Travelling is so unique in the sense that it can be a 'walk in the park' experience today and an extreme sport tomorrow. This is simply because you cannot plan for every event. To avoid travel mishaps, there are a few important tips that will make your travel experience much easier.
1. Be Flexible
Always plan for delays and try not to get upset when things inevitably go wrong. Patience is extremely important when traveling!
2. Make a List
It's always a good idea to make a written list of things you do no want to forget. The danger with mental lists is that it's easy to forget the 'not so important' items.
3. Learn Common Phrases of the Local Language
A simple “Please,” “Thank you,” and “I’m sorry” in the local language goes a long way.
4. Make Sure You Get Travel Insurance
A medical emergency can wipe out your savings — or even worse.
5. Make Photocopies of Important Documents
In the unfortunate event that you misplace your passport, having a copy could save you the hassle of cancelling your trip. It's always a wise idea to keep these copies in a separate bag from the originals.
6. Pack Extra Underwear
Undies are small and it’s always a good idea to have a few extra pairs in case of emergencies.
7. Put Electronics, Medications, Toothbrush, and an Extra Pair of Underwear in Your Carry-on
A few important items should always go in your carry-on. You can buy most of these things if your bag gets lost, but having them in your carry-on will save you money and time if your luggage gets lost in transit.
8. Bring Lotion in Your Carry-on
Dry skin sucks! Airplane cabins are exceptionally dry and rarely provide hydrating lotion, so it's alwaya important to carry your own.
9. Stay Hydrated on Planes
Although it's pretty easy to get drunk at 30,000 feet, it’s also much easier to get dehydrated. Staying hydrated — especially on long-haul flights — makes it easier to get over jet lag too.
10. Ask The Locals
Always ask the locals to point you to the best restaurants, awesome spots to watch the sunset, the best coffee shops, etc. You can also tell people what type of food you're craving.
11. Beware of Free Public WIFI
Always try to avoid logging into bank accounts or entering any passwords while using free public WIFI at a place like an airport. I’m not as strict about it once I’ve gotten to my hotel, especially if they have a restricted password for their wifi.
12. Book Early for Cheap Flights
Flights should always be the first thing to book when planning a trip. For the most part, the earlier you book, the better price you will get. Airfare rarely goes down in price unless there is a sale (or an airline pricing error).
13. Leave Room for Spontaneity
Don’t plan your entire itinerary ahead of time. It’s tempting, but those unplanned moments while traveling can turn out to be the best memories.
14. Let Someone at Home Know Your Plans
This is extremely important when traveling solo, but it’s still a good idea no matter how many people are in your travel group.
15. Separate Your Sources of Money
Don’t keep all of your cash and cards in one spot. You know as the saying goes, don't keep all your eggs in one basket...
The most common travel setback is a flight delay. This can be extremely annoying!! However, there are many rules and regulations that enable you get compensated in the event of a flight delay. The next time you get delayed, before you moan, file a claim with us and you may just increase your travel budget by $600 or more!