Top Ten Travel Tips For An Enjoyable Vacation
Travel Tips For A Memorable Vacation
Some important travel tips to take note to ensure you have an enjoyable and memorable vacation. Nothing spoils a vacation more than when you encounter problems especially when in an unfamiliar place.
We all love vacations, visiting new places, trying new foods, going shopping and soaking up the wonderful atmosphere. I have listed here top ten travel tips so that you have an enjoyable holiday. This is more so when you travel overseas to another country where they do things differently and where you are not familiar with local customs and language.
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The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
When traveling overseas it is good to have some travel insurance. Most of the time we never make use of it but it is a good precaution to take in the event that it might be needed. This is usually included in the air fare when you purchase your airline ticket.
Your passport is an important document when you travel overseas as it is proof of identity. Copies should be made of your passport and other identity papers. If you have booked your holiday with a tour agency, they will normally ask you to photocopy your passport.
Many hotels have a small safe in the room. So it may be a good idea to keep your passport in the safe rather than taking it along when sightseeing. You can also keep it locked in your suitcase.
Personally I prefer to lock it in the safe especially when I plan to visit places where it is going to be crowded.
Some travelers prefer to keep their passport with them. You can keep all your documents together in one place like a passport holder.
There are also many traveler's bags or pouches which can be hung around the neck or around your waist. You can wear it under your clothes for extra security. Pickpockets can just cut the strap of your pouch if it is hanging visibly for all to see.
- The basic neck pouch with dual pocket organizers.
A passport, as I'm sure you know, is a document that one shows to government officials whenever one reaches a border between countries, so the officials can learn who you are, where you were born, and how you look when photographed unflatteringly.
Tip # 2. Cash, Credit Cards And Travelers Checks
For overseas traveling, it may be good to have a few ways of paying for your expenses. Travelers checks are better than carrying too much cash around. They are accepted internationally and can be cashed at the nearest local bank. Traveler's checks can be replaced if lost or stolen and therefore very popular with people on vacation.
Credit cards are also popular and widely accepted as a form of payment at shopping malls in most countries. Before starting your holiday it may be a good idea to call the bank issuing the credit card and inform them that you will be traveling overseas.
You need to carry cash in the form of the local currency for purchases of items in smaller shops, meals, taxis, etc.
Traveler's checks were first issued in 1772 by the London Credit Exchange Company for use in ninety European cities. They are available in several currencies such as US Dollars, Canadian Dollars, Pounds Sterling, Japanese Yen, Chinese Yuan and Euro.
Traveler's checks do not expire and so unused checks can be kept to be used by the purchaser at any time in the future.
American Express was the first company to develop a large-scale traveler's check system in 1891 and is still the largest issuer of traveler's checks today by volume.
Which form of payment do you use when on vacation?
Tip # 3. Keep Cash In A Money Belt - Money round your waist or locked in your bra!
The first time I saw this belt I was amazed that someone had thought of a product like that. The normal waist pouch or even keeping your wallet in your pocket may not be a smart thing to do when traveling in some countries due to the many pickpockets. I won't mention any country in particular but it is advisable to be cautious.
This is a regular Men's belt except that you can keep your money in the interior zipper pocket. My husband had one and the US Dollar fits very nicely when folded lengthwise.
- Slim-cam quick release belt buckle is made of durable plastic
- Made of durable nylon web
- Fits waist sizes 32-50-Inch (just trim off excess length).
How About A Leg Belt? - Walk with your money!
- This ankle wallet money belt/security item is made to be worn on the leg, around the calf, using adjustable straps.
- Three pockets with locking zippers hold passports, traveler's checks, currency and other valuables
- An added feature is a hidden credit card pouch for smaller items
Money Belt For Women - Wear it under your pants!
- Made from comfortable spun silk, is sturdy and ultra-light
- The main zippered compartment features a moisture barrier liner
- Second zipper reveals two easy access compartments: one for your cash and one for your credit/debit cards,
Bra Stash Security Wallet - Only for women
- Clever pouch loops around bra straps with snap closures
- Ample room for currency, keys, and jewelry, yet small enough to be discreet
- Neutral white satin with snap closer
** Customer Review
My main gripe about the bra wallet is that it is easily visible. If you fold 20 bills and a few credit cards into the wallet, it will bulge noticeably under your shirt . Perhaps with busty females it will hide itself between cleavage and be less noticeable but for an A or B cup female there is nowhere for it to hide. Even so, it secures to a bra very well. so even if other people realize you are hiding money in your bra, it will be impossible for them to access it (unless you are attacked and undressed, of course).
