Avoiding The Worst On Any Trip

Avoiding The Worst On Any TripTravelling to a new place is always an incredible experience but there are also going to be times when not everything goes as planned! Delays, changes and problems sometimes can’t be avoided, but there are always ways to be better prepared for it than not. It’s important to be as prepared as you possible can whenever you travel, so here are just a few tips on avoiding the worst on any trip. Continue reading Avoiding The Worst On Any Trip

Best Places To Eat In Havana

Best Places To Eat In Havana

As the capital city of Cuba, Havana is a bustling urban centre with plenty to offer in terms of culture & entertainment, history and of course food. In a city this large, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with the wealth of options available to you. There are tons of options that are perfect for the foodie in all of us. No matter your personal taste, there’s bound to be something you like in the beautiful city of Havana.

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Why You Should Pack With Just A Carry-On

Pack With Just A Carry-OnBefore every trip, one thing travellers have to consider is how many items they intend to bring along with them on their journey. The amount of stuff might make or break your ability to stay under luggage weight restrictions – costing you extra money and also being all-around inconvenient in a lot of ways. For newbie and seasoned travellers alike, it can be extremely useful to pack only using a carry-on bag but sometimes that can be easier said than done. There are a plethora of reasons why traveling with a single bag like one of our Rise Gear bags is a fantastic idea, so here are just a few reasons why you should with just a carry-on! Continue reading Why You Should Pack With Just A Carry-On

Travel Hacks To Make 2017 Your Best Travel Year Yet!

Travel Hacks To Make 2017 Your Best Travel Year YetThere are always tons of travel hacks around that sometimes the most seasoned travellers don’t know. There are always brand new things to always learn about seeing the world that can help you be the best possible traveller. Much of it is trial and error, and you will always pick up new skills and information along the way in your travels. It’s important to find and use the tips that work best for you. Here are just a few travel hacks to make 2017 your best travel year yet!


Book Two One Ways Instead

Depending on where you’re headed, it might end up costing you less money to book two one way flights to and from your destination instead of getting a round trip flight. This might be on different carriers, different times of the day and different classes, but this might end up saving you a few hundred dollars if done right.


Clear The Cookies

Everytime you go to a website looking for flight fares, it history and cookies will log the visit as demand and make note about how many people are searching for it. This is why, many times when you return at a later day the price is bumped up a little bit. This is a bid to get you to book the flight ASAP instead of shopping around some more. You can get around this by clearing out your browser history and cookies (be prepared to lose your saved passwords and the like, though!) or better yet, browsing in incognito mode.



Remember You Have A Full Day For  A Refund

Even with flights that are non refundable, you will always have a window of up to 24 hours to get your money back without losing any of it. Purchase the flight you’ve been watching and if a better price comes up within the following day, cancel and book the cheaper one instead with no penalties!

Get The Airline App

As soon as you book a flight with a particular carrier, check to see if they have an app! If so, download it right away to stay on top of cancellations, delays and gate changes in real time without having to wait for an email (that you just might miss) or waiting to hear it over the speaker system. Some apps even allow you to check in with your ticket information on the app.
Travel Hacks To Make 2017 Your Best Travel Year Yet

Go Squishy With Your Carry-On

As tempting as it might be to get some type of hardshell casing in terms of a carry-on bag, it’s better to go with something a bit more malleable so that you’re able to stuff it into the overhead carriage a lot easier. At Rise Gear, our bags are made from quality material that is also extremely flexible and can accommodate a variety of storage locations.

Think Outfits, Not Pieces

NO matter what you’re style is, the clothes you bring along with you on your trip can be a tough decision to have to make. Stick to clothes within a similar colour scheme so you don’t have to worry about pieces not matching or going together. Think about versatile items that can work well with many other things so you’re not overpacking and one thing can be worn tons of different ways. Also, think dark colours for the most part not only for easier matching but also: dark colours hide stains and you might not be able to treat spills on the go.

See More For Less

Take full advantage of stopovers as a way to see additional cities and countries for free! There are some airlines that allow you to book in a stop for an extra city into a connecting flight to your final destination. Some might not be quite this intentional, but see how many hours you can squeeze in to the stopover city so you can explore a new place while heading to another.

Minimize Jet Lag

Jet lag is one of those things that are almost impossible to avoid especially with long flights, but there are ways to minimize their effects. By eating right during your trip and getting the right amount of sleep (partying on vacation is important, but try to get 4 hours a night at least) is the key to not suffering too much when your trip is over.

How To Travel With Just Carry-On Luggage

pexels-photo-57750-largeIt might not be for everyone, but travelling with only carry-on luggage is a lot more practical and possible than you might think. There are plenty of reasons someone might take this approach, and tons of tips and tricks to make it happen; but the bottom line is it will make your trip that much simpler.

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Travel Hacks For Everyone

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There’s no one way to travel or make the experience easier, especially since everyone will always be at different levels of expertise when it comes to it. There are a plethora of tips and tricks that can make your trips that much easier, many of which come with time and experience! With as many online resources as there are now – like this very blog – it’s much easier to get familiar with these hacks without having to make some of the mistake it must have taken to discover them. Continue reading Travel Hacks For Everyone

Keeping Your Essentials Safe

holding camera all your essentials safeMany times on the Rise Gear blog, we’ve stressed the importance of having your cash and documents with you at all times just in case of an emergency. Your passport and other travel documents are important to have in case you get into any sort of trouble. For some, keeping all of these things with them makes them a little bit nervous, and rightfully so. These documents can be difficult to replace, especially while you’re travelling. Here are just a few tips for keeping your most sensitive items safe and secure! Continue reading Keeping Your Essentials Safe

Are Tour Guides Useful?

finger checking map are tour guides usefulTravelling to a new destination can be a great opportunity to learn about a new city, town or country but we might not always have the appropriate information to always show us where we should head next. Though there’s a wealth of information available online, it almost seems pointless to hire a tour guide, but depending on your destination it could truly help more than you realize. While popular travel guides and websites can offer you more mainstream options, a tour guide will have a much more in-depth knowledge of the destination and can guide you accordingly. Their usefulness to your trip will depending totally on your own preferences and budget, so it’s difficult to say whether they are an essential for every single traveler. Continue reading Are Tour Guides Useful?

Summer Travel Tips

feet in water summer travel tipsThough you can travel at any time during the year, there’s something special about travelling during the warmer months. Much of the world experiences warm weather at the same time, so it’s easy to get some sun nearly anywhere. Depending on where you’re headed, the things you have to pack might be a little different than other times of the year, but as long as it’s all well-packed and ready to go in one of our Rise Gear bags, that’s already half the battle. Travelling in the summer presents exciting opportunities for sun and fun, but not without its caveats; as few as they may be. Here are just a few tips for travelling in the hottest months of the year. Continue reading Summer Travel Tips