You have probably read so many articles about travel. They usually say that you should invest in these experiences. Some can say this easily because they have the budget for it or not as many responsibilities. It is challenging to leave work, children, or pets, behind, for example. Of course, it does not mean that you should not indulge in a little bit of travel. It is good for your soul.
On the Practical Side of Things…
Secure and photocopy essential documents
To prevent horror stories, involving lost passports and other documents, keep them in a secure place. Invest in one of those secure bags that don’t get easily ripped by a knife. Usually, these bags have extra locks, too. Just to be on the safer side, photocopy the documents, as well. Don’t keep the originals and photocopies in one place.
Write all vital data in a notebook
Sometimes, we get a little too reliant on the cloud and our mobile phones. What if you lose your phone? What if there is no Wifi or even mobile data where you are going? Make sure you have data ready in your notebook – yes, the traditional kind.
Buy travel insurance
Most likely, your airline will ask you to buy insurance to cover you on your flight because it is a money maker for them. However, the type we are talking about is medical travel insurance. It is not that expensive and is really critical if you do get sick or injured. You don’t want your savings getting wiped out by a medical emergency, for example. And, if you are in a location with poor medical facilities, the insurance will take care of transporting you to someplace that does have good facilities.
Email or call your bank
Your bank should be aware you are going overseas. You are, perhaps, going to use your credit card in unexpected places. Alert them that it is not fraudulent activity if the card gets used in your destination – but up to a specific date. Send your itinerary
What you should put in your carry-on
Little bottles of toiletries, medicine, and electronic devices should be in your carry-on. With babies, you should have your wipes ready, too. Continue updating with the airline as to what has been changed in the carry-on rules.
Keep your cash and cards safe
This goes without saying. Spread them in different organizers or wallets.
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Book ahead of time
To get some discounts, book ahead of time. Check out potential holidays in which you can go without your request being rejected by your employer.
Book with a group
Take your friends and family. There are some group discounts that you can avail yourself of. It is also more fun and safer to travel with a group.
Take a package trip
Find out if some tour packages will let you visit more places at a lower cost. This is not very flexible, though, but it will do.
Just pack what you need for the duration. A huge bag can mean extra luggage fees.
Getting Ready for the Time of Your Life
Don’t be afraid to swerve away from your plans. Some changes can be more fun.
Keep an open mind
Be respectful of the various cultures and lifestyles that you will encounter. Not everyone is exactly like you!
Bring extra towels and underwear
Prepare for a possible plunge. It may not be in the plans, but what if you see a beautiful body of water?
Go for the road less traveled
If you can get away from bus tours, do so. Don’t go to crowded tourist spots if you can afford it. There are some hidden gems in every country.
Change your sleeping schedule subtly as your travel date nears
For those crossing time zones, this is vital to your trip enjoyment.
Have a nice trip!