Whether you are an experienced traveler or someone who is just now starting to explore the world around them, there are a few things you should know before taking the next flight out. The tips below are going to save you time, headaches, and any bumps in the road you may experience while on vacation. While you can’t plan for everything, you can be proactive and make your next trip much easier.
Patience is a virtue in any situation but especially in travel. You should always be prepared for any plane or other transportation delays. They are common and can happen to you at any time. Instead of fuming, you should have a backup plan to get you through the waiting period.
Some travelers pack books or magazines to pass the time. If reading is not interesting, you can get some exercise in by walking the terminals while you wait for your flight to be called. Of course, technology can always save the day too. Listen to your favorite musical playlist, pull out a movie you have been wanting to watch, or even catch up on your emails. There are so many ways to make time fly. Decide what you can do in the event of an unexpected delay.
Making a list can make packing and traveling so much easier. Take out some paper and pen about a week before you leave. Write done anything and everything that comes in your head. You can make a packing list that details everything you need to bring. It is easy to remember to pack clothes, but how many of us have forgotten to put chargers, toothpaste, and other supplies in our suitcase?
If it pops in your head write it down. Then, when you toss the item in your bag, you can cross it off the list and move on to other things. This also applies to remembering very important travel documents like passports and visas. Sometimes keeping a mental list isn’t enough to help us to remember. It is better to be safe than sorry—put the pen to paper!
Learn the Language
If you are heading to another country and you have the time, why not learn some basic words and phrases you can say while you are there? Words like ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ go a long way when you are in a foreign country. It shows the people who live there that you have enough respect for them and their culture that you are willing to learn their language to make it through the day.
This may come in handy when you find yourself in a situation where no one speaks the language you do. Hand gestures can only get you so far. If you know you are traveling to specific areas, it can pay to learn simple phrases that can get you to your final destination. You may just find a love for learning languages.
Make Copies of Documents
It is easy to lose things when you are moving from one place to another. When you lose something as important as a passport or some other form of identification, you are quickly going to understand how serious the situation is. Therefore, always make photocopies of your passport, visa, and other forms of identification that are needed to travel.
Certain countries and airlines allow copies along with additional passport photos to travel through the country. It may sound time consuming to do so, but if you do happen to lose your passport, you don’t have to give up your expensive plane ticket or hotel accommodations due to a mental slip. Take the time and make a copy or two. You never know when you may need it.
Plan Your Outfits
Don’t become a last-minute traveler! You want to pack well in advance of your trip. At least give yourself a day or two to make sure you are packing smart. This includes your clothing. You can’t just throw your closet into a suitcase and hope that all is well. Save time, energy, and precious space by planning out what you are going to wear each day.
If you don’t have any definite plans once you reach your destination, you can still pack wisely. You should have more casual outfits if it is going to be a relaxed and carefree trip. If you know you are going out to dinners or events, make sure you pack enough outfits to match your potential itinerary. Also, know that things can change, so if you have enough room in your suitcase, pack an extra day of clothes should something come up. Traveling as light as possible is the best way to go about things. Hauling extra items that you may not wear, or use is only going to become an inconvenience and may cost you money in the end.