There are travel tips and there are travel tips. While some makes sense to us, other tips naturally come from one’s personal experiences — whether he’s from media, or travels for business or pleasure — as not every situation is always the same, so…
Here are our top tips especially for land and sea travelers.
One. Get tickets ahead of schedule. This would not only lead to savings for early bookings but would give you more control of your traveling itinerary at least until you reach your final destination.
Two. If for some reason that some trips do not go as planned, do not stay in the place if you arrive late afternoon or so (unless you’re dead tired, part of your plan or it’s free) since it’s like you can’t maximize sightseeing time and all because you arrived with almost nothing to do but sleep. Sure, you could roam around at night, but wouldn’t it be nicer if you could see the places in broad daylight right after arrival?
Three. Thus, whenever you travel, try to always leave at night or early morning especially if you have not pre-booked.
Four. And stay in every stop for at least 2-3 days to get to see, understand and appreciate the locality.
Five. Otherwise, if you happen to run short on budget or find the place not really that interesting then you could always cut your stay short. And that’s the advantage of arriving on every stop at mid-day, you got the chance to stroll after lunch and for whatever reason, you could always leave by late afternoon or nighttime.
Six. If you have not researched about the place you are going to, the first sights you would be seeing depends on where you are coming from or what mode of transportation you took. Else, initial activities would hinge on the proximity of the place you are billeted.
Seven. Know where important offices or establishments of the place you are at, or at least how to contact them. Immigration. Tourist Assistance. Police. Forex. Banks. Market. Hospitals. Hotels. Restos. Laundry shops. E-Loading stations and internet providers if ever.
Eight. Be reminded to travel light (yet make sure to have an extra shirt, underwear, cash, power bank and first aid kit just in case) and always secure your personal belongings.
Nine. Always respect local laws, culture and traditions. Do not vandalize nor harm property, and properly dispose your dirt.
Ten. Be friendly and try to learn the local dialect. Never get into arguments, deception or fights instead be helpful.
Eleven. Do not haggle too much. Even if you are a budget traveler, if you do travel for pleasure then it’s still a luxury compared to locals who are struggling to earn a living and put food on their tables.
Twelve. As the saying goes, ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do”; thus, try to adapt to the place. Get involved if possible.
They say traveling gives one a different perspective in life…
Happy and safe travels!