Every time I plan a trip, go on a vacation or just investigate traveling to uncharted territories I always discover something new that I file in my head as “Good-to-Know” travel tips. Some of these tips might seem rudimentary but I like to point them out because it’s the simple things that we forget to take notice of when we plan our trips. Not surprisingly I have compiled quite a few that I will share with you.
The Basics Before You Go
~Call your credit card company and let them know where you are traveling. Use the cards that do not charge a fee for ATM abroad. Don’t have one ? Get one.
~Disruptions, cancellations, and lost items. Be prepared. Always carry a photocopy of your passport. Check your flight before you head to the airport and always carry an extra pair of socks, underwear, tee, and toiletries in a carryon bag if you’ve checked luggage.
~Bring an extra external battery and outlet converters.
~ Check the weather!
~Make sure you are up-to-date on vaccines, visas, and phone service.
Download These Travel Apps
~I am not sure if all carriers have apps available that allow you to check-in for flights, will keep you updated on delays and cancellations, and provide entertainment (movies). This app is absolutely essential!
~Currency Converter. For years I would get a general sense of the exchange rate and do a little math in my head. I am terrible at math. Upload currency converter and save your brainpower for your crossword puzzles instead. There are several currency apps but I like the XE Currency App
~Have you ever gotten stuck in an unfamiliar city? I have. The Hotels Tonight is priceless! It covers most major destinations and many oddball ones. You can search a city or even a preferred neighborhood and check out the deals they have for a night (or more) at any given moment.
~So many languages to learn and so little time. I never like to take a trip to a foreign country without at the very least knowing how to say thank you, hello, and goodbye. But more phrases are better. Translator is a good one to have handy when saying hello or good-bye is not enough. Check out this list from Uncubed to find one that is appropriate for you.
~ I also know that my sense of direction is worse than my math so I always have my GPS handy. However, that doesn’t help with navigating different methods of transport, Citymapper is the solution. It covers subway, train, rail, ferry, cycle and walking.
~You are going to love this next one—Sidekick Urban Navigator. This app will take you to places that are trending or places a little under the wire and worth the trip. Their recommendations for nightlife, new eateries, cafe crawl, cool walks and more are curated through bloggers and other reviewers. You can scroll through their best of list and find the perfect destination for whatever tickles your fancy.