Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Essentials to Traveling

Amsterdam Netherlands

Through out the year, I have been a contributing writer to the website College Gloss which is a website devoted to female college students and covers topics that are related to college and graduation. I wrote a blog on studying abroad and when I came back from Dublin I made a list of what I think are the essential when it comes to traveling. Here are two of the tips I have come up with.
Pack Lightly
One thing that I found to be essential in traveling for a weekend or even a week is how easy it is to make so many different outfits out of a few items of clothes.  Some airlines are a really cheap, but they make up for the low prices by charging for pretty much everything! The carry on bag restriction is very strict with the rule of just one bag.  If you carry a backpack and a purse, you’ll need to stuff your purse in your bag. If you are traveling for more than a few days, this can be difficult.
Here is my suggestion on what to pack for a week of traveling: 2 Jeans, 7 pairs of socks and underwear, a dress, tights, flats, sneakers, t-shirt to sleep in, and two tank tops to wear under other shirts, a coat and a sweatshirt. I managed to pack all of this into my small backpack and I also had a small purse jammed inside. If you can plan your outfits and not wait to the very last minute, you will be set to have clothes for the trip that make you comfortable and stylish.
 Ask the locals
If you want to find something to do, or learn about a good affordable place to eat ask someone who lives there. In our hostel in Portugal, one of the men who worked in our hostel wrote and circled all the places to go.  In Porto, we went to a restaurant where there were just locals, and unlike the other restaurants we went to, the menu was just in Portuguese. We had to guess what we were ordering, but the food was delicious.  Locals usually love to help show off where they live! Just make sure you don’t wander off with one alone (safety first!)
Click on the link below to check out my full article!

Jet setter: 8 Ways to Make the Most of Your Travels

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