with us on Koh Tao, an island in Thailand. I always pack extra clothes in my carry on now!

    • Bonnie Rose

      So sorry you had to go through that, nothing like going through something to make it a new travel tip you will always stick too! Especially when going to a hot climate. I learned this lesson through making sure I have an extra set of clothes for my kids, now we all have a change of clothes in our bags.

  • Lottie :: Oyster & Pearl

    These are such great tips. Wet wipes made me laugh :)

    Just need to find somewhere to go!

    • Bonnie Rose

      Indeed! What places are on your wanderlust list?

      • Lottie :: Oyster & Pearl

        Too many! Brazil, Japan, Morocco for a start.

  • Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

    Really useful tips. I write flight numbers, reservations etc down in my little travel book, just in case. Thanks for hosting the link up.

    • Bonnie Rose

      Always a great idea to write down all those important information. Your welcome as always Louisa! x

  • Dannielle @ Chic-a-DeeDee

    I think I’ve got photocopies of my passport in every bag and drawer in our house haha. We always ask locals places to eat too and have found some great ones.

    • Bonnie Rose

      Such a great way to find where to eat! one of the best places I ate at in Firenze I would never be able to find again, a real ‘hole in the wall’ and amazing food.

  • Mackenzie Bell

    Great travel tips! I can always use new tips! And thank you so much for featuring my elephant riding experience

    • Bonnie Rose

      You are welcome Mackenzie and thank you for sharing with us! x

  • Eternally WanderLyn

    These are some awesome tips to keep in mind. I also really enjoy chatting with the locals to find little non-touristy spots. :)

    • Bonnie Rose

      Oh yes a sure fire way to find out the best places.

  • Victoria Haynes-Hasluck

    These are great tips – I could have done with some of these when I went travelling! (Ten years ago now, crikey!)

    • Bonnie Rose

      Sounds like a trip should be planned stat! x

  • Alex Fahey

    Paper Map! We always pick up the guide maps they have the information centers at the airport. I love the maps they include!

    • Megan Joy

      Me, too, Alex! The first place I visit in each city I travel to is the tourist info center. They are always so friendly and helpful.

      • Bonnie Rose

        We did that hear in the nearby town too. So great to find things you may not know about or to get directions! x

    • Bonnie Rose

      Those are so great to pick up and perfect for keepsakes too if you scrapbook. x

  • Melanie Fontaine

    Great tips! I especially agree with your tip to always have a paper map handy – it’s happened to me too often that my phone runs out of charge while traveling and there’s nothing worse then having to go somewhere and having no idea where you are!

    • Bonnie Rose

      Haha…nothing like depending on your phone. I laugh because the day I met you at the bloggers brunch I did just that. I almost didnt make it and was literally two minutes away because I forgot to save the address and did not have a map. Luckily I found it.

  • Brianne @ Lamm to the Laughter

    Definitely agree about the mix of shots. I’m a culprit of not getting enough shots of myself and I regret it every.single.time.

    • Bonnie Rose

      Oh I know. I look back at photos from when I was younger and the more people shots of others or not of the location. Its so much better to get a good mix of shots. x

  • Setarra

    Awesome tips! Never even thought about knowing where my embassy is located in each country but now that I think about it, it makes total sense to know these things. And the baby wipes too :)

    • Bonnie Rose

      Yes, you never know. Better to be safe than sorry, yeah?

  • Anna

    Great tips, totally agree with having a paper map, more reliable than a phone. Plus when asking for directions it’s easier for someone to show you on paper compared to on a phone! And yes to baby wipes! Also hand sanitizer and tissues.

    • Bonnie Rose

      Oh yes both of those are great, especially in certain places. I just remember being without all three in Thailand while pregnant and having thrown up int he bathroom. Never again. Will always try to be more prepared. x

  • Jess@AlongCameCherry

    Great tips and you’ve made me desperate to go on holiday now! x

    • Bonnie Rose

      Right…i need one soon too. x

  • anita hendrieka

    Great collection of tips here! Thank you.
    Anita Hendrieka

    • Bonnie Rose

      Thank you Anita, I hope you will be around for Travel Tuesday tomorrow too! x

  • Megan C. Stroup

    I also mentioned keeping a change of clothes in your carry-on in my post today! And I love your tip about the paper map – I also like to bring my home and use it as a scrapbook page or to mat a photo in a frame. One thing I do need to be better about is taking those photos, though! Starting a blog has helped a lot. Hope you don’t mind that I linked up my own Travel Tuesday post today – I’ve been noticing a lot of people who link up for mine also link up for yours, so I wanted to come check out some new travel bloggers!

    • Bonnie Rose

      See great minds! 😉 Love finding more like minded and travel enthusiast bloggers! x

  • Megan Joy

    I have to agree with all of your points, Bonnie, especially knowing the basics of the language. The locals usually are incredibly appreciative of your efforts to communicate in their language, even if you are butchering it. I’ve found that a little bit of effort goes a long way!

    • Bonnie Rose

      Oh could not state it better, a little effort is so much better than expecting people to understand you. An american family in thailand yelling louder in english when not being understood will always stick out in my mind as ‘how not to act’ when traveling.

      • Megan Joy

        Oh, I cringe at the thought, but only because I’ve seen it here myself. Yelling doesn’t magically translate the words, people!

  • Rachel / The Little Pip

    haha, baby wipes are a good shout. I don’t know what I did before I had a baby and constantly had some about my person!

    • Bonnie Rose

      Right? I never carried them before kids. I thought we would out grow baby wipes as my boys got older but lets be honest. Boys are messy. :)

  • Daisy L

    I love this lin-up!!!!!!

    • Bonnie Rose

      Aww yay Daisy I am so glad you love the link up. Hope to see you again tomorrow for our next one. x

  • Laura Rocksteady

    Really useful and practical trips – I think it’s just really important to research and be open minded to the fact things may not go as planned. Great post :)

    Laura x

    • Bonnie Rose

      Oh yes, things can always go wrong, and always good to have a back up plan and a back up to the back up.

  • Jessica – Independent Travel C

    Some very practical tips. I always love to remind people to have copies and leave copies or electronic versions of their passport and other important travel documents.

    • Bonnie Rose

      It is so good to know. My dad when he was alive made sure he had copies of mine for us even when we moved just in case something might happen. x

  • adventuresofalondonkiwi

    These are fantastic tips – the only one I’d add is to take a large scarf. They are invaluable, and one thing I never travel without!

    • Bonnie Rose

      Thank you girl and yes the scarf is a great thing to bring. Especially in summer if headed to places where shoulders need to be covered and the heat is hot outside. x

  • Sarah Shumate

    Awesome tips, Bonnie! That nighttime photo with your friends is PERFECT – it could be a movie poster. :o)

    • Bonnie Rose

      Thank you, it is one of my favourites from Lewes in southern England. x

  • Robert Wareham

    Fantastic tips, Bonnie! Thanks so much for sharing. I’ll definitely keep a few of these in mind for future travels :)

    • Bonnie Rose

      Thank you as always Robert. I hope a few of these were helpful. x

  • laura redburn

    i’ve never been abroad before (i don’t eveb have a passport) but this post is really useful, so i’ve bookmarked it for the future!

    • Bonnie Rose

      Oh definitely come back to this when planning a trip! x

  • Erika

    These are really great tips! Ones that I think I’ll be adding to what I do are the baby wipes and researching the airport ahead of time <– I never thought of that one but I see how it could be so helpful, just in general.

    And also, Bonnie Rose, I am loving the look of your blog right now. It's amazing!

    • Bonnie Rose

      Thank you Erika and glad to see you back again! Yes, its great! You might find out the airport has your favourite restaurant or even a pool! Perfect for layovers. Or know to bring snacks if the airport is small. x

      • Erika

        Wow, a pool! THAT’S AWESOME! Haha, I’ll have to look out for that now! I feel like I’ve been stuck in airports a lot but never had I imagined a world this big of possibilities!

  • Holly Nelson

    Very practical tips – esp the baby wipes!

  • Sara Louise

    Scanning your passport is an awesome tip! I can’t believe I’ve never done it, I’ll be doing it pronto :)