Although you can’t anticipate every unforeseen event, there are steps you can take to ensure a safe and healthy vacation. There are also plenty advantages of planning early that will guarantee a successful trip. And remember that while planning ahead saves you a lot of unnecessary stress during your vacation, you will also be prepared for any unexpected obstacle headed your way.
Planning Your Trip: Tips and Travel Advice
Top 8 Back Packing Tips
Here are some first time back backing tips if your interested in trekking across mountains and plains, or just wanted to get in touch with the outdoors.
- Avoid wearing jeans or cotton clothing.
- Always be prepared for the worst weather.
- Familiarize yourself with the tent design and set-up.
- Obtain necessary permits and reserve campsites in advance.
- Know the area’s weather patterns and accommodate for time of year.
- Wear polypropylene, wool or other breathable materials that wick moisture away and dry quickly.
- Study a map or guide to know where you’ll be hiking and estimate the time it will take to arrive at your destination.
- Dress appropriately in layers and be prepared for changing conditions, temperature changes at higher altitudes, and evenings.
Top 4 How to Pack Light while Planning Your Trip
Here are some tips that may help you lighten the your luggage load and still make sure that you have everything you need.
- Check the weather forecast to bring the most appropriate items to wear.
- Choose a central color to coordinate your outfits so you will be able to mix and match.
- If you make several purchases while on your trip, consider purchasing another carry-on bag larger than the one you arrived with.
- Call ahead to the hotel to see if they offer any laundry services. See if they include items in your room such as, robes and toiletries that will reduce your packing needs.
3 Tips when Traveling Abroad
It is always exciting to travel aboard weather it is your first time or your fifth time. The tips provided are only some of the things you need to consider before you leave and while on vacation.
- Make sure you hook up to internet banking if you travel around Europe as ATMs don’t give bank balances
- Sometimes banks have to order the foreign currency, so check in a few weeks before you travel to give them time to help you.
- When hitch-hiking in Europe always check (at the exit of petrol station) back side of road signs – there are plenty of hints and tips for fellow hikers – where to find free food, where to get a key for a shower for free etc.
9 tips Before You Travel, Do Research
Before you leave for your destination know what your can and can’t do. You don’t want to be stuck at customs explaining why you didn’t bring the right identification or why you decided to bring a piece of salami back. Follow these tips before leaving.
- Learn as much as you can about your destination.
- Type of weather the area has so you can plan accordingly.
- Some research about the costs of local items so you can set your budget.
- Check the dates of local major holidays or festivals, since services may be limited on those dates.
- Don’t forget to budget for taxes and tipping. Many governments charge high taxes for travel related services.
- If you plan on driving, get your car ready and investigate the local road conditions, laws and other driving requirements.
- Do not exchange much currency before you enter your destination country. Exchange rates in hotels are typically not very good.
- Check your destination country’s holidays. Usually public transportation, gas stations, and grocery stores are not open on holidays.
- When you visit non-English speaking countries, keep a list in your wallet of common phrases, such as Hi, Bye, Thank you, do you speak English etc, as people seem to be a lot friendlier to you when you attempt to speak their language.