While traveling, we often tend to make the same mistakes that could easily be avoided, saving time and money. For the most part, traveling is a new event in our lives. When an action is new, we tend to stay in our comfort zone, take the easy way out rather than putting in the extra effort, and do research that would benefit us in various ways in the future. There are numerous travel tips, but here are the top 5:
Plan for a minimal amount:
When going to an unknown country, we all prefer to plan ahead to avoid avoidable problems such as getting lost or running out of locations and events to go to. When in reality, those plans almost always change because you’ll either immediately love your destination or hate it. Having a rough number of activities planned is a better idea than having a schedule, since you won’t have the feeling of being obligated to stick to your list and maybe regret it.
Having travel insurance:
When traveling, one of the most important things is having travel insurance. People have been put into various situations of being injured while being in a foreign country, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of debt. Everyone thinks that it’d never happen to them, but in reality, the people that it has happened to have thought that too. Having travel insurance is only an advantage to you that you should allow yourself to have.
Keep everything important in your carry-on:
There have been a lot of incidents of lost luggage around the world, and once again, it can happen to you when you think it won’t. Sadly, airports losing luggage occurs quite often. Anything that you’d be extremely upset about losing should be put into your carry-on, that way it’s always with you. Objects such as your passport, phone, and debit/credit cards are examples of the items that should be kept in the carry-on, so if you are in an incident where the airport has lost your luggage, you can still survive in that foreign country.
Learn a minimal amount of the language of that country:
Being able to speak a minimal amount of the language can aid you in gaining respect from the locals wherever you are. Knowing how to say hello, please, sorry, and thank you can help you go a long way. At the end of the day, not knowing the official language is your problem, not theirs. Speaking louder or using translating apps could be a disadvantage for you. Instead, try miming the message you’re trying to convey to anyone that lives there. It’ll create a better and faster understanding.
Have multiple credit/debit cards and emergency cash:
There can be incidents where your card doesn’t work at the ATM, your bank could block your card, it can be lost or even stolen. Bringing three debit/credit cards all linked to different bank accounts with money in them, keeping one in your carry-on, one with you at all times and one in your backpack can be convenient for you in the long term. Furthermore, keeping a few extra hundred dollars in cash, split up in different places, can help in worst-case scenarios, such as getting robbed. Having that extra money can aid you in getting back on your feet faster than not having it. The best currency to take with you is USD dollars while you’re traveling, since it’s the most accepted around the world, along with the easiest to change.
These are the 5 travel tips. They vary from how to allow yourself to have the maximum amount of entertainment you can have while also being better safe than sorry.