After working in this industry for more than 10+ years, I have learned a few tips and tricks to make life a little easier when traveling. Some of these Travel Tips can be avoided, and some are just part of traveling abroad. You can plan for most things in life, but unfortunately, you can’t plan for everything. So without making you wait any further, here are 8 of my best Travel Tips.
1 – First Aid
When you pack your great, don’t forget to pack a small first aid kit. One of the best first aid kits on the market is made my MyMedic.com I would choose the MYFAK kit with the premium feature. This little pack is great for the price and has almost everything you need when abroad. The only thing missing is Activated Charcoal Pills. These can be a real lifesaver for travelers food poisoning, diarrhea and some minor allergic reactions.
2 – Share Your Plans
Many people travel in groups when traveling abroad. There is safety in numbers. What do you do when traveling solo? It is critical when traveling alone you share your plans with a family member or friend back home. Keep a cell phone on and check in every couple days.
3 – Have An Open Mind
If you are traveling abroad, it is important that you be respectful of local customs. With over 6 billion people in the world, there is a lot of variety in customs from country to country. Remember you are a visitor, so don’t judge how people live.
4 – Take A lot Of Photos
Photos make the best souvenirs! Pack your cell phone or a small point and shoot camera. One of the best cameras on the market is the Nikon Coolpix A900. Get an extra battery and a travel adapter for charging. This little camera packs a punch with great photos and lots of options.
5 – Alert Your Bank
Before you leave the United States, alert your bank and all credit card companies that you will be traveling abroad. This is a great habit to into when you a traveling. Make sure you have text alerts enabled too. Most banks and credit card companies have text alert on suspicious transactions. They will alert you and give you the option to approve or deny the unfamiliar charge.
6 – Internet Beware
The internet is amazing, but FREE wifi is not always the best options when traveling abroad. Try avoid logging into your bank or entering passwords when on free public wifi. These spots are perfect for hackers sniffing the network for your information. If you need internet service, hop on at your hotel where it is password protected.
7 – Don’t Be Shy, Ask The Locals
When you are out and about, ask the local residents to point you to the best restaurants and activities in the area. Keep in mind that you may wind up a restaurant that you might not like, but exploring is adventurous and fun!
8 – Put Your Electronics In Your Carry-On
A few of your essential items like your camera, laptop, tablet should be kept in your carry-on. Pack a few other things like a swimsuit, extra underwear, socks and a shirt in case your luggage gets lost.