Even for someone who travels often, going to a new place can be nerve-wracking and exciting all at once. Read this selection of tips for travel advice before starting your next travel adventure.
Leave any valuable items you don’t need at home when traveling. Having valuable items with you on a trip is just asking to have them lost or stolen.
Create a list of the items you need to pack. You should start this list at least one week in advance, preferably earlier than that. The list should include all of your necessities for the trip. Even if you end up packing at the last minute, this will help you remain organized and avoid unnecessary clutter.
Choosing a seat on the aisle will open more options for you. Window seats can be very restricting in terms of bathroom access and overhead storage access.
Be cautious when traveling to foreign destinations. Criminals may pose as government or police officials. You must not give anyone your original passport; it may be gone for good if you do. Walk or drive your own car to a police station if you are asked to. Never get into a car with a strange local.
When visiting foreign countries, be careful of which taxis you choose. Be certain that the taxi is a real taxi before you enter the car. Sometimes, people will try to defraud you with their credentials.
If you are going to be taking the red-eye, sleeping pills can help you to get some sleep. It can be really hard to get good sleep on a plane, with the strange surroundings, the unfamiliar noises, and the cramped seats. If you want a surefire way to make it through your flight, try taking a sleeping pill in order to relax, calm down and sleep through it. Importantly, wait on taking the pill until the flight has taken off; this keeps you mentally aware in case there are delays or changes in the schedule.
When traveling abroad, it is smart to think about possible emergencies like losing your passport. The State Department has contact information on the website for your destination’s U.S. Embassy or Consulate. State Department keeps a website available for you to check information on contacting the Consulate or U.S. Embassy in the country you are visiting. Take this information along on your vacation. A replacement for your passport can take a few days (or less), so be prepared if that will cause a delay.
Remember the advice you read in this article, and you will have some new and exciting discoveries on your next trip. If this trip is your first vacation or the even the hundredth, you’ll see more things and make your trip more memorable than you probably imagined possible.