Travel like a Local

 

Reaching a new, unfamiliar destination brings the adventurous side of me (and I know, you too). The feeling of something new, something mysterious, something unfamiliar make your trip even more exciting. Questions like “what to do”, “where to go first” and other questions. I’ve been there. And I had my fair share of embarrassment whenever I can’t communicate well with the locals with unfamiliar language.

 

What to do? Here are my recommendations:

 

  1. Try to read up on the customs and traditions of a country before you travel there. Even the simplest things can happen differently depending on where you are. If you show that you are prepared to totally envelop yourself in the culture, people will welcome you with open arms. This will make your vacation much more enjoyable.

 

  1. Do not be afraid to ask your tour guide for their credentials. Many tour guides are often required to carry a permit. Do not be shy about asking to see it. If you are spending your money on their services, it is well within your right to do so.

 

  1. Consider traveling to small towns if you are on a budget. Small towns have their own unique charm and attractions. You can usually find historical districts and picturesque scenery in town. Accommodations are usually very affordable. Because the town is not a tourist attraction, this is a good option for a quiet getaway.

 

  1. Always try the local cuisine when you visit a new destination. Part of a country or localities culture and lifestyle is in the food. You can’t completely experience these places without trying all that their food has to offer. Seek out the experience of locals and ask for their favourite lunch and dinner spots, then make several of those must-do’s of your list.

 

  1. Prior to traveling abroad, take some time to familiarise yourselves with the local laws of the country you are visiting. Laws can be very different from country to country. Consulates cannot step over local laws, so if you do break one, even if you were unaware of it, you will be held accountable.

 

  1. When planning to travel to a country that uses a very different language or even alphabet than your own, it’s a good idea to get precise, up to date information about exactly how to travel to hotel bookings or sites of interest ahead of time. Often, maps or travel guides won’t go into the amount of detail necessary, so make sure to have a custom map which shows everything you’ll need.

 

While there truly is no place like home, there are thousands of beautiful, exotic, and history-rich places on this planet that simply should not be missed. Whether you are planning a trip to a nearby state park or an expedition to the highest mountain peak, you are sure to enjoy these travel tips.

 

And remember…

 

The well-prepared traveler is one who does his or her research. Great bargains, faster trips, and hassle-free travel are all waiting for you. All it takes to find them is a little self-education.

Quick Packing Tips For You

YES! Traveling is fun and exciting especially if you know where you are going. What to bring along with your travel plans must be consider. (It’s a MUST!)

Lone traveler? When traveling, travel as light as you possibly can. If you can, avoid checking baggage. This will help speed things up when you’re getting on and off planes. The less you take with you, the less chance you have of something getting lost or damaged in transit. If you can, try and travel with only a carry-on bag —- a carry on bag that includes everything you need, not necessarily everything you want. If traveling to cold weather, bring smaller clothes to create layers rather than big, space-consuming coats and sweaters. Your smart packing will pay off when you are happily carrying one bag around on vacation instead of lugging around multiple bags.

 

With your family? Luggage is often a large problem when people travel. While it might seem like a good idea to buy your children small size luggage, remember that they are entitled to a full size carry-on on most major air carriers. This extra luggage space can often save you from checking an extra piece of baggage.

 

If you will be traveling for an extended period of time, such as five to seven days or more, pack lightly and plan on doing laundry. Take a little extra money with you and visit a laundromat or a dry cleaner. You can save yourself a lot of precious suitcase space by washing and re-wearing some items of your wardrobe.

 

When traveling, pack plenty of snacks and munch on them throughout the day. Snacks that keep you fuller longer are best. Some good ideas are almonds, dried fruit, cashews, whole wheat crackers, and beef jerky. When you pack snacks that fill you up, you spend less money on meals. Additionally, it sustains your energy so you can do more sight-seeing during the day.

 

Take a translation tool when traveling to a country that doesn’t speak your native language. This can be in the form of a book or a phone application. While you might find that a lot of people speak English in large cities, it may be quite different in small towns or rural areas. Attempting to speak in the language of the country is really appreciated by the citizens.

 

Of course, don’t forget to bring your camera! :) As much as traveling is concern, snapping photos is vital to keep your travel memories forever. You may or may not be able to come back to the same destination. So, snap that photo!

 

When it comes time for you to start planning a trip, you may wonder where to start. There are many things to consider before you actually go on the trip. But keeping tabs on what you should only bring can make a difference for your trip.

Best Travel Dates? WHENEVER You Want To Travel!

Picking what date to travel can be a time-consuming process. You’ll consider your availability from work or from the business, the travel expenses, accommodation, etc, etc. I say TRAVEL WHENEVER you wanted. :) There’s no best dates, it’s all about following your gut and go for it. There’s no perfect timing, you’re going to go with what you desire. After all, traveling is about exploring too. Be spontaneous!

For me, I usually plan my trip on a weekend (no specific date) but must fall on the weekend so I won’t have to worry about work  and other commitments because weekends are intended for “me” time.

 

The following tips will help you on your trip, whether you choose to travel by train, plane or car. This is useful advice that can help with all aspects of your traveling expedition.

 

Autumn is a great time to travel through New England (in case you haven’t been in the other lovely spots). This is when the leaves begin to change into their beautiful golden colour. The weather cools down, making the air feel refreshingly crisp. You no longer have to compete with summer tourists. This is the time when you can slow down your pace of travel and just enjoy the beauty around you.

