Few things are more exciting than taking a trip. Whether you are going for a road trip to see something new in your own state, or heading off overseas for the very first time to visit a city you have always dreamed off, there are some travel basics that you should know. This article will help you plan the perfect trip.
Keep notes of all important documents when you travel abroad. Know where your embassy or consulate is and how they can be reached should you need to get into contact with them. You will need to contact the embassy if you have any trouble. They can give you assistance with any hiccups along the road.
Make a list of things you need to pack. Between one week and three months before you leave for a trip, sit down and write down every item you are going to take with you. This will enable you to pack only the things that you really need and it can also ensure that you will not leave anything behind.
When you are in an unfamiliar area, be on guard for criminals acting as officials such as law enforcement. Never hand over your original passport, as you might not get it back. If you are advised that you need to return with them to the police station or another office, travel with them only by foot. Don’t enter a vehicle with a local you don’t know.
When venturing abroad, be cautious about getting into taxis. Be sure it is legit before getting into it. Anyone can put the word “taxi” on their vehicle, and you would never be the wiser.
Bring a doorstop to your hotel room. A doorstop can ensure your door stays closed.
When you get into your hotel room, check your alarm. Whether by simple accident or obnoxious prank, many a traveler has been awakened early in the morning or worse, in the middle of the night, by the alarm clock at their bedside. To be sure you can rest, check that the alarm is either off or set to the time in which you want to wake up.
Get a good workout in before leaving on a flight. Taking a long flight can be tedious. Not to mention the effects sitting for long time can have on your body. You can have more energy at the end of your flight when your warm up and stretch before takeoff.
Always remember to wear light, comfy shoes for air travel – shoes which you can slip off easily. You will be required to remove your shoes at the security checkpoints, and you may want to take them off while in the air. The most important thing is comfort. The ideal pair of shoes should also be as light as possible for the long hours you will spend sitting. Sandals of flip-flops are great when traveling by air.
Join forums and social websites that are travel-centric. Getting involved with others that travel is a great way to get prepared for your trip. It will help you make friends and even help you avoid mistakes during your trip.
Now that you know what to do, all you have to do is decide on where to go, pack your bags and head off on your next adventure. You definitely don’t want to forget the camera when traveling.