When you decide to go travelling the world there are inevitably going to be some hiccups along the way. Whether you’re interrailing around Europe or jetting off to the Far East, mishaps are bound to happen, and this usually adds to the experience. But there are some things that are totally in your control, and if you plan well before leaving you can minimalise the risk of problems and maximise the time you have to enjoy yourself.
It seems like a no-brainer to use comparison sites such as Skyscanner when booking flights, but a lot of travellers choose to wing it and then get stung when they realise that planes are by no means cheap. There has been a recent rise of “beg-packers” recently that have had to resort to asking locals for money when they realise they can’t afford to get home. You certainly don’t want to end up like that, and at least with sites that compare the market, you can find the best deals – which means you will have more money to spend on accommodation and add to your travel budget.
Comparison tools aren’t just effective in saving you money, they can also help you find the best games, bonuses and apps to entertain you during those long, arduous journeys. Let’s face it, you’re going to enjoy that sweaty, jam-packed 12-hour bus ride (see video above) a little bit more if you have some decent games to play on the way. If casino games are your thing, use comparison sites to search for the best casino bonus to suit your tastes, from free spins to deposit matches. Or if casino games don’t really appeal to you, you could use app review sites to find the best app games to download to your smartphone.
A great suggestion for apps to install are language learning games for whichever country you are visiting. Just by knowing a few general conversation phrases can help your time there run more smoothly and also make you seem more endearing to the locals. Some of the most highly-rated language apps are Duolingo, Babbel and Memrise. And yes, you can even find online comparisons of language and translation apps.
Along with using comparison sites to make your trip cheaper and more enjoyable, don’t forget to check reviews from other travellers before deciding on places to stay. Tripadvisor is a good place to start, but it would also help to keep a copy of Lonely Planet handy. Then again, one of the best things about travelling is the adventure side of things, and in some situations don’t forget to just go with the flow.