Although intended to be a leisurely and relaxing activity, travel can sometimes be unnecessarily stressful and fraught with disaster. A vacation can turn into a nightmare if you conduct your trip without the proper planning. To make the most of your travel plans in the future, read through the tips below.
Bring a spare passport photo with you on your trip abroad. In the event your passport is lost or stolen, replacing it can take some time. Having a spare photo is one step on the way to speeding this process up. Copies of any documentation you may need is also advised to help get you on your way.
If you have a very flexible schedule and a somewhat limited budget, consider booking your trip outside of the normal travel season. You will find more affordable prices on travel and hotel fare, and you will not have to battle other tourists for space at popular attractions and monuments.
In addition to external luggage tags with your name and address, purchase a second luggage tag and attach it to the inside of your suitcase or baggage. Baggage handlers are notorious for roughing up travelers’ luggage, and it is not terribly uncommon for outer luggage tags to be ripped off or lost.
If you are traveling in a poorer country, consider purchasing a large woven sack, like the type used to transport potatoes or other vegetables. Put your bag into this sack, and it is protected from dust, bugs, and moisture. It also nicely camouflages your possesions against thieves, as they will see a bag of farm goods instead of a tourist’s bag.
When traveling, try to learn the bus or subway system before even leaving for your trip. This saves the time and hassle of trying to figure out where you are going and how to get there. You can find the subway and bus system maps of many international cities online.
Before traveling on a road trip with your pet, you should be certain that he or she can handle the ride. You can give your pet a few test runs before actually taking the trip. This will give your pet, an opportunity to get used to the feeling of riding in a car before actually taking the trip.
When traveling internationally with disabilities it is best to check which countries best accommodate disabled citizens. Many countries are well equipped to offer travelers with wheel chair ramps, scooter ramps and have hotels that are equipped to deal with disabilities. Unfortunately, every country is not so well equipped to support travelers with disabilities.
One way to collect memories of your trip is to do crayon rubbings of architectural features, historical markers or even, just interesting textures. All you need is a crayon and thin, newsprint like, paper. Tear the paper cover off the outside of the crayon. Next, hold the paper flat on the surface you are recording. To complete the rubbing, use the side of the crayon rubbing it back and forth until the image emerges.
While travel is intended to be fun and relaxing, it can also become very tiresome if you do not know the tricks to make your trip smoother. With the above tips, you will be able to put your new knowledge to use and make your next traveling experience easy and pleasurable.