Tips for Travelers

“To Travel is to Live” – Hans Christian Andersen

There are so many benefits to traveling, from meeting new people, trying new foods, experiencing new cultures, seeing new sights — traveling gives you experience and capabilities.

What is more, traveling in a foreign country and not knowing a word of the language, is like a new challenge for you to achieve your goals, your own perfections, and happiness!

Here are some tips that can help you on your trip, whether it is your first time traveling abroad, or maybe you just need a refresher.

  • Check your own health before you leave for your vacation and remember to take your important medication with you. Moreover, ask your medical insurance provider if your policy applies overseas for emergencies. If it doesn’t, and you want to add extra coverage, consider supplemental insurance.
  • Bring copies of your passport. If your passport gets stolen or lost, you want to be sure that you can still get back into the country, or be able to prove your citizenship.
  • Always have local cash. Not every place takes credit cards.
  • Bring an electrical adapter as many countries have different sized plugs and different voltage. You can check on the internet for the correct adaptor for the countries that you are visiting.
  • Be prepared for the weather. Be aware of the season and climate that you will be traveling to. Extreme changes in weather can affect your health so make sure you plan for appropriate dressing.
  • Learn basic phrases in the native language of your destination. The locals will appreciate it and it will make your interactions easier.
  • Take free walking tours. Besides being free, these tours will give you a good orientation and background of the city you are in.
  • Be patient. Things will work out in the end. No need to rush. You’ll get to where you are going in due time. Travel is about the journey, not the destination.
  • Take photos of and with people. Lots of photos. Years from now, you’ll want to look back on those nights you can’t remember and the people who made them memorable.
  • Wear Sunscreen. This is really important for your body and health, especially while traveling.
  • Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated makes a big difference to your energy when in a hot, tiring environment, and during a long flight.
  • Be open and make friends with other travelers.

The great Mark Twain once said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. Explore. Dream. Discover.”