What to Know Before You Go: Tips for a Smoother Travel Experience

Worldwide - Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Before you take your next vacation, there are several things you must learn about your destination. Learning more about your destination ahead of time will help to minimize stress, and will improve the overall quality of your vacation. The tips below are even more important if you will be traveling to another country.

Travel Check-In and Check-Out Times

Before you leave for your next vacation, take the time to check with your hotel and rental car service to ensure that you understand the check-in and check-out times for each. For example, if your flight arrives in the wee hours of the morning, you may not be able to check-in to your hotel straightaway. However, if you call and request an early check-in, your hotel may be able to accommodate your needs. Also keep in mind that you will need additional time at the airport if you have extra luggage—or if you will be traveling internationally.

The Primary Language

Even if you do not speak the primary language, it is important that you understand what it is. Also keep in mind that there may be several languages or dialects in each country. Even if you do not speak the primary language, you should learn common phrases to help you get around—as well as identify a translation travel app or book to help you communicate with others.

The Local Cuisine and Dining Etiquette

One of the many joys of traveling is trying the local cuisine. Before you arrive at your vacation destination, take some time to learn what the region’s popular cuisine is. Pay particular attention to the type of meats that are served, as well as how the food is seasoned. Even if you are staying in the country, there are sure to be dishes that are popular in the region you are traveling—such as lobster in Maine. Also take some time to learn the local dining etiquette, and whether or not tipping is expected.

The Weather at All Times during the Day

When you booked your trip, you likely checked the typical weather for the time of year you are traveling. However, you must check the weather once again before you arrive to see if it is unseasonably warm, or unseasonably cold. Don’t forget to check the weather at all hours of day. Even if you are traveling to a warm destination, the early mornings or late evening may be quite chilly.

What Travel