No matter how travel-savvy you think you are, taking a trip usually comes with a fair bit of chaos. Whether you’re a seasoned globetrotter who’s hit up many corners of the world or a travel novice who’s never explored beyond the comfort of your own country, something can always go wrong. No one is immune to little mishaps on the road, but if you want to improve your travel know-how, we’ve got you covered.

After all, the pleasure you get from your vacation generally depends on the amount of preparation you put into it. So our adventure-loving team here at Bored Panda has scoured the web for some of the most clever charts, maps, and infographics about traveling to help you prepare for your next journey.

From packing tips and flying tricks to tourist scams to be on the lookout for, we’ve put together this informative list to make sure you leave your home stress-free and ready to enjoy a phenomenal vacation. So take out your notebooks, get ready to pack your bag, and enjoy scrolling through these guides. Keep reading to also find our interview with travel writer and blogger from the US, Megan Starr. Upvote the ones you found most handy, and be sure to let us know what you think of them in the comments!

Psst! If you’re looking for even more insight to take your traveling to the next level, check out our earlier piece about the biggest mistakes most tourists make.

#1

Power Socket Type Guide

Power Socket Type Guide

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Chich
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2 months ago

This is something I would have thougt to have been standardized long ago.

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#2

Just A Cool Guide

Just A Cool Guide

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Vuun
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2 months ago

This is my backpack on the first day of my trip. By day three I just stuff everything in random order and with excessive force.

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Most Popular Tourist Scams To Avoid When Traveling

Most Popular Tourist Scams To Avoid When Traveling

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Serial pacifist
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2 months ago

I fell for the shoe shiner scheme in Istanbul. Yet somehow, I don’t mind - it wasn’t too expensive and it’s always a great starting talking point when discussing tourist experiences.

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Traveling means something slightly different for everyone. For some, exploring foreign territory is an extremely fulfilling experience. It's an opportunity to visit another country, get acquainted and embrace a new culture, or simply take a much-needed break from reality and the never-ending responsibilities of everyday life. For others, however, leaving their comfort zone is filled with hesitation, stress, and fear of finding themselves in novel surroundings where they can get lost, be scammed, or even worse.

People aren’t born savvy travelers but rather build their skills throughout their years of on-the-road experience. But what if you haven’t had the chance to explore the world that much? It’s reasonable to feel overwhelmed and unsure of your abilities, but the digital world that we have at our fingertips offers an endless source of golden nuggets to arm us with knowledge before our next trip. Much like the charts and infographics you see in this list, gathering information gives us confidence and makes planning our vacation that much easier.

#4

Different Electrical Outlets Per Countries

Different Electrical Outlets Per Countries

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Eirik Johnsbråten
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2 months ago

Denmark is among the happiest countries in the world and so are their sockets.

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#5

Backpacking Tip

Backpacking Tip

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Nizumi
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2 months ago

This also comes in handy if you're travelling by air. Always have one of these arrangements in your carry-on. That way - if your luggage is lost - at least you have *something* clean with you.

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#6

The Worst (And Safest) Countries For Solo Female Travel Based On The 50 Most Visited Destinations Around The World (2019)

The Worst (And Safest) Countries For Solo Female Travel Based On The 50 Most Visited Destinations Around The World (2019)

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猫草
Community Member
2 months ago

I don‘t really understand how something like gender pay gap is relevant for tourists? they‘re not getting paid there.

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Megan Starr, who is originally from Virginia, US, agrees with this line of thinking. She is one of the founders of a travel blog called Megan & Aram that’s all about visiting Scandinavia, the Eastern bloc, and beyond. Living abroad for 12 years now, Megan is an avid traveler that has hit up many fascinating places on the globe and has collected quite the arsenal of handy little tricks to share with others.

"To be honest, I think charts and infographics about traveling are a fantastic resource for those who struggle with the layout of articles and blogs online," she told Bored Panda. "Human beings don't take the time to digest long-form info these days and many people don't have the time or attention span, so I think they are great."

Megan pointed out that they are also a helpful tool for adventurers who set out to explore new places. "I think these are great for people to print and use on the road," she said, adding that travelers can print out checklists, allergy charts, and other information they find useful.

#7

Pre-Trip Checklist

Pre-Trip Checklist

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Lyone Fein
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2 months ago

This is great. But I'd say that several items on the week or two ahead list should be done at least a month ahead.

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#8

Places Where Birthright Citizenship Is Based On Land And Places Where It Is Based On Blood

Places Where Birthright Citizenship Is Based On Land And Places Where It Is Based On Blood

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Joey Marlin
Community Member
2 months ago

In the UK (since 1983) as a rule, three different factors will help to determine your nationality as an individual: The country where you were born. The nationality of your parents (or ancestors in some cases). Your date of birth (because of rule changes). https://www.theukrules.co.uk/rules/legal/citizenship/british-nationality/index.html

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#9

Is It A Crime To Knock On A Door And Run Away?

Is It A Crime To Knock On A Door And Run Away?

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Sian Edwards
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2 months ago

Doesn't stop kids and drunk people in the UK!

