Walking around the city is the best place to experience the local culture and get a real feel of the atmosphere of your travel destinations. Ride the public transport, it is a more authentic traveling experience and you can meet and learn from the people who live in the country you are visiting; they often enrich your travels more than sights do.
Take a business card from the front desk of your hotel; this will be a big help in case you ever get lost and need to get back (you can show this to the locals or taxi driver).
Take lots of pictures. You may only see these places and meet these people once in your lifetime, great pictures are the ultimate souvenir, they don't take up space, and you can easily share with others.
Spend more time in fewer places; best not to cram too many cities in one trip as it is very tiring and stressful to pack and unpack, deal with the different airports, bus terminals and even visa issues.
Start your day early, you will see a city come to life early in the morning. There will be more time for you to explore and take in the sights, less people in the museums and parks.
Always ask museum staff for tips, they know what the best exhibits are and are a great resource to map out what you want to see.
Wear sunscreen anytime you will be outside, regardless of the temperature or weather.
Notify your credit card company of what companies you will be visiting and on what dates. This way they won't think your card is stolen and bother you with phone calls.
Bring your medications and other key medications that you might need; stocking up on the right drugs is always important when traveling to third world countries.
Set up your cell phone so avoid international data roaming as this is usually expensive. Turn it back on once you get back to your home city.
Cash is king around the world. If you lose your wallet, your card stops working or the ATM's run out of money, you will be glad you stashed some in a few different places (always a good back up plan).
Be sure to check in early for your flights; with the increase in travel the lines are often long in immigration and security check points.
Make sure you have the right visas for the countries that you are visiting or transiting and check any other entry or exit requirements including airport taxes (applied in some countries).
Bags with wheels are amazing, choose a bag that you can comfortably wheel around at the airport and other terminal buildings, this will be lighter on your back and you won't feel unnecessarily tired.
Never carry your wallet in your back pocket and never carry your purse on the back your shoulder; always look after your valuables and be vigilant at the airport and eating areas at all times.
Travel light as much as possible, this will be easier in many ways. Roll things, wear your heavy jacket instead of packing it. Always best to take less clothes, you can always but some new things on your trip.
With all the gadgets today we all are depending on our chargers and make sure you check and pack all that is needed for your trip including your camera charger.
It is always a good idea to start your packing early, the second you think of packing something, pack it. On the last eve of travel, it is very likely you will forget something and this could be a big nuisance.
Train yourself to slowly become better at packing less. If you're not sure about packing something, you don't need it. Packing cubes and utility bags can help organize and shrink your personal stuff.
It is a big, beautiful, exciting and fascinating world out there; make time to travel more and experience different cultures, environments and ways of thinking.
We go away to experience things and create lifelong memories. Keep in contact with friends and family back home so they know where you are. Most importantly be nice to your body, get enough sleep, stay hydrated and eat healthy.