Travel can be an excellent opportunity to expand your horizons and refresh your world-view. It can also backfire on you if you don’t take the time to prepare for the inevitable culture shock, whether your journey is domestic or international. Follow these tips and tricks to get the most out of your travel experience.
Roll your clothes when packing your bags for a trip. Rolling your clothes up tightly actually saves a great deal of space when packing. Just make sure you begin packing, at least, several days before you need to have all your luggage ready. Rushing leads to very inefficient packing.
To save energy when traveling in hilly or mountainous areas, consider taking a taxi to the highest point in the town or area you’re visiting, then walk down. This lets you see the whole town, including any mountain vistas, without having to cover too much altitude and wearing yourself out.
When packing for your trip, make a list of the essentials and stick to that list. Pack in advance if you can. If you simply throw all of the items you think you’ll need into your bag the night before, you’ll end up with over-sized heavy luggage that will be difficult to transport.
If you’re traveling to a country where you’re likely to want to enjoy a bottle of wine, bring along your own corkscrew. If you don’t know the area or speak the language, tracking down a corkscrew just for that impromptu picnic can turn a relaxing afternoon into a harried scavenger hunt.
Schedule a late night flight if you are traveling with a baby. Airlines dim lights and raise the cabin temperature on night flights so that people can sleep easier. People are also much quieter and tend to watch movies or listen to music instead of talking. These conditions will help your baby feel relaxed.
If you will be traveling for an extended period of time, such as five to seven days or more, pack lightly and plan on doing laundry. Take a little extra money with you and visit a laundromat or a dry cleaner. You can save yourself a lot of precious suitcase space by washing and re-wearing some items of your wardrobe.
Use the internet to plan your trip. You can research thousands of destinations online to find the right place for your vacation. Using the internet, you can find information on just about any destination you can think of. You will not have the problem of finding too little information, rather, you may have the problem of information overload.
Joining a travelers club like AAA will help keep money in your pocket through discounts and specials. Many hotels, restaurants and other organizations will offer moderate to steep discounts to members of travelers clubs. With little research and questioning, you can target companies that offer these discounts and save a bundle.
When traveling by car such as before a long trip across country one should take the vehicle to their usual mechanic. They can check to make sure everything is in good working order before relying on the vehicle. Oil changes and a tire check will cover all the obvious bases and the finished product will be a reliable means of travel.
If you are traveling on a cruise ship, take a fishing tackle box with you. Put all your valuable jewelry in it; someone who is trying to steal from you probably will not look in it. Tackle boxes even have small compartments that allow you to store earrings or rings as well as larger areas for other jewelry.
When you are traveling by cruise ship, take a picture with you to put on your door. It is easy to get confused and have difficulty locating your room. All the hallways and doors on the ship look very similar to one another. To help you find your room without any hassle, put a picture of something you know very well on it. Just be careful not to put any personal photos up.
Tip generously. When boarding your cruise ship, give the steward $20. You should have a similar staff throughout the cruise. They’ll treat you better if you’re generous with them.
Avoid asking your hotel’s staff about what attractions and restaurants are the ones to go to during your travels. It is likely that they are on the take and will receive some kind of commission for sending you there and there is no way of knowing whether it is a quality establishment.
Now the choice is yours, so get out there and enjoy finding new places and people to challenge your preconceptions. Armed with a little extra knowledge now about the experience of traveling, you can expect a few less bumps on the road to your destination. Share this article with friends and family, who may be heading out with you or on journeys of their own.