As awesome as it is to visit new places, it’s easy for a vacation to turn stressful. Luckily, with a little preparation you can avoid certain bumps in the road. And while it’s impossible to plan for every outcome, keeping these travel tips in mind will help you get the most out of your next big adventure.
1. Go Slow
If you like sightseeing, then chances are that you’ll spend a lot of time on your feet, figuring out directions, and scheduling your next excursion. When you combine that with the new sights and sounds that you’ll be experiencing, it's easy to find yourself in a state of burnout. To avoid getting overwhelmed or feeling rushed, take your time to explore your destination. Don't try to see everything in one day and leave lots of time to relax and just take things in. You’ll be much happier for it in the long run.
2. Get Some Travel Insurance
No matter where you’re going, travel insurance is a must-have. You might think it’s a waste of money but having good travel insurance is all part of being well-prepared to embark on a vacation. Nobody ever plans to get sick, but in the event of an accident, you’ll be glad you got some insurance to mitigate the sting of a pricy hospital bill.
3. Learn The Local Language
Those of us from English-speaking countries often assume that folks in other countries will know some of our language. However, this can quickly land you in a world of confusion if you run into someone who happens to not speak English. To avoid awkward misunderstandings, it’s a good idea to learn some words and phrases from the local language. Being able to greet people and make simple requests in their language will make your travels a lot easier. It's also a good sign of respect for the people and communities that you’ll be visiting.
4. Get A Good International Data Plan Or A Local SIM Card
Internet access is a necessity for many people, even when they’re traveling. And with good reason—having data on your phone allows you to access maps of unknown areas, arrange reservations, and check-in with your friends and family. To make sure you always have access to data, it’s a good idea to invest in an international roaming plan. This will also make sure you’re not wasting money on the excessive roaming fees that come from domestic data plans. If your phone is unlocked, you can also pick up a local SIM card when you arrive at your destination. Prepaid SIM cards are pretty cheap in most countries and are very useful for longer trips.
Sometimes, vacation mishaps are unavoidable, but these travel tips will help you come out of it all unscathed.