TRAVEL ADVICE- TOP TIPS FROM THE BEAUTIFUL TINA
You’ve done it. You’ve booked the damn flight! Well done motherf*cker!!! But before you board that plane, let me tell you a few things. Here are some bits of travel advice I wish I had been aware of before leaving…
#1. Don’t over pack!
This is the first bit of travel advice for you and I’m pretty sure that loads of people will have told you this one already, but if you’re like me, you just said “yeah yeah” so they would shut up and then kept packing your whole entire house. BIG F*CKING MISTAKE BABE. First of all, your bag is about to explode, which means it’s gonna break at some point. What are you gonna do when you’re just about to board a ferry, in the South of Thailand, in 40°C heat, your bag explodes, and all your underwear spreads on the floor in front of hundreds of people? Cry. Exactly. And yes, everyone will judge you. But seriously, everything in Thailand (and pretty much all around Asia) is SO CHEAP and SO CUTE, so you’ll want to do more and more shopping, and won’t have enough space to fit everything in your bag. And last but not least, you don’t want your bag to be overweight, especially if you’re on a budget and are flying with big airlines (Malaysia Airlines : 67€/extra kg… almost 500€ later, I’ve finally stopped over packing… Well, kind of…)
#2. Don’t get yourself into a relationship right before leaving
#3. Give up on the rolling suitcase, get yourself a backpack!
One of the best bits of travel advice I can give you! As I have a really serious back problem, I always thought a backpack or a big rucksack were absolutely not for me. MISTAKE! Pulling my crazy heavy suitcase around was actually way worse for my poor back than carrying a rucksack (as long as it’s not too heavy and is perfectly strapped on my shoulders of course). But even if you guys don’t have any back problems, a backpack is definitely your best bet if travelling in South East Asia. Indeed, some places you’ll stay at will probably be located on the beach (rolling suitcase in the sand… I’ve done it before… NOT FUN), or you might have to climb stairs cause obviously not all places will have an elevator. In all of those circumstances you’ll regret bringing a rolling suitcase, believe me! No need to spend hundreds of £/€/$ on a bag as you can find really affordable ones. I’ve opted for this one : it’s pretty big (90L) as I knew I was leaving for a long time, but you can also find it in 70L. Mine costs 80€, and the 70L costs 60€! And the reason why I chose it is, first of all cause I know this brand offers good quality with a really affordable price (French brand, represent), and second of all cause you can open the bag at the front with a zipper like a suitcase. This is literally a game changer, no need to dig to the very bottom of your bag just to find your nail clipper!
#4. Bring some cash with you instead of just withdrawing from ATM’s
This one of course always comes down to the safety of it. I’m usually not too bad at keeping my belongings (well… so far!) so if you’re like this too, and about to jump on a plane, read this: withdraw cash back home and change it once you’re out here! Why? Well, unless you have an amazing travel bank card, you’re gonna have to pay a commission to the Thai bank you’re using, the ATM, AND a commission taken from your bank back home. So you’ll end up losing quite a lot of money if you are just withdrawing some money out here, whereas you could’ve just spent that money to buy all of your travel buddies a round of tequila shots! Shame!