As we are in the middle of Summer, we are still planning trips to travel and have some fun. No matter where we go, there are always some things we need to consider before travelling. We decided to put together a list of Travel Tips for you to consider.
Make Travelling a Priority
When deciding you want to travel, it’s important that you will actually be able to – so it should be a priority if it is something you really want to do. Therefore, save up and ask questions! Savings play an important role in our lives as it is, but travel savings is another story. Be cost-conscious when going abroad to a foreign country or even exploring in your own backyard. Determine how you will spend and what you will spend on. Consider your current expenses VS. the extra cost of travelling to see if you can afford to take the trip.
Plan It Out
Where are you going? Who is going with you? How will you get there? Are you only going to one place? Where will you stay? What’s the currency? What is the native language? What is the weather like there? Etc.These are just some of the questions you should ask yourself when travelling. Make a list of things you feel you need to know about your upcoming trip. After answering those questions, you should be set for the next tip!
Naturally, we will research information about where we are going, but what type of information should we really be looking for? Well, you should probably look at the cost of living first; that way, you can estimate how much spending money you will need to take and spend per day. You may also want to look at the currency exchange rate if the currency differs from yours. Afterwards, you can start looking into accommodation, transportation, activities and the safety of where you will be. As a foreigner in another country, it’s imperative that you check on the safety of where you are going and how to avoid unsafe areas or activities. Try to get addresses and contact information for nearby police stations, hospitals and any other form of legal assistance to work in your favor for while you are there.
Since many people travel during summer time, early bookings and locking into accommodation and transportation is a must. After the first couple of travel tips have been completed, search bookings online and try to lock in to the safest, most convenient and most affordable means of transportation and place of accommodation for your trip. This may have to be done over time and checked more than once to see if prices have fluctuated. There is also a possibility of limited accommodation due to hotels, motels or hostels being occupied to capacity. Therefore, try to get an early start so you’re guaranteed a room and transportation.
Here are a few helpful links for online bookings:
Notify Important People/Institutions
When leaving your native country, it’s important to notify someone you can trust that you will be away. If there is a close family member or friend that you can trust with that information, let them know when you will be leaving, where you will be, when you will return, and ensure they have contact information to reach you while you are away. It’s also a good idea to leave them with a house key to your home just to check up to ensure everything is okay. Regarding notifying important institutions of your leave, make sure you let your local bank know you will be travelling and where. That way, they can take note of it so that if any suspicious or fraudulent activity occurs among your accounts or on your credit card, they can monitor it and notify you immediately. This also works in reverse, if you need assistance from afar with your banking transactions, they can still attend to your queries promptly although you are away. Hence, notifying important people and institutions is necessary – especially in the case of an emergency.
Try to pack only what you need for the amount of time you will be gone. It’s okay to throw in a couple extra pairs of undergarments and personal items, but try to keep it minimal. Ensure all your personal items are packed first – medication, toiletries, personal documents, passports, ID’s etc. Apart from the sole necessities, also consider that if you are going shopping, you may bring back more than you carry so you will need some extra space. When packing clothes, try to roll them neatly together to use space wisely and wrap your shoes in plastic bags to avoid dirt and dust in your luggage. Try to pack clothes fit for the climate and for whatever activities you will be doing. Also ensure to pack liquid or oily items in plastic disposable bags as well. Try to keep everything compact.
Try to Auto-adjust to your destination
With all the excitement and anticipation of travelling, it’s easy for us to say we will easily adjust to a new and unfamiliar environment. However, try not to expect things to be the same as home. Keep your eyes and mind open to wherever you are and try your best to embrace it and be aware of your surroundings. Yes, it’s okay to get comfortable and feel relaxed, but always keep your radar on. Remember you are in a foreign country and that the culture and environment may be very different from what you are used to.
Access to Finances
Once you settle in, try to access your bank account through ATM’s and even through the local bank at your destination to ensure you are able to retrieve money in the case of an emergency. Test out your credit or debit cards also so you can control the amount of cash you have on your person. Subsequently, you can pay in cash and save your receipts to control your spending habits. Also, try to store your cash in a safe place so you do not have to carry it around with you at all times. If you must, separate your cash and store it in different places. Eg. on your person, in your bag separately from your wallet, in your backpack pocket, in your suitcase.
Spend more time in fewer places
If you have an adventurous personality and you wanna travel all around, try to use your time wisely and spend more time in fewer places. Travelling around in a short period of time will cost more and will tire you quicker. By staying at one destination for the period of time you are travelling, you will become more familiar with the place, enjoy it more, spend less and your body will be able to adjust and relax more. Try to make one or two trips for the year so you can spread out your trips – this will make it more economic and possible for you to travel when you want.
Of course, we want to capture all of our travel stories and experiences, so don’t forget your camera or phone! Take awesome pictures of scenery, your current situation and of yourself enjoying your trip! When posting online, try to include hashtags of your location, or anything fun so people can follow the thread for future posts.
There we have it! Travel Tips for 2018! We hope you enjoyed these tips and find them useful for when you travel!