10 Eat what the locals eat. Food is one of the better ways to enjoy a culture. Do not trade the convenience of fast-food and take-out for the experience of real authentic food from a different culture.
9 To save money, take overnight bus rides so you could actually sleep in a bus, rather than in a hotel room. Then, leave your luggage at some mall’s baggage counter and get them back at around noon. Check in a hotel. You will have saved yourself a day’s worth of hotel accommodations.
8 Do not look rich. If you look rich, you can not haggle as much, people would refer you to more swanky places, and public utility drivers would ask for higher fares.
7 If you are riding a bus, always ride on the driver's side, in the middle part of the bus. It is less prone to accidents.
6 Always travel with an even number of people. Most buses have only four seats per row, most hotels have rooms for 2 or 4 people. Travelling with an odd number of people will just make one of your travelling buddies feel left out.
5 When packing, fold your clothes the way you normally would and roll them up. Arrange them inside your luggage. This prevents your clothes from getting wrinkled as they only get stacked on each other, no matter what position your luggage takes.
4 Toiletries can get really bulky in your bag. Transfer your shampoo, lotion, and other liquids into smaller containers. Slice your bath soap just enough for how many days you would be vacationing. If you are moving from one place to another, make sure you have one slice per place so you could leave behind wet soap. Wrap all your toiletries in Ziploc bags. If you want to, save yourself from all the trouble and buy your toiletries wherever you will be vacationing.
3 Eat before you travel. The prices of food at travel hubs (like airports, piers, bus terminals) are always jacked up. Plus, the selection is not really. It has also been reported that people who have travel sickness and travel on an empty stomach are most likely to feel sick while travelling.
2 Wear flip-flops or slip-ons on the plane as they make you take your shoes off during those security checks before you enter the boarding lounge. People know about this but often forget to wear shoes that are easier to remove and wear.
1 Usually, your ears really hurt when you’re in a plane because of all the mucus in your sinuses. To prevent this take some decongestant before your flight; and if you have allergic rhinitis, take some anti-allergy medication as well.