ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Before Travel What-to-do's

Updated on October 4, 2012
by taoty
by taoty | Source

Going to a place which you haven't been yet is something to look forward to, exciting but at the same time scary. Travelling to an unknown place needs a preparation. Yes, it adds to the thrill if you go unprepared, but problems may come that may spoil the fun.

by digitalart
by digitalart | Source

I began travelling since I was a kid but those trips were just from my island to another island, inter-island as they say. Our preparation begins from packing clothes, hygiene kit, getting my medicine for seasickness, and food. It's something very basic and we don't have to get a map since my anyone from the group knew the place. The problem we usually encounter is the unavailability of ship's ticket so we ended up stranded. Bringing blankets, pillows, sleeping mats are on our checklist because there is no hotel in that place. I can say that, your preparation depends on your destination.

My very first out of the country travel was last June of this year. We booked the ticket few months before our trip and it meant we had so much time to prepare. One of the must-bring-things aside from the "basic" things I made mention were cameras (with spare battery), laptops, and hard drive.

Google had always been helpful to us in terms of getting relevant informations. Somebody from the group printed a map which gave us a birds eyeview of the place and made an itinerary to make sure we made use of our time being there. We are lucky enough to have some people around us who had been in Hongkong who can give us other relevant infomations that we need including having our simcards activated for roaming and Philippine peso exchanged with Hongkong dollar. Having our bills changed isn't as easy as pie and it was due to Hongkond dollar shortage in my place. Bringing credit card is very helpful when travelling if you intend to shop.

Travelling to a place where people can't barely understand English can be a problem, so make sure you always have a map with you. In Hongkong, we get free maps in the airport. One of the things to consider is looking for a safe, convenient and cheap hotels to stay. See to it that the place you are staying is strategically located and as much as possible its near or accessible to nearest train or bus station, restaurants, banks and airport. Do not rely on the idea of getting a tourist guide. Make your own reseach of the landmarks and the place that you should'nt miss when you get there. Sometimes, there are are pseudo tourist guides that we've met and we just realized that they are touring us to the casinos in Macau which may look majestic but failed to take us to the temples.

There was an instance that we got lost on our way to the ferry station bound to Macau and asked the local for directions. But, the directions he gave were all wrong. Trust no one but yourself. Do not trust strangers, always leave a doubt in your mind.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Good hub. Very useful.

    • suziecat7 profile image


      6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Lots of sound advice here for the traveller. Great Hub.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)