There’s a lot to think about before you go travelling, even after you’ve picked a destination or two (or three, or four…)
Where will you stay? How much money will you spend? How much luggage will you take with you?
Luckily, we’ve got you covered.
Here are five things you can do to ensure smooth sailing on your travels.
Save more money than you think you need
When you start planning your trip, work out how much money you’ll need to save up, and then add on a good chunk more. This will cover any unexpected excursions and opportunities that arise — things you may never get the chance to do again.
You might want to treat yourself to a night in a nice hotel, or try some adventure sports, or go out for dinner with a group of fellow travellers. Extra money allows you to be more impulsive and spontaneous, without going over your budget.
Hide extra cash in your bag, in your shoes and in a money belt to make sure you’re never without it.
Make a list of everything you need to pack
And I mean everything, from socks to insect repellent.
Not only will this make you less likely to forget anything, but it also gives you a chance to cut down on the amount of luggage you have. Seeing a list in black and white will help you realise what’s necessary and what’s not, which means there’s less for you to carry around.
Need some inspiration? The Ultimate Packing List will get you started.
Safeguard your health
Most trips go smoothly, but your health is your number-one priority, so make sure you get travel insurance in advance. It should cover any medical issues you have, from diabetes and asthma to mental health conditions like anxiety.
You might think that it’s safe to take the chance and travel without insurance, but medical bills in foreign countries can be extremely expensive — it’s not worth the risk.
Use a currency converting app
This is especially useful if you’ll be travelling to lots of different places and don’t want to memorise all the conversion rates in your head. An app will stay updated with the most recent rates and save you a lot of time when you’re in a queue and need to pay promptly.
Back up all your important information
No matter how careful you are, belongings can be stolen or end up lost — the last thing you want is to lose all your documents and memories.
Make digital copies of the following documents:
- Driving License
- List of important phone numbers
- Tickets and booking confirmations
- Travel Insurance Policy
- Contact Details
Store them on a cloud system. That way, they’ll be safe even if you do lose your laptop or phone. Do the same with photographs — you don’t want to lose any memories from your trip.
You could also screenshot online maps, in case you get lost and don’t have data or WiFi.