Sometimes, the desire to travel arises when you see an alluring picture in a magazine, or remember an earlier trip you took. Once it arises, you begin to think about the possibilities: a warm, sunny place in the south while the cold winter winds are blowing, perhaps. Then it is time to begin making arrangements. This article contains some great tips to help you out on your next travel excursion.
When travelling out of the country, make sure someone back home has a detailed copy of your itinerary. Make sure they know where you’ll be staying and have a way to contact you in case of an emergency. This is also good on the off case that something happens to you they can find you.
Be respectful and patient towards security checkpoints and customs officials. In most cases, these exist for your safety. If not, being upset still won’t help you get through any faster. In fact, making a fuss at the security checkpoint is almost always a ticket to the express lane for the extra search.
If you will be driving to your destination, fill a family member or friend in on your destination and planned route to get there. If something were to happen to you while driving, this person would be able to alert officials of your intended destination and the roads you would have been traveling on.
If you are traveling on a budget, make use of the in-room amenities to cook your own food. The coffee maker that is usually provided in even the cheapest hotel rooms can double as a hot plate. You can heat plain water in the carafe for ramen or soup, or use the hot plate itself to make bacon.
Be sure to compare airfares online. The Internet is a wondrous thing. These days, there are dozens of websites that will allow you to book a flight online. Some of these websites also allow you to check competitor rates for tickets. This makes it very easy to shop around for the best price.
Traveling to a foreign country can be fun, but not knowing what the locals are saying is not. Carry a small book of common phrases and translations to help you on your trip. This can really help when you need to ask for directions or book a hotel room for the night.
If you’re going on a cruise, you should arrive a day in advance. This will stop those close calls of getting stuck in traffic or having your flight delayed and causing you to miss your trip. The stress of almost missing the ship is not how you want to start your trip.
When packing toiletries for your carry-on, make sure to follow the 3-1-1 rule (3 oz bottles, 1 quart-sized Ziploc per passenger). Having your toiletries ready to go in a designated bag will make getting through security a breeze and have you on your way to your destination in no time.
Avoid catching a cold, or worse, on the plane with hand sanitizer. An airplane is an enclosed space where a large number of people are confined for an extended period of time. To make matters worse, the air inside the cabin is circulates, spreading germs from passenger to passenger. To avoid catching something, try to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. If you must scratch that itch, wash your hands, and then apply hand sanitizer.
Always look up recent reviews to the travel destinations and hotels that you plan on visiting. The more reviews a place has, the more reliable it is and the easier you can figure out if the place is one you want to stay at. If the review has photos, even better. Pictures tell more than words can, most times.
Travel “green” by traveling by train instead of by plane. Train rides not only offer scenic views, but there will be not long security lines or lost luggage. For example, if you are traveling to Europe or Asia, they offer great rail travel that will allow you to save money and explore multiple places one trip.
Social networking sites can serve as wonderful resources while you’re traveling. A quick Tweet or Facebook status update asking such questions as: Where’s a great place for ice cream in New York? or Which coffee shop should I check out in Rome? can provide you with a wealth of instant information.
Bring copies of important information with you and leave a copy with a friend at home. In the event you lose your passport, tickets or any important documentation, photocopies can be a help in replacing or verifying the documents. In the event you lose both documents and the copies, your friend at home can get their copies to you as needed.
A great travel tip that can save you a lot of money is to do a little bit of grocery shopping while you’re on vacation. Having enough groceries that will allow you to make a few homemade meals can save you tons of money, because you won’t have to eat out every single day.
A great travel tip is to bring a door wedge with you whenever you’re staying at a place that makes you feel a little bit uncomfortable. Most hotel rooms have chain link locks but they’re not very sturdy. A simple door wedge in place can keep an unwanted visitor out.
When traveling to a foreign country, it is a good idea to research their laws to see how they differ from your home country and how they are enforced. For example, in Singapore, it is illegal to litter and this law is regularly enforced through a fine. If you are caught committing a crime in a foreign country, your home country in many cases will not be able to override the law.
As you can see, there are many possibilities. The dream of travel can be fulfilled by a combination of accumulating the resources needed, by careful planning and by a good knowledge of the destination you choose. Then, when you return home, you will have wonderful memories to sustain you, until the next trip!