What every traveler expects during his journeys is the unexpected. There are a hundred things that can go wrong with the best-made plans, so the experienced travelers do not sweat the small stuff and try to take things in their stride. But even though several things are not in our hands, there are a few things that a traveler can do to minimize the chances of things going wrong. Let us look at a few of these tips that can make travel more convenient.
Early To Bed, Early To Rise
Every day on a trip is valuable, and you might have some placed lined up to visit. A good night’s sleep is therefore crucial so that you are properly rested for the next day’s visits. Also, the earlier you wake up and are ready to leave, the more crowds and queues you will be able to avoid.
Cash Is King
Although conventional wisdom says that one should not have a huge amount of cash on our person in a new place, a small amount stashed away somewhere on your person is not a bad idea, because you never know when ATMs run out of cash or your wallet gets picked. You could also use some of that cash at Harrah’s racetrack if you decide to pay them a quick visit.
The tour bus and the taxicab are all fine for you to be able to cover the most distance in the quickest time. But you can never know a city or a country completely till you have walked its streets. Whenever you get the chance, hit the streets, sample local street food, buy souvenirs from small corner shops and pick up the local language.
Water, Water Everywhere
A bottle of water is a must carry an item on any trip you make. Water will not only keep you hydrated but if you suddenly feel faint or something drops on your shirt, that small bottle of water can come in handy.
Smile A Lot
Most people are good natured and love helping visitors, but because of gaps in language, sometimes there are misunderstandings. All those misunderstandings can be corrected with a smile and the use of hand gestures. So, keep your grouchy face back in the hotel room, and say ‘cheese.’
Be Less Judgemental
The biggest weapon a good traveler can carry on himself is the ability not to be surprised by anything. The food, customs, languages of your hosts would be very different from what you are used to backing home. Judging them, or mocking them, would not be a good idea.
If It’s Tuesday, this must be Belgium
If you are traveling with a tour group, or even if your family alone has engaged the services of a tour operator, you will surely have a scheduled itinerary. While it might be a tad difficult to break away from the itinerary, do look for half days when you can slip away and be on your own, and preferably explore the city on foot.