Bra Secret Hidden Pocket - Hide your possessions close to your heart!
This lingerie pocket attaches to the plunge of your bra, the hip of your panties, or your bra's wing - where your most prized possessions are always safe and sound.
When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.
Keeping Your Money Poll - If you were on vacation overseas how would you keep your money?
Which kind of wallet would you choose?
What Your Tavel Agent Won't Tell You - Safety check list for travel abroad
- Written by security experts who travel frequently to some of the most dangerous corners of the world.
Tip # 4. Tag And Lock Your Luggage
Make your tag stand out!
You would be amazed by the number of people who have similar looking luggage like yours as you wait to reclaim your baggage at the airport. It is a good idea to mark your luggage so that it is easy for you to recognize it. Others will also not mistake your luggage as their own.
Recently my husband and I were on our way back from a trip overseas and we had taken the coach from the airport to the city. We got off the coach and saw another passenger taking possession of our suitcase. He was only convinced when my husband showed him our tags on the suitcase.
My son likes to tie colorful ribbons around the handles so that the suitcases are easily identifiable even from afar.
- Hand made in Peru by fair trade artisans
- Each tag will vary in unique design depending on the choice of the artisan who creates it
Good Lock For Your Suitcases. - Be sure to lock your suitcase
Most travel is best of all in the anticipation or the remembering; the reality has more to do with losing your luggage.
Tagging Your Bag Poll
How do you tag your bags?
Tip # 5. Wear Comfortable Shoes - Traveling involves plenty of walking!
This sounds like common sense enough. It is important to start your holiday wearing comfortable shoes that will not cause blisters with too much walking. It is advisable not to wear brand new shoes but rather shoes that have been "broken in".
I like to wear comfortable walking shoes for the initial journey from home to my destination via plane or train or coach. I carry an extra pair of sandals for short trips at my vacation destination.
- Get a better butt and legs with every step.
- Built specifically for walking and everyday activities
- Benefit of these sneakers is that they reduce and or/eliminate back pain and absorb impact tremendously.
Tip # 6. Bring A Simple First Aid Kit
For minor cuts
When on holiday you may get some minor cuts or bruises so having a small first aid kit is very useful. It may be just a container that you fill up with items you may need. Of course you can get them at your vacation destination but it may prove to be difficult to find it you are not familiar with the place. Having your own supplies makes it more convenient.
What should you have in your kit? Some Bandaids, small tube of antiseptic cream for bites or minor wounds.
Tip # 7. Bring Along Your Medication And Supplements
Be in good health for a happy holiday
If you have certain ailments which require you to take your medication, remember to pack enough for the whole time you are away. Depending on how long you are on holiday you can use compartmentalized pill boxes for your medication.
It is also good to bring along your supplements. When on holiday our schedules are different and we may be in a different climate from home. So make sure you bring along your vitamins. Vacation does not mean you also take a holiday with your supplementation.
I also like to bring along some over the counter medications for upset stomach from some unfamiliar food.
Multi Compartment Pill Box - Organize your pills
Tip # 8. Roaming Facility For Your Mobile Phone - Emergency line available 24/7
When I travel overseas, my mobile phone has roaming facilities. Though I may not use it to make many calls, I know that I have some means of communication when I need it. With so many people having their own cell phones there are less public phones available now. With your roaming facility you can call your hotel or local tourist agency or your bank in the event that you have lost your credit card or your country's embassy in case you need their help.
Although the rates are high, you are charged only if you make a call. I prefer to use text messaging when I am traveling overseas as the rates are lower.
Have you got your smart phone yet?
Roaming Mobile Poll
Is your mobile phone on roaming when you travel out of the country?
Tip # 9. Always Drink Bottled Water
Prevents upset tummy
When traveling overseas especially to third world countries it is advisable to drink only bottled water. In some countries the water straight from the tap may not be safe for consumption. Getting sick when on holiday is miserable and inconvenient.
It is also important to ensure you drink sufficient water when you travel to countries with a hotter climate than your own home country. Don't become dehydrated.
Tip # 10. Visit Recommended Tourist Spots
Avoid crime-prone areas!
If it is your first time to that city it is advisable to sign up for the recommended local tours rather than explore on your own. Check with the hotel if you really want to go on your own about the best places to visit.
Hotels often have brochures on the recommended interesting sites. You can also visit the local travel agency on local tours available.
Be sure to get the best deal when you Compare hotels for your holiday.