5 travel tips we wish someone told us earlier

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The most useful item in a hotel and other travel secrets!

Samantha Brown was a break-out star on the Travel Channel in the early 2000s, when she hosted various series, including The Trip, 50/50 and Great Weekends, logging visits to 260 cities in more than 60 countries across the world.

Here are her travel secrets as to how to handle the pre-boarding process with kids, where to get the best souvenirs and why you should always order room service.

1 Divide and conquer the plane-boarding process

Pinterest is great for quick travel tips; I always recommend it for travel hacks. One of them I found was how best to use the pre-board process when you’re travelling with kids – I have twins, so I need all the tips I can get.

2 The handiest item in your hotel room is not your wi-fi connection

I discovered how useful an ironing board could be when I was travelling with kids and there was no room for their colouring (books), so I brought it out and lowered it to their height.

It’s also a ton more counter space if the room has none. I like to stand up when I work, and it’s a great stand-up desk. And you can put it in front of your bed and have a meal on it if there’s no place to eat and watch TV.

Hotel room. PHOTO CREDIT: Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

3 Order room service, save money

The best advice I got was from a 10-year-old at the Ritz Carlton, who told me: “Listen, order off the children’s menu, because they give you the exact same portions of spaghetti Bolognese with meatballs (as on the adult menu), but you’re paying half the cost.”

4 Why the supermarket is the best place for souvenirs

I love supermarkets when I travel, because they have products we don’t. In a supermarket in Greece, I saw that Hellman’s makes mustard; it’s packaged in a little goblet, so when you’re done with the mustard, you’ve got a nice little wine glass. That’s brilliant.

Santorini. PHOTO CREDIT: Harshil Gudka on Unsplash

5 How to strike up conversation, anywhere

As travellers, we’re consumers and always in need of something, so the most important phrase to know (in a foreign language) is “May I please have”

And I never go up to somebody and say “Do you speak English?” because that can be seen as challenging or even a put down. It’s so much better to say – in France, for example – “No Français, Anglais?” You’re basically saying “I’m in your country, but I’m sorry I don’t know your language – do you speak mine?” It immediately changes the dynamic.

AUTHOR: Mark Ellwood |The Washington Post

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