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What’s your travel superpower

by kasiawrites

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

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Travel superpower – the packing expert

When I first started to travel, I always had a suitcase to myself and it was usually full.  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 a couple of carry-ons for a 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.

Travel superpower – 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.

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Backpacking is an art in itself, and I think it 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, which 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.

Travel superpower – the deals 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 a 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 boat ride.

Some 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 travel superpower

I like to think that I have become fairly well versed in the art of travel. While I might not have 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. 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 a few hours on the plane, my body felt like it was night, so I ended up sleeping for about 7 hours on the plane. I got up early enough to be awake for a few more hours, and after we arrived at the hotel, I stayed up till about 11 pm as I normally did and slept for about 9 hours. In the morning, I was good to go. Easy peasy.

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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    Mel & Suan
    8 Feb 2018
    8:48am

    Our travel super power is being able to fall asleep on the plane in almost any circumstances…

      kasiawrites
      8 Feb 2018
      9:16am

      That is a good one! And very handy one too! 👍🏼

        Mel & Suan
        8 Feb 2018
        10:42am

        Heheh… probably because each time we get to the plane we are so burnt out… sleep like babies

          kasiawrites
          8 Feb 2018
          10:54am

          Best way to travel on flights – asleep! 😄

    Hope
    8 Feb 2018
    10:21am

    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.

      kasiawrites
      8 Feb 2018
      10:39am

      Nice one! 😜👌🏼 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! 🙈

    Dippy-Dotty Girl
    8 Feb 2018
    10:40am

    I thought I had a superpower. That jetlag cannot touch me. Now after my last couple of marathon flights lasting 20 hours, I stand corrected and humbled. xx

      kasiawrites
      8 Feb 2018
      10:54am

      Hey even Superman has kryptonite!

    ostendnomadography
    8 Feb 2018
    6:32pm

    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!

      kasiawrites
      8 Feb 2018
      6:36pm

      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! 😁👊🏼

        ostendnomadography
        8 Feb 2018
        6:40pm

        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.

          kasiawrites
          8 Feb 2018
          7:09pm

          Absolutely! I totally agree 👍🏼

    SueT唐 梦 琇
    8 Feb 2018
    9:48pm

    Mine is similar to others is an sleep on plane having a flat bed always helps though. And with my return to China every year my Chinese language skills help my travels.

      kasiawrites
      8 Feb 2018
      11:13pm

      Awesome! I think the ability to sleep is super valuable 👊🏼 so are language skills 👍🏼

    Nano @ Travel With Nano B.
    9 Feb 2018
    2:11am

    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 🙂 xx, nano

      kasiawrites
      9 Feb 2018
      9:47am

      Travel plannng is also a great superpower! Always a good skill to have! Thanks for sharing 😄👍🏼 I am afraid that one day my superpower will go away but for now, it’s helpful

    Cecilia
    9 Feb 2018
    10:39am

    i don’t know if I have travel superpower, but what I know is that I love to explore different ways to travel. Maybe this is a superpower?

      kasiawrites
      9 Feb 2018
      10:56am

      I don’t see why it can’t be 😄 I think if you’re really good at something that others might not be then it definitely is a superpower! Awesome 👊🏼

    Jennifer | Stewie Overseas
    10 Feb 2018
    6:55am

    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…

      kasiawrites
      10 Feb 2018
      7:23am

      Thanks Jen! 😁 Planning is also a great power to have! 👍🏼 The jet lag is def something that I am glad to avoid. Long flights are a killer! 🙈

    Anushree
    11 Feb 2018
    5:24pm

    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 ?

      kasiawrites
      11 Feb 2018
      9:44pm

      I don’t see why it can’t be! 😜 There are so many out there and if it makes travellimg easier and better then why not?

        Anushree
        12 Feb 2018
        7:38am

        Totally agree. Your post made me think long and hard, so that’s always a good thing!

          kasiawrites
          12 Feb 2018
          8:25am

          I’m glad to hear that. To superpowers 👊🏼

    Timo Travels
    6 Mar 2018
    8:42am

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

      kasiawrites
      6 Mar 2018
      9:32am

      That is unreal! We don’t get prices like that in Canada! 🙈

    rayrayaroundtheworld
    13 Mar 2018
    2:59pm

    My superpower is finding cheap cheap flights 😂

      kasiawrites
      13 Mar 2018
      3:01pm

      Lucky you! Many people would love to have that superpower 👊🏼

        rayrayaroundtheworld
        13 Mar 2018
        3:02pm

        But then again I spend to much money on shopping at my travel destination hahah

          kasiawrites
          13 Mar 2018
          3:03pm

          Weeeeeellllll, who says that’a a bad thing? 🙈🙉🐵

            rayrayaroundtheworld
            13 Mar 2018
            3:32pm

            Hahaha well I guess you are right 🤣 nobody!

