Traveling is a popular activity and hobby that many people enjoy throughout the year, as they are able to explore far-off lands or simply investigate the nooks and crannies of their own local backyard. To make the most out of any adventure on the road, sky, or water – it is important to conduct thorough research, properly prepare, and most of all – stay safe.
It doesn’t matter if you plan on leaving in the morning and returning at night or will soon discover other parts of the world on a weeklong tour – preparation is key. A great amount of people believe that preparing for travel is something that begins when you pack your suitcase, but true organization begins within the home. Before setting off, it is important to make sure your home appears lived-in. For example, you can leave a light on or set your radio on timers to lessen your risk of a burglary when you are away.
Make sure to cease any routine deliveries, as piled newspaper and mail are dead giveaways for an empty home. If you have any pets or plants – arrange for them to receive care. It is also a good idea to leave your keys and itinerary with a trusted friend or neighbor. Before leaving the home, double-check all windows, doors and the garage for secured locks.
Before leaving on a trip – travelers should sort out all appropriate paperwork and resources. This means organizing your guide books and maps, passport and visa(s), insurance, personal identification, and birth certificate. Currency and backup methods of payment are also become important on any trip. You will also need to store credit cards, travelers’ checks, ATM cards, and foreign currency (if necessary) in a safe, easy-to-find location.
When packing for a trip, begin by setting out the proper luggage in front of you. Lay out weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable footwear first. Next, pack clothing for warm weather, rain protection (if needed) and attire for nights out on the town. Other basic essentials include a travel alarm clock, small binoculars, address book, camera, and film (best stored in a carry-on bag). You may also want to add a few maintenance items at this point, including batteries for your camera, mini sewing kit, travel iron (or steamer), as well as laundry soap packets and laundry bag (if necessary).
Those who pack medical supplies are able to stay one step ahead of unforeseen circumstances when restaurant food doesn’t sit well or you’re planning a trek in the mountains. A few suggestions include a first aid kit, aspirin, diarrhea tablets, laxative, insect repellent, alcohol wipes, sunscreen, motion sickness remedy, and antibiotic ointment.
If you do not have a separate toiletry bag – you can store the following essentials in a sturdy Zip-loc bag: comb, brush, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, shampoo, deodorant, lotion, creams, and shaving cream. Many individuals will sometimes pack their own towel, washcloth, and all other toiletries even though hotels supply these items.
Popular Travel Destinations
When settling on a travel destination – the objective of your trip will play a significant role in selecting suitable locations to explore and the places you choose to visit will depend on your intentions. Are you planning a honeymoon? Is this a family outing? Do you want to enjoy a specific activity?
Are you interested in discovering a particular cultural icon (such as the Eiffel Tower, Broadway and Times Square, Grand Canyon, Egyptian Pyramids, Disneyland, or Hollywood)?
Popular destinations to keep in mind when experiencing what the world has to offer includes the beaches of Miami, the romantic allure of Hawaii, celebrity sightings of Los Angeles, wineries in Italy, the bright lights of New York City, and plenty of shopping opportunities in Chicago.
How to Stay Safe When Traveling
Staying safe while visiting other locales is one of the most important factors to consider when touring a new city or country. The best approach is to mask your identity as a tourist to lessen your chances of encountering any trouble. As a traveler, you should leave your valuables at home or locked away in a hotel safe. Wearing clothing that stands out could deliver unwanted attention as a tourist. In some locations, pickpockets and thieves are notorious for pinpointing out-of-towners. Stay alert when traveling by subway and visiting commonly frequented tourist sights.