Pearls of wisdom from avid lady travellers!
15 Inspirational Muslim women share their best travel tips for hassle free travel
Pearls of wisdom from avid lady travellers!
There are so many Muslim women who simply rock! I love meeting them, talking to them and asking them questions. So I thought I will ask them what do they do to make their travelling more comfortable. Check out below what they have to say and make sure you follow them.
Fatima Omar – Founder of Spiritual Biz Mom
For zero jet lag, I stay awake until my normal bedtime, have a 20-minute bath, Epsom salts and essential oils, 5 mg of melatonin, and go to sleep. I print all details – car rental, hotel, flights, passport and leave copies with my family. I take my own water bottle and ask the flight attendant to fill it.
Yvonne Maffei – Founder & Publisher of My Halal Kitchen
When I travel I try to take what I feel are essentials and suggest others do the same, if possible: apple cider vinegar, honey, black seed, yoghurt and aspirin. They are great just in case something you eat does not sit well with you, you start to feel sick or have a headache for any reason. They are also time-consuming to look for and difficult to find on the road, especially in an emergency. Most importantly, take a book of duaas such as Fortress of the Muslim so that you are always equipped with the power of prayer.
Yasmin Essa, HC, AADP
I have been known to bring a bag of unripened avocados on a trip with me. Why? Because when you bring your own food while travelling, you will save money and time, nourish your body, eat yummier food, and decrease your chances of getting sick.
Staying at a hotel? Make sure you have a mini fridge in your room. Am I saying you should never eat out? No, but restaurants do not have to be the first option and you do not need a kitchen to stay healthy.
Sadia Karim – Founder & CEO of Yurizk
Travelling with young children is a stressful event for any mum when it comes to packing. It is hard to fit everything in one or two bags and be able to find the right thing at the right time. This was my case for any weekend trip or week-long vacation with two kids until I found an amazing solution for my packing trouble. It is the packing cubes. These zipped mesh bag like organisers come in so many different sizes and now these make my trips a breeze to organise kids and our staff. I am amazed at how the same amount of clothing and items fit neatly in one suitcase with these cubes which otherwise would be a battle to put together. I highly recommend these packing cubes for any traveller. It makes our hotel stays much easier when we travel.
Faaiza Osman – Modest Munchies
I travel everywhere with my two young kids. Plane trips can be especially difficult with small children. From experience, I have found it is essential to have snacks on hand. You cannot pin your hopes on plane food, it is not always great and you do not want to take that chance, hungry kids make cranky kids and that is a definite no while travelling. Pack snacks that will last, are healthy and filling. Throw in a treat too, just to keep them going. Also, carry some empty reusable bottles for the kids which can be filled on request. While you are packing those snacks, do not forget to add some energy packed snacks for yourself too.
Saiyyidah Zaidi – Expert Growth Coach & Positive Psychologist
The Prophet, peace and blessings upon him said words to the effect of ‘live in this world as if you are a traveller.’ The problem is these days when we travel, we take the world and the kitchen sink with us and then come back tired and shattered. That is not what travel is about. So, my most important tip is travel light. You will find a launderette everywhere, and if you do not, then clean your clothes in the bathroom sink in your hotel and drip dry over the bath. I managed 5 weeks on holiday with 2 abayas, 2 pairs of trousers, 3 tops, 3 sets of underwear and 3 hijabs. The best time to have a capsule wardrobe is when you travel, then you do not have to bother to check-in luggage and you can land and get out of the airport in less than 30 minutes.
My favourite travel hack so far is all about squeezing more travel into one trip. Last year I bought a ticket to visit family and chose a flight that had long layovers. I had a 10-hour layover in NY and a 23-hour layover in London. I booked a “layover” tour with a private tour guide in NY and headed back to the airport. I then pent 2 weeks visiting my family and on my return trip, spent the day touring London with one of my best friends. So for the cost of one ticket, I got THREE trips in one!
Shamsiya Noorul Quloob – Editor-in-Chief & Manager
Iman Kouvalis – Strategy Consultant
Hanging toiletry bag. Gotta have one. It is so convenient because it not only fits all of your travel-sized items but also hangs on your bathroom door. No more things all over the place. Keep a double of all the toiletries you need so when it is time to travel, you do not need to pack anything. Just throw it in your suitcase and go.
Brooke Benoit – World Editor at SISTERS
Saira Siddiqui – Blogger at Confessions of a Muslim Mom
My most important travel tip is to set your goals/expectations. When we take a trip, we usually have something we hope to get out of the experience. Maybe it’s to see something, or perhaps it’s to just relax. But whatever your expectations are, it is good to identify them and to sync them with those you are travelling with. Travel can be filled with meaningful experiences, but when expectations are not met, sometimes it leaves us feeling discontent and bitter. Before each trip, my husband and I write down 3-4 objectives. This has always helped us enjoy our trips more.
Esra Alhamal – Interior Designer & Travel Blogger
Many people travel and come back exactly like how they left without being touched or changed by the trip. I call that “Bubble Travelling.” Sometimes it is very easy to stay in one little familiar bubble whilst travelling going from A to B by prior booked transports on excursions organised by the hotel and forgetting to explore beyond that point. My biggest travel tip is to setup out of the bubble. The whole point of travelling is to expand your horizons and to break the usual routine. Try to experience the place by foot. Be spontaneous (and safe!) in your plans. Allow some free time to just wander and take the beauty of the place. Always appreciate your ability to travel and show your gratitude to the locals by making an effort with smiling and speaking to them in their language even if it’s to say hi or thank you.