So, here are the Top Ten Things to Know/Remember when traveling, at least according to me. I promise that there is something in here for everyone from the casual to pro traveler to save you some time and minimize pains in your ass (from travel, obviously):
1. Unless you love to struggle, PLAN AHEAD! It seems obvious, right? You plan your itinerary carefully and try to secure the best deals on flights and rooms to save money and you map your directions. You make all the most meticulous of inquiries and notations, carefully organized, to ensure your plan is foolproof. Now, I want you to go over all of it and see if you can go even further. The truth is, if you have spare time at any time, read, proofread and revise (if necessary) every detail of your trip. Read up on your travel insurance – hell, read the entire terms and conditions if you have the time – and check on the amenities at your hotels, hostels, or Airbnb lodgings. Make no mistake, no planning will ever be thorough enough to avoid all incidents – se la vie – however, the amount you plan is typically proportionate to how much less you have to deal with once you’re actually in motion.
4. Read a book. This isn’t just generally good advice, though apparently it is – I hear that these things can be highly educational, allegedly. More specific to your travels, its extremely helpful to read up on the places you are going. Not only will this help to provide you with ideas about where to go and what to see in the areas you plan to visit, but it is also a great way to get yourself pumped up for your trip! Often times you find out things that you wouldn’t have otherwise, and between reading a myriad of different books, you usually absorb at least a few things – even with my attention span.
**Another great option for those who aren’t huge readers is to try out Audible or other audio book options. This is is also a bit easier when you are trying to read on-the-go!**