Along with the excitement of visiting a place you’ve never seen before comes the stress of not knowing what to expect. The good news is that you can do a lot to make sure that your trip goes well and results in only good surprises, not stressful ones. Ahead are some great tips that will help you have more fun and less stress.
If you are traveling overseas or even to a part of the country you’ve never visited before, it’s a good idea to let your bank and credit card company know. Many credit cards are equipped with fraud protection, which could block transactions that the company isn’t sure the card holder authorized. Travelling far from home is an almost certain way to trip these sensors.
If you are concerned about theft in the countries you’ll be visiting, set up your wardrobe in advance to ward them off. You can sew passport-sized pockets into the top of your pants; this option might be more comfortable when walking than a moneybelt. Also consider lining the bottom of a cloth bag with chicken wire to deter theives with razor blades.
When traveling with more than one child, consider pre-packing each child’s clothing into a large freezer bag. These bags can be labeled with each day, so the kids can easily find the clothing they’re going to wear. This prevents them from needing to unpack the whole suitcase each morning, and also reduces the chance of items being forgotten at home.
If you choose to purchase travel insurance before going on a trip, you would do well to buy it from an independent source. Let’s say you book a cruise and are offered travel insurance from the cruise company. Since you are essentially buying protection against the cruise line’s own mistakes/accidents, it makes more sense to purchase your insurance from an outside source than to rely on the potential cause of your future claim as your insurance provider.
If you are traveling by air and have to make multiple stops in airports, take a look around at some of the bookshops. Many airport bookshops now trade in used books. You can take that paperback you just finished on your last flight and get a new one to read, while you wait for your upcoming transfer.
If you are leaving children with friends or relatives while you are away on a trip, make sure to leave important papers like health insurance cards and a notarized letter, stating that their caregiver has your authority to make medical decisions. They made need this information if there is a medical emergency.
When you’re visiting an unfamiliar city, make sure to spend a few minutes chatting with your hotel concierge. The concierge is an expert on the area and it is his or her job to ensure that you enjoy your stay. Ask your concierge to make restaurant reservations or reserve show tickets for you. Your concierge can often get you in to in-demand places.
Traveling is supposed to be a great experience, so try to not worry about the potential pitfalls. Taking inventory of this advice is going to help your travels go much smoother. Instead of worrying about what might go wrong when you travel, you can think about all the great memories you’ll make.