Travel can be an excellent opportunity to expand your horizons and refresh your world-view. It can also backfire on you if you don’t take the time to prepare for the inevitable culture shock, whether your journey is domestic or international. Follow these tips and tricks to get the most out of your travel experience.
If you are planning to travel to a country in a very different time zone to yours, make sure you factor jet lag into your plans. Having a low key, relaxing the first day planned will get your trip off to a good start, and avoid you having to explore when all you want to do is sleep.
If you are staying in a country with a high crime rate, treat even your hotel room as a suspect. Place a piece of furniture in front of the door to prevent midnight break-ins. Also, check that those windows lock securely. You never know which hotel owners might get a kickback from local crime gangs.
Jogging at a rest stop, while on a road trip
Is a fast way to wake up, relieve stiffness from your limbs and prepare yourself for the next leg of your journey. Instead of simply walking around and maybe going to the bathroom, including a five-minute jog at the rest stop. Simply getting out of the car may not sufficiently revive a weary driver, which may leave him or her still sleepy when on return. A quick run can also give children an opportunity to release some pent-up energy.
If you will be traveling to a foreign country where English is not the primary language, please make the effort to learn at least a few basic phrases, and make sure your pronunciation is as close as possible to the real thing. If you start out in THEIR language, most non-English speakers will quickly realize that you don’t actually speak their tongue and will meet you more than halfway in a helpful attempt to communicate. Starting out in English, on the other hand, sends the message that they need to communicate on your terms, which is impolite.
Wear simple slip-on shoes for flying
You will have to remove them for security checks. Being comfortable is the most important thing. Traveling by plane results in a lot of sitting and a very little walking, so heavy- duty footwear is not needed or recommended. Ideally, you want to be wearing sandals or even flip-flops.
Use other’s experiences to plan your vacation. By utilizing online review sites, as well as friends and family’s experiences, you can avoid making mistakes that have been made by others. Online review sites can help you choose the best hotel, restaurant, attraction and often contain many other useful tidbits to make your vacation the best it can be.
Read the fine print on all travel purchases you make. This ensures you will always get treated fairly. For example, sometimes airlines try to tell you they can not change your flight, but their contract often states that they can. Companies try to hide this information from you because they want more of your money. Be a prepared consumer so that businesses will not be able to take advantage of you.
Fanny packs are back! These trademarks of the ’80s had their day in the sun and then were quickly shunned. As a lot of things do, these have now come back into style. They are perfect for travel as you can keep a lot of important things at your fingertips including ID, passport, money, and even snacks.
If you can be forgetful when traveling, consider writing yourself some reminder notes. Paper notes can be lost easily, but those written on mirrors are hard to forget or lose. These markers can be easily erased with a piece of toilet paper, so it is an ideal solution.
Now the choice is yours
So get out there and enjoy finding new places and people to challenge your preconceptions. Armed with a little extra knowledge now about the experience of traveling, you can expect a few less bumps on the road to your destination. Share this article with friends and family, who may be heading out with you or on journeys of their own.
From driving to the next state to flying overseas, traveling is fraught with potential perils. Preparing yourself for the unexpected is one of the key elements of having a successful trip. The tips and advice presented above can teach you all the tricks of a well-seasoned traveler, whether you’re going on your first family vacation or your 100th business trip.
Travel can be extremely rewarding. All people, of different ages, races and creeds can learn and grow from a travel experience. There are many resources out there to help the unseasoned traveler. A little preparation can go a long way and travel will be a joy, not a source of anxiety.
As you saw, there are a variety of ways to make your trip less stressful and more fun. Can you start making a list and preparing for your upcoming trip now?