As excitement for your fast-approaching departure date rises, a review of these great travel tips will ensure it is a stress-free time.
- Make a list – Before you travel
makea list of all the things you don’t want to forget. If you don’t write it down, there’s a good chance you will forget it! Plus you can track what you’ve already packed. It’s also a good idea to make a packing list of all the items in your suitcases. If any luggage gets lost or delayed, you’ll know what you’re missing.
- Travel insurance – We’ve all heard the horror stories of people who have had unexpected accidents in other countries and ended up with huge medical bills that they are forced to pay before they can leave that country and return home. Don’t leave home without it, and make sure you are familiar with all the terms. Many insurance plans will not cover pre-existing medical conditions.
- Back everything up – Keep copies of important documents such as passports, visa, travel insurance numbers, health insurance cards, serial numbers and phone numbers to call in case of emergency. Also back-up any digital files you may have if you are traveling with your laptop or tablet.
- Be patient, be flexible – Don’t sweat the stuff you can’t control…flight delays, lost or delayed luggage, missed connections are all possibilities when you are traveling. Adjust your plans if you need to.
- Wake up early – Beat the crowds and try to get to attractions early. You won’t have to wait in line too long. Early mornings are also a nice time to take pictures.
- Take extra cash – Cash is still king in many parts of the world. Heaven
forbidyou loseyour wallet, but a stash of cash in your shoe can be a lifesaver. Your credit card or debit card may not be accepted everywhere you travel.
- Pack a scarf – A scarf is a versatile accessory that can protect you from the sun or a cold wind, or becomes a pillow or something to sit on. A ball cap is also handy.
- Pack earplugs or earphones. They can muffle all kinds of annoying sounds: crying babies, honking horns, late night drunks, barking dogs.
- Take lots of photos – This may seem obvious but we often get wrapped up
inthe moment and forget to capture them. There’s no cost, they’re easy to share and make great memories
- Keep a travel journal – You think you will remember everything, but trust me, you won’t. It’s a good way to keep track of favorite restaurants, people you meet along the way, prices, names, and tons of other stuff.
- Pack less stuff – Packing too much is a mistake we all make. Basically, you can pretty much wear what you wear at home. It’s good to plan a few outfits if you are aware of certain events you are attending, or for a nice dinner out, so you’re not wearing the same colors and styles all the time. Check ahead to be aware of the average daily temperatures of the country you are visiting and pack appropriately.
- Mind your health – It’s easy to fall out of routine and get a little relaxed with your at-home health routines. But it is especially important when you are traveling. Keep up with all your meds, and self-care routines.
- Always pack medications, electronics, toothbrush, and extra underwear in your carry-on. Should your checked luggage be delayed or lost completely, you will have the essentials.
- Remove your phone's sim card – If you are planning on taking your mobile phone with you, beware of roaming charges that can quickly add up when you are out of the country. Some phone plans will have special roaming rates. You can remove your sim card, which is the phone's data card, to avoid any roaming charges altogether. You can still use your phone like a tablet and use wifi to connect to the internet. You can also purchase a low-cost phone plan in the country you are visiting if you really need to make and receive calls.
- Credit card companies – Alert your credit card company of your travel plans. They may get suspicious when there are many purchases out of the country, and limit or put a hold on your card.
- First aid kit – Pack a travel first aid kit including items such as aspirin, Benadryl, cough drops, Tums, and bandages.
- Eat where the locals eat – It is a saying, but very true. You’ll find the eateries that cater to tourists a little pricier and less authentic.
- Take Tours – Tours are a great way to get to know an unfamiliar place. If you’re not keen to drive on foreign roads, you can hop on a tour bus with a tour guide.
- Planning – It’s good to have a loose itinerary and leave some downtime where you can go for a stroll, or sit at a café and relax. Travelling can be tiring, even though we are mostly sitting and waiting or just sitting. Leave time to unwind.
- Splurge on some luxuries – We spend a lot of time looking for the cheap flights and hotels. It is worth it to spend a little extra and get a good flight with a reasonable departure and arrival time and includes a meal for the overseas flights. Preparing your own food and eating
inis economical and fine most nights, but when in another country, it is nice to splurge on a memorable meal in a highly rated restaurant.