What’s your travel superpower

Let’s be honest, once you’ve been travelling for some time, you develop a certain type of skill sets that make you an expert traveller. I call those skills a travel superpower. Those powers give you and edge and sometimes you become an envy of everyone else. What are those skills you might ask. Let’s see.

The packing expert

When I first started to travel, I always had a suitcase to myself and it was usually full.Β  Over time, I learned to bring less stuff and do more with what I have. After all, I might want to buy things and bring them home. Those things require space!

Although I think I’m a pretty good packer – I can fit in one suitcase enough stuff for two adults and couple of carry-ons for couple of weeks of travel – I am nowhere near the packing expert level. These are the people who have mastered the art of packing and that is their travel superpower. They can travel with a carry-on and only the necessities. These people can fold anything into a square or a roll and know the types of items that are best for this type of storage and transport. I admire them immensely.

Backpacking expert

The travel power of a backpacking expert might seem very similar to that of a packing expert, but it goes a little bit further. Backpackers tend to travel for longer periods of time and are reliant on what they can carry. That includes supplies, toiletries and everything else you can think of.

Backpacking is an art in itself and I think deserves its own mention. It’s more like a lifestyle that some people master over time. When you travel with someone else, you can split the things you have between two people. When you are out backpacking, you are sometimes alone and that means you are reliant on yourself. That also means you need to know exactly what you need and what you can do without for long periods of time. That in itself is a superpower in my opinion.

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The deal finder

Given the chance, most people love a travel deal, be that flights, accommodations, meals and things to do. Although I love a great deal as much as the next person, I also am ok with paying full price for certain things, especially ones that offer comfort. I am not that fussy (well kinda, maybe), but I am willing to stay in a three star hotel instead of paying through my nose for five start accommodations. To some, this is still a high price. Enter the deal finders.

Finding the best deals is their travel superpower. These individuals will find the cheapest place to stay they can find. That can be couch surfing, a multi-person hostel room, a tent or tiny Airbnb option. They’re not fussy about how large or comfortable the accommodations are, and are more thrilled by the price. Nothing wrong with that. Others will sacrifice travel time to get a cheaper flight, train or a boat ride. There are also those that will scour places for the best things to do and see by any means they can. All of them share the same trait – getting deals is like an adrenaline rush. They become a great source of information on what to see and do in any place they visit. I admire their skills.

My superpower

I like to think that I have become fairly well versed in the art of travel. While I might not mastered the travel superpowers mentioned above, I do have one that I think is pretty neat. My travel superpower is not getting affected by jet lag. An hour, five or 12 in time difference doesn’t affect me and I can adapt to any time zone without difficulty.Β I am fortunate enough not to have a problem sleeping which means that when I’m tired and sleepy, I will fall asleep. It also helps to maintain daily routines when changing time zones.

On my first trip to China I was facing a 12 hour time difference. Our flight left Toronto in the early evening on Friday and arrived in China on Saturday evening. In theory, when I got on and off the plane it would have been about the same time. In reality, it was a different day altogether. After few hours on the plane, my body felt like it was night so I ended up sleeping for about 7 hours on the plane. Got up early enough to be awake for few more hours and after we arrived at the hotel, I stayed up till about 11 as I normally did and slept for about 9 hours. In the morning, I was good to go. Easy peasy.

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On the plane

What’s your travel superpower?

Are there any other superpowers you think expert travellers develop?

Do you have a travel superpower? Let me know!


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53 thoughts on “What’s your travel superpower

  • [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “trash”. Reason: Failed GASP Bot Filter Test (checkbox) *]
    Great post! I think I’ve developed a superpower to be numb to any disaster that comes my way. So many problems come with traveling and plans can change at the drop of the hat, gotta learn to be patient, not get mad and just deal with it. Go with the flow! I’ve literally booked the wrong flight, lost $300, almost missed the new flight, lost luggage and fell down some stairs in a very heroic manner trying to help someone and didn’t even flinch. πŸ™‚ Everyone has something

  • I packed for two weeks in England/Iceland with my childhood suitcase. (granted, it’s not that small, but it’s small enough to be a carry-on.

    -Knurly

    • That’s impressive! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» My packing skills have improved over the years but I don’t think I’d be able to do the same as you! Great skill to have πŸ‘πŸΌ

  • Being able to defeat jet lag is a very useful superpower.

    I thought mine was managing to squeeze just about anything into my bag, but recently I seem to have developed the ability to find the one pub (complete with cask ale) in a non-pub city.

