Tips and tricks

This page is for tips and tricks I have found useful in my travel experience and want to share with you guys!

July 7:

So two days out from my overseas backpacking adventure and I have a pretty good idea of what I’m going to pack. I’m going to try to travel as light as I can. Things I’m packing will include:

A portable alarm clock is a must if like me you like to sleep in! You don’t want to spend your time overseas in bed but want to get out there and see the sights, meet the people, try the food and so on. This was acutally my mum’s idea because she knows how much I like my sleep. Thanks mum! ๐Ÿ™‚

A drink bottle is a must as you don’t want to have to buy a new bottle of water every time you go out and about. However, other countries may not have the same quality of water you’re used to drinking in your home country. So although I have a drink bottle I’ll still be buying water just to be on the safe side, but to put it in my groovy drink bottle.

First aid supplies are always handy and essential. I did my first first aid course when I was eight, then a surf life saving CPR course (plus the mandatory one in year 12), followed by my ARC, my advanced resuscitation certificate so it’s safe to say I know my first aid!

Travel towels are so awesome! They’re made out of super thin material and roll up really small! I’m actually packing two of these great things (the other one’s green), one for the shower and the other if I decide to go swimming! I bought mine off eBay but I’m sure great places in your area sell them too.


A travel cup/travel mug is always a great thing to bring. I looked through all of the ones I could find on display to get this purple one!

A trusty torch to light your way with spare batteries is essential.


A money belt is a good idea although they are a little bit dorky in my opinion ๐Ÿ™‚ I was inspired by the character Jamie on the movie “Eurotrip” into buying one of these handy devices.

If you’re planning a very detailed overseas adventure like I did, it’s always useful to let the Travel Agent do the hard work for you! So I’m bringing along my itinerary all neatly packed up for me! ๐Ÿ™‚

OMG this book is the European traveller’s bible! It has everything you could possibly want to know about Europe and Great Britain: airports, accommodation, transport, food, nightlife, sights and so much more! It’s worth its weight in gold ๐Ÿ™‚

A few more tips and tricks:

* Plan your flights with as much advance as you can so the prices have more of a chance of being cheaper

* Travel insurance is compulsory!

* Try to take someone with you on your journey or do it solo like me

* Pack overnight supplies in your hand luggage so if your checked luggage somehow gets lost you have everything with you to make your first night overseas comfortable

* Buy a Eurail pass (they’re excellent value!) but remember it won’t include Great Britain so you’ll need to have separate travel arrangements there.

* Have fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

* Pre-book trips to Paris much in advance

* Remember all women likely get called “beautiful” in Italy by people trying to sell you something

* In Rome in particular don’t assume that everyone will help you without a price. It could come as a nasty surprise at the end when, after someone’s helped you they demand money in return. 20 euros seems to be the magic number. If you get in this situation you should probably give then some money so they don’t give you trouble but it doesn’t have to be as much as they demand. Don’t be bullied!

* Many sellers on the streets and outside the restaurants at Rome are very persistent in their selling techniques. Watch out for them. They will likely target you as you are a tourist.

* Remember to always look for a number on the side of the ferry you’re travelling on in Venice. They all have different routes and you don’t want to get lost!

* Bring some roll on mosquito repellent to Venice

* Remember if you’re under 26 and a European citizen you can get into the Louvre for free in Paris!

* See the big bell at the Cathedral of Notre’ Dame and watch out for the gargoyles!

* In Paris even in summer it rains a little and can get a bit cold so pack a jumper just in case ๐Ÿ™‚

* Go as early as possible to Versailles because the queue is humongous in summer


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