Ensure Safe Journeys With These Travel Tips

Wait to exchange large amounts of money until you get to your destination. Waiting to exchange your money can often times get you a better exchange rate.

If your plane has arrived in your destination, but your checked baggage has not, stay calm. Ask for the airport’s lost luggage office and file a claim. Make sure you have ID and flight documents handy. Most often, your luggage will be found and reunited with you as quickly as possible.

If you book your own seat on the flight, you may be able to make your trip much more comfortable. Sometimes you can choose the area or the actual seat that you want on the plane, but not always. Browse your booking site as soon as you have made your reservation to see if this option is available to you. You will be a lot happier than if you just accepted whatever was left over.

When traveling with your dogs, brush them well before you put them in the car. This helps prevent flying hair in the car. Don’t forget to pack the essential items for your dogs, including a food and water bowl, and bags so that you can clean up after them.

It is not always necessary to travel to far flung places to enjoy a vacation get-away. It is entirely possible to have a great time in your home state. Enjoy your local businesses and enjoy the savings. You could be pleasantly surprised when you uncover a local gem.

Road trips are a great excuse for bringing your favorite music along, so you can enjoy the ride. Many times, the radio will have a lot of static from traveling out of the city or state, so this provides you with constant entertainment during your trip.

Deserts have great views and interesting plants and animals. For many people, the first sight of a desert is like nothing else. Many feel that everyone should be treated to a majestic view of a desert at least once in their lifetime.

Research your destination online to find reviews of hotels, expected weather conditions and other vital information. The information available online will help you to avoid places that other travelers have had a bad experience with and assure that you have the best experience possible.

Sort out your desintation’s visa requirements as quickly as possible. The processing time for travel visas can vary greatly, so it is recommended that you complete the application process well in advance of your departure date. Without the right paperwork, you could be prevented from entering your destination country.

Be aware that in some foreign cities many criminals will pose as policemen. Do not give anyone your actual passport. If someone demands that you go to an office, walk. Do not get into a vehicle with someone that you do not know.

Whenever you visit a foreign country, it pays to do your homework regarding the prevailing political and social climate. Your government’s consular authorities are likely online; a quick visit to their website will tell you if there are any developments of concern that might affect your trip. Not doing this could result in a quite few very negative situations.

Finding out you easily get seasick while on your cruise is no fun. It will ruin your cruise vacation. Instead of having the holiday of a lifetime on your cruise trip, you could end up confined to bed and incredibly ill. By knowing if you are seasick before your cruise, you can avoid illness by purchasing medication before your trip. Medication may not always be available and can often be expensive once you embark on your journey; avoid days of misery by being prepared.

If you are renting a car for your trip and have kids, bring car seats! When you rent your a car, it is unlikely that you will have a good car seat, so bring your own.

Discover local laws and customs before you get where you are going. You may have to face consequences for doing things that are viewed as offensive or illegal, despite you thinking otherwise. Be respectful of local laws, customs, and authorities while traveling, and you should be fine.

Pick up a cheap contact lens case. The case sizes make excellent containers for any creams you may want to take with you.

Always remember to wear light, comfy shoes for air travel – shoes which you can slip off easily. You will have to remove them for security checks. Your level of comfort is crucial. Do not worry about serious foot support; you will be doing a lot more sitting than walking when you travel by air. Sandals of flip-flops are great when traveling by air.

Make copies of anything important before you travel. For example, passports, insurance documents, and the like should all be backed up and stored separately. You might also entrust a relative with copies, which you can collect if your originals are stolen or lost.

It is best to take dark clothing on a trip, especially if you are bringing pants or dresses. This type of clothing will hide dirt and wrinkles, things that will naturally happen to your clothes when traveling. Light-colored accessories can be used to brighten up dark clothing choices.

When going to a different country, stay away from exchanging currency. You can get foreign currency using an easier method. Get foreign money from an ATM of a bank. They have better exchange rates and are generally cheap than exchanges.

A lot of airports are being designed and remodeled with play areas and can give your kids something to do during any long waits. Keeping your kids occupied will make delays a lot more tolerable.

Regardless of where you are planning to go, follow these tips for a great vacation. Get out and start your adventure. Traveling is truly interesting and fulfilling.

Backpacking, Is It The Best Way to Travel Abroad?

People love to travel. Travelling the world appeals to people from all walks of life.

There is the right kind of travel out there to suit all budgets, from high dollar luxury resorts in the Maldives to $5 per night rooms for Backpackers in Bangkok.

For most though, their travel budget lies somewhere in the middle, between luxury resorts and travelling on a dime.

Backpacking these days has never been more affordable, with budget airlines competing to get bums on seats and the internet making it so easy to find and compare hotels and youth hostels online.

Asia has long been a favourite for backpackers and budget travellers. SE Asia in particular, offers almost any kind of travel experience you desire. including luxury beach-side resorts or budget $15 per night beach bungalows – Thailand’s Islands such as Koh Samui are famous for.

From Bangkok, Thailand’s major hub – you can fly to just about any city in Asia that has an airport.

