LIFE-CHANG­ING TRAVEL HACKS

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Tim­ing is every­thing “Time your trips to ex­pe­ri­ence na­tional hol­i­days and festivals in the coun­tries in which they orig­i­nate. how cool would it be to be in Ire­land for Saint Pa­trick's Day, in NYC for the 4th f July or in Ky­oto, Ja­pan for the Sakura Cherry Blos­som Fes­ti­val?" Zoey and Mari, lezwan­derthe­world.com

Bud­get, baby “Set your­self a re­al­is­tic daily spend­ing bud­get for ac­com­mo­da­tion, food and ac­tiv­i­ties. You’d be sur­prised how many peo­ple we meet who run out of money too soon. The bet­ter you plan your fi­nances, the longer you can travel for.” Vesna and Ge­or­gia, @nowl­et­slive

Be aware of your sur­round­ings “In cer­tain coun­tries, there isn’t a huge amount of LGBT aware­ness. Some coun­tries don’t even ap­prove of PDAS from het­ero­sex­ual cou­ples, let alone LGBT ones, so just be mind­ful, for your own safety.” Vesna and Ge­or­gia, @nowl­et­slive

Hav­ing said that… “Don’t write off places that aren’t known to be as LGBT-friendly. One of our best nights out was at Sta­tion Wine Bar in Siem Reap, Cam­bo­dia. It was so wel­com­ing with a fab drag show. There are gems to be found all over!” Hol­lie and Claire, hol­sand­bear.com

Pack light “We’ve made the mis­take of hav­ing to drag huge suit­cases on pub­lic trans­port. One of the wheels broke and we had to carry the heavy suit­case. Don’t make the same mis­take we did.” Al­lie and Sam, coastal­cu­rios­ity.com

...But don’t skimp on knick­ers and socks “How­ever many you take, it will never be enough. Also, never trust a girl who says they haven’t used their bikini bot­toms in an emer­gency (lazi­ness)!” Hol­lie and Claire, hol­sand­bear.com

Learn to “go” any­where “Lit­er­ally any­where. Un­til you’ve squat­ted naked in a quarry, you haven’t lived! Don’t ask…” Hol­lie and Claire, hol­sand­bear.com

Airbnb it “If you’re on a bud­get or just want to try some­thing dif­fer­ent, Airbnb has amaz­ing, af­ford­able apart­ments all over the world. It’s such a nice treat to have your own place when you’re trav­el­ling.” Jess and So­phie, @jes­sand­so­phie

Join couch­surf­ing.com “There’s an en­tire LGBT com­mu­nity within the couch­surf­ing world. Go find it! There’s noth­ing bet­ter than get­ting to a new city and al­ready hav­ing a queer friend to show you around.” Zoey and Mari, lezwan­derthe­world.com

Tin­der’s not just for hook-ups with “If you’re sin­gle, use Tin­der to con­nect that lo­cal girls. I’ve made some great friends lo­cal way and had girls in­tro­duce me to their out on les­bian life, which I would’ve missed oth­er­wise.” Dani, glo­be­trot­ter­girls.com

Em­brace the ‘gram “Instagram is your friend. We doc­u­ment our trav­els on there (@the­free­dom­trav­ellers), but we also use it to search for good restau­rants, photo ops and ac­com­mo­da­tion ideas.” Vic and Elaina, the­free­dom­trav­ellers.com

Be in the mo­ment “Tak­ing photos and videos to re­mem­ber your ex­pe­ri­ence is great, but don’t for­get to put the phone down and soak it up. Don’t worry about post­ing that photo to Instagram right this sec­ond, it’s not go­ing any­where.” Al­lie and Sam, coastal­cu­rios­ity.com

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