BY KUMAR BHUSAL
So you have planned your trip and are ready to get out of your comfort zone to wondrous adventures or relaxing getaways. Yet as you arrive there you forgot that your slippers were absolutely useless due to the monsoons in Vietnam or your shorts were just not warm enough for the winter snow in London. To help you with such troubles on your trip we have brought you with the simple but crucial checklist to clear before you travel.
- Travel Documents:
This is on the top of the list for a simple reason, YOU CANNOT TRAVEL WITHOUT YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS! So before you leave for the airport, I suggest you keep a file where you compile all your travel documents. Here is a list of some of the most important documents:
- Passport – If you are travelling internationally this is a must, so always ensure you have your passport with you before you travel.
- Tickets – “Well this is a no-brainer!” How do you suppose one can travel anywhere without a ticket. Nowadays most of the tickets are passed on by eTickets so you can either print it or show it as a PDF from your mobile gadgets. But just to be on the safe side, I suggest you keep a copy of your eTicket.
- Reservation Documents – If you have booked a hotel and a cab to the hotel, it is always safe to keep a copy of your receipt. This will save you time and hassle of confirming identity and receiving suspicious looks.
- Travel Insurance – Most countries require travelers to have a travel-insurance before they apply for the visa; this is to prepare the travelers for the worst. Whether you are travelling with tour groups, friends or family members, having a travel-insurance may just help you get the right medical attention in times of emergencies.
- Student Letter/Student Cards – This may be confusing for some but for others who are travelling for work holidays or internship, they would know that student letter is the key for their application and thus a key to enter the desired city. And don’t forget having the student card might also give you discounts on some of your purchases, just enough to take you and your date to a nice meal out.
- Contact Details – Lastly, whether to pass through immigration or to get to your accommodation safely spending few minutes ensuring that you have the right address and phone number of your contact at the destination may very well safe you the trouble of ever getting lost. So write it down on a paper, so that even if your phone battery dies or you do not have internet connection, you can still get to your destination.
In addition you can photocopy all your documents and keep it in a separate folder just in case you lose any of them and need the information.
- Check the Weather.
So I remember travelling to London last summer, I was expecting the sunny breeze and clear blue sky like the ones I saw on T.V.s and commercials. But much to my surprise I was bombarded by endless rain and dark clouds. It made wearing shorts and sandals very uncomfortable. I had to buy new shoes, new pair of trousers and even rain coats. Moral of the story, don’t let the weather spoil your holiday! Checking the weather and planning ahead might just turn your 1 star trip to a 5 star holiday.
- Pack Smart and Get the Right Clothes
Well this, I have to say, is a grey area for most of us to talk about. Our taste in clothes is unique, it gives us confidence and it expresses who we are. But it might not be so wrong to at least look up the culture and fashion of your destination. For instance, if you are travelling to sacred temples in Myanmar, regardless of the burning summer heat, both men and women are required to wear clothes that pass the knee length. In addition, bring clothes that may be appropriate for the weather. If it is monsoon season, one may want to bring shoes and slippers, bring rain coats and umbrellas, and perhaps swim suits if you are planning to go to a beach or a lake. Also don’t forget your gadgets and chargers! Check if you brought your phone, laptops, cameras and their chargers. If you are going for a long trip, bringing a smart phone will allow you to keep in contact with family and friends back home while allowing you to use google maps for directions. Cameras are a must for me in trips, whether it is through my phone or a digital camera, capturing those special moments of the trip can help you preserve your memories forever.
- Got the Cash?
For most travelers they may already have experienced the sheer dismay of not having the right cash for the right thing to do. Whether it is about getting a cab on your way back to the airport or getting the right gift for your mom, you may want to have the right amount of cash for the important things. The key, I suggest, is to plan ahead. Travelers who plan ahead on their budget are relatively more satisfied with their travel than those who don’t.
- Plan your Holiday!
Unless if you are travelling on a tour package, you would want to plan your trip because time is a luxury you cannot waste. For most travelers, they do plan their travel dates but rarely do they get into details on timing and transport planning. Here are why it could be an issue: getting to the wrong place and figuring out how to get to the right attraction, staying at a place for too long and not being able to see all the desired attractions, and finally there are those ones who just do not know where to go! Spending a day to plan all your travels may just save you the time to fully enjoy your trip. So why not get a travel book or search online for travel locations and the appropriate time you should spend for each attraction. Also don’t forget to check the latest news on your travel location, are there any news of natural disasters, political uprising or economical threats. Always be aware of which places to not go and what not to say.
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