Whether you’re driving a few hours away from home or catching a flight to the other side of the world, you always want to be prepared for the adventure ahead. For me, traveling has become second nature after many years of experience! No one is born a perfect traveler and neither should we expect ourselves to get everything right on the first try. There’s fun in the trial and error process, but we should always follow certain travel tips that will save us both money and sanity until the end of time.
This what I wish I knew before I began my latest adventure:
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Copies of all Important Documents Should always be Kept On Hand
Make copies of all important documents such as your itinerary, identification papers, tickets, and everything of the sort. If in a foreign country with no identification, you will need to undergo a long process paying multiple fees to get your documents replaced. This can take up to several weeks!
If Mainly Traveling By Car, Get Everything Checked
If there was a moment to finally get a car tune-up, the days before an epic road trip is the perfect opportunity to do so. This includes getting a new oil change, checking the brakes, making sure all your lights and turn signals are working, and buying an extra tire to keep in the trunk. One of the worst things that can happen during a road trip is the car breaking down – or worse, a flat tire in the middle of nowhere. Looking back on spontaneous road trips from the past, the number one regret I have is not completely preparing my car for them.
You Need to Be Ready for Unexpected Setbacks
As much as we would like to believe an unfortunate and unexpected event won’t happen to us, it might. Therefore, we should prepare ourselves for the following: stolen money, missed fares, lost tickets – you name it. Don’t keep all your money in one area – separate it throughout your luggage and pockets, be flexible with your itinerary schedule, and prepare for paying a surprise fee here and there.
Not Every Moment Needs to Be Captured Electronically
Don’t live your adventure through a lens. If you’re going to take a picture or video, do so before you truly indulge in the present moment’s scenery and environment. You can never relive a moment of life, but you can make the most out of one by appreciating it to the fullest. Take in as much as you can!
Invest in Traveler’s Insurance
Traveler’s insurance is by far the most important investment you can make before a trip. You never know when a medical emergency will come up, a trip gets cancelled, or you lose your belongings during travel – just to name a few examples. Thanks to the coverage of travel insurance, you can get majority or all of these expenses reimbursed.
Traveling to a new place is always exciting and little bit daunting. But with careful preparation and a great attitude, you can expect that your next adventure will be one full of unforgettable memories and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Safe travels!