Ways To Make Your Overseas Vacation Travel Easier
Travel will always be the spice of life, giving individuals a new viewpoint on the world in which they live and providing numerous experiences that can add interest to your conversation. Traveling well requires good planning, a generous spirit and an ability to adapt to unfamiliar conditions. If you want to be ready for anything, here are a few suggestions to increase your travel enjoyment.
1 – Packing
Research the weather in the area you are visiting beforehand. Generally, layering your garments will allow you to be prepared for variations in temperature. Only bring items that you know you will enjoy wearing and in which you will feel comfortable. Many experienced travelers purchase travel clothing that can be quickly washed and dried in a bathroom. Take time to ensure that your footwear is both comfortable and can be worn under a variety of conditions, depending on your plans. Opt for clothing that is simple and appropriate for any circumstance. Women should be aware that some cultures require shoulders and legs to be covered in public, regardless of temperature.
2 – Important Papers
Scan your passport, visa, driver’s license and health insurance card, and then, email the scans to yourself. In this way, you will always be able to access these important papers should you lose your own copies. This measure can save you hours of scurrying and needless stress when visiting a foreign country.
3 – Plan Your Money Needs
You can avoid costly exchange rates if you have a global international credit card at your disposal. If you need additional cash while away, take out more money than you need immediately to avoid multiple ATM charges. These measures can help to avoid additional expenses for your journey that add to the total cost of travel. Always keep small notes and coins in the local currency on hand. Many small shops and taxis cannot change large bills.
4 – Data Connectivity
Another place where you can add up additional charges you didn’t plan into your travel budget is on data for your smartphone. Whenever possible, utilizing a free Wifi connection will always be the best option however, it is much convenient if you get a Data Sim Card which will allow you to connect to the internet for a certain period of time. This suggestion should also apply to your GPS, which can be used offline to find your way to various attractions without adding data costs to your bill.
In the Philippines, SMART Bro offers Data Sim Card or Pocket WIFI devise for your internet connection needs. It has the fastest and widest coverage and it is backed by the Philippines largest Telco – PLDT.
If Data connectivity is expensive on your next destination, write down the addresses of sites you intend to visit in advance of your trip. It’s always a good idea to print out maps of metro areas and local regions to make it easier to find your way without relying on a device.
5 – Health Needs
If you take medications, ensure that you have a sufficient amount on hand for your needs. Do not carry medications in your suitcase, which may be misplaced or diverted. Pack a small medical kit that includes pain relievers of your choice, band-aids, an antiseptic ointment and tweezers to remove splinters or insect stingers. If you have dietary concerns, bring antacids and antidiarrheal medication.
6 – Getting Around
Research the local methods of transportation in advance and schedule your conveyance in advance, if required. If you plan to drive, study local driving rules and know the traffic patterns at various times of the day. Find out how public conveyances are used and where they are most likely to be found.
7 – Language Differences
You will find it convenient to learn a few key phrases in the language of the country you are visiting if English is not the official language. Important phrases such as “Where is the bathroom,” “I need a doctor,” and “how much does it cost” will aid you in ordinary circumstances and will help you to feel more comfortable in an unfamiliar culture. It’s a good idea to also bring a small notebook and pen to draw pictures to communicate if you find you cannot express your needs any other way.
If you have internet connection on your smartphone, I recommend downloading Google Translate (Android – IOS). It may not be always accurate but It is till the most helpful travel app I have on my iPhone.
Travel can provide adventures well beyond any planning. However, if you are well prepared, you will be able to take advantage of the many opportunities that visiting foreign places provides for enjoying new people, places and experiences