Your next big adventure is just around the corner, but before you set out on your journey, remember to prepare everything the right way and prepare like the most knowledgeable traveler would. Here are the top ten tips:
1. KNOW THE RULES
Depending on where you are going to travel, the rules related to how long you can stay in the country as a tourist can vary greatly. Make sure you know the regulations and have a visa (if necessary). Also check that your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date, as many countries require this. And lastly, make sure you know what vaccinations you need to travel safely, a quick Google search and a visit to your doctor will give you the information (and vaccinations!) you need. And remember: If you are going to travel to an exotic country –for a safari, for example–, plan your vaccination so that it is at least a few months before the trip, some vaccines must be administered several times before traveling.
2. STAY CONNECTED
I think we’ve all found ourselves in that situation. You know, when your phone’s battery is at four percent during a conversation that could change your whole life, and you start typing faster and faster to say everything you wanted to say before the phone dies. It is not a pleasant feeling and your only savior in this situation is the charger. Make sure you always have a charger and adapter with you, so you can charge all your electronic devices wherever you are in the world.
3. USE MAPS
If you’re traveling with an iOS or Android device, you’ll never have to worry about getting lost again. This is because Google allows Android and iOS users to save maps offline so they can be accessed without the need to connect to the Internet (say goodbye to expensive roaming charges). You can save areas as large as the Paris metro and up to 6 maps at once. If you already know which cities you are going to visit during your trip, do yourself a favor and download the maps before you leave.
4. GO LOCAL
And while we’re still on the phone… if you’re going to be staying in the same country for a longer period, it’s worth investing in a local SIM card. It will allow you to keep in touch with (local) friends, call taxis and search the internet without worrying about roaming or Wi-Fi charges. Make sure you have an unlocked phone with you, as you will not be able to install a local SIM card in a locked phone.
Be sure to look up information before you leave. Almost every city, even the smallest ones, has a local website showing local events for the next few months; local editions of TimeOut magazine are also a great resource. And do not hesitate to ask your friends or friends of friends for advice on social networks, you will be surprised to see that many people will be more than happy to share information about their beloved city. The more you research, the more prepared (and excited!) you’ll be.
6. START MAKING CONTACTS
If you’re traveling on your own, but don’t necessarily want to spend the entire vacation alone, start networking before you leave. Let as many people as possible know about your itinerary by starting a travel blog (Tumblr is a good option as it allows you to tag by destination, for example) and get in touch with your friends or friends of your friends on Facebook or Instagram . Again, most people will share tips and information and agree to have coffee with you if they’re around.
7. AIM, SHOOT, STORE AND SHOW
Let me guess: you will surely take thousands of photos during your trip. Every new city, every poolside spot, every morning cappuccino, and every historical landmark is a great addition to your Instagram feed. But if you’re going to take photos the traditional way—with a camera and not your phone—there’s a much better way than Instagram to save photos and display them. Post them on your blog or create an online photo gallery with Flickr or Snugmug.
8. LEARN COLLOQUIAL EXPRESSIONS
Knowing how to communicate with the locals is the key to making friends and feeling at home in your new city (even if you’re only staying for a few days). You don’t have to be fluent in the language, but knowing a few basic phrases will go a long way, and the more you know, the better. Before you go out, buy a phrase book (they don’t cost much and are light and easy to carry) and study a little. Being able to book a taxi, buy some food at the local market or explain your allergies to a doctor can save your life, believe me!
9. CARRY SOME CASH
Unless you’re going to Sweden, where the government is pushing for a cash-free society, the reality is that in most countries, especially developing countries, cash is still king. You don’t want to end up in the worst case scenario without being able to pay for food, transportation or accommodation because you don’t have an ATM nearby, so make sure you have enough cash before you leave. But watch out for pickpockets, don’t keep all your money in one place and never leave it on the bed when you leave your hotel room.
10. PACK LIKE AN EXPERT
There is nothing more annoying than walking around carrying a huge suitcase full of things that you probably won’t wear and not having enough space to take home those amazing things you bought without having to pay for excess baggage on your flight. lap. To avoid this situation, make sure you master one of the most essential (and least fun) aspects of preparing for a trip. Pack a small suitcase if you’re going on a weekend trip or traveling to a city for a week or less, roll your clothes instead of folding them, and reassess every item of clothing and outfit you’ve packed before you close it , you can do it with much less than you think. For a full list of our packing tips, check out this article .
And now you have everything prepared and ready to travel. Buon voyage! Good Voyage! Have a nice trip! Trevlig prays! Good Trip!