Whether you’ve been travelling for years or you’re going to step out of the country for the first time, you could stand to benefit from a few travel tips. There are plenty of rookie mistakes even an experiences traveler can make. So read ahead for a little checklist to help you make the right moves before hopping on the next plane.
Speaking of checklists, you should have one for every trip. A mental list is not enough, no matter how early you will be packing. At least a week before you need to fly, start writing a list of the things you need to take, a list of things you want to do and see at your destination, and one more list of anything you want to buy while you are there. Hang on to the first list while you are at your vacation spot, so that you can use it to pack for the return.
Learn Some Phrases
Unless Bespoke travel agents are handling your trip, you’re going to be on your own. So it would help if you can learn a few key phrases in the language that is spoken at your destination. “Thank you”, “please”, and “I’m sorry” can go a long way in the local dialect. It doesn’t hurt to learn the words for restaurant, restroom, and hotel.
You really should know a little bit about the culture and taboos of the country you’re visiting. Some things that are normal in your culture can be considered rude or even offensive in another. You must make sure you are dressed appropriately, both for the culture and for the weather. You can always get this information from Bespoke travel agents, but the internet can tell you everything you need to know too.
Plan… to be Spontaneous
Of course, you should know some of the places you want to visit when you go to a foreign land, but you should also be flexible enough to get a little spontaneous. You may see something incredible that strikes you, and you cannot dismiss it just because you “have a plan”. So it would be best to plan only one or two things for each day, and let the cards fall as they may for the rest.
Take Photos Sparingly
Though you may be tempted to walk around with a camera and snap every single thing you see, from that delicious dinner dish to the awe-inspiring structures. Well, don’t. If you do, you may forget to experience it all yourself. You may want to share everything with your friends and family back home, but you can’t do so at the expense of your own experience. So do take pictures, but sparingly.
These suggestions should make each your every trip more special and life-changing.