Your next great adventure is just around the corner, but before starting the trip, remembers to prepare everything in the right way and get ready as you would the most expert in travel. These are the ten best tips:
- KNOW THE RULES
Depending on where you are going to travel, the rules related to the time 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 at least six months after your return date, as many countries demand this. And finally, make sure you know what vaccines you need to travel safely, a quick search on Google and a visit to your doctor will give you the information (and vaccines!) 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.
- KEEP IN CONNECTION
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 whole life, and you start writing faster and faster to say everything you wanted to say before the phone goes off. It is not a pleasant feeling and your only savior in this situation is the charger. Make sure you always carry a charger and adapter with you, so you can charge all your electronic devices anywhere in the world you are.
- USE MAPS
If you are traveling with an iOS or Android device, you will never have to worry about losing yourself again. This is because Google allows Android and iOS users to save maps offline to access them without having to connect 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 a time. If you already know which cities you are going to visit during your trip, do yourself a favor and download the maps before leaving.
- OPT FOR 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 friends (locals), call taxis and search the internet without worrying about roaming or wifi rates. Make sure you carry an unlocked phone with you, since you cannot install a local SIM card on a locked phone.
Make sure you look for information before you leave. Almost all cities, even the smallest ones, have a local website that shows local events for the following months; the local editions 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 investigate the more prepared (and excited!) You will be.
- START TO MAKE CONTACTS
If you are traveling on your own, but do not necessarily want to spend all your vacations without company, start making contacts before leaving. Let your itinerary know as many people as possible starting a travel blog (Tumblr is a good choice, 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. Once again, most people will share tips and information and will agree with you for a coffee if they are nearby.
- POINT, SHOOT, SAVE AND SHOW
Let me guess: you’re probably going to make thousands of photos during your trip. Every new city, every place next to the pool, all cappuccino in the morning and all historical monuments are fantastic to feed your Instagram account. But, if you are going to take pictures in the traditional way -with a camera and not with your phone- there are much better means than Instagram to save the photos and show them. Upload them to your blog or create an online photo gallery with Flickr.
- LEARN COLLOQUIAL 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 are only going to be a few days). You do not have to master the language, but knowing some basic phrases will help you a lot and, the more you know, the better. Before leaving, buy a phrase book (they do not cost much and 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, believe me!
- IT TAKES SOME OF EFFECTIVE
Unless you are 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 what commands. You do not want to end up in the worst case without being able to pay for food, transportation or lodging because you do not have an ATM nearby, so make sure you bring enough cash before you leave. But beware of pickpockets, do not keep all your money in one place and never leave it on the bed when you leave your hotel room.
- MAKE THE SUITCASE LIKE AN EXPERT
There’s nothing more bothering than going around carrying a huge suitcase full of things that you’re probably not going to wear and not having enough space to take home those incredible things you’ve bought without having to pay for excess baggage on your return flight. To avoid this situation, be sure to control as an expert one of the most essential (and least fun) aspects of preparing a trip. Carry a small suitcase if you are going on a weekend trip or traveling to a city for a week or less, roll up your clothes instead of folding them, and re-evaluate each garment and set that you put in your suitcase before closing it, you can do it with much less than you think.
And you have everything ready and ready to travel. Have a nice trip!