Few among us are lucky enough to sleep well on an overnight flight. But just because you can't get a full eight-hours of quality shut-eye doesn't mean you're doomed to a night of endless sitcom reruns. Arrive at your destination ready to go with these tried-and-true tactics.
Don't Forget: Let Your Banks and Credit Cards Know Your Travel Dates
It’s ironic to think that travel can be stressful. But the truth is, there’s a lot to take care of before leaving town. You may have to hire baby sitters, pet sitters, a house sitter, program your utilities for vacancy, request vacation time, purchase an international phone plan, figure out transportation to and from the airport, and the list goes on! But most importantly, you need to make a plan for credit and debit purchases when you get to your destination. You can prepare for this months in advance, hence, today’s travel tip. Let your banks and credit cards know when and where you’re going to be traveling once you book your airfare.
The Pre-Trip Packing Problem
Packing. For many of us, it’s our favorite part of the pre-trip because the vacation is officially a reality. You have everything to bring right in front of you and you can already smell the ocean air and feel the cobblestone streets beneath your feet while some beautiful foreign language hums in the background. It’s exciting. Don’t deny it.
The problem is, in this pre-trip daydream we think about every part of the trip and over plan with a “thing” for everything that is coming. Soon enough, 2….no, 3….or, heck, 4 bags becomes ok. And you know it’s wrong. But, this credit card you have gives you 2 free checked bags and you already have everything you need in your carry-on, so why not take advantage?
Make Sure You Have Doubles of Everything for Extended Travel
For longer vacations (3 to 6 month), it’s vital to have back-ups to the back-ups. We’ve spoke to the importance of backing up travel documents, insurance, and itineraries already, but it’s just as important to make sure you that you can back everything up.
It's Never Shameful to Make Sure You're Getting the Most
Travelers want to experience the destination. They want to tap the culture, see the world through a local’s eyes, and live like a member of the host community. And if they don’t, they should. However, it can be difficult to live like a local on vacation and this is especially the case with international travel. There’s too much to take in. That being said, travelers who take on the independence approach, and think third party itineraries and guided tours rob them of the indigenous experience and are some cliché activity our grandparents do, are simply wrong. Steering from the unbeaten path completely is not necessarily the best route to discovering more about yourself and the world.
Your Documents, Your Insurance, Your Itinerary, and More.
Traveling internationally requires many additional responsibilities than domestic travel. Depending on the length of your trip, you may have worry about things like health insurance, visas, birth certificates, serial numbers, drivers licenses, embassy and family phone numbers, etc. The list of things to be mindful about when traveling for 6 months or longer can become extensive, and making sure you have everything when you need it or in an emergency, brings us to today’s travel tip. Back Every Thing Up! Make both print and digital copies of everything, especially your passport, license, medical/insurance cards, important phone numbers, your travel itinerary, and photos. You can’t forget the photos, because after you get yourself out of being stranded or abandoned without your documents, the only thing worse is not having photos to reminisce with or prove it actually happened!
You can do this by shipping documents to yourself, keeping physical copies on your person, copying to flash-drives, and utilizing cloud software such as, Dropbox, Carbonite, and Acronis.
Thanks for Reading and Happy Travels!
Jet Lag. It’s the worst. There’s no other feeling like the complacency that comes with a disrupted biological clock and extreme fatigue as you aimlessly wonder a foreign city like a zombie with no direction. But there’s hope. You don’t have to fall victim to jet lag the first days of your trip. Here are our 3 best travel tips for avoiding extreme jet lag.
A World with Travel Agents
The global economy is recovering. This past May the Conference Board recorded a 1.1% increase in the U.S. consumer price index equating to more disposable income and resultantly, an increase in demand for travel. It was recently projected by Lonely Planet that, "65 billion people will fly over the next 15 years...that's how many people flew over that past 100 years!" Arguably, smart technology via phones and self operated platforms will pioneer the travel industry's future. As technology advances, a working middle class grows and demands for travel and accommodation increase. Although a do-it-yourself ethos does dominate traveler's activities and abilities to see the world, such options are not always practical to busy professionals and large groups of leisurely adventures. Hence, we use travel agents.