24 August 2016

How To Become A Savvy Traveler ft. Campo Marzio + Giveaway (closed)

How To Become a Savvy Traveler
We all have come across this quote which describes the world as a book, and if we were stuck in one place, we basically read only one page. Sounds familiar? If you really have time to spare, scroll up and down the mighty resources of Pinterest. You will definitely notice how most of the quotes on traveling would go hand in hand with "learning", "exploring", "dreaming" and "living". Traveling does wonders to you. It can change your personality, your idea of the world, your perception of others. Never in my life have I met a person who said that going places made their life more complicated or unhappy. It's always the opposite. Traveling seems to have this superpower to get us out of the rut in a heartbeat. While all that is true, being a savvy traveler doesn't come easy. Maybe you're born with it (hat's off to you, superhuman) or maybe you have just worked hard, honed the skill and became a travel pro. Nevertheless, when Campo Marzio* got in touch with me (after browsing through my Instagram travel adventures) and asked me to share my thoughts on how to become a savvy traveler, oh boy, was I excited! They have also kindly sent me this chic little leather travel jewelry case and... drumroll... it's a giveaway prize! I've been planning to publish this post for ages (eeekk!!) and here it is.

How To Become a Savvy Traveler
How many of us, lucky peeps, can truly say we have never had awful experience when jetting off to a foreign country? My hand is sitting on my lap. Been there, done there. One time I arrived to find out the hotel was overbooked and they had no vacant room. Another time I forgot the essentials and had to waste away precious travel money that I'd rather spend on sampling local food or going on an adventure. There are many more small and big mishaps like that which would take a dissertation to be listed. After visiting 3 continents, jetting off to 15+ countries and staying at 50+ hotels I have learnt a thing or two and would be more than happy to share my experience and tips on how to become a savvy traveler without much hassle.
How To Become a Savvy Traveler
  • Plan it all. Before you set off into that unexplored territory (and I know you can't wait to do that!), sit down and get some planning done. Check the local weather, keep in mind how many days/weeks you will be spending on your trip and consider your luggage weight. Usually you can be allowed anything between 20 and 30kg. If your destination has a hot climate, you're in luck because there will be not many bulkier items taking up space in your suitcase.
  • Make a list. Nothing helps me to pack like a pro jetsetter than writing a good ol' list. If I have time on my hands (and I TRY to start packing a day or two before, not a few hours before the that final call) I like to put on an outfit or two to see what works the best. Planning your outfits for a beach day or a formal outing is crucial. Think "re-use" - why bring 3 pairs of jeans if you will most likely wear your favourite ones only. Extra tip: break your list into groups, such as Clothes, Accessories, Shoes, Documents & Technology, Toiletries & Makeup and Misc.
  • Pre-check and book. TripAdvisor exists for a reason. Hubby and I would never book anything before checking what other people have to say about a hotel or an activity. It's always a great idea to collect those trustworthy references and recommendations. Maybe your family friends visited that resort or your former classmate took that route while backpacking through the Alps. Always make sure you are going somewhere that is safe. Plus, find out if it matches your expectations and budget.
  • Be efficient. You know how much I love traveling and the whole process starting from arriving to the airport. I don't mind security checks or long waits at the flight transfer. It's all part and parcel of the journey and must be done. However, nothing annoys me more than those who take ages to get their belongings ready for the xray scan. You don't want to be that person. If you have 2 people in front of you in that line, start getting prepped: shoes and coat off, liquids in a see-through ziplock bag, laptop out. Keep your jewelry to a bare minimum. You know the drill.
  • Travel-ready. No matter what transport you're hopping onto in your travels, always keep in mind that things could potentially go wrong. Last Christmas hubby and I hit a (REALLY) big storm on a boat from Cairnryan to Belfast. I locked myself up in one of the bathroom stalls and stayed there the entire voyage. Yup, gross. I had no other choice because I didn't have my motion sickness tablets. I NEVER need them but I did on that occasion. Lesson learnt.
  • Carry-on pro. One of the most important items you will need at all times, no matter where you are at the moment of traveling, is your carry-on bag or a handbag which never leaves your side. Ensure you have everything you need there without making it weigh a tonne. Just a few ideas based on my personal experience: phone, extra battery, charger, wallet, documents, camera, tablets, toothbrush & mini toothpaste, wet wipes, tissues, mints, hairbrush, your must-have makeup (the absolute necessities) and a book. 
  • Little things. Nowadays, traveling comes with a huge bundle of goodies you can use to make your life easier as a savvy tourist/explorer/superwoman (or man). I am talking gadgets and travel accessories. Starting from a bean travel pillow and ending with adaptors. There are many options out there. That's where this lovely little leather travel jewelry box from Campo Marzio comes to play. 

How To Become a Savvy Traveler
It comes in a compact size of 7.5 x 7.5 x 4.5 cm in a stunning cerulean shade with bright yellow inside compartment. It's got a leather exterior and suede interior. The little "bag" has a re-adjustable ribbon which will provide that extra hold for those precious accessories you're bringing on your travel adventures. The zipper ensures that everything is secured and won't go all over the place in your handbag or suitcase. It was amazing to discover such a lovely store as Campo Marzio and their range of travel goodies which wouldn't just be handy on the go for you personally, but also would make excellent gifts for friends and family. I always enjoy to get to know the company by digging into their story. Campo Marzio's is a special one. The business was founded 85 years ago (!!!) and has earned the reputation of making high-quality office, leather and travel accessories of gorgeous vibrant colours and chic style. 

Campo Marzio travel accessories
* PR item & collaborated post

Without further delay, it's time for a
Details:
+ the giveaway is international
+ you can enter from August 24th to September 03rd
+ to enter you need to follow the steps provided by Rafflecopter (below)
It would be physically impossible to fit ALL the tips on how to become a savvy traveler 
into one post, hence, I listed only the ones that help you prepare for your ventures better.
If you have any questions at all about what to do at any stage of getting ready for a journey 
or while you're away in a different country/state/city, let me know and I will do my very best to help.
How To Become a Savvy Traveler
I hope you enjoyed this post, lovelies. 
Even though it's almost the end of summer, traveling is something we do all year round.
If my tips come in handy for you, I would label this post as "mission accomplished" :)
Good luck in the giveaway!!!

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What are your own tips on how to be a savvy traveler?

P.S.
It has been a week, especially the weekend, of radio silence on my end.
I took a little break from blogging and social media for a few days because we set off to Edinburgh with our friends to enjoy the city and watch The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
It's safe to say it was an amazing weekend! 
Check out my Instagram for a little photo update.
The Tattoo blew my mind and I fell in love with Edinburgh. 
Special shout-out to my Scottish friends out there ;)
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