Planning your trip ahead of time is crucial, no matter your reason for traveling. The following advice can be very useful.
Don’t bring any unnecessary valuables with you. An excess of valuables will make you an obvious target for theft.
After picking your destination, research the area thoroughly. Buy a good map of the place you are going, and then look it over to learn the general area, as well as places to see. Memorizing some of the area will help you navigate it easier.
Create a list of the items you need to pack. Make your packing list weeks before you leave for your trip. This will keep you away from chaos no matter how late you pack.
Make sure to perform sufficient research prior to booking. Look for websites that have user reviews of the places you are interested in visiting. If you know someone who has already visited this destination, ask them about their experiences. You can have realistic expectations when you do your homework, which makes your time at that destination all the better.
For your morning coffee, melt ice overnight. Rather than using the less tasty tap water, fill up an ice bucket and allow it to melt overnight. In the morning, the better-tasting filtered water will be ready to brew your coffee.
There are many beautiful vistas and unusual fauna and flora in a desert. Everyone should visit a desert to view its majesty at least once in their life.
Not everyone can stay in a five star hotel. If you aren’t comfortable with the area but have no choice, pack an ordinary rubber doorstop. It can be wedged under the door overnight, along with the chain and lock. Although intruders can break the chain and lock easily, opening the room door is almost impossible with a firmly lodged door stop under the door.
If you’re planning a long car trip with kids, pack a few cookie sheets. They can use these sheets as a flat surface to color or play cards. If you’ve got little kids, take along those magnetic numbers and letters so you can also spend time teaching them.
If you will be using traveler’s checks, try to cash them before heading out to go shopping or to dine. Although traveler’s checks are accepted in most places, they’re hard to deal with. You might get short-changed when you use them, thus it pays to be smart about it and get your hands on the actual currency before you use them.
Once you have decided to travel, how well you plan will make all the difference in your comfort, before, during and after your trip. You will feel less anxious when you know what will happen when you arrive.