Whether you’re off to a short business trip or a long vacation, traveling should be something you enjoy. A lot of travel hassles come from a lack of preparation or being disorganized. Having to fumble for passports or worrying about your things back home can spoil your trip. Whenever you’re traveling, here are some handy tips you should follow to make every trip memorable and enjoyable.
Planning Your Vacation
- Plan ahead. It’s nice to have an unplanned vacation every now and then, but it can get messy if you don’t plan ahead. Set aside how much you’re willing to spend, how far you’re going to go, and if you need to buy equipment like a new camera, camping gear, or new clothes.
- Make reservations and bookings. Whether you’re staying in a luxury hotel, motel, hostel, or bed-and-breakfast, you should make the necessary reservations for a choice room. Book your flight or cruise in advance. Don’t wait for the day of your vacation and hope you’ll make it as a chance passenger.
- Set a budget. With all the gas stations, restaurants, and souvenir shops on the road and on your choice destination, chances are you’ll spend a lot of money. Don’t blow your entire life’s savings on a single vacation. A good idea would be to set a reasonable amount of money that you’re willing to spend, and stick with that budget.
- Get traveler’s checks. Traveler’s checks and credit cards from major banks and finance companies are accepted by many hotels, restaurants, and stores all over the world. Checks and cards are more convenient to carry than hard cash. You should convert some of your cash on hand to traveler’s checks.
Before Your Vacation
- Check your home. The least you want to happen is for a thief or a burglar to steal your appliances, money, jewelry, and other valuables stored in your house. Make sure that all the doors and windows are locked and bolted shut. Keep your valuables stored in a safe, and store some in a private storage locker. Unplug all electrical appliances and shut down your circuit breaker.
- Inform your neighbors. Ask your neighbors to keep track of your mail and newspapers, take care of your yard, and feed your pets.
- Limit your baggage. Remember that you’re going to vacation, and you’re not out to move your residence somewhere else. Try to keep your baggage to the bare minimum you need to get around. The more baggage you bring along, the more you would have to pay for extra cargo or carry-on luggage.
- Bring along the essentials. Never forget to bring extra photocopies of your passport. In case you lose the original, the certified photocopies will do. Bring along identification cards, one or more cameras, and a first-aid kit. You should also bring along some medicines from common illnesses like nausea, vomiting, colds, diarrhea, fever, and flu.
- Take your time. Don’t be in a hurry to pack your suitcase. Make a checklist of everything you need. The faster you pack, the more you would probably forget something important.
When On Vacation
- Don’t stay too far away from the group. If you’re with a tour group, always stay within the sight of the guide. The least you want to happen is to get yourself hopelessly lost in an unfamiliar place.
- Be frugal. You want to experience as much of the vacation as you can, but don’t blow your money on unnecessary or overly-expensive purchases.
- Buy souvenirs. You want to show to everyone that you’ve actually been somewhere. Buy unique items and souvenirs, and try to haggle the price to a sweet deal.
- Take a lot of pictures. Keep taking snapshots of very interesting and majestic scenes. You’ll treasure those moments forever.
- Watch your belongings. Thieves and pickpockets are everywhere, and may steal your money, wallet, or bags. Don’t store all your money in one pocket or wallet. You should also check your luggage when leaving your hotel.
- Be courteous. While you should feel at home at a new place, you should also be respectful. Don’t make insensitive and callous comments about the food, customs, and practices. Make sure to tip generously and to say “Please” and “Thank You.”
- Have a good time. Vacations can be ruined by a few bumps on the road, but you should always have a good time and treasure the memories of being at a new place, even for just a short stay.
With these travel tips in mind, you’re sure to enjoy every bit of your well-earned and well-deserved vacation. Go out and explore the best of wherever you’re going, and have fun while you’re doing it.