Everyone wants to travel somewhere, but getting from point A to point B can sometimes be more like a nightmare than an adventure. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler, or you’re just starting to get your feet wet with planes, trains, and automobiles, these five travel tips can save you a lot of grief.
Tip 1: Bring an External Power Supply
While most portable devices have better battery lives than ever before, you’re still going to need to plug in your phone, laptop or tablet. While airports, train stations, and bus terminals now make outlets available for passenger use, it’s better to be safe than sorry. An external power bank will make it so you’ll never go without a charge.
Tip 2: Use Your GPS and Have a Map
No matter where you’re going it’s important to know how to get around once you arrive. So, while you don’t need to print out satellite images like you’re a special operative going in under deep cover, familiarize yourself with your destination. This makes it harder to get lost, but it also leaves you feeling more confident in yourself as a traveler. If you happen to have a smartphone as well, you can always ask the eye in the sky where you need to go.
Tip 3: Don’t Be Afraid to Stay Somewhere Other Than a Hotel
Hotels are comfortable and convenient, but they aren’t the only available option. If you’re a traveler on a budget, check the costs of bed and breakfast establishments, as well as what it would cost to stay at a hostel or Airbnb. Despite what you’ve seen in horror movies, these alternatives to hotels are often friendly to travelers and gentle on your wallet. Most have reviews you can check, too.
Tip 4: Get Local Currency From an ATM
Changing your money over is one of the biggest hassles when you’re traveling overseas. Fortunately, you can avoid the heavy costs associated with money changers by just using an ATM to get local cash. There will likely be the usual fee if the machine isn’t from your bank, but the fee will still be less than what you’d get at a money changing shop.
Tip 5: Always Keep Copies of Important Documents
Never take just one important document with you when you travel. Scan your passport, ID, ticket and backed it up digitally so that if something happens, you can still move about freely and get back home without delay.
You never know what can happen while traveling, but with these five tips, you should be able to avoid big problems. Planning for a trip may take time and some effort, but it pays off in the end. You’ll have a more enjoyable, relaxing trip in the end.