“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things: air, sleep, dreams, sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese
I am not the most efficient traveler so I have to find ways to have more time when I’m traveling.
One of the things I found helpful is to pack my clothes according to use. I write down all the outfits I’m going to wear with the season of the country I’m going in mind. I also write the outfits I can mix and match. Once I know all the pieces I need, I will place my clothes together like how I’ll use them. This way I’ll be able to grab an outfit easily without messing up everything inside my bag.
As a woman, I love putting on light makeup. In order to achieve the brows and lashes that I want, I’m spending more than 15 minutes and more if I make any mistakes. If you haven’t tried getting your brows and lashes done, you might want to try now. I saved so much time while I was in Australia when I got eyelash extensions and brow tint.
Another time saving tip I love when I’m traveling is to visit tourist spots after the peak hours. You’ll not only spend less time queueing but you’ll be able to explore places in peace and take pictures without a lot of photobombers.
If you’re a skincare junkie like me, pack products that has multiple benefits. Save time in the shower by using a shampoo and conditioner in one. Use a tinted moisturizer with SPF instead of applying a moisturizer, sunscreen cream and foundation separately. When I travel, I usually pack light and that includes my makeup. A tinted moisturizer with SPF, eyebrow pen if I don’t get my brows done, liquid eyeliner and lip tint will do the job.
Time is of the essence. As someone who works online, I love to always stay connected in the online world. But there will always be places where there is no internet connection. If you know you’re going to a place with bad connection, plan your day and work in advance. Automate what you can automate. Schedule posts ahead of time. The longest time I didn’t have internet was when I did island hopping in Sihanoukville so before I left, I scheduled everything I could, delegated tasks that my team can do and send out emails that I will be out of reach for a while. This won’t only save you time but can save you from angry emails asking where you are *grin*