From a city zoo in San Jose to the mountainous regions of Pakistan to the savannahs of Africa, it’s easy to see that traveling leads to very different places. Nonetheless, there are some basic tips that will help ensure a good trip no matter where it is that you are going.
Take an extra debit card with you while traveling. Things sometimes get lost on long trips. If you can, keep an extra debit card handy. Having too much cash on hand is often a bad idea. An extra debit card is much less risky and far easier to keep track of.
Do some research ahead of time and look for dining credits and coupons for your destination. You can also save a lot of money by getting advice about where to eat before you depart. This is better than asking for recommendations when you are already hungry and in a strange place.
Something you should never do is place an important document in the pocket of the seat in front of you. Most likely, it will slide down to where you will not be able to view it anymore and you will forget all about it. Then you will get off the plane and realize too late that you don’t have it.
It is customary to tip any hotel staff that makes your stay easier. A good rule of thumb is per bag/luggage and about -5 a day for housekeeping. If you can tip these people appropriately, you will find that you will have a better relationship with the hotel staff during your stay.
Use your GPS for things you did not know it could do. Many GPS units actually have calculators, currency exchange rates, and bilingual dictionaries built in. You can use these to your advantage without having to buy them separately. Check your GPS before you attempt it though, as some less expensive models don’t carry these features.
Make your travel plans without locking yourself into advance booking. While you can get a good deal this way, you are asked to pay in advance for the length of your trip, and you don’t have the flexibility to cancel or change the dates of your trip. Particularly if you know that your plans could change, pay a little more and stay at a hotel that will let you adjust the dates of your stay up until a day before your arrival.
Instead of traveling with a tour guide, buy a Guidebook. They are just as effective as a tour guide, showing you the best places to visit and good places to eat. A Guidebook is much cheaper than a tour guide, and some may even have tips that the guide doesn’t know about!
Tip as generously as you can afford. As you board the cruise, tip to your steward. You are likely to have the same crew members waiting on you for the duration of the cruise and if they feel as though you are going to be generous with them, you are likely to be well taken care of.
Get a doctor’s note to give to your insurance provider, that states that you are fit to travel if you have a pre-existing condition. Official documentation will go a long way with the insurance provider. If you have your wallet stolen while on vacation, go to the police report and get a written police report.
No matter where it is that you are going, these common tips should help you in your travels. While each country has its own idiosyncrasies, the advice here should be kept in mind no matter where it is that you go. Now that you’ve got the advice, all that’s left is picking the destination!