After travelling to 16 countries in three months, Sarah Chang has picked up a few cool travel tips. The most important tip: make sure you have all your information on your phone, ready for offline access.
She suggests making a spreadsheet with all the important data.
Figure out how to get from the airport/train station to your hotel and back for each of your stopping cities. This means knowing the bus/subway number and route stop names for your hotel. Make sure you do this while you still have internet access.
It's nice to have a detailed itinerary of where you're supposed to be in your phone that you can access without Wi-Fi. It keeps everything in order, and you're never scrambling for the exact time the train leaves.
Chang is also a big advocate of using Google Maps offline while you're in any city. She recommends downloading an offline map of the city before you leave the hotel, and "star" the hotel as well as nearby supermarkets or other useful information. The GPS still works without Wi-Fi access. Similarly, "star" restaurants that you look up on travel recommendation sites. Hit the link to read the full guide.
Best Travel Hacks From A Year Abroad [Medium]