Travelling is a passion for one and many. Be it on pocket string budgets or an extravagant vacation off with family, it is advisable to read up for helpful tips at the onset of your journey to make it an unforgettable experience. Here are a few tips on the do’s and don’ts when you are literally on your toes !!!
A well planned itinerary is a must. If you are a solo traveller, you can wander off on your own and take impromptu decisions. But a vacation with your spouse and kids or friends becomes a memorable experience if you pay attention to detail. Equally important is knowing a bit more about the places you wish to see. Carrying a travel guide is a good way to familiarise yourself with a totally new environment. Just makes your travel more interesting and a fond memory to narrate.
Another ‘mantra’ often followed is travelling light. There is nothing worse than heaving and grunting under excess weight. Lifting bulky luggage from the airport baggage carousel or onto and off public transport can be quite a dampener. If you wish to explore on foot, the lighter the bags, the lesser the hassle.
If you are going to take time off family or you are on a business trip, you will need to make international calls either by using calling cards or from phone booths. You could even rent a mobile phone or a SIM card, or use VoIP applications on your laptop. With cheap international calling rates, staying in touch whilst travelling is easily manageable these days.
Protecting your documentation is very important. You would not want to spoil your travel plans by misplacing your identification papers and then having to visit the nearest Consulate/Embassy to procure the same. Not only is the process stalling but could even prove scarily expensive. Carrying your passport and other travel documents like Insurance on you all the time is on way to avoid such a situation. This is important as the brisk market for stolen travel documents makes it difficult for you to explain how your identification became involved in the commitment of some fraud on foreign soil.
Vis-a-vis the currency, it is economical to arrive with some walking around money rather than exchanging for local currency before you begin your journey. Large financial institutions get a better exchange rate than an individual can secure.
And last but not the least, respect the culture of the place you are visiting. Travelling with an open mind and a clear understanding of the differences in people’s way of thinking and lifestyles not only helps you in exploring of new ways of life but also helps you in showcasing the uniqueness of your own culture. Keep your prejudices, preferences and tastes at home and have an experience truly enriching!