There is a saying which goes, ‘Everyone can work hard but only a few people can work smart.’ It is also true when it comes to travelling. People may travel all over the world or travel local. The experience it provides differs from people and the places they visit. Apart from using a common sense approach, which may not always be enough, you may want to keep yourself on your toes even though you think otherwise.
I’m not trying to scare you here. What I am going to present here are just facts which most of you will agree. So who is a smart traveller? A traveller should not simply travel through any destination. He or she should research well about the destination they are planning to visit. The current information age provides us with tons of resources online mostly in the form of travel recommendations, dos and don’ts, places to visit, reviews, etc. The internet provides us some great websites which will give information about guides and even cheap hotels. Nowadays, travel sites like TravelHot has one stop site where you can get information about the places you would want to visit, a brief history of the destinations, places to look out for, etc. If you do not know which places to visit, surfing TravelHot’s destination guide will help you decide.
If you are planning for a vacation abroad, it makes sense to understand the local culture; a joke may be taken as an insult to the local people. Ensure your research involves understanding the local culture, what are things you are allowed to do in public, etc, for example: public display of affection in a country like India is not appreciated or pointing your fingers towards someone for a direction is considered inappropriate in some cultures or touching someone may be considered offensive. Muslim countries forbid alcohol.
Respecting the local culture will not only help you understand the people you are visiting but also ensure that your vacation does not have any unpleasant experiences.
Make a photocopy of all of your important travel documents and store them separately. Due to any unforeseen circumstances you may lose your baggage or there might even be a substantial delay in receiving your baggage. Keeping another copy of your documents would not be convenient but also save your time as well.
More and more people round the world are travelling. According to one report by statista.com, in 2012, international tourist’s arrival exceeded one billion. When you compare this data 10 years earlier, the number has increased by 50%. As more and more travellers take to the skies for their vacations, it becomes imperative for the ubiquitous travel to apply for travel insurance. Travel insurance has evolved tremendously and caters to the traveller’s various needs: be it he or she is travelling locally or internationally. It provides immense benefits in time of need especially during a medical emergency, delayed flights and loss of one’s baggage.
If you are susceptible to common ailments like coughs, cold and fever easily, you should carry some of the medications with you. Illness often strikes when you least expect it. It would be better to be safe rather than sorry and chances are that your medicines that are conveniently available locally may be inconveniently unavailable at your destinations. Plan your trip in advance; give it at least a few days if you have to do lots of packing. Check and re-check your belongings and preferably – make a check list, carry it with you all the time, develop the habit to use this check-list every time you pack or unpack your baggage. If you are not a frequent traveller, this will help you a great deal and also ensure you do not leave any of your things behind absent-mindedly.
Whenever you travel at any destination local or international, make these two lines your mantra: ‘Prevention is better than cure’ and ‘Better be safe rather than sorry’. Following these two lines will help you a great deal in ensuring your travels whether you are vacationing or on a business trip - goes smoothly and without any interruptions.