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    16 Tried And Tested Travelling Tips From Someone Who Actually Does It For A Living

    How can you not trust a man who literally gets paid to travel?

    This is Louis Cole, or FunForLouis as he's known as on YouTube. His job involves travelling the world and documenting his adventures through video.

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    Over the last five years of travelling, Louis has produced more than 1,600 videos for his almost 2 million YouTube followers. He recently spoke to BuzzFeed to reveal what tips and tricks he's learnt from all his adventures.

    1. You actually don’t need to have that much money saved to go on a trip.

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    The flights are the most expensive part, Louis explained to BuzzFeed. “Once you’re at your destination, you can save money by eating simply, couch-surfing, and finding a job at a youth hostel or a backpackers.”

    2. Working in a hostel or backpackers is the easiest way to make money and meet people.

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    “When I travelled Australia, I worked at a youth hostel where I would get a meal and board in exchange for a few hours of gardening,” Louis said. “It’s a great way to meet a whole new community of people.”

    3. And the absolute best way to save money while travelling is by getting friends together and sharing costs.

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    4. You don’t need to fly business class to fly comfortably. Exit row seats will suffice.

    5. A travel pillow, earplugs, and an eye mask can really change your flight experience.

    6. Overpacking can actually be easily fixed by not bringing toiletries with you.

    7. And backpacks are better to travel with than suitcases.


    Simply put, it can be difficult to wheel a big suitcase around certain locations. The bag Louis uses is the Peak Design backpack because it's easy to carry and gives easy access to all his camera gear.

    8. You don’t need a fancy camera to capture memories, it all comes down to what you’re trying to get out of a trip.

    9. Research your destination before you pack, so you know what you really need.

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    "For cold trips, I always take thermals, especially long johns! For trips to hot destinations, I make sure I always have sunscreen and flip-flops. And be sure to grab mosquito repellent if you're going to tropical destinations," Louis said.

    10. Don’t have a set itinerary before you leave, instead just have a general list.

    11. And being flexible and ready to adapt is one of the most important parts of travelling.

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    When you travel, things don't always go according to plan. You have to be open to change and new routes because "that's where the best adventures happen".

    12. Scams are easily avoidable if you don’t put yourself in vulnerable positions.


    Louis's advice is simple: "Be vigilant and patient when you're negotiating, so you know exactly what's included in the deal or service."

    13. And don’t be fooled by prices that seem too good to be true, because they probably are.


    "Don't be in a rush to book without checking out who is providing the deal," said Louis. He particularly recommended trusted sites like Skyscanner or Momondo when booking flights or hotels, as they have the best deals for travelling on a budget.

    14. The best time to book any holiday is off-season, not only in your own country but also in the place you're travelling to.


    It's important to avoid school holidays and national holidays, but Louis recommended you also research the main holidays in your destination country and avoid travelling then too.

    15. Mixing up your types of accommodation can be cheaper and make for different experiences.

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    "It doesn’t have to be all five-star or all backpackers. Plus, you can stay in the city or country to get the full experience of the destination."

    16. And most importantly, travel insurance is something you’re going to want to get.

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    No one likes to stress while on a holiday, and travel insurance offers you the peace of mind that if something goes wrong, you'll be ok. "It's an unnecessary stress that can be preempted by being prepared," Louis explained.

    So there you have it. Happy travels!

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