Tip #1 Research
Do your research. I’m not suggesting one to meticulously plan their itinerary, but do at least have somewhere in mind. Often there’s too much too see and too little time, and a lot of planning would make your trip a whole lot fruitful.
I use tripadvisor a lot when planning my trip. Select your hotels and tours based on other people’s experience, but don’t be too skeptical or place too much expectations as well. Expectations will always result in disappointments. Travel with an open mind.
Timeout is also a good site if you don’t know where to start. Alternatively there’s lonelyplanet and natgeotravel. Travel blogs are also very helpful (so if you’re reading this, you’re at a good start). If in doubt, just google around.
Tip #2 Audio guides
Audio guides are a good investment. If you’re not on a tour or do not have anyone around to tell you what is it you’re looking at, get the audio guide. You’ll take in so much more, which is the whole purpose of sightseeing.
Tip #3 Weather
Check the weather forecast before you travel anywhere and pack the right clothes.
Which links me to..
Tip #4 Travel light, pack smart.
Check your baggage allowance. You don’t want to be paying for your excess luggage at the airport. And think about it, if your bag is full, how are you going to pack your souveniors and shopping from your trip back?
1) A proper cabin bag always comes in handy.
2) If you’re traveling with a group of friends for a couple of days, save space and money by sharing and buying your shampoo, conditioner, shower gel from a supermarket at your destination.
3) A quick dry travel towel is a good buy if you’re going away for a while. It’s lightweight, dries quickly and doesn’t smell.
4) You don’t need so many pairs of shoes
5) If you’re traveling in winter, people only notice your coat and scarf. Think about it.