Do you like traveling? Do you know everything you should about making reservations, taking the plane or what kind of shots you need when going abroad? You should use these tips as a check list the next time you travel. You can make your trip a fun and interesting experience if you plan ahead.
Learn about your destination. Purchase a decent map of the city or region where you plan to travel, and spend time looking over the environs, major sightseeing areas and museums. Memorizing some of the area will help you navigate it easier.
When selecting a location to travel to, there is no better source of information than a fellow traveler. Other travelers with similar needs and plans, can tell you what destinations are must-sees and what areas you should try to avoid. No guidebook can replace the first-hand experience of another person or family.
Watch out for faux cops or faux government officials in foreign countries, as they may be criminals. Never give them your original passport as you may never see it again. If they want you to come with them to a police station, make sure that you walk there. Never, under any circumstances, get in a car with an unknown local.
In areas that offer air conditioning as a “luxury extra” on buses or inside movie theatres, always carry a lightweight jacket or sweater. Instead of bringing the heat to a manageable level, the air conditioning in many of these locations can be overwhelming, especially if you are coming in and out of high temperatures.
Remember to report lost tickets immediately. Lost tickets can be refunded, but this can take as long as six months. It might also involve a substantial replacement fee. Reporting your lost ticket as soon as possible will not make things go any faster, but you will get your money back sooner.
Travelling by plane can be a way to greatly reduce traveling time, while increasing time that can be spent enjoying the trip. Also, you are free to entertain yourself while the pilots and other staff take care of everything. You can sit back and enjoy the flight, while traveling in comfort.
For a stress-free vacation, make sure people can get in touch with you. Take your cell phone with you and keep it charged. Bring your laptop with you if you know you will have an internet connection where you are staying. In case of emergency, people can let you know what is going on and you won’t have any bad surprises when you come back.
When packing for a cruise, be sure to bring along a pair of slip-resistant rubber soled shoes. These will work when you are walking across wet, slippery decks, as well as for most of your shore excursions. The fewer pairs of shoes you can bring, the easier your luggage will be to store.
No matter where you travel, weather watching is key. Take time when planning your trip to examine the normal weather conditions for the time you are visiting. Knowing this allows you to pack properly and plan accordingly. Checking constantly will allow you to alter your plans, if necessary, due to sudden changes in forecast.
If you are a forgetful person and you plan on traveling, bring a dry erase marker along to write little memos on the mirror in your hotel bathroom. Small pieces of paper are easily lost, but you won’t miss that note you left on the mirror. You will be able to easily remove the note with a tissue, making it easy to clean up.
Allow time in your travel plans for diversion. When you are planning events and activities during your trip, separate some of these plans with an hour or two gap in between. This allows for extra time at an event or the opportunity to explore some of the local scenery that you might not see otherwise.
When traveling by air, always plan to arrive at the airport at least one hour before your flights (two for international flights). Parking, checking in and getting through security, can take time. Busy lines can make the wait longer and arriving late might mean that you will miss your flight.
Try to avoid visiting Europe during the hot summer months. The consensus is that this is the worst time to vacation there. Another reason is that prices are higher, many trips are booked and over-booked, and there are many crowds during this time of year. Experience Europe in the off-season to see what it’s like for locals.
You should now apply these tips and plan a nice vacation for yourself. Planning a good vacation requires some good organization skills: if you do not have those, these tips should help you in your efforts towards organizing a stress-free trip. Keep track of everything you do, and think twice before making a decision.