The world has become smaller and well within our grasp. As you wake up every morning and plan out the tasks for the day, lay down a To-Do list for your grind and make your way to work, there is inkling in the back of the mind: How wonderful it would be flying away to a beach or a mountain. Travel is become an all-consuming phenomenon, with glamorous photos and exciting videos, travel blogs and bloggers.
It is what vacation days are carefully saved for. It teaches us about culture, the history of the world and how to live without emails and Netflix. Along with hash tags,comes experiences and adventure. If you are packing your bags, here are seven quick travel tips that will blow your mind.
- Plan only the important things –What is travel without a little whimsy? Of course, you can’t set off on a quest without sorting and budgeting the important details. You can decide where you want to go, for how long and the costs you will incur on your trip. Your tickets, travel cards and some activities that you must do are things you have to plan for. However,leave a few days for adventure. You can interact with locals, find restaurants the locals eat at, spots tourism websites don’t know about and venture out into the unknown.
- Pack your own sleeping materials –The images of hotel roomsdon’t always give you a full picture, especially in the case of budget travel.You never know how old their mattress is, what is in it, if they havethoroughly washed the sheets or how you would ever sleep with those lumps.While hostels are a great place to meet people, you can lose out on precioussleep on uncomfortable beds. Carrying a sleep pillow with you willalways come in handy. If you want to be a little more prepared, you can alwaysfind great mattresses in a bag. Be it in your hotel room or pitching a tentnear a lake, it is a travel essential you won’t regret.
- Cut down on your caffeine –It is a normal act to buy a cup of coffee before your flight, but it isn’t always a good idea. Caffeine in high altitudes can make you jittery and sick. Nausea, dehydration, air-sickness, and headaches are some side-effects you can expect with caffeine which would take five to six hours to wear off. Another common side effect of coffee is heartburn for people who are prone to it. Not to mention the tendency to want to use the restroom increases with caffeine. For those who cannot put that cup down, caffeine calculators can determine the maximum number of drinks based on their favourite beverage.
- Dress appropriately –There are great places around the world and each place is soaked in its own history and culture. It is important to recognize the dress code of the place before you visit. This is especially true for religious places. Covering your shoulders and knees are expected in most religious attractions. Certain places also require women to cover their heads with a scarf. It is important not to hurt local sentiments and respect the traditions and values of the place you visit.
- Don’t expect the best of everything –It doesn’t reflect well on you if you go to a new place and throw tantrums about things not meeting your standard. You can’t expect all hotel owners to be proficient in the art of hospitality, in service, in mattress education and so on. Always remember the reason you are there is to explore a new place and not judge hotel rooms. It is important to relax, take deep breaths and dissipate your anger. You can always book a new hotel if things aren’t up to your expectations.
- Keep your documents safe –The art of travel is not only relaxation but also the safe and meticulously packing of your documents. Your passports, IDs, and visa are of the utmost importance wherever you travel. Losing it would mean going through elaborate processes in the consulate, replacing your documents and shielding yourself from legal troubles. You should know where your document bag is at all times, be it in the hotel safe or on your person.
- Carry your own toiletries –It is always best to have a travel sized set of toiletries that suit you. A mini bottle of shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, shaving kit, contact lens solution, sunscreen, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, lotion, and makeup wipes comprise a good toiletry kit. Often, you don’t find most of these articles in remote places. Many budget hotels don’t provide a dental kit as well. It is best to be prepared unless you are staying at a luxury hotel. In that case, you can probably cut down your kit almost by half.
The thing about travel is that if you can get you’re planning and packing sorted well, you can truly enjoy yourself. Be it in a jungle or a mountain overlooking the valley, or a blue beach or a crowded shopping street, every place you go is a marvellous memory.
Each place you go is worth remembering, so, don’t shy away from asking people to click your picture. Once you are back in home, you can make digital or physical collages of your trip with exact location noted. This way, even 10 years later, you can always just fall back into the memory and relive every detail. Take your time in each place you go and open yourself to the experience. You should take measures towards maximizing your experience rather than rigidly sticking to an itinerary.
Another way to prepare yourself is to learn the important phrases in the local language of the place you are visiting. Please, Thank You, Hello and Sorry are some phrases you can learn. A translation app is a lifesaver to travellers who don’t know the local language. You can even mime what you have to say. It is important not to disrespect the locals or get upset if they don’t understand you.
That is said, Happy Travelling!