From a city zoo in San Jose to the mountainous regions of Pakistan to the savannas of Africa, it’s easy to see that traveling leads to very different places. Nonetheless, there are some basic tips that will help ensure a good trip no matter where it is that you are going.
Pack your toiletries into a Zip-lock bag. You will need to do this to get through airline security and it is sure to save you some space in your baggage as well. It will take up less room than the typical toiletry bag and it will help avoid a mess in your luggage if anything was to spill during travel.
When you’re visiting an unfamiliar city, make sure to spend a few minutes chatting with your hotel concierge. The concierge is an expert on the area and it is his or her job to ensure that you enjoy your stay. Ask your concierge to make restaurant reservations or reserve show tickets for you. Your concierge can often get you in to in-demand places.
Understand that there are going to be a lot of distractions and noises on your flight, so come prepared with an eye mask and ear plugs. This will allow you to sleep in darkness and reduce any of the external noise that could cause a commotion when you are trying to rest.
Only have your money changed at reputable locations. It doesn’t matter if someone says they can get you a better rate down the block. If you don’t know where that down the block is stay where you are. Make sure to always keep your eyes on your money at all times.
In areas that offer air conditioning as a “luxury extra” on buses or inside movie theaters, 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.
Be sure you speak with your bank and let them know you will be traveling. With recent concerns on identity theft your bank will often shut down your card if they see charges being made in a different area or more charges than you normally make on a every day basis.
When traveling by air, conceal a store of emergency money in your carry-on luggage. This stash will be useful if you run into a worst-case scenario, like a mugging or pick-pocketing. Make your stash as large as you feel comfortable with, but remember you may need it to purchase food, transportation or even an overnight room.
Check out different travel blogs that have articles or posts dedicated to your destination. Asking the blogger for some inside tips on the area is a great idea if they’re willing to cooperate with you. Also, let your friends know where you’re going on Facebook, Twitter, or any other networking sites. They might have advice for you too.
No matter where it is that you are going, these common tips should help you in your travels. While each country has its own idiosyncrasies, the advice here should be kept in mind no matter where it is that you go. Now that you’ve got the advice, all that’s left is picking the destination!