The smell of Hawaiian Tropic mixed with salty sea air, floaty dresses with sunkissed shoulders, and eating your five a day mixed with a giant jug of Pimms. Oh yes, summer is here and that can only mean one thing. Holidays! 

Who else loves to travel? I absolutely adore exploring new destinations. In fact, I'm one of those weird people who actually enjoys heading to the airport (duty-free and hours of peace? Hello... What's not to love?!).

I like to think that through the last 3 years travelling back and forth from Dubai etc that I've picked up on a few tips and tricks to make the whole experience much more enjoyable.

So if you're heading off somewhere soon on a well deserved holiday then check out my travel tips beforehand.

Research before you go

How many times have you arrived at your chosen destination, excitement in your tummy and a big smile on your face only to find yourself thinking, hmm what now? It can be surprisingly daunting when you arrive in a new country and you're faced with endless of options. So, make sure you research well beforehand. Look up the location on Instagram or have a read of a few blog posts about that area - you'll be shocked at how many hidden places you discover.

Planning a trip with a map and computer

Don't pack too much

Are you honestly going to wear those strappy pairs of heels on a beach holiday? Trust me, it may seem like a good idea at the time but once you see that powder soft sand you're probably going to be barefoot most of the time anyway. Make sure to think carefully about a capsule wardrobe and pack items which can easily be mixed to create a new look every time. I always make sure I pack a great dress (asos is always my go-to site for holiday shopping!) which can be worn casually in the day with a pair of sandals or dressed up in the evening with some great accessories. 

Download airline app

Most airlines these days have their own app where you can download your boarding pass, check in online, and choose your seat etc. This makes your journey so much easier as you don't have any added stress of potentially losing your boarding pass etc. So, all you really need is your passport and your phone and you're good to go! 

Pack a spare change of clothes

Ever had the horror of your case not showing up? It's the absolute one thing that can make the first few days of your holiday unbearable. So, make sure to pack a change of clothes, or at least the essentials - your bikini, a pair of flip-flops, a spare pair of knickers, sunglasses and your toothbrush! Anything else can wait.

My top travel tips - make sure to pack a spare pair of clothes!

Learn key phrases

No one is expecting you to learn every language of every country you visit but taking the time to learn a few key phrases for each country is seriously helpful. Knowing how to say “No”, “Please”, “Thank you” and “Taxi?” will be a huge help. Plus, you'll get brownie points from the locals making your whole experience much more authentic.

Have several stashes of cash

One of the worst things that can happen to you whilst travelling is losing your purse with all your bank cards and cash inside. These things DO happen. Even to the most organised. It's always a good idea, therefore, to stash a bit of cash in your suitcase for an emergency, give some to a friend or just keep a little on you in case of an emergency.

Be patient

Things may not always go according to plan. You may have a delayed flight, lose your baggage or your hotel transfer may not turn up. But the worst thing you can do is waste your energy on getting stressed. There is always someone around who will help you in a situation so try your best to relax and just go with the flow. Everything has a way of working out in the end, even if it's a few hours later than planned!

Pack a scarf

Chilly on the plane? Scarf. Visiting a temple? Scarf? Feeling sunburnt? Scarf. Seriously a scarf is the most underrated travel essential as it is so versatile and can be your saviour in so many situations. I find Accessorize can always be counted on for the perfect everyday light scarf so make sure you take a look at their huge range.

Prepare for the flight

Make sure you prepare yourself for your flight effectively in terms of clothing, skincare and make-up. 

When it comes to clothes, layers are key due to the erratic temperatures in the cabin when it can be stuffy one minute and feel like the Arctic the next. So, I always pack a scarf (see point above) and long cardi that you can wrap around if needed. I also wear a pair of really comfy slightly slouchy trousers and I always pack a pair of fluffy socks. There is nothing worse than having chilly feet in a pair of flip flops! 

When it comes to make-up less is more. Aeroplanes do weird things to your skin so try and keep it as barefaced as your comfortable. Instead, think more about prepping your skin for the flight ahead with moisturisers etc.

I recommend:

  • A lip balm, Burts Bees is my go-to product.
  • A hand sanitizer. Because aeroplanes are gross - just think how many people have been on before you!
  • Under eye cream to keep puffy eyes at bay. I’m a big fan of this one.
  • Rich Moisturising Cream to keep your skin as hydrated as possible. I love this one.
  • A moisture spray you can spritz onto your face during the fight. Try the Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray which distributes evenly onto the skin and absorbs quickly without leaving a filmy residue.

Backup

Imagine taking hundreds of photos of your amazing holiday and then losing them all? Pretty devastating hey? I would strongly suggest backing up everything as you go on the cloud system (online backup) instead of lugging around a hard drive, or, if you have one, download your photos onto your blog straight away.

Travel insurance

Don’t leave home without it. Simple. You may not have brought it in the past and you may have got away without needing it but just imagine the horror or needing Travel Insurance and not having it. Not only in case of illness but for missed flights or lost or damaged baggage. You don't want to be the person phoning your parents and asking them to bail you out.

Do you have any other travel tips or must have beauty products which help to make your journey that little bit easier? I'd love to know.

Now, get packing. You have a plane to catch.

Love, Becky x

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