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Moreover, the travel blogger agreed that some people can feel confused with the myriads of information about different travel destinations they find online or in real life. Coming across clever visual charts that present handy advice in a clear and efficient manner can instantly teach people how to travel smarter.

"Guidebooks are heavy to lug around and a simple checklist may be all one needs," she explained. "It is easy to carry and fold up in your purse or wallet and can be an incredibly useful resource! I also think having a list of important information (ingredient names in the local language, as an example) can help you take advantage of things despite the language barrier." Megan revealed she has previously used the kind of resources to detail that she has an allergy to a certain food herself, and assured us that it worked very well.

#10

Airplane Etiquette

Airplane Etiquette

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J
Community Member
2 months ago

Please post this on the back page of inflight magazines. The people who need it the most are not the ones who ever see these infographics. Unbelievable how we need an infographic on what is basically common courtesy.

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#11

For Couchsurfers And Vagabonds In Europe, Here's An Interesting Map Showing Which Countries Are Most Likely To Offer You Food As A Guest In Their House

For Couchsurfers And Vagabonds In Europe, Here's An Interesting Map Showing Which Countries Are Most Likely To Offer You Food As A Guest In Their House

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J
Community Member
2 months ago

You'll usually get an offer of a cup of tea in the UK.

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#12

Guide To Metric System For U.S. Travelers

Guide To Metric System For U.S. Travelers

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Hmm, okay that's confusing. In Australia a 1 cup measurement is 250ml, so now I have to make sure to check if a recipe that uses 1 cup measurements is talking about US cup or Aus cup.

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When asked about other ways people can become more travel-savvy, Megan told us she personally thinks that the smartest people are the ones who are flexible. "You can read about scams and money-saving tips all day, but I think it is hard to truly get to know a place if you don't have a Plan B and expect interruptions."

"When you allow for that, you then can assess what you did wrong (or right!) for future trips and you allow yourself to understand the world a bit better," Megan continued. "As a travel blogger, I welcome 'interruptions' on the road as it helps me explain to my readers what 'could' happen, and here is how to do what I didn't do!"

#13

Cool Little Guide I Found

Cool Little Guide I Found

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Clover
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2 months ago

For those asking how the wedge stays up- think of it like 3D. It’s obviously still supported by 2 other sides.

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#14

Map Showing Safest To Worst Countries For LGBTQ+ Travel

Map Showing Safest To Worst Countries For LGBTQ+ Travel

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That other Panda
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2 months ago

Go Canada! 🥳🥳

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#15

For Your Next Trip: How To Order Coffee In 8 Different Languages

For Your Next Trip: How To Order Coffee In 8 Different Languages

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JJ K
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Why the fück is Chinese censored wtf ?!?!? (Edit: they uncensored it )

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For example, Megan previously shared with us a few insights about tourist traps and how to make sure our care-free vacationing selves wouldn’t be taken advantage of abroad. "You will always find a lot of scams around popular tourist attractions (not necessarily tourist traps)," Megan said, adding that The Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal, and Milan Cathedral were a few where she was bombarded with what felt like scams. "I also had a man try to pickpocket me around the metro at the Eiffel Tower — so it is not only scams to beware of, but these types of things too!"

#16

The Best Time To Buy Plane Tickets

The Best Time To Buy Plane Tickets

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猫草
Community Member
2 months ago

not sure if this is still relevant as it‘s from before the plague™️

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#17

Travel Etiquette Tips Around The World

Travel Etiquette Tips Around The World

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JJ K
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Correction for the Asian tip thingy: No tip if in Japan and China. Others will gladly take some extra cash. (Edit: Indonesia is no tip as well. As for Korea, I have lived there for a while before moving and I always gave tips but some people say otherwise)

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#18

This Is So Useful For Road Trips

This Is So Useful For Road Trips

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猫草
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2 months ago

*hold your nostrils closed with your fingers and swallow

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The travel blogger stressed how important it is to stay on alert and prevent finding ourselves in situations that would put a damper on our trip as well as our self-esteem. "I just swing my bag around front and am super diligent. And if someone comes up for a chat randomly, I remain skeptical (which sucks but this seems to be how it often happens)!"

#19

The Safest And Worst Destinations For LGBT Travelers (Updated March 2021)

The Safest And Worst Destinations For LGBT Travelers (Updated March 2021)

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Francis
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2 months ago

all countries where it's forbidden to "be gay" aren't on the list...

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#20

How To Avoid Bed Bugs While Traveling

How To Avoid Bed Bugs While Traveling

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Tamara
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2 months ago

Great, now I itch all over

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#21

A Backpacker's Guide To Packing

A Backpacker's Guide To Packing

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Wintermute
Community Member
2 months ago

This reads like something a magazine editor threw together at the last minute to fill a page or segue to some sponsored links. Silk sheets? Really?

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Traveling is one of the most enriching experiences we can have on this planet. And remember, it only becomes a headache if you let it. If you feel overwhelmed by the idea of stepping away from familiar routines and fear of embracing the unknown, Megan had a few pieces of advice to share with you.

