In Her Words: Travel Hacks Q&A with Tiffany Scerbo
If you’re planning on heading out of office, or “OOO” as we call it for short, you might need a few pointers on how to unplug. Don’t worry— we’ve got you covered with advice from expert globe-trotter Tiffany Scerbo. Here are her tried-and-tested methods for making travel easier and more enjoyable.
How often do you travel?
I have always had a huge passion for traveling so I typically carve out 2-4 weeks per year to travel. During 2018, I traveled for four straight months, which was amazing!
In what ways do you think travel can make you a better leader?
Travel is a mixture of being open-minded, adapting to new cultures, and being able to adjust outside of your comfort zone. As a leader, it’s crucial to be able to do all of those things within your work life. If someone is able to navigate around a new country where the native language is foreign to them, then I would guarantee that a person could lead a group to success.
Traveling has this way of making us feel vulnerable and empowered all at the same time. Much like being a leader, sometimes you need to ask for help or understand that you can’t always be fully in control. At the same time, it takes a strong personality to be confident enough to go somewhere completely new.
I’ve always felt that once you’ve traveled to new places, you see the world in a different light. It shapes a person’s character to be more well-rounded and relatable, which in turn are qualities of a strong leader
Any advice for creating an out-of-office message?
Absolutely! It’s important to be specific about exactly when you will be returning. Make it clear if you won’t have access to email and list the date that you will be able to respond back.
Being transparent about when you will be accessible again makes catching up way more efficient. From personal experience, I feel that listing another contact who can assist is a huge help! If you check with a colleague and they are available during the time you are away, see if they wouldn’t mind fielding a few questions.
Favorite travel app?
I’ve been fortunate enough to be one of the early beta adopters of the Elude travel app. Elude is a booking platform that shows you everywhere you can go based on the amount you’re willing to spend (flight and hotel included)! When it launches in September, I highly recommend checking it out. Prior to Elude, I used Orbitz to book a lot of my trips and Hotel Tonight has saved me many times!
What’s your go-to travel clothing item?
There are two items that I always travel with! First, I pack at least two pairs of leggings for every trip. I’m currently loving Alo Yoga’s soft collection.
I feel like leggings are a staple because they are so versatile! You can wear them for an active hiking trip or style them up for a day exploring a new city.
Second would be my TOMS classic canvas shoes. They’re comfortable and can be styled with many outfits. If I’m traveling in a warmer climate they are perfect! (I also love shopping with brands that support powerful causes, so this is a win-win!)
Best packing tip?
Plan outfits beforehand and pack versatile items. You want to get the most out of your suitcase, so packing clothing that can be worn in different situations is key. Also, if you plan what you will wear beforehand you won’t have any wasted time while traveling. One less thing to think about is great!
What are some of your other favorite travel hacks for making travel easier/faster, more enjoyable, or to save money?
- Research and seek recommendations before your trip. Having an idea of what to expect in a new place is really helpful. I love to ask others about their favorite experiences in a location I’m going to. Or do your own research and read reviews on outings, restaurants, etc. You will save so much time if you have a loose itinerary already mapped out.
- Don’t be afraid of a layover when booking your flight. I have saved so much money on flights simply because I don’t mind that there is a stop before I get to the final destination. In my opinion, an hour or two in a different airport isn’t that bad if you are saving hundreds of dollars. Just think about you using that saved money during your trip!
- Skyroam Solis Hotspot! If you haven’t heard of Skyroam, it is a Wi-Fi device that allows you to connect to the internet anywhere in the world. You pay a daily or monthly subscription price and you can connect to its app. I cannot stress enough how much I love Skyroam, from a volcano in Bali to a hiking trail in Japan I was able to connect to Wi-Fi. It is a great option for anyone traveling to locations where there may not be public Wi-Fi and a better alternative to paying roaming charges through a cellphone provider.
Anything else that you think is important to add?
For those that think traveling is extremely costly or even overwhelming, I assure you that there are ways to book amazing trips within a budget. Of course, the thought of exploring a new place can be nerve-racking, but seeing an unfamiliar culture is truly a life-changing experience. I always say that paying for travel is the best way to invest in yourself.
No matter where you are or where you’re going, you can use these tips to navigate through uncertainty in any environment. Remember: you got this.
Tiffany Scerbo is a fashion model, Yoga Instructor, and travel enthusiast. She is currently working with the travel app Elude, which provides a transparent way to search and book travel based on budget. Tiffany has been working in the fashion industry as a print and fit model for the past five years. From assisting technical designers in shooting editorial campaigns, she has experienced many sides of the fashion world. In 2015, she became a certified Yoga Teacher and has since taught classes in both New York City and Los Angeles. She is also an ambassador for multiple wellness brands that promote cruelty-free and sustainable products.
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