Your next great adventure is just around the corner, but before starting the trip, remember to prepare everything in the right way and prepare yourself as the most expert in travel would do. These are the top ten tips:
1. KNOW THE RULES
Depending on where you are going to travel, the rules regarding 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 have all found ourselves in that situation. You know, when the phone’s battery is at four percent during a conversation that could change your entire life, and you start typing faster and faster to say everything you wanted to say before the phone shuts down. It is not a pleasant sensation and your only savior in this situation is the charger. Make sure you always carry a charger and an adapter with you, so that you can charge all your electronic devices wherever you are in the world.
3. USE MAPS
If you are traveling with an iOS or Android device, you will 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 connecting to the internet (say goodbye to expensive roaming fees). 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 issue… if you’re 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 fees. 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 research information before you go. Almost all cities, even the smallest, have a local website that shows local events for the next few months; Local issues 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 do your 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 your entire vacation alone, start networking before you go. Let as many people as possible know your itinerary by starting a travel blog (Tumblr is a good option, since 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 are around.
7. AIM, SHOOT, SAVE AND SHOW
Let me guess: you will surely take thousands of photos during your trip. Every new city, every pool-side place, every morning cappuccino, and every historical monument are great for fueling your Instagram account. But, if you are going to take photos in the traditional way – with a camera and not with the phone – there are much better ways than Instagram to save the photos and display them. Upload them to your blog or create an online photo gallery with Flickr or Snugmug. (And don’t forget to check out our top travel photography tips .)
8. LEARN THE COLLOCHIAL 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 going to be there for a few days). You don’t have to master the language, but knowing a few basic phrases will help you a lot, and the more you know the better. Before you go out, buy a phrase book (they don’t cost a lot and they are light and easy to transport) 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, trust me!
9. BRING 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 running the show. You don’t want to end up in the worst case scenario without being able to pay for food, transportation, or accommodation due to not having an ATM nearby, so make sure you have enough cash with you before you leave. But beware of pickpockets, don’t keep all your money in one place and never leave it on the bed when you leave your hotel room.
10. MAKE YOUR SUITCASE LIKE AN EXPERT
There is nothing that bothers more than going around carrying a huge suitcase full of things that you probably will not wear and not having enough space to take home those incredible things that you have bought without having to pay for excess luggage on your flight from lap. To avoid this situation, be sure to master one of the most essential (and least fun) aspects of travel preparation like an expert. Take a small suitcase if you are going to take a weekend trip or travel to a city for a week or less, roll the clothes instead of folding them, and re-evaluate each garment and outfit that you have put in the suitcase before closing it , you can do it with much less than you think. For a full list of our packing tips, check out this article .
And you have everything prepared and ready to travel. Buon voyage! Buon Viaggo! Have a nice trip! Trevlig resa! Good trip!