 

Traveling by air? Make sure you don’t put any valuables or electronics in your checked luggage. Luggage handlers aren’t known to be gentle and any electronics may end up damaged during transport. Airlines are also known to lose luggage and you don’t want to take a chance of losing something valuable.

 

If you have any food allergies, you will want to be particularly careful when traveling abroad. If you suffer from severe food allergies, make sure you are able to speak those food related terms in the native language of your travel destination. You’ll be able to tell waitstaff in restaurants about your allergies before there’s a problem and you have to explain to medical professionals.

 

When you know you will be on an airplane for an extended amount of time, make sure you dress for the occasion. Wearing tight jeans will not be comfortable and will make you miserable by the end of the ride. Try sweatpants or a loose fitting cotton dress.

 

Book your reservations and flights with the exact name shown on your government identification card. Although you may typically go by a nickname or middle name, for the purpose of ticketing, use your given name. Small name differences can be a huge headache when trying to get through security, especially abroad where it isn’t obvious that Bill is short for William.

 

Try to only bring carry-on bags. If you can travel light, you will not have to face the mess that is the check counter. Just remember the policies about weight, and be ready to buy toiletries upon your arrival to your destination. You can call your airline to clarify any specifics.

 

Keep your money discreetly tucked away while traveling. It would be terrible to be stuck in a foreign place with no way to pay for necessities. Put cash on a money clip and hide it in a secret place. Try to carry the minimum amount of money with you so that you do not risk losing much.

 

If you want to attempt to get an empty seat, there are some tricks to try. Ask for a seat near the back end of the plane, because these generally fill up last. If you are not comfortable with that, ask for an exit row seat. These seats come with extra responsibility, that not many are willing to accept.

 

As you make your travel arrangements, negotiate with the front desk at the hotel you would like to stay at. Do not necessarily request a lower rate because managers do not often change the price of their rooms. Instead, try to arrange for other perks, including a free breakfast or an upgraded room. You can also ask if they have any other packages or special offers.

 

Road trip? When your travel plans involve a road trip, allocate a “stop” card to each member of your family. You can’t get out at every place that looks fun, but each member of your family should have an equal voice in deciding what attractions you see. If you give each person one “stop” card a day, they know that when they pull it out the family will stop to check out the attraction. This reduces arguing and is fun for the entire family.

 

Remember the tips above as you prepare for your travels. This advice will assist you on any trip, no matter how big or small.

Introduction: Travelpedia

Travel is a pastime that is commonly share by people around the world (and that includes me!). The opportunity to learn about other cultures, lands and lifestyles is invaluable.

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So, what do I usually do when making travel plans? (By the way, I’m married to traveling that my life can’t go on without it! Haha!) Here goes:

 

Make a packing list. As soon as you know you’ll be traveling, start a list of everything you will need to pack. This will keep you away from chaos no matter how late you pack. I’m still practicing to be as organised as possible but then this shouldn’t be ignored. 😉

 

Do not be afraid to ask your tour guide for their credentials. Many tour guides are often required to carry a permit. Do not be shy about asking to see it. If you are spending your money on their services, it is well within your right to do so.

 

If you will be out of town for a few days or more, consider having someone you know drive by your house occasionally to make sure that everything looks okay. You may also want them to go inside and turn lights on at night. This will let anyone watching know that the house is being cared for.

 

Limit the amount of luggage you take on your trip to a carry-on bag. Luggage has a nasty habit of getting lost in airports. Even if it does not get lost, you often spend an annoying amount of time waiting for it to show up on the luggage carrousel. Limiting the luggage you take to a single carry-on bag will eliminate this problem entirely.

 

If you need to find a travel destination, you should watch some documentaries about foreign countries and perhaps look at some travel guides. This should give you a better idea of what kind of landscapes and monuments you can see in different parts of the world. Choose what interests you the most.

 

If you are traveling in an unknown territory, you can check out reviews of restaurants and hotels online. Having access to the internet on your smartphone, can be a really useful thing when deciding what hotel to spend the night in or where to dine. This can help you avoid bad areas and neighbourhoods or really low rated restaurants.

 

If you are traveling with kids, have them bring toys and games for the ride. When kids are bored, not only will they bother you with constant questions about when you will get to the desired location, but you will also find yourself making more stops for bathroom breaks and fast-food, as they try to find ways to entertain themselves.

 

Driving far in a car means consistently changing radio stations for ones that a clear. To solve this, make CDs or tapes with all of the group’s favourite songs so you can jam happily without distracting yourself by trying to find a clear station while driving. This also allows for you guys to listen to music non-stop rather then sit and wait for commercials to end.

 

Traveling with any kind of electronics means that you constantly have to charge batteries that you would normally charge at home. One of the most convenient means of doing this while on the road is to buy an inverter and plug it into your vehicle’s cigarette lighter. That way you can use the same chargers you normally use at home.

 

When you get to your location, check with the locals for things to do. Locals will know all the best places to go for recreation or for food. This can help you avoid going to less than thrilling places or places that are going to be extremely crowded.

 

To wrap it up, TRAVELING (caps to emphasise) is a hobby that people from around the world can enjoy. To get the most out of your experience, careful planning is necessary. Ciao!