When you travel to different places in the world, you need to adapt to a number of things. Visa and immigration issues may vary from place to place. Each country has it’s own culture and the kind of people you come across are different in every part of the world. Nonetheless, there are a few things which remain the same no matter where you head off to. Here are some of the tips I wish I knew before I started following my passion for traveling:
Always Keep the Hotel Card
This is not at all important if you have visited the country before or the local people speak the English language. However, if you are surrounded by people who may not understand a word you say, it is helpful to keep the original hotel card that displays the hotel’s name in the local language. This helps in situations when you get lost or are staying at a place which is not listed on Google Maps. You simply have to show the card to a cab driver and he will take you to your hotel.
Manage Your Cash and Credit Card Wisely
People who are traveling to foreign lands must have sufficient cash so that they do not have to run to an ATM immediately. It will also help you save on ATM fees at machines which are not run by your own bank. Before traveling, check all available ATM machines by referring to your bank’s website. Make a list of all available ATM machines at different locations so you are not forced to use other banks’ machines.
Another way to manage expenditure is via a credit card. A large number of hotels and shops accept payments through a credit card. It is a more secure form of managing cash flow as you will not have to carry money every time you go out. Just make sure not lose your credit card!
Carry Your Own Medicine
The last time I was traveling, I had a hard time finding my prescription medicine to relieve me of my migraine. This is why now I always carry a small bag full of all the medicines I may need, from Advil to Tylenol. Make sure you always carry something for diarrhea, in case the local food upsets your tummy.
Don’t Carry Too Much Luggage
Check the weather forecast and believe in it. Only take items and accessories for unforeseen changes. If it says sunny, pack accordingly. You can always buy a cheap raincoat if it rains, unexpectedly. Use the local Laundromat if you are going on a trip for more than 10 days.
Benefit From Google Maps
Thanks to technology, travelers hardly lose their bearings, even when traveling to a new place. Install a mapping software or app on your smartphone, if you don’t have one already. Use the Wi-Fi in your hotel to discover and mark locations before you head out. You can take screenshots of the maps if you land at a spot where there is no internet.
About the Author:
Elena has seen many weird things in her travels, and aspires to see more. She is extremely fascinated by culture, ancient civilizations, and awe-inspiring scenery. When not planning imaginary trips to esoteric parts of the world, she runs obsessively and attempts to capture photos of lightning. She’s currently working as ambassador for Atlantis Gozo Diving.