Travel Tuesday With Vacation Money: Holiday Tips
From needing more space to pack, to keeping yourself as safe as possible. Here are 5 simple holiday tips to help make travelling a little bit easier and more enjoyable.
1. Read up on local culture.
Every country has different values. Some can be the complete opposite to what you're used to at home. What are "normal" things to you, may be offensive in a different place. So before travelling to countries you're not familiar with, it's a good idea to read up on their culture. You'll know what is appropriate dress wear and how to behave respectfully.
2. Make the most of your phone.
You no longer need to take lots of equipment with you when travelling. You can fit almost everything into your pocket! Download books, films and music to your smartphone for the journeys. This will save you carrying laptops or tablets.
Email important details, such as your hotel address, to yourself. This is easier than keeping paper copies of information you need. Use your phone's map features to help you find your way around the country you're staying in. Then capture your memories on your phone camera.
3. Learn important words.
You don't need to be fluent in the language, but it's polite and useful to know some phrases. Knowing the simple "yes", "no", "please" and "thank you" may be enough.
But if you have specific dietary needs, it'd be a big help if you knew how to tell restaurant staff these details.
4. Don't look like a tourist.
Try to blend in as much as possible when travelling, as pick pockets will target tourists. The best way to do this is to not wear fancy clothes that make you stand out.
Another and most important of our holiday tips - don't show off! Leave jewellery, large amounts of money and valuable items in your hotel. If you aren't seen carrying lots of expensive possessions on day trips, you'll be less of a target of theft.
5. Buy essentials when you get there.
One of those holiday makers who never has enough room in their suitcase? Then every little bit of room can be helpful.
Don't stuff your bags with shampoos, soaps, moisturisers and toothpaste. Buy them when you get to your destination! Wherever you're travelling to is likely to have your needed toiletries. But if you're going to arrive late with no time to get essentials right away, take travel sized bottles to cover yourself for one night. You'll still have more room for an extra pair of shoes!
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