Even if you’re a frequent traveler, going somewhere new can still leave you feeling excited and nervous. Before you hit the road or take to the skies, take a look at our tips to make traveling more fun and less stressful.
Before traveling make sure you get enough sleep. For many people, the few days before their vacation are filled with either stress or excitement, sometimes leading to a lack of sleep. When this happens, you tend to ‘crash’ when you reach your destination, meaning that you waste vacation time because you are already exhausted. A good night’s sleep before traveling will mean that you arrive invigorated and upbeat.
Look beyond the touristy souvenir shops. To find a souvenir that will remind you of your travels and actually comes from the place you visited, shop with the locals. In grocery stores, markets, and other stores that are off the beaten (tourist) track, you’ll find things that locals actually use instead of the mass-produced trinkets.
Have you ever thought of traveling overseas? You might want to hold on to your traveling plans for awhile and go to farther and distant lands. Instead of taking two trips a year you can manage go on one trip for a year. Just make sure you keep an eye out for deals because you might get a really good deal on hotel and flight tickets.
The price of food in airports and on airplanes is notoriously expensive, unhealthy and of poor quality. If you have the time to spare, bring some food to eat at the airport or in the airplane, when you travel. Most drinks aren’t allowed through security, but most food is.
Keep your money discreetly tucked away while traveling. It would be terrible to be stuck in a foreign place with no way to pay for necessities. Put cash on a money clip and hide it in a secret place. Try to carry the minimum amount of money with you so that you do not risk losing much.
To help you lighten your luggage, use sample size cosmetics and toiletries when you pack. If you don’t need a full size bottle of shampoo, there is no reason to carry it across the country. Most drugstores have a travel section where you can purchase travel-size shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste and more.
If you are going to be traveling I would highly suggest planning your itinerary ahead of time. Many travel agents agree that doing so prevents you from wasting time when you actually arrive at your destination. This is not to say you cannot improvise, however it can and will maximize your enjoyment.
When renting a car, be aware of the charges the rental companies set. There are generally four basic rates, each of them will specify if the miles are additional, given in the price or unlimited. Rates will vary depending on the the size and style of vehicle you choose. Ask about promotional rates, especially over weekends, but be sure to request these in advance.
Instead of purchasing souvenirs when you are traveling, consider asking the hotel where you are staying if you can take home a sheet of notepaper and envelope as a memento. These items usually have the hotel’s logo and address written on them, and are great backgrounds for albums. You can also write memories of your trip on them, and place the note in your scrapbook.
Stay awake until 8 PM in the time zone you are in if you want to adjust to the time zone you are in. Going to bed too much earlier than normal will just make your jet lag last longer, as your body remains committed to the old time zone. Adjusting to local time is best way to defeat the effects of jet lag.
You should make a copy of your passport, visa, and credit cards and keep them in a safe place in your luggage. If you were to lose these important items while traveling having a copy of them can make it easier to get replacements or to cancel their services.
Take along a bit of duct tape with you in case you find that you need it. It is one of those things that will fix many things that can go wrong while on vacation and having a long strip of it wrapped around a pen or pencil could save you from one of the many disasters that could come your way.
To exchange currency for traveling abroad, it is best to wait until you are at your destination. International airports will have kiosks to exchange your money for the country’s currency. Exchanging at your own bank often comes loaded with extra charges. Using a credit or debit card abroad incurs high fees as well. Withdraw cash before you travel, and exchange it at the airport before you start your adventures.
Remember the advice you read in this article, and you will have some new and exciting discoveries on your next trip. Whether this may be your first or fifteenth trip, it will surely be a lot better than your previous experiences.