Traveling should be fun, not disastrous! Here are top ten tips for you if you plan to travel soon.
1. Bring only what you can carry. Too much luggage can be disconcerting, especially if you are travelling from one place to another. Imagine having to tug several bulky bags along. The annoyance could ruin your escapade. This brings us to the next tip.
2. Decide on what things to bring. Keep in mind you cannot bring your entire cabinet and toiletries set. Make a list of things you cannot live without. Of course, pack a reasonable number of clothes. Most people travel in summer, so light clothing is enough. Depending on your destination, hats or jackets may be necessary.
3. Pay attention to travel advisories. Some destinations are risky due to natural calamities or terroristic activities. For instance, Bangkok, a major travel destination in the world, is prone to flooding from August to October. Tourism in Bangkok during these months falls. On the other hand, travel companies provide travel warnings to certain destinations in the Middle East due to unrest.
4. Read about the country you are visiting. Know about the culture and general lifestyle of people so that you have a better idea of how to act once you get there. At the same time, follow rules in the foreign land.
5. Check your travel documents. Lost and left passports cause serious annoyance and disruptions at airports. Make sure you have them at hand. Don’t place them at the bottom of your luggage! Put them where you can easily grab them during terminal check. Travel documents are imperative when entering and exiting places. If you are going to be out there for a long time, make sure your passport remains valid for the duration of your stay.
6. Don’t crack jokes at the airport! You probably heard of cases of detained travelers who, during the inspection, blurted they carried a bomb in their luggage. Such jokes aren’t funny these days.
7. Cut back on promises. Do not promise to bring back specific items, especially if you are unsure you can find them in your destination. Don’t you know it’s difficult to look for specific shopping items in another country? Just tell your mom or your sister you’d bring something for them when you return.
8. Check out health precautions when traveling to certain destinations. Some countries in Africa and South America have incidents of yellow fever, for example. Traveling to these places may require one to be vaccinated against yellow fever. Those coming from countries with reported cases of yellow fever may be required to present yellow fever vaccination certificate.
9. Pre-book flights and hotel accommodations. Is there a need to explain this? The DIY option can prove to be inconvenient. Prearrange your flights. Pre-book a hotel room. Contact a car-for-hire firm in advance. Or at least know how you’d be able to get around in the place. Check out favorable tour packages, too, for convenience.
10. Now, where are your house keys? Put them where they can be safe and easily accessible. Don’t toss the keys into your stuff. Rummaging for your keys and fighting about who has the keys as you reach your doorstep are not great ways to end your memorable tour.