Traveling is an exciting adventure, regardless of the destination. With a little careful planning, and some travel insurance you’ll be on your way to an ideal, stress-free trip. Before heading out, make sure that you have all necessary documents, such as visas, passports, and follow these tips to help you on your way.
If you are traveling abroad, it’s a wise idea to sign up with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free government service for citizens of the United States who live in a foreign country or are planning to visit one. Providing STEP with your contact information and some details on your trip allows them to contact you in the event of an emergency and to advise you of travel warnings and alerts.
Though it is tempting to pack your nicest clothes when going on vacation, think twice about what your appearance may signal to thieves. Over-dressing may attract undo attention and make you a target for pickpockets and swindlers. In addition, it may prevent you from getting good deals in countries where the barter system is standard procedure. Merchants who feel that you have excessive wealth, reflected by your expensive clothing, will be less inclined to offer discounts.
Travel can be a very good experience if you do it in the right way. If you are a new traveler than you may want to invite a friend to go with you so that they can help to show you the ropes of this great hobby. If not, you will at least want to ask them for tips. Your travel agent and insurance agent are also good sources of information.
Keep in mind what your embassy cannot do for you when you are traveling. While they can help you in many ways, there are some things they won’t help you with. They cannot act as official interpreters, they cannot provide you with legal council or money for legal council and they cannot investigate crimes.
A great tip when you’re traveling to a third world country is to be aware of what transportation to take once you’re there. Sometimes taking a taxi might be your best option because it might not be safe to walk. Getting on the bus is also a viable option in these countries.
Keep prescription medicine in their original bottles. While space is often at a premium when packing, it is important to keep your medications in their properly labeled containers, especially when traveling internationally. Each country’s drug laws can vary, and if you are prescribed a narcotic (which are more closely regulated), get a letter from your doctor to avoid potential legal troubles.
Make sure you really need that car before renting one when you travel. Many of the world’s cities have excellent public transportation that is much less expensive than dealing with auto travel. Also, the hassle of parking a car can be stressful in large cities and extremely expensive, even parking at the hotel.
Traveling light can be a wonderful experience, especially for single people or a couple. If you are capable of traveling with just one bag, you will have much more flexibility on your trip and will be able to explore a great deal more. Europe is the perfect place for this type travel style.
A useful item to pack for your flight, inside your carry-on bag, is a fleece blanket with sleeves (you’ve seen them in those infomercials). It can keep you warm on a cool plane, while still allowing you to hold your book or magazine. It can also be rolled up and used as a travel pillow.
To broaden your horizons while traveling, if possible get off the beaten path. Too often, guide books focus on the places where you are likely to just run into other tourists. If you limit yourself to these sites, you will limit your experiences. You won’t need to go far afield to get a glimpse into the locals’ lives.
When traveling out of the country, it is advisable to drink only bottled water. This is especially important in countries where the quality of their tap water may be questionable. It’s better to possibly pay a bit more and be safe than risk getting sick because of contaminated tap water.
Travel can be fun and rewarding if you know the ropes, and now you do. We at the MVR Insurance Agency would like you to have a safe and enjoyable vacation travel experience and travel insurance can be a worth while investment.
Follow these tips to ensure a smooth and trouble-free journey. All you have to do now is relax and enjoy a break from the stresses of ordinary life. As the saying goes: “The world is your oyster.” Go crack it open!
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