With a multitude of budget airlines flying out of Bangkok, you can get some great value fairs from anywhere to Siem Reap in Cambodia or Hanoi in Vietnam or even to less travelled Borneo.

Its always a good idea to have a travel gear checklist on hand to make sure you’re taking the right kind of travel backpack, clothing, shoes and even first aid kit and medication for your sabbatical.

When Backpacking in South East Asia, a sturdy travel backpack is recommended, along with a good quality pair of travel pants, such as cargo pants with lots of pockets that zip or button up to keep your valuables safe while on the road.

You don’t need to worry about packing too much when going to Asia, in fact its best to travel light. Make sure you take a few pairs of pants, some swimming bathers, a few t-shirts, a sturdy pair of travel shoes and that should be a good start.

Remember, it’s Asia. If you’ve forgotten anything important you can probably buy it there cheaper than you can at home.

Its also a great idea to visit some SE Asia Travel Blogs before you go backpacking to read other travellers stories and get recommendations and advice on where to travel to, what to pack and keep up to date with general travel news from all the RWT (around the world travel) blogs.

If travelling to Europe, you probably want to pack a few more things, as the weather varies a lot depending if you travel in summer or winter.

Packing for Adventure Travel

There’s a funny scene in Romancing the Stone when Michael Douglas’ character meets Kathleen Turner’s character and agrees to take her to a phone booth hundreds of miles away. He simply refuses to help her carry her completely impractical luggage and a few scenes later goes even further by chopping the heels off her shoes so she can actually walk in them. This little fiasco encompasses the essence of packing for adventure travel. Less is most definitely more!

When in a foreign country it is usually pretty easy to spot the experienced traveler from the novice. The novice is usually dragging a giant suitcase or trying to lug a brightly coloured backpack that is even bigger than they are. They are dressed in the latest “must have” adventure gear from the most expensive adventure stores and have “trekking” shoes worth hundreds of dollars.

This is not the way to do it for several reasons. The first is comfort. You will usually be doing a lot of walking whenever you go on a vacation and walking with 50 kg of luggage is both tiring and difficult. You will also, most likely, be getting extremely dirty and ruining whatever clothing you take (even if it’s expensive “adventure clothing”) and don’t forget that some of your gear may even be stolen (sometimes by other travelers). If you show up with all the best and most expensive gear you are also a walking target for hustlers and thieves. With all of this in mind here are a few tips:

Luggage – If you are going to be doing anything even remotely physical and walking any further than a few hundred meters, then a backpack is definitely the way to go. But not all packs are created equal! Think small and inconspicuous. Dark colours like brown and black will attract less attention than a bright purple or red pack. Make sure it is the type of pack that has a flap on the top that closes over the pack’s opening to keep out water (the types that zip up WILL get your stuff wet). You will also want to put your clothing in waterproof stuff bags – I use standard plastic shopping bags, but there are tougher ones that you can buy from disposals and camping stores. You also want your pack to be as small as possible. Especially if you are only touring (mountaineers may need something bigger). I use a 30 liter pack but would say 45 liters is an absolute maximum for general purpose use. You will be carrying it around a lot and if you cannot fit something in then you probably don’t really need it.

Clothing – Think light and breathable! Cotton is always good. Three shirts is usually enough because you can wear one, wash one and have a spare. Take ones with collars to keep the sun off your neck if you are going anywhere remotely sunny. For pants, I like cargoes that can zip off the legs and turn into shorts (which can also double as swimming trunks). Dark colours are always going to hide the dirt and grime so that’s also a good idea. Usually, other than underwear and socks, I don’t take much more than this. Remember that if you need something you can always buy it there and usually for a fraction of the price than at home! Don’t forget to take some type of hat as being sunburnt is a real drag when you are traveling.

Shoes – Unless you are doing some serious mountaineering then you probably won’t need those $300 Scarpa trekking boots. In many poorer countries you can buy those $300 Scarpas at the local markets for $10 anyway, because some idiot tourist left them outside his door to dry and an enterprising local stole them to sell at the markets! Think comfort – I usually go for Converse All Stars, but any type of cheap canvas shoe will probably be ok. On a trek across England my Converse shoes allowed my feet to get wet about 10 minutes before my buddy’s feet got wet – he was wearing the $300 Scarpas! Once again, if you need something better, you can probably buy it at your destination for a cheaper price.

Other stuff – There are a few things I will never travel without. Sunscreen is the main one because I REALLY hate getting sunburnt. A small multi-tool is often pretty handy too – don’t get a leatherman because you will lose it or get it stolen. You can often buy multi-tools for $5 anyway that work perfectly well. I also always take a lighter ($1 plastic kind) for anything from lighting people’s cigarettes to sealing the ends of ropes.

The trick to packing for adventure travel is to pack light, inconspicuous and cheap. This avoids you becoming a human pack-mule or a target for thieves and hustlers. You will also find that you will enjoy your traveling more because you won’t be so tired now worrying about your gear so much.