11 Tips For Your Summer Travels

11 Tips For Your Summer Travels

No matter how much you plan, something will always go wrong so be flexible.

Summer is here?? Whether you’re traveling abroad, taking a road trip with your homies, backpacking or going on a cruise — there are things you need to remember when taking a vacation. All of us have left a few necessities at home or overpacked, so here are some tips and tricks for all your future travels.

1. Carry a water bottle and snacks with you

Buying food in the airport can break your budget, especially a college budget. Bring a reusable water bottle in your carry-on bag so you can use the water fountain and not pay $4 for one bottle of water. You can’t bring any full water bottles through airport security, but snacks are a go. Buy yourself a box of granola bars and you’ll be set.

2. Learn common phrases of the local language

I went to Peru for spring break and I wish I would’ve brushed up on frequently used verbs before I left because knowing how to say pancakes or chocolate milk doesn’t call you a taxi.

3. Go with the flow

No matter how much you plan, something will always go wrong. So, it’s good to be flexible when things don’t go as you expected. You never know, you might end up taking a van across the country and seeing all the sights along the way (shout out to Peru).

4. Roll your clothes when trying to pack everything in your carry on

Also, ditch the full bottle of sunscreen and buy it when you arrive because who wants to lose all your clothes for two days because you checked your bag?

5. Know how much it should cost for a taxi

You should be aware of what the average cost of a taxi is so you don’t end up paying twice as much.

6. Carry tissues

You never know when you might need a good cry or more importantly, you never know if there will be toilet paper or not.

7. Make sure you notify your bank that you’re traveling

Not setting a travel alert with your bank is a rookie mistake — you want to make sure your debit card will work when you’re stopping for gas at 2 AM on your road trip or trying to get a snack when you land in a foreign country.

8. Ask locals where the best places are

You might end up at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant, but it’ll probably be the best meal of the trip.

9. Be respectful

Pay attention to the culture and make sure you’re practicing sustainable tourism.

10. Be aware of altitude sickness

Plan some time to rest and adjust to your schedule because you never know how the heights will affect you. The altitude change can feel okay until you take an uphill walk and realize how hard it actually is to breathe, so know your limits and listen to your body. Pro tip: bring altitude and motion sickness medicine.

11. Bring a journal

Many of the people I went to Peru with journaled every single day while we were there. At first, I thought what is the point because I want to live in the moment and not spend all my time writing. I realized journaling about your trip is nice because so much is happening all at once and you want to remember all of it. Write a short journal entry before bed to relax or write about your adventures on a rainy day when you can’t spend the day outdoors.

Make sure you’re taking care of yourself while traveling and look out for everyone if you’re adventuring with others. Take lots of pictures, but remember to stay present because you’ll gain and experience so much more that way.

Cover Image Credit: Lindsey Ocock

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Connect Transit Is The Way To Go To Get You Where You Need To Be

Save some money, and take the bus.

When it comes to being a college student, life can be pretty stressful. There are classes, tests, internships, jobs, social clubs and a social life to worry about. On top of that, we also have to worry about getting to these places. Sure there are friends and Ubers that you can call on to give you a ride somewhere if you don’t have your own car, but what if your bank account is low and your friends are busy? What do you do then? Well, don’t worry about finding a solution because I’ve already done that part for you.

Ride Connect Transit!

Connect Transit is Bloomington-Normal’s public transportation system that can take you anywhere you need to go within the area! If you’re a student at Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan, or Heartland, all it takes is the swipe of an ID card and you’re good to go. Community riders will have to pay a fee of $1. Now, I know taking public transportation might not be ideal. Trust me. If it were up to me, I would have my own car by now, but in all honesty, taking public transportation has changed my life.

Even figuring out the bus system has saved my life. After downloading the Connect Transit app and getting the hang of the routes, everything else was a piece of cake. I transferred to Illinois State knowing nothing about the area, the people, and especially nothing about the public transportation here. Using the connect transit app helped me learn more.

My first day riding with Connect Transit was one to remember. I was definitely intimidated, but after greeting the bus driver and swiping my card, I knew I could handle it. Everything was so much easier than I thought, and the ride didn’t last too long either! All it took was one simple pull of the cord against the window to take me where I needed to be. Getting to my destination wasn’t the hardest part. It was the getting back part that I really struggled with.

After the daily twenty minute walks from campus to my house, I had finally had enough. I knew there was a way for me to get back if I figured it out with Connect Transit. One day, I decided to figure everything out. After finding the opposite route and speaking with the bus driver, I knew I was in the right place to get home.

Riding the bus is only as scary as you make it. Have some confidence in yourself, take the bull by the horns and take an adventure with Connect Transit by mapping out your day. With the touch of a button, you can map out your destinations and ride with Connect Transit to take you where you want to go. So say goodbye to Ubers and carpooling and say hello to Connect Transit where riding is simple!

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