I like to travel, and over the years I’ve learned a few things I would like to share now with my readers. Whether you’re preparing to leave town by car, plane, or train, here are some travel tips that I hope will help you before you embark on your journey.
If you’re a light sleeper, a pair of earplugs can really help. Sometimes hotel walls seem tissue paper thin. A good pair of earplugs (or multiple pairs of disposable earplugs) can block out the extra noise and allow you to get a good night’s sleep.
Make sure to read plenty of reviews from different sources about your travel destination. Don’t book any vacations before checking different websites and travel books and making sure that other travelers had positive experiences with your airline, hotel, cruise line, or any other service that you use when you travel.
Language is the key to making your trip easier and getting better service. Foreign travel is great fun until you need to ask for something in a location where you are confronted with only native speakers. Learning a few phrases about general things and some specific to service related needs can save you from playing charades when you really need help.
Set up an account on a “cloud” site and upload scans of important documentation that you may need on your trip. Loss and theft occur quite often during travel in-country as well as abroad. By having documentation stored in a “cloud” location you can easily access them from anywhere you have Internet access.
Frustration can occur if there are issues with your travel plans. Flights can be delayed or the right car may not be available. In these situations there are only two people who can deal with the situation, yourself and the agent you are speaking with. At the start, both of you care about resolving the issue, however, it’s very easy for one of you to lose your cool. Keep calm and stay polite. You will accomplish far more this way, and your trip will be less stressful.
So as you pack all your bags and start to plan your itinerary, remember the information found in the tips you have just read. This great advice will help you at every step of your vacation or business trip, from the very moment you set foot at your destination to the return trip home.