On a trip to the Galapagos Islands, a guide made an example of one member of our tour group whose shoes fell apart mid-hike. The guide pointed to the man as he cautiously stepped over the unforgiving igneous rocks with shredded soles and said, “That is what happens when you wear the wrong shoes.”
Foldable shoes are fabulous. But they’re not always the most durable option, and there’s definitely a place for bulky hiking boots in your travel repertoire. This is especially true if you’re … hiking. Though bulky shoes can be hefty and a pain to pack, they’re a necessary evil when trail-bound.
Instead: Bring ’em if you need ’em. But wear your bulky shoes on the plane. If you find them uncomfortable, put some foldable flats or slippers in a pocket and change your footwear in-flight. Slip your boots under the seat in front of you, or tie them together and store them in the overhead bin.
The Bad Advice: Leave Electronics Behind
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Unplug. Relax. Leave your electronics behind. That will make your vacation more relaxing, right? Not so much. E-readers and smartphones will help you travel better by lightening your load. You can replace a lot of physical bulk with these devices, which store a world of entertainment and information. Want to pack light? Go high-tech.
Instead: Load your tablet, phone, or e-reader with books, music, movies, shows, itineraries, apps, maps, boarding passes, et al. Just remember not to leave your charger in your suite. It’s one of the items most often left behind at hotels. Another tip: If you normally access your work email from your phone, disable or delete the mailbox for the duration of you trip. Not that’s relaxing!
by Caroline Costello, SmarterTravel Staff
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