How to Travel Better 

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.
— Robert Louis Stevenson

How to Travel Better 

Summer is right around the corner and that means travel season will soon be upon us. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or this is your first time booking a trip, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your vacation. We’ve put together a list of travel tips to help make your next vacation an extra enjoyable one. 

Plan Ahead.

There are many benefits to planning ahead and if possible, make reservations in advance. Typically booking your plan tickets and hotels in advance will result in some substantial money savings, and you’ll be able to use these savings on other things such as tours or activities. It’s also smart to make your hotel reservations in advance to minimize the odds of not being able to get a room. 

Let your bank know you’ll be on the road.

In an effort to fight credit card fraud many financial establishments will freeze your bank card if you’re swiping in an unusual area, such as out of state or country. Avoid the inconvenience and embarrassment of a denied card by letting your bank and credit card companies know that you will be traveling.  

Ask a local.

Sure, tourist centers are great, but some of the best insights about a city will come from those that live there year-round. Don’t be afraid to chat up some of the locals about eatery suggestions or attractions that aren’t on the tourist maps. If you don’t necessarily want to approach a local on the street, try striking up a conversation with your waitress or waiter or the clerk at the local minimart. Typically, they won’t mind offering up a few suggestions.  

Don’t carry too much cash.

Unlike credit cards, cash isn’t insured. Make sure to limit the amount of cash you walk around with especially in foreign countries. 

When traveling abroad pick up an outlet adapter. 

It’s easy to forget that most countries don’t have the same types of power outlets. Pick up a travel outlet adapter so you’ll be able to charge your cell phones, use your curling iron, and anything else you might need power for. 

Make sure you’ve got back up copies of important documents. 

It’s important to make sure you always have electronic access to your important documents such as passports, IDs, driver’s licenses, boarding passes etc. Worst case scenario, if one of these documents is lost or stolen you’ll be able to pull them up online.

Pack a first aid kit. 

Accidents can happen anywhere so make sure you’re prepared by packing a first aid kit. These come in handy especially in rural areas where you might not have access to a convenience store right away. First aid kits are essential for those whose travels take them to the great outdoors where access to medical supplies could be hours or even days away. 

Choose public or shared transportation.

Opt for public or shared transportation, especially when traveling abroad. Renting a car abroad can be risky if you aren’t well versed on the rules of the road in that country. Avoid getting cited with costly tickets by using public transportation and ride share services. 

Don’t always stick to the beaten path. 

Don’t be afraid to get lost in a new city or travel off the beaten path. Sometimes the best adventures start where the road ends. Although, make sure you take into consideration the type of neighborhood your traveling in before leaving the tourist attractions; safety first! 

Simon Hailwood