When travelling, you simply cannot plan for everything. However, keeping a few important things in mind will make your travels much easier. So, in no particular order, here are some of the best travel tips:
We always plan for delays and try not to get upset when things inevitably go wrong. Patience is extremely important when traveling!
Make a List
Learn Common Phrases of the Local Language
A simple “Please,” “Thank you,” and “I’m sorry” in the local language goes a long way.
Don’t Forget an Extra Camera Battery (or Two)
Have you ever gotten to that epic sunset photo spot and realized your camera battery is dead and you don’t have a back up? You should try to bring at least three camera batteries on all of your trips so that you don’t miss out on that perfect shot.
Always Buy Travel Insurance
A medical emergency can wipe out your savings — or even worse. We use and trust Lead Way Assurance for travel insurance.
Make Photocopies of Important Documents
Pack Extra Underwear
Undies are small and it’s always a good idea to have a few extra pairs in case of emergencies. Another option is to pack these quick-dry underwear so you can easily wash them on the road.
Put Electronics, Medications, Toothbrush, and an Extra Pair of Underwear in Your Carry-on
A few important items should always go in your carry-on. A swimsuit is also a good idea if you are going on a beach vacation. You can buy most of these things if your bag gets lost, but having them in your carry-on will save you money and time if your luggage gets lost in transit.
Enquire about the price BEFORE You Take Public Transportation
It’s a good idea to ask about the price before you hop on a bus, guagua, or other form of public transportation.
Bring Lotion in Your Carry-on
Stay Hydrated on Planes
Staying hydrated — especially on long-haul flights — makes it easier to get over jet lag too.
Put Your Room Number & Hotel Address in Your Phone
Ask The Locals
It’s nice to always ask the locals to point you to the best restaurants, awesome spots to watch the sunset, the best coffee shops, etc. Who knows, you could be led to some interesting restaurants that wouldn’t have been your first choice.
Beware of Free Public WIFI
Alert Your Bank and Credit Card Company of Your Travel Plans
This is a great habit to get into if you don’t want your credit card company or bank to put a hold on your card while you are overseas.
Take Plenty of Photos
They make the best souvenirs!
Keep an Open Mind
Don’t judge other customs. You are a visitor. Be respectful.
Leave Room for Spontaneity
Don’t plan your entire itinerary ahead of time. It’s tempting, I know, but those unplanned moments while traveling can be the best memories.
Let Someone at Home Know Your Plans
This is extremely important when traveling solo, but it’s still a good idea no matter how many people are in your travel group.
Separate Your Sources of Money
Don’t keep all of your cash and cards in one spot. It’s good to usually hide some cash and a back up credit/bank card in a separate bag — not the same bag as your wallet.
Travel First Aid Kit
Do you have any tips to add to this list? Share them in the comments!