We always plan for delays and try not to get upset when things inevitably go wrong. Patience is extremely important when traveling!
Wake Up Early
Rise at sunrise to have the best attractions all to yourself while avoiding crowds. It’s also a magical time for photos due to soft diffused light, and usually easier to interact with locals. Sketchy areas are less dangerous in the morning too. Honest hardworking people wake up early; touts, scammers, and criminals sleep in.
Check the ticket for Flight(s) details & accuracy as soon as you receive it. Keep your tickets with your passport and visas and do not forget these on the day you travel.
Passport & Visas
Check the validity of your Passport and Visas. Check the passport and visa requirements for the countries you are visiting / transiting in on your planned journey – make sure you apply for them well before your date of travel. If you lose your passport or visa please contact the relevant embassy or consulate immediately.
Booking & Reservations
Make reservations well in advance, especially during peak season, for accommodations, popular restaurants, major sights, and local guides.
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,guaga, or other form of public transportation.
In Case of Kids
If you’re bringing the kids, make sure you have the right paperwork, including a passport for each, a letter of consent if only one parent is traveling, and documentation for adopted children.
Check with the airline you are traveling with on the stipulated baggage allowances. Ensure that your hand baggage allowance does not exceed the level enforced by the airline you are traveling with. This ensures unnecessary embarrassment at the check-in desk, having to move luggage from your hand baggage to your suitcase.
Pack the night before you travel, to save rushing and being late for your flight. Check the weather forecast of your destination before travel to avoid taking unnecessary luggage. Roll clothes instead of folding them, it creates less creases. Honest! Pack travel sizes of all required lotions and potions with you to save the space.
Because airline carry-on restrictions are always changing, visit the Transportation Security Administration’s website for a list of what you can bring on the plane, and for the latest security measures (including screening of electronic devices, which you may be asked to power up).
Health & Medical Care
Take care of any medical needs. Visit your doctor to get a checkup, and see your dentist if you have any work that needs to be done. If you use prescription drugs, stock up before your trip. Pack along the prescription, plus one for contact lens or glasses if you wear them.
Maps & Apps
Download any apps you might want to use on the road, such as translators, maps, and transit schedules.
Make sure you have enough foreign currency for your immediate arrival into a foreign country, particularly if your flight arrives at an odd hour. Always make a list of the Credit / Debit Card numbers and travelers cheques you are carrying along with the suppliers contact numbers in case they get lost.
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.
Give the notice to airlines well before travel time for special meal requirements, seating allocation requests and wheel chair arrangements.
Put Your Room Number & Hotel Address in Your Phone
Am I the only one who can’t remember my hotel room number?? There has to be others out there like me.
- Try to reach well before time for checking in at the airport.
- Always reconfirm your flights before setting out for the airport (do this about 24 hours before time of travel)
- Check Duty Free allowances carefully particularly on EU destinations.
- Check with the airline you are traveling with, as to the availability of telephone and laptop power points on board.
- Leave contact details for yourself either with someone at home or somebody in the office in case they need to reach you in an emergency.
- A phrase book is always handy – remember, not everyone speaks English. Also get the Maps for of the destination if you are unfamiliar with that place.
Learn Common Phrases of the Local Language
A simple “Please,” “Thank you,” and “I’m sorry” in the local language goes a long way.
Laugh At Yourself
You will definitely look like a fool many times when traveling to new places. Rather than get embarrassed, laugh at yourself. Don’t be afraid to screw up, and don’t take life so seriously.
Ask the Locals
We always ask the locals to point us to the best restaurants, awesome spots to watch the sunset, the best coffee shops, etc. I do like to tell people what type of food I’m craving though. I’ve been led to some interesting restaurants that wouldn’t have been my first choice.
Beware of Free Public WIFI
I always try to avoid logging into bank accounts or entering any passwords while I’m using free public WIFI at a place like an airport. I’m not as strict about it once I’ve gotten to my hotel, especially if they have a password for their wifi.
Meet Local People
Make it a point to avoid other travelers from time to time and start conversations with local people. Basic English is spoken widely all over the world, so it’s easier to communicate than you might think especially when you combine hand gestures and body language.
Learn from those who live in the country you’re visiting. People enrich your travels more than sights do.
Observe Daily Life
If you really want to get a feel for the pulse of a place, I recommend spending a few hours sitting in a park or on a busy street corner by yourself just watching day to day life happen in front of you.
Slow down your train of thought and pay close attention to the details around you. The smells, the colors, human interactions, and sounds. It’s a kind of meditation — and you’ll see stuff you never noticed before.
Back Everything Up
Keep both digital and physical copies of your passport, visas, driver’s license, birth certificate, health insurance card, serial numbers, and important phone numbers ready to go in case of an emergency.
Backup your files & photos on an external hard drive as well as online.
Take Lots of Photos
You may only see these places & meet these people once in your lifetime. Remember them forever with plenty of photos. Don’t worry about looking like a “tourist”. Are you traveling to look cool? No one cares. Great photos are the ultimate souvenir.
They don’t cost anything, they’re easy to share with others, and they don’t take up space in your luggage. Just remember once you have your shot to get out from behind the lens and enjoy the view.
There’s Always a Way
Nothing is impossible. If you are having trouble going somewhere or doing something, don’t give up. You just haven’t found the best solution or met the right person yet. Don’t listen to those who say it can’t be done.
Smile & Say Hello
Having trouble interacting with locals? Do people seem unfriendly? Maybe it’s your body language. One of my best travel tips is to make eye contact and smile as you walk by. If they smile back, say hello in the local language too. This is a fast way to make new friends
- Try to drink plenty of water while on the aircraft as this help to counter dehydration.
- Check in flight magazines, for gentle exercises to do while on board to stop stiffness and tiredness of joints.
- Cleanse and moisturize skin regularly while on board again to counter dehydration.
- Eat a light meal onboard as easier to digest, avoid excessive carbohydrates and fats.
Don’t Be Afraid
The world is not nearly as dangerous as the media makes it out to be. Keep an eye out for sketchy situations but don’t let that be the focus of your whole trip. Use common sense and you’ll be ok. Most people are friendly, trustworthy, generous, and willing to help you out.