As exciting as it may be, it can also be quite daunting to visit an entirely new and unfamiliar country or city. The problem is that with a lack of familiarity, comes a lack of knowledge and a lack of knowledge leads to fear of the unknown.
That’s one way of looking at it; however, another is to arm yourself with knowledge about your destination and travel know-how to make sure that you have the best holiday possible.
Before you even go so far as to book your trip, do some reading up about your destination online. Some places may sound good on paper but, in reality, they are not as glamorous.
This is why you should read fellow travellers’ reviews of the place you wish to visit, as these will be first-hand experiences without any marketing fluff.
A dodgy hotel and a restaurant that sells awful food could ruin a precious day of your holiday, so reading reviews about where to eat, stay and what to do can be convenient in helping you plan your itinerary.
Try not to take one or two negative reviews about an otherwise excellently reviewed place to heart, as these reviews can be biased.
Check around online for cheap flights and holiday specials. In many cases, your local airline will even offer a travel agency service whereby you can book your flights, hotels and activities on their website.
Get comparative quotes so that you can make sure that you are paying the best price for your trip.
Although it may seem like an unnecessary extra cost, travel insurance is a must-have. Travel insurance will cover any emergency medical expenses, lost luggage and even part of your ticket cost if you have to cancel your trip at the last-minute.
Make copies of your passport, identity documents and flight tickets and store them somewhere away from the originals. You can even email these scanned copies to yourself, to produce at any required point.
The chances are that you won’t need these copies, but it is best to have them on hand in case of an emergency.
Have a durable, lightweight bag on wheels. There is nothing more annoying than lugging a heavy bag around. Wheels mean ease of transportation and thus more enjoyment for you while in transit.
Familiarize yourself with the transportation systems in your destination. Find out what public transport is available or whether you should hire a car.
If you need to hire a car, then remember to take a copy of your driver’s license and to book your rental car beforehand.
Pack entertainment for the flight. Pack everything you will need for the flight! Don’t be at the airline’s mercy to give you what you need to fly comfortably.
A mp3 player with music on it, some books or magazines, a neck pillow and blanket will be useful things to keep with you on a long-haul flight.
Pack a camera, with a backup charger or batteries.
Find out from the concierge service at the hotel that you are going to be staying at about which activities are good to do in the general area and to help assist with restaurant reservations.
The hoteliers will be able to help you with transport information and any other necessities you should take on your trip. These are some essential travel tips that will help you have a safer and more enjoyable trip.
To conclude, also remember to read up about your intended destination thoroughly, learning basic phrases if they do not speak your native language and safety tips if the country has a predilection for the crime.
Even better is to chat to friends or acquaintances who have visited your intended destination, as personal experience is a great teacher.
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