If you’re planning a trip, you may be wrapped up in thinking about how much fun you will have when you arrive.
However, there are a lot of other things to think about to make sure that your trip is safe and goes well. Here’s a list of things to think about when planning a trip.
Embassy is your friend
If you are traveling in another country and your passport is lost or stolen, head to the nearest Embassy or Consulate as soon as possible.
Many times these agencies can issue a replacement in as little as 24 hours, letting you get back to enjoying your vacation quickly and easily.
Visa or Master
Take an extra debit card with you while traveling.
Things sometimes get lost on long trips. If you can, keep an extra debit card handy. Having too much cash on hand is often a bad idea.
An extra debit card is much less risky and far easier to keep track of.
Helps to know some Local Cultures
To avoid any awkward confrontations, do some research if you are traveling to a foreign nation. This includes looking up standard phrases such as “thank you,” “how much” and “how are you.”
You should also look around for standard customs of the country, such as gestures, so that you can avoid offending anyone with gestures or body language that seem normal to you.
Save more for later
Do some research ahead of time and look for dining credits and coupons for your destination.
You can also save a lot of money by getting advice about where to eat before you depart.
This is better than asking for recommendations when you are already hungry and in a strange place.
Keep someone notified
As an important safety measure before leaving on a trip one should always tell a close friend or family member when they plan on returning and any other key information about the trip.
By doing this one is guaranteeing that someone will know something is wrong when nobody shows up on the expected date.
When traveling in a strange city by taxi, ask an independent third party such as a front desk clerk or baggage porter what the right rate is for a trip to your destination.
Also set up the rate with the driver before you get into the cab. This helps prevent you from getting ripped off.
If you are a visitor to foreign cities, keep your eyes open for thieves that might be dressed as law enforcement or government personnel.
Never hand over your original passport, as you might not get it back. If they state you must go to an office, offer to walk the distance with them.
Make sure that you do not get into an automobile with somebody that you do not know, especially if they are acting oddly.
Hope you learn something
Now that you know what to look out for when planning your trip, you can start thinking about the fun you’ll have when you get there.
The first step to having a great time on any trip is to plan right. Keep these tips in mind to make sure you don’t forget anything!