Although most of us enjoy traveling, it can be stressful at times, especially when it comes to planning. The planning, on the other hand, makes the rest of it seem a lot less stressful in the grand scheme of things. Of course, the first thing you will be looking for is a cheapest travel agency. Other than that, ere are six more things to consider before traveling if you’re serious about it:
One of the things you should keep an eye on is the exchange rate. Before you go, it’s also a good idea to figure out the conversion rate. One of the most common financial blunders made by travelers is exchanging their money for foreign currency before arriving at their intended destination. When you buy from your bank, you actually lose money, and if you exchange while at the airport, you lose even more. If you use an ATM when you arrive at your destination, you’ll almost certainly get the best rate.
Also, let your bank know you’ll be traveling so they can set up a travel alert on your account. This will prevent any temporary freezes or holds on your account as a result of any suspicious spending.
Mode of Transportation
How will you get around once you’ve arrived? Taxis may or may not be the best option depending on where you are. If you need to travel longer distances, renting a car may be the best option, in which case you should compare companies and rates. If you’re backpacking in Europe and/or traveling between countries, you might want to consider getting a Railpass. Also, keep in mind that some destinations (such as Hawaii) may require short flights between islands, while others may require water transportation, such as ferries.
Places to stay
When it comes to finding a place to stay, there are numerous options. There are hotels and bed-and-breakfasts to suit your style or the type of travel you want to do. There are always hostels and sites like Airbnb or CouchSurfing that offer short-term lodging in residential properties for those looking for a different experience, a lower price, or perhaps a longer stay in a more private or remote accommodation. Do your homework wherever you decide to rest your head.
You’ll probably need an adapter to charge your electronics unless you’re traveling in the United States or Puerto Rico, or going off the grid. You might also want to get a prepaid phone card for international calls, depending on your phone coverage and/or plan. Otherwise, wifi might be your best friend when it comes to communicating with family and friends back home.
Before you leave, learn about the various customs (do’s and don’ts) of the country you’ll be visiting. For example, what percentage of the bill do they usually tip? Are there any gestures, words, or actions that are offensive in a way that they aren’t in your country? Are there any differences in the laws? Are there any common tourist con artists? Will you be able to attend any cultural events while you’re in town?
Purchase Travel Insurance
This is, in fact, a thing. Travel insurance is available for a variety of reasons, including injury or illness while traveling, trip cancellations, baggage loss or theft, and more. It is not required to purchase travel insurance, but it is a good idea, so do your research.
Despite the fact that the unexpected is half the fun of traveling, we are firm believers in being as prepared as possible. If you’re having trouble planning, consider speaking with a travel agent or someone you know who has traveled before. It’s important to cover the basics, plus a little more, whether you’re traveling domestically or internationally. The unexpected will almost certainly occur, but it will be well worth it.