Traveling is one of the best things you can do to encourage your mind’s growth and your soul’s profound nutrition. Only through experience of this kind will you get to learn who you are as a person, what you are capable of, what makes your heart jump and what your newfound observations of the world are. What’s more beautiful than meeting people different than you, with their own stories, backgrounds, their cultural heritage and everything they bring along!
If you are a keen traveler, here are a few tips that will make your traveling experience way more safe, comfortable and fun!
Be Flexible & Patient
It almost never happens that all of our pre-planned things to go on schedule. Even when you have organized the best taxicab service, had all the documents ready, went to the station/airport two hours prior, etc. Things happen, and that’s just life. When you are traveling, patience is extremely important – whether you are sitting through your second plane delay, a postponed bus ride or are trying to find your way around the overcrowded streets of Kolkata. So, keep your cool, and look at the bigger picture – you’ll get to your destination eventually while picking up a few more stories along the way.
Learn Common Phrases of the Local Language
No one is suggesting you cancel your trip if you are not fluent in the language of the country you are visiting, but a simple “Thank you,” “Please,” and “I’m sorry” goes a long way. You may also want to learn a few more phrases or words dear to you, like “Could you help me…”, “Where’s the toilet”, etc. but that’s totally optional.
Put the Essentials in Your Carry-on
Your medications, electronics, your toothbrush, and an extra pair of underwear should always make it to your carry-on, just in case. Basically, you want your carry-on to contain all of your most important essentials in case your bag gets lost. Yes, most stuff can be bought at local shops but there are still some elements you want to be careful about.
Always Organize a Taxi Ride on Time
No matter how casual your trip is, if you are not going by car, the best thing to do is trust your local taxi service to take you to the airport, bus or train station and pick you up when agreed. Yellow Checker Cab is offering the possibility of scheduling your ride beforehand, so you don’t have to worry whether you’ll be able to get a taxi upon your leaving the house for the station/airport. Talk to the dispatchers about your options and find one that fits your schedule.
Separate Your Sources of Money
One of the biggest mistakes travelers make is keep all of their cash and cards in one spot. The best thing to do is hide some cash in a bag different than the one you keep your wallet in. Ask your bank for a backup credit card, too and keep it in a safe place.
Don’t Forget an Extra Camera Battery
Visiting a new city/country is extremely uplifting, and even things you have at home seem different out here. But, what happens when your battery runs out and fail to snap that epic sunset? You flip (totally normal reaction). So, in order not to miss out on that perfect shot, bring at last three camera batteries with you, no matter where you are going.
Always Buy Travel Insurance
Not that we’re being negative about your trip, but you have to be extra cautious when you are traveling to a foreign country. A medical emergency can cost you a fortune and leave you penniless! Our warmest advice – always buy travel insurance, no matter how short your trip.
Put Your Hotel Address & Room Number in Your Phone
Relying on your memory is great but still – put your hotel address and room number in your phone, just in case. Write it in your notebook, too in case the battery on your phone leaks.
There you go – the 8 traveling tips we swear by… hopefully, they’ll mean to you as much as they do to us. Enjoy your travels, people!