    kathroundabout
    24 Mar 2018
    2:36am

    I’m a deal finder and a mistake maker! Lol

      kasiawrites
      24 Mar 2018
      2:48am

      That is a good skill to have! 👍🏼 Mistake maker is a new one! I bet you’re not alone 😜 🙋🏼‍♀️

    MagneticVoyage
    26 Mar 2018
    10:53am

    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 😀

      kasiawrites
      26 Mar 2018
      10:59am

      Nice! 😀👊🏼 Having good luck is amazing! Best type of people to travel with! 🤗

    Mike Mahoney
    29 Mar 2018
    1:12pm

    My travel super power is not being able to fall asleep on a plane despite how many Ambiens and Jack & Cokes I force down.

      kasiawrites
      29 Mar 2018
      1:22pm

      Ah! So totally opposite from mine 😜

        Mike Mahoney
        29 Mar 2018
        1:22pm

        Yep!

    callumtravelstheworld
    29 Mar 2018
    4:29pm

    My travel superpower is the ability to forget sunglasses wherever I go and getting my parents to buy me a new pair! 😀

      kasiawrites
      29 Mar 2018
      4:37pm

      Nice one! Hope you have a fab collection of them 😎👍🏼

        callumtravelstheworld
        29 Mar 2018
        4:39pm

        Oh yes! B)

          kasiawrites
          29 Mar 2018
          4:41pm

          😜👊🏼

    Over By There
    30 Mar 2018
    11:22am

    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!

      kasiawrites
      30 Mar 2018
      11:25am

      I’ll say they both are! Beer is a necessity of life so hats off to you 🙌🏼

    midnighttrain508224938
    31 Mar 2018
    1:58pm

    Mine is definitely making too many clothes fit into a space that is way too small for them

      kasiawrites
      31 Mar 2018
      2:05pm

      That is impressive! 🙌🏼 I wish I could do that 🙈

    knurly
    1 Apr 2018
    2:56pm

    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

      kasiawrites
      1 Apr 2018
      3:28pm

      That’s impressive! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 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 👍🏼

    alieneating
    14 Apr 2018
    3:38pm

    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. 🙂 Everyone has something

      kasiawrites
      19 Apr 2018
      1:28am

      I would call that adaptability 🙂 Great super power to have for sure!

    Mita
    21 Apr 2018
    6:16am

    My travel super power would be packing and fashion! I take great care in packing the right clothes but ensure that they are not weighing me down! I would love to have your superpower of not getting affected by jet lag!

      kasiawrites
      28 May 2018
      1:35pm

      There is something to be said about looking good! My packing skills are still 50/50. I’m getting very good at not packing too much and not to heavy. But yes, the no jetlag is pretty sweet 🙂

    The Agape Co.
    25 Apr 2018
    10:56pm

    We are definitely the deal finder and packing expert☺️ thanks for sharing and I hope you’ll check out our site if you have a chance!

      kasiawrites
      28 May 2018
      1:31pm

      Deal finding is def a great skill! I wil check out you too 🙂

    wanderingtheworldandwondering
    26 Apr 2018
    5:42pm

    I would LOVE to have your superpower! 🙂 No matter what I do, I cannot sleep on a plane :/
    I would say my superpower is to always find an amazing new book to delve into, and strangely, to always injure myself – I have a scar from every trip I’ve been on haha! 🤣

      kasiawrites
      28 May 2018
      1:31pm

      Ha! It wasn’t something I was aware of until I started to travel. Strangely, I am pretty accident prone myself so I can totally relate!

    Stephany
    10 May 2018
    10:39am

    Trip planning! I have arranged so many multi-city group trips for 8-10 people that I’m now the go-to person for all my friends when they need planning help or advice. I recently wrapped up planning & booking a trip that will last from July to November and cover 26 cities!! I do it all by myself – no travel agent, and that includes air, trains, car rentals, accommodations, excursions, and restaurant reservations.

      kasiawrites
      26 May 2018
      1:33pm

      That is awesome! 26 cities is pretty impressive 🙂 Doesn’t it feel great tho? I love the challenge of getting it all organized and it feels even better when it all works smoothy when you get there!

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