Many of us dream of dropping everything and escaping from our quotidian lives in pursuit of far-off adventures, wherever the world calls us. British business school alumnus Amar Hussein did exactly that. When he graduated into a recession at 22 years old, he took an unconventional route and made traveling his full-time occupation. Seven years later, he's visited all seven continents and is the founder and editor-in-chief of Gap Year Escape, a travel blog read in 138 countries.
During his many travels, Hussein has learned a thing or two about optimizing your trip. Hoping to inspire adventure seekers to take some time off to give into their wanderlust, he shared his top travel tips with Business Insider. Here are our top picks from his list, plus the items that can help make them happen.
Even if you have a serious misadventure while abroad, as long as you've kept these safe and accessible, "you can pretty much get out of any jam," says Hussein.
Bypass extra baggage fees by packing light and fitting everything into a carry-on. You'll also be saving yourself from additional headaches that arise when checked luggage gets lost or damaged.
Start your days on schedule, maximizing daylight and beating out crowds. "You’ll catch the proverbial worm," says Hussein, "which in this case is the local tourist attraction being empty and more enjoyable to see."
Save some money while getting immersed in the culture by exploring the markets where locals shop. "It's cheaper and always an experience," promises Hussein.
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