Travel today has been made easy. You can book your dream destination through the click of the button but ensuring your holiday goes as well as dreams of it is a whole new piece of cake altogether. Like many travelers have found, most holidays plans are rather unrealistic. You might end up squeezing in so much sight-seeing that you end up more tired than refreshed after your trip.
What to carry when traveling is of prime importance. First things first; research the weather reports. You don’t want to take a parasol along when what you need most are woollies. Secondly, most travelers end up packing all sorts of unnecessary ensembles which they end up lagging around. Travel light and make sure you fold or roll your clothes up well to avoid creasing. Jeans are a good option though a formal outfit is a safe bet. If you’re not sending your clothes to the laundry for dry cleaning, tub washes them and hand them for ironing.
Currency too is an important aspect as you don’t want to get stranded without the right cash or run to a cash exchange. Also, check to see if your credit or debit card is functional there. Don’t carry too much cash in your wallet as most travelers’ tales do recount how easy it is to be mugged. Cash those traveler’s cheques one at a time and slow down on the shopping. Customs is extremely trying if you’ve landed up with what seems like enough purchasers to open shop.
Sleeping hours whilst travelling are difficult to maintain. After jet travel, if you experience jet lag, it’s better to sleep it out rather than rush into sightseeing. Try relaxing too. If you go sightseeing in the morning, spend the afternoon lazily either by sitting and reading or chatting with new friends. Refresh yourself for the evening out and try to turn in early. Too much alcohol has the negative effects of a hangover and a feeling of bloatedness. So, moderation in what you eat and drink will help you feel light. Make sure the water is safe and whatever you eat outside has been made hygienically. The last thing you want to do is lie sick in the hotel!
Don’t forget to take your digital-camera along so you can keep your friends up-to-date on your travels and cause a stir of admiration and envy! Try to take back some flavors too by jotting down the traditional recipes or you can make a mini-scrap book in quiet afternoons at the hotel. Don’t go to all the places in the tourist brochure, the local people many a time can tell you of even more interesting places along with their folk lore and myths.
It’s better to travel in a group or with some of your close friends rather than alone. It’s safer and you have more fun in sharing your discoveries. So, turn to the map and chart where to go keeping in mind your preparation to be travel savvy.
Jeremy is an interior designer and works as a design consultant in a bathroom manufacturing and retail outlet. He designs assembled bathroom suites as well as various other bathroom products and writes on a variety of topics related to design and design tips.