    Jury’s still out which is more valuable!

  • I have luck on my side. In the middle of nowhere and no idea how to get out? Someone nice asks me if I would like a ride. Car tire blurst (during the night), I do not have the right tools but the first guys that come along do have the right ones.
    By now though I am good with planning, just in case my luck wears off πŸ˜€

    • Nice! πŸ˜€πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ Having good luck is amazing! Best type of people to travel with! πŸ€—

    • That is a good skill to have! πŸ‘πŸΌ Mistake maker is a new one! I bet you’re not alone 😜 πŸ™‹πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

  • Mine is definitely finding good deals! I just flew to Gdansk in Poland for Β£30 return. I have shared how to get deals on my blog, check it out if you like! πŸ™‚

  • Well, that’s an awesome super power to have! Mmm mine would be to always dig out a few hidden gems on every trip that I make. Is that a power though, I wonder ?

  • Cool post, Kasia. My travel superpower might be planning. It’s definitely not getting over jet lag quickly. Also not sleeping on a plane. Though those are two things I desperately wish I could do for the flights between Japan and Canada…

    • Thanks Jen! 😁 Planning is also a great power to have! πŸ‘πŸΌ The jet lag is def something that I am glad to avoid. Long flights are a killer! πŸ™ˆ

    • I don’t see why it can’t be πŸ˜„ I think if you’re really good at something that others might not be then it definitely is a superpower! Awesome πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ

  • Kasia, I must say I am very jealous of your superpower. I always am a terrible wreck for couple of days after I travel. I also am an epic fail when it comes to finding good deals. I am however an excellent travel planner – itineraries, exciting and unique things to do, the best food places. It’s all up my alley. Loved reading this actually, should write it too πŸ™‚ xx, nano

    • Travel plannng is also a great superpower! Always a good skill to have! Thanks for sharing πŸ˜„πŸ‘πŸΌ I am afraid that one day my superpower will go away but for now, it’s helpful

    • Awesome! I think the ability to sleep is super valuable πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ so are language skills πŸ‘πŸΌ

  • My superpower: catching the deals (many people ask me advice about cheapy bus connections, flight connections/price etc), and another one that I developed: Scheduling my trip, with room for impulsivity and much carpe diem:). With this I mean: 5 years ago, everything what I’ve researched, was a priority till I realized : ‘we’ are so indoctrinated by schedules and structure in our daily life. Is this the way? Is this how I ‘enjoy’ a holiday, following strict my to do list I prepared at home. A excel list with all my to do museums, on which day free. How much is the fare.Opening hours. How to reach, which metro line. It is insane what I did, but also efficient. I don’t have to be so strict. My 4 south America trips learned me to be not so strict, and enjoy more the places. More time to photography and getting lost. Getting lost in the urban landscapes. Now: I research mainly about street art: the hotspots and maybe a few museums. How I schedule my day: ok today 1 priority( for example a top contemporary art museum) and for the rest walk around in this area. Follow my mood and instinct,and not my excel sheet anymore. Every three days: a day without a priority(sometimes the transfer from place A to place B, just check in and get lost again in the city and stumble on places that are not on tripdavisor hehe). I love lists. To do list. But I love to put the lists in the trashcan too:). Great article Kasia!

    • Wow! Putting all that info in a spreadsheet is way impressive! Part of me was thinking I should definitely do that but I also do like to improvise while I’m in a new place. Sometimes it ends up better than a plan. I like the one priority approach! Thanks for sharing! πŸ˜πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ

      • Well you can give a it a chance the ‘one priority a day’ plan:). It works for me much better, I feel more relaxed, more free. Before I was happy, because I managed my to do list. Is a thin line, but I think in the specific case: feeling relax and free, is more important to manage a to do list in a short. Different sense, feeling.

  • Okay, I totally want your no-jet-lag superpower!!! I think mine is that by listening to a basic intro to a language cd that I can fake an accent well enough that people think I actually speak the language; of course once they respond by speaking quickly and abundantly in their language and are met by a blank stare, they catch on ;). Also, not a superpower, but good earplugs and eye mask will let you sleep no matter what the conditions.

    • Nice one! πŸ˜œπŸ‘ŒπŸΌ I get by by trying to speak other languages too. I lean couple of key words and practice them really good till people think I speak their language. For like a sentence till they realize I didn’t! πŸ™ˆ

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