Many people have vacation horror stories to tell. The most common reason someone has a bad vacation is because they did not plan ahead. Don’t worry about this happening to you, though. This article will address the most common causes of travel problems and give advice on how to avoid them.
Before you travel, make a list of what you will pack. Make your packing list weeks before you leave for your trip. This will keep you away from chaos no matter how late you pack.
When you go overseas, be careful of the taxis you take. Be sure it is legit before getting into it. Anyone can throw a “taxi” sign up and you won’t know who they are or where they will take you.
When flying on a plane, you should plan ahead because an airline won’t always be able to meet your basic needs, even when the flight lasts for many hours. Travel with your own blanket, pillow and entertainment if you believe that you may need them. It is also a good idea to pack a few snacks in your carry-on, in case your flight is delayed or they don’t serve food you like.
First thing to do when you get into your hotel room is to check the alarm clock. Whether by simple accident or obnoxious prank, many a traveler has been awakened early in the morning or worse, in the middle of the night, by the alarm clock at their bedside. Be sure to set this for whatever time you feel is comfortable to wake up at.
Have a door stopper to use during your hotel stay. Some areas just aren’t that safe. If the hotel room door does not have a chain or deadbolt, use the doorstop by wedging it under the door and leaving it there while you sleep.
Bring a book of matches or a business card of your motel with you while traveling about the city. If you are on the streets in a strange city and become lost, this will be quite useful when getting directions from the locals or a taxi driver. It’s quite helpful for those who are not familiar with the local language.
Use melted ice for your morning coffee. Ice water frequently tastes better than tap water, so fill up your ice bucket so it can melt as you sleep. The next morning, you can brew your coffee with this filtered water.
Most people can’t afford a nice hotel. Often, you may find yourself stuck at thoroughly unpleasant places to rest your head for the night. If the area makes you uncomfortable but there’s no other choice, take a rubber doorstop. In addition to chaining and locking your door, you can slide it under your door for extra protection from intruders. Intruders can break a lock or chain, but the doorstop will make is much harder to get into the room.
The bottom line is that a failure to plan is the main cause of most vacation dilemmas and disasters. The advice from this article will help you plan a safe, relaxing vacation.