The idea of packing up your life and going on a gap year has probably appealed to most of us at one point or another, which is exactly what former Elle UK fashion editor, Bonnie Rahkit, did when she set up her blog The Style Traveller.
Here, she reveals 10 tips for getting the most out of your trip:
1. Book smart
"Travel sites tend to monitor if you've previously been on their sites and will increase the prices if you've visited multiple times. To beat the system, clear your browser history before looking at travel websites"
2. Read up
"Finding new and exciting places to visit is all about research and word of mouth. I highly recommend visiting or following blogs which you know you have shared interests with, because that way it's like getting destination recommendations from a good friend who knows you"
"I always download the airline app for the company I'm flying with, life is so much easier when you have your boarding pass on your phone and don't have to deal with fiddly bits of paper. Scan your passport, boarding pass, and itinerary and email them to yourself. This provides an extra copy of each in the event of loss or theft"
4. Pack like a stylist
"Pack like a stylist on a photo shoot, lay your clothes in your suitcase whilst still on the hanger, folding once in the middle if necessary. That way once you arrive at your hotel, your clothes are all-ready hung and can go straight into the wardrobe, leaving you more time by the pool"
5. Be sun savvy
"I always take the best sunscreen with me when travelling to hot climes and have some sort of cover up in the form of a lightweight cotton shirt or scarf for when the sun gets too hot. I have very sensitive skin and often find that in the heat it can be extra sensitive. Ladival isn't perfumed or coloured and offers my skin moisture whilst protecting it from the sun's harmful rays. It is suitable for sensitive skin and even helps to avoid the dreaded prickly heat".
"I always pack pieces which will work together as a capsule wardrobe. I pack separates in plain bold colours and make sure they'll work well for one evening outfit, one casual day look and a beach outfit. I then add accessories and extra pieces according to how long I'll be staying."
7. Carry multi-tasking products
"Always pack a scarf in your hand luggage, it works as a blanket or cover up on the flight, can be worn as a sarong by the pool and works well as a beach towel or throw. It also makes a good sun protector when worn as a bandana. Coconut oil is also a must - it can be used in so many ways from a body moisturiser to hair oil"
8. Rise and shine
"To miss all the tourist crowds and queues get up early in the morning and see the world's most beautiful sites in the soft light of the morning sunshine. Most tourist destinations are usually much quieter in the early hours and that leaves you more time to relax for the rest of the day"
9. Stash your cash
"It's so important to have cash on you when travelling to foreign destinations, but don't keep it all in one place. Make sure you stash it in various bags or cases that you're travelling with just so you have back up."
10. Don't always plan
"One of the best ways to discover a new destination and really get a feel for local life is to go out on foot. Leave your comfort zone, head out without really having too much of a plan and you'll end up discovering so much more than you thought."
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