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Five Essential Travel Tips

By: Thao Nguyen

Traveling is a good way for you to experience, widen your knowledge and open your mind. If you are always curious about the outside world and want to pack your bag to discover new places, here are some tips for you to have successful trips and enjoy the moments:

Make a list

            Before any trip, you make a list of things you want to bring and activities you need to complete before going on the road. This way, you will not forget to bring important things, especially important travel documents, and will not miss out on any work you need to finish. Listing things will also make you less nervous when thinking whether you forgot anything so that you sit back and enjoy your trip.

Things to bring:

  • Drivers License
  • Passport if needed
  • Phone numbers
  • Extra SD cards, camera, and batteries
  • Medicine
  • Freezer bags, quart, and gallon to put your liquids in.
  • Charger cords and adapters for overseas travel
  • Emergency contact name and number
  • Travel insurance

Search for information about the destination

It is essential to have certain knowledge about the places you are going. You can search information about the climate, tradition, and food on the Internet. Every culture has its own dominant features and distinctive restrictions. Therefore, some basics may save you from accidents on going against what is prohibited. It is also good to learn some common phrases of the local languages to communicate with people and get what you want — “How much?” “Too much.” “Ok.” “Thank you.”

Estimate the costs

Money may be not an important issue when you decide to go traveling, but overspending may result in problems after your trip. You can estimate how much you should spend each day so that you have your own limit which you should never get over. In some places, there are always disadvantages for visitors who are charged higher prices than locals. If you research and talk to other travelers to find out places with reasonable prices, you can stay on budget. Big Cities will cost more than smaller places, and eating out costs more than buying and fixing your own food.

Take a lot of photos:

Great photos are the ultimate souvenir. You may only see these places and meet these people once in your lifetime. However, you can save these beautiful memories in your photos and keep them with you forever. They do not cost anything but you can share them with your family and friends. Just remember to put your camera in your bag sometimes to enjoy the view and interact with people.

Be flexible

Anything can happen during your trips. In unexpected cases, your flight may be delayed, your luggage may get lost or you may miss a connecting flight. Always remember to be patient to work things out. Also, you can be prepared by having your books to read while waiting for your flights. Make copies of important documents and put electronics and things for personal use including a change of clothes and a toothbrush in your carry-on, just in case.

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