Alert Your Bank and Credit Card Company of Your Travel Plans Before Departure
This is a great habit to get into if you don’t want your credit card company or bank to put a hold on your card while you are overseas.
Make A List (Or Several)
Lists are your friend. Before traveling, be sure to make a list of all the items you’ll need for the trip. This includes a general packing list, but also a trip-specific list with items you’ll need for your destination.
Learn Common Phrases of the Local Language
Learning basic communication words or phrases such as “Please,” “Thank you,” and “I’m sorry” in the local language really go a long way. You might also want to learn phrases such as “Where is the bathroom?” or “Can I have a beer?”
Always Pay for Travel Insurance
You don’t think you’ll need it until you do and it’s not that expensive. An emergency while traveling can wipe out your savings. Don’t put it to chance. If you travel often, you can pay for an entire year at a time and save money. We use and trust Travel Guard by AIG.
Make Photocopies of Important Documents
Making photocopies of your passport can you save you a great deal of headache should a situation present itself in which you lose your passport or do not have it on you at some point during your travels.
Stay Hydrated on Planes
Having a drink or two while flying can be tempting, but it’s also important to make sure you drink plenty of water. Flying can dehydrate you, particularly on long flights, so drinking plenty of water can prevent dehydration and can also really help with jet lag when you arrive at your destination.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask the Locals
Ask the locals to point out the best restaurants, coffee shops, places to watch the sunset, etc. Just be friendly and most locals will be happy to help you find some of the lesser known, but great spots.
Leave Room for Spontaneity
Even if you are a detailed planner and make a very specific day-by-day itinerary, it’s still a good idea to leave some room for the unplanned. If something presents itself that sounds exciting, don’t be hesitant. Sometimes the spontaneous moments can be the most memorable.