10 Travel To Do's
Traveling is such a huge topic! We all love it. Whether if it's domestic or international travel, we all want to experience it. Many people make the mistake of not being prepared. Even if it's a last minute trip, you can still get organized and prepared before you leave so your trip will be a success. Traveling is fun and exciting, but it can sometimes be stressful and chaotic. If you plan ahead and stay prepared, things will go a lot smoother. There are so many tips I could share that I've learned throughout my own travel adventures. Here are a few for starters!
10 travel to do's:
- Set A Travel Budget! I know some people rather not think of the word budget, but it's a must. You need to decide how much you will spend before and during the trip. You don't want to be on a trip and realize you didn't bring enough money or return home stressed and worried about obligations that can't be taken care of because you spent hundreds or thousands more than anticipated. Whether if your trip budget is $800, $2,000 or $15,000, you need to set a realistic budget and stick to it. You can still have fun while traveling on a budget. A budget is simply planning for the money that will be spent, so you can enjoy a stress free trip.
- Pack Snacks! When I'm hungry I’m no benefit to anyone, not even myself because I usually have the worst attitude. I think most of us are that way. We can't think, comprehend or respond to the best of our ability when we are starving. I've learned that having some simple snacks can hold you over until your next fulfilling meal. Try bringing small dry snacks that doesn't need to be refrigerated, such as popcorn, crackers, rice cakes, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Put them in small zip lock bags for quick easy access. Bring a small 4oz bottle of water. You can travel with a container that size and you can refill anywhere. Don't forget gum. It will keep your breath fresh while curving that appetite.
- Always Keep Your Phone Charged! Bring your charger everywhere. Even if your trip is to disconnect from the world, still keep the phone fully charged because you never know if something will happen and you need to call, text or email someone. You could become stranded, lost or get attacked. We don't want those things to happen, but it's best to be prepared just in case they do. You don't want to be stuck with your phone battery on 4%.
- Always Tell At Least One Person Your Travel Plans! Text and call them when you leave and when you reach your destination. Unfortunately, this world can be crazy. If something ever happened to you, at least there is one person who can confirm your last whereabouts.
- Bring Work To Do! You will have some down time while waiting to board your flight and while in route on the flight. Use that time to get some work accomplished. You never know if your flight could be delayed, which allows for even more time to work on things you may have been procrastinating on over the last few days, weeks or months.
- Get Your Playlist Together! If you rather not work during your travel down time, then you can listen to music or catch up on movies and TV shows. I'm always switching between iTunes, Netflix and Cable apps. These options makes time go by faster.
- Bring Wipes! You never know if you will have delayed access to washing your hands, brushing your teeth, or showering. Wipes are not a replacement for these, but it's definitely a quick solution for those times when water and soap isn't available.
- Bring Medicine! Whenever you catch a cold, get the flu, or get a terrible headache, bring whatever medication you would normally take if you were at home. While traveling, you come across so many different people, germs and environments. You never know what illness or sickness could hit you unexpectedly. Be prepared with medicine to take so you won't have to scramble around searching for the nearest store. I always bring extra strength Tylenol and extra strength Advil just in case I get a headache. The gel caps always dissolve and begin working the fastest. I rarely have to use them, but for the times that I have I was glad I didn't have to spend time searching for a store.
- Bring a Convenient Bag! Use a purse or back pack that’s small enough to carry everywhere but big enough to hold much needed items such as passport, drivers license, debit cards, cash, phone, charger, snacks, chapstick, sun tan lotion, etc.
- Notify Your Bank Of Your Travel Plans! Call your bank to inform them of where you will be traveling to and how long you will be there. When I went to Puerto Rico for the first time, I used my debit card at a restaurant and it was declined. I got nervous because I knew there was money on my debit card when I arrived. After I made contact with my bank, they advised it was declined due to potential fraud. They removed the fraud alert once they confirmed it was me using the card. It wasn't a difficult task to resolve, but I did have to take time away from enjoying my trip. This also happened another time when I was in Denver, CO. It's best call your bank ahead of time before leaving home because this could happen in places you've never been to before or places you have been to multiple times.
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