10 SMART TRAVEL HACKS + TIPS | ANN LE


(upbeat electro-pop music) – Hi loves. How’s it going? It’s Ann, welcome to my channel. If you have been following me, I am so sorry I’ve been MIA, I’ve been traveling in
the last couple of weeks, and I thought I’d be able
to get some work done while traveling, that didn’t
work out as I had thought, but I am back now, and
I have a part two of my Tavel Tips and Hacks. If you missed part one, I
will link it below this video. I have been taking lots and lots of notes while traveling of things
that I find very helpful. These are tips and hacks that you will probably love as well. Some of them you may have seen, some of them are probably new to you, so let’s go ahead and get started. In my last trip, I got to
travel to two countries for the price of one. This is definitely a time
and money saving hack. First, map up your trip
and select countries that are within the same route. Then I go on a booking site, I personally like to use Kayak.com, this is where I do all of my bookings. I can play around with different dates, multiple stops. I can then compare prices,
and also itineraries. If you’re on a certain
budget, try switching around the dates and airports, as it can make a huge
difference on the prices. So my main destination is Thailand. I decided to make a five-day
mid-stop in Tokyo, Japan. This way I can visit two countries. I played around with different
dates and different scenarios to see if there was going to be a big price difference between
adding a stop or not, and the prices were just
right around the same as if I was just flying
to one destination. If you are traveling to a foreign country and need help with translation, download Google Translate and the language of the other country you are visiting. Make sure to download this at home so that way when you get to the country, you’re prepared, you don’t have to look for SIMs card, or good Wi-Fi
in order to access this. To use this, you have to download the language of your choice. Then open the camera function and hold it over the text. It should give you some
sort of translation. Now it’s not going to be 100% accurate, but it is better than nothing. It works better over print
than handwritten text. This definitely helped me out in supermarkets when it comes
to buying certain foods, and looking at labels. I love using essentail oils for my home, and for traveling. Each of these mini-bottles
hold a different function and they go perfect in
your bag or in your pocket. Mint, for instance helps with queasiness and is a fresh scent that
can mask out smelly odor. Or if you’re feeling
queasy, then add a few drops into your water. My favorite scent are the citrus scent. I like to add this into
a water spray bottle and spray all over my
Airbnb or hotel room. For an instant spa after
a long day of traveling, add a few drops of this into your bathtub, so that way you can decompress. My main essentail oil is eucalyptus. This is perfect for when you’re on a trip and somebody gets sick. If you have a travel
diffuser or humidifier, it can really help you as well. Add a few drops of this
oil into your water, then place it next to the
bed while you’re resting. Even in your most comfortable shoes, after a long day of walking, your feet can swell up and
rub against your shoes. Take a generous amount of petroleum jelly and rub it around where
your problem area is and on your shoes. Doing this can help prevent
rubbing and blisters. If you’re traveling with
any leather accessory, well here is a way you
can keep your leather looking new and polished. First clean the surface with a damp cloth. Then take a good amount of petroleum jelly and massage that into the leather. Once it’s massaged and
conditioned into the leather, it’s not going to feel
sticky like the jelly. After polishing all the surfaces, your leather should look
shiny and new again. I love traveling with my studded earrings. It’s pretty and it’s multifunctional. Every time I’m in a new country, I always need to switch out my SIM card and so I usually use the
back of my stud earring to pop out the side of my phone
and switch up my SIMs card. Of course you can also use a clothing pin, but that’s if you remember to bring one. So a hack that I like to
do with clothing pin is, I like to pin it within the inside of a spaghetti strap dress or top. Just in case a strap snaps on me, I am prepared. I have a pin in my top that I can take out and repair the strap. Here’s a quick hack that you can do to add a secret compartment to your backpack. You will need a zip pouch
big enough to store away anything you want to hide. Permanent fabric glue. This thing is very strong, and once it bonds it’s on for good. Lastly, for extra security, you can use a needle and thread. Apply a even amount of fabric glue onto the back of your pouch, then place the glue side of your pouch onto the back of your backpack. But if you feel like
you want extra security, you can also sew the pouch
onto the back of your backpack. Now you can store
anything you want in here. You can make it a secret compartment, or you can just use it for extra storage. If you’re a traveler
that’s on a strict diet, or if you just want to save money, this will definitely help you out. As a traveling family,
we just like to have a home-cooked meal every now and then, or save money on going
out to eat all the time, so we make sure to pack all the seasoning that we usually use at home. For the seasonings that
we can only get back home, we would put those into Ziploc bags and fold them into this plastic container. Finding a place with a kitchen really adds to our traveling experience and our family trip. We love going to the local market and seeing what the locals buy, and eat. We would bring home some fresh produce and make our own breakfast or dinner. Something that I highly, highly recommend is for you to learn some native phrases before traveling to your destination. So go on YouTube, Google
search, or listen to a podcast on how to speak the native phrases of the country you’re going to. This will definitely help
people open up to you and be a little bit more friendly. I always hear people complaining about how unfriendly certain countries are, but for me, I have a total
different experience, because I would say hello
in their native language, and goodbye and thank you
and everything like that. And I noticed by doing that,
people will open up to you, and they’re a lot friendlier, because you’re showing them respect of their country, and their language, and they like it. People like that kind of stuff. Thank you all so much for watching. Make sure to give this video
a thumbs up if you enjoyed it, and share it to anyone
you know that is traveling that can use some of these
travel hacks and tips, and also share in the
comment section below which is your favorite
travel hacks and tips, what you find helpful or if you want to share anything
else with the rest of us, then comment below. Thank you all so much for watching, and I will see you next weekend. Mwah, ciao!

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