"Plan ahead, be flexible, and mix a few of your favorite things in the mix with local cultural sites, etc. If you're a wine lover, find some local wine bars to enjoy in the evening. If you love cycling, rent a bike and see the city that way. You'll be in your comfort zone but still see a new place," she concluded.

#22

Found This While Researching Possible Routes For A Road Trip

Found This While Researching Possible Routes For A Road Trip

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Sue User
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2 months ago

You cannot drive the Appalachian Trail.

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#23

Calling Codes Of Asian Countries

Calling Codes Of Asian Countries

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Simmy Lee
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2 months ago

+886 for Taiwan

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#24

Countries Where You Can Drink Tap Water

Countries Where You Can Drink Tap Water

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Brownbanana
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2 months ago (edited)

We drink tap water in South Africa - we even drink it right out of the hose while watering the garden!

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#25

The Eurovelo Is A Net Of Cycleways With More Than 70000 Kilometres Of Extension Which Crosses The Whole European Continent

The Eurovelo Is A Net Of Cycleways With More Than 70000 Kilometres Of Extension Which Crosses The Whole European Continent

The Eurovelo is made by 15 routes that go through 42 counties, making traveling Europe by bike not only possible but quite easy as well.

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Ren Karlej
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2 months ago

Swimming with your bike's the hardest bit.

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#26

How To Fly Like A Pro

How To Fly Like A Pro

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猫草
Community Member
2 months ago

"avoid coffee because caffeine" - "drink green tea but decaffeinated" just drink decaffeinated coffee if you like coffee?! also, caffeine being dehydrating has been debunked. just drink enough water, no matter the amount of coffee.

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#27

Travel Packing Do's And Don'ts

Travel Packing Do's And Don'ts

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BadCat
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2 months ago

Airports are highly over priced for everything. Go to a local shop in town, instead.

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#28

The Essential Travel Guide To Rome

The Essential Travel Guide To Rome

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QuokkaVibes
Community Member
2 months ago

LOL cars WILL stop if they see you! We're not going to tranform you in a human pancake on purpose! Just look both ways before crossing and don't jump suddenly into a busy road and you're safe ahahahaha

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#29

Traveling To The US From European Countries (Visa Requirement And Refusal Rate)

Traveling To The US From European Countries (Visa Requirement And Refusal Rate)

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Krásnoočko
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

east and south european people get refused more often than russians, i.e. those from a literal enemy state of western countries? ok. I'm czech, I's gladly pass on going to the US but this offends me.

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#30

Which Side Of The Road Should You Drive On In Each Country?

Which Side Of The Road Should You Drive On In Each Country?

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Donkey boi
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2 months ago

It's amazing how many countries get it wrong and drive on the right.

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#31

Packing A Backpack

Packing A Backpack

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Ktlar
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2 months ago

Lots of backpacking ideas

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#32

A Guide To Off Season Travel In Countries Around The World

A Guide To Off Season Travel In Countries Around The World

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

Actually for Australia it depends on where you travel, for example it is best to visit the Northern Territory during May to Oct as that is the dry season.

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#33

Canadian Travel Advisory Country Safety Ratings

Canadian Travel Advisory Country Safety Ratings

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Laugh or not
Community Member
2 months ago

High decree of caution for France ? I know we have a reputation of being rude, but come on...

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#34

How To Fold A Suit Jacket For Travel

How To Fold A Suit Jacket For Travel

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Nadia Montera
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2 months ago

That's either a very small suit or a very large suitcase lol

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#35

Gay Travel Index Across The EU And The US. The Index Takes Into Account Matters Like Law, Rights, And Locals' Friendliness Toward The LGBTQ+ Community

Gay Travel Index Across The EU And The US. The Index Takes Into Account Matters Like Law, Rights, And Locals' Friendliness Toward The LGBTQ+ Community

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censorshipsucks
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2 months ago

yeah they need to split usa into two countries: america and dumbfuckistan.

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#36

Useful Business Travel Apps

Useful Business Travel Apps

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Mtownmick
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2 months ago

Flightradar24 lets you see where your plane is and flightview lets you track it back to its last flight.

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#37

Travel Safe, From Start To Finish

Travel Safe, From Start To Finish

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roepi
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2 months ago

This is an ad.

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#38

The Essential Travel Guide To Paris

The Essential Travel Guide To Paris

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Krásnoočko
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

The food recommendation is a bit sad. Imagine going to a place with such a rich and sophisticated cuisine and eating mostly sandwiches? Nothing against croque monsieur, I could have it every day... but if I had limited time in Paris/France in general, I'd want to try out more fancy dishes.

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#39

An American's Guide To European Capitals Pronunciation

An American's Guide To European Capitals Pronunciation

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Lemonade Midnight
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2 months ago

Are you really stir dumb, though?

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#40

Regions Considered Safe To Travel To By The French Ministry Of Foreign Affairs

Regions Considered Safe To Travel To By The French Ministry Of Foreign Affairs

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europaleta
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2 months ago

This map is so 2016

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