How to be a Smarter Traveller

Posted on June 21st, 2017 by

It’s officially summer holiday season and we know you’ve got big plans. Whether you’re off to Alicante or Athens, Bangkok or Bali, these holiday hacks from Make Space will turn you into a travel pro.

Master Your Packing Game
At least a week before you go, make a list of everything you want to take with you so that all of the necessary laundry is done before the packing process begins. Always remember that less is more; start with the essentials and then if there’s any room left at the end you can add in the ‘just in case’ items. If you’re taking a small suitcase or a backpack, packing squares are a must. These little beauties are available in numerous different sizes and enable you to separate out the contents of your bag to avoid the otherwise inevitable ‘bundling’ effect.

Learn the language
Okay, we know this is easier said than done. But this second hack is a good’un. While in most cases Brits can get away with not speaking the native language, having even a basic proficiency could change your whole trip. Think about it… When you can speak the native language you can understand signs, read menus and stand a much better chance of avoiding being ripped off. And the best thing is it really doesn’t take much effort. There are so many great apps which make learning a language fun and convenient, you could even do it in your lunch break!

‘There’s an app for that…’
On the subject of apps, there are so many amazing ones out there to help you travel like a pro. Xe Currency is a brilliant free app that enables you to keep track of how much you are spending by converting GBP to a choice of over fifty foreign currencies. MAPS.ME is another lifesaver; the free and handy app enables you to navigate on your phone without wifi or 3G – perfect if you want to save money on data roaming. Finally, if learning another language doesn’t quite go to plan, the Google Translate app is a must. It’s as easy as holding your phone camera up to a sign and the app will instantly translate it for you. Thank you, Google.