Ignoring the seemingly ‘douchey’ title (…”travelling a lot“), let’s jump right in shall we! 🙂

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[Photo: in Sri Lanka]

 

1.) It’s never too early for plane wine! In regular, real-life, you’d never wake up at 7am and head straight to the kitchen to open up a bottle of Pinot Grigio (or perhaps you would – no judgement 🙂 ). When you’re off on holidays, this is absolutely fine. 🙂 In fact the only thing that should every stop you from having an early morning drink on your flight to your holiday is if you don’t actually want a drink. 🙂

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[Photo: in Dublin]

 

2.) You very quickly learn to pack the essentials! No more need to pack 2-tonne hard-drive or heavy denim dungarees you never really had the courage to wear at home but figured you could probably get away with in a destination where no one knows your name. The more you travel, the more you start to figure out which things you never use and very quickly de-prioritised them from your packing so you can travel light and breezy.

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[Photo: in Faroe Islands]

 

3.) Every travel destination is different and unique. Do some research about places you don’t wanna miss out on but definitely avoid getting too bogged down in research. Its fine to spend a day or two browsing through blog posts or magazine articles about where you’re visiting but don’t get to the point where you’ve written almost a mini-guide book itinerary about all the places you wanna visit and all the sights you wanna see before you’ve even visited. This kind of obsession should be reserved for just a few places in your travel-list (if at all), otherwise you never really give yourself the chance to fully experience a place by being spontaneous! Don’t try to mould the destination into what you want it to be, instead be more open to winging it and let yourself get immersed a lot more in the place you’re visiting.

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[Photo: in The Alhambra, Spain]

 

4.) Sometimes, its just worth taking a taxi to the airport. Living smack-bang in the middle of Central London lends itself to being able to use public transport to get anywhere but sometimes (especially so at 4am), getting an Uber or your local taxi firm to the airport is worth its weight in gold.

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[Photo: in Menorca]

 

5.) Airport lounge access is a lot more reasonably priced than you’d think. Loyalty programs like British Airways Exec Club and Avios offer affordable lounge access which, when you factor in your breakfast/lunch/dinner and snacks you’d have at the airport, not to mention the Mimosa or beer you’d throw in for good measure, starts to become really good value for money! Airport lounges offer you all the drinks, foods and comfort with no restrictions! (In most U.K. airports, you can get this for as little as £20!)

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[Photo: in Ronda, Spain]

 

6.) You learn to be flexible when it comes to destinations you want to travel to (or at least you should try to). Travelling often means you soon start to fall in love with destinations you never even considered before and very quickly start to acknowledge your limited knowledge of the world (lets face it, no one – even Sir David Attenborough, know 100% of everything there is to know about the world, if anyone did, the need for science and exploration would be redundant). This limited knowledge comes with a positive upside of being pleasantly surprised by new travel discoveries.

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[Photo: in Collonges La Rouge, France]

 

7.) Don’t bother trying to dress up when you travel (even if the dressing up is for the destination you’re headed to). Your discomfort makes it just not worth it. Travel for the journey. Wear your comfiest elasticated trousers for your journey if you need to. You can always change into ‘appropriate clothes’ when you get to your destination.

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[Photo: in Menorca]

 

8.) Make a conscious effort to drink lots of water when you’re travelling. Sounds so simple and silly but this is one of the first things to go out of the window when you travel (let’s face it, there are so many lovely distractions and lots of duty-free fragrances to try on – if you don’t smell of at least 25 different fragrances, you’re not doing it right) yet, as it turns out, lack of water is a pretty major reason why you’ll end up constipated and struggle to poop when you get to your destination (which is never fun!).

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[Photo: in Madrid]



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  • As someone who has done and is doing a lot of travelling, I’m still trying to conquer number 2. I guess light packing just isn’t my forte! Great post 🙂
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    • HandLuggageOnly

      Haha! I know what you mean though! It can be quite hard to whittle down those essentials! 🙂

      Thanks so much Kate! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Yes, yes, YES to all of these! Especially number 1, haha 🙂

    — LisaLDN.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Haha! EXACTLY! I knew we’d be amazing travel buddies!!! 😉

      xx

  • Really great tips!

    Kate | http://www.petiteadventures.org/

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much Kate! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • I’m so with you on the plane wine thing….

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Right!!! A little wine or bubbles is always acceptable right! 😉 xx

  • rebecca beesley

    great tips. Love the one about being flexible about where you travel to. THat’s what we have done with our next destination – found cheap flights first and that determined where to visit. x

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It really does open your eyes to new places. We’ve found so many places that we loved like that! We’d be awesome travel buddies!!!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Angela

    Great post! I’d love a little add under each pic to say where they are taken. A lot of them look like places I’d like to see!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Just added them in for you Angel. Hope that helps.

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Hahahahahah I am cracking up about the water part but it’s so true! We recently have been accessing the Delta lounges and they really are affordable and make traveling so much more comfortable!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Right!!! Lol 😉

      They really do make the airport time go so much faster – and only a fraction more than a restaurant meal at the airport!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Your water suggestion goes hand in hand with drinking wine on the plane. It really does prevent hangover upon arrival 🙂

    • HandLuggageOnly

      This is my rule too! Haha! Two hands are always kept busy… one for wine, one for water (the wine hand sees more action though) Haha!

      xx

  • I must do some research on these airport lounges you speak of. I’ve only been to one, but my boss was the one with access to it, so it doesn’t really count 🙂

    Yes, to everything else, except the first one cause I don’t drink :p

    • HandLuggageOnly

      You should def check them the lounges out – especially if you want a relaxing time at the airport. In London, it’s only a few pounds more to enter a lounge than to go for a restaurant meal – there’s no much in it. 🙂

      xx

  • water?yes, it’s very important:)

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Haha! It is isn’t it! 😉

      xx

  • Great tips! Lots of water is important! Especially with all the drinking wine/beer – it keeps you hydrated!