There are so many important things to consider before embarking on your big journey. Everyone who travels knows that no matter how much planning you do, there will be surprises along the way. The better prepared you are the more likely it is that your trip will run smoothly. The following suggestions are designed to help assure that you have an enjoyable trip.

Plan Ahead:
As much as possible, you will want to lay the foundation for your trip by reserving tickets, accommodations, and rental cars. There’s nothing more unsettling than arriving at your destination and having to search for last minute accommodations and transportation. It’s usually best to reserve a hotel room, hostel, apartment, or vacation home ahead of time. Not only will you enjoy the peace of mind that there’s a place awaiting your arrival, you’re more likely to secure a lower rate. Find out as much as you can about the cities you plan to visit and the types of events that are recommended for visitors.

Check Your Finances:
You will want to make certain that your finances are in good order, and determine whether or not your bank and credit cards will be accepted throughout your travels. It’s a good idea to obtain a recent credit report from a reputable company (visit site). If your credit is not the best, there are steps you can take now to relieve the burden of debt before you embark on your trip. Also, if you are travelling abroad, it’s helpful to check the current exchange rate in order to avoid a shock.

Pack Appropriately:
Plan to take clothing that is suitable for travel. Pack lightweight clothes you can layer and that will easily adapt to a variety of occasions. Also, you will want to take a pair of comfortable walking shoes and a few accessories to provide versatility. Check to see what weather patterns are typical during the time of your travels, and pack an umbrella.

Cell Phone Accessibility:
Check with your cell phone provider to find out if you will be able to use your phone while travelling. Determine whether you will need to make any modifications to your existing service, and find out if you will be able to access your computer. Remember to pack the earpiece for your device, and take important phone numbers and addresses with you (i.e. airline, hotel, events, and friends).

Learn about Public Transportation:
Renting a vehicle and travelling by taxi will increase travel costs. Making use of public transportation can cut costs substantially while providing opportunities to experience the local flavour. You can speak with residents and brush up on your language skills. It helps to carry a map and a dictionary for foreign countries.

Keep Track of Your Belongings:
Although this may seem obvious, keep track of your passport, IDs, credit cards, phone, jewellery, and cash at all times! Remember that pickpockets are professionals who target travellers. Preparation is the key to avoiding unpleasant surprises and for having a memorable and safe journey. Plan out the first and last days of travel, understand your finances, keep important items and information close at hand, pack appropriately, and get ready to really enjoy your big trip!




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Tammy & Chris are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between them they are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football. Find out why they stopped pushing pens around the British civil service to travel the world on their blog.

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