Those in the habit of frequent and international travelling are very much familiar to jet lag. Feeling fatigued, disturbance in sleeping pattern, stomach problems are associated with long-haul flights. Jet lag can’t be eliminated while travelling across the multiple time zones, but its effect can be lessened by simple tips.
I recently went on my honeymoon to Cairo, Egypt, and was mindful of the fact that it is a country with different views on what is considered appropriate to wear, especially for women. Whilst these may not be views that I can relate to, I wanted to be respectful to their views while I was visiting but still be comfortable in the heat.
When we travel, we often live as if we are alien to the landscape about us. There is good reason for this. We are often in a different time zone, immersed within a different culture, and surrounded by people, sights, and sounds that are novel to us. I find that I enjoy travel best when I have done my homework and spend my time in the land I am exploring behaving as much like a local as I can while being sure that I see the icon sights that have propelled me toward this destination. Holding ourselves outside of the culture we are visiting keeps us from fully enjoying the experience we have set out to have.
The first time I travelled by myself (other than to my grandparents an hour away from home) I was 16, naive and ready to take on the world head-on. Of course I decided to choose the beautiful country of Thailand to travel to by myself, but I didn't take into account how much of a culture shock I was getting myself into. Of course I knew the food was going to be different, and the language was going to be foreign, but I never estimated how differently I would be treated in Thailand compared to my home country of Canada. Luckily, my travels were a part of a Rotary Youth exchange program so I had a local family that I lived with and my host-mom would travel with me absolutely everywhere. But, despite having a great inside to the world of Thai people, I was still hit with an extreme force of what I had gotten myself into. Constantly being stared at, men and women coming up to me and saying that I was "S̄wy" (meaning "beautiful" in Thai), swimming in the ocean and being swarmed with groups of people asking for a photo with me, and many other incidents that left me shaken and worried for what was to come next. Although all of these strange occurrences happened to me, I was surprised, but still felt a sense of security knowing that I had someone to travel with, and thought that it was great that I had these stories to bring back to Canada.
So, you know where you are going and are looking to book a flight. Great! When I left for the US in January, I actually booked my flight the October before. If you book it too close, you may come across problems and more expenses, and if you do it too early you may also find the same problems. I would recommend booking just a few months before. This gives you time to get confirmation and your plane tickets.
AirBnB. Way cheaper than hotels, AirBnB are places where you can get a room or even an entire place. Hosts can rent just one room or several or they can rent out and entire house and/or apartment.
Don't ever take a taxi. They are expensive as frick, so you are better off using Uber or Lift.
Public Transportation. Figure out where buses go and see if they go to the town, city, or nearby street you are getting to. Also, some countries offer deals like a one-week train pass for $50.
Rent a car. If you are traveling with a few other people and you all have your own bags and such, then it might be easier to have your own car. It's inconveniently a hassle to always move your baggage around with you, especially when you have a different place to stay every night. Also it's nice to have a safe place to keep your things.
The more people you have, the better (within reason). It helps to have other people to split the cost of things but you have to keep in mind that adding another person will boost the cost but not by much.
Only have a carry-on bag and a personal item. Try not to waste extra money on purchasing a checked bag unless you will be gone for over a month. It is possible to do, even though some would disagree.
Only pack the necessities. Only bring along what you really need or will use. Like, do you really need this second pair of jeans that looks exactly the same as the first?
Don't go out to eat every night. Save some money and buy groceries which you can make dinner with at the kitchen of your AirBnB. You never realize how much you spend on eating out until you add it all up, so save yourself and spend that money on gifts or something else. Besides, you can make some killer dinners with only a few ingredients.
Travel in the off season. Prices of most attractions will go down when there are not as many tourists around.
Go to less popular attractions. Yes, there are many popular places to see, but there are also several gorgeous destinations that not many people know of. And these places are usually not as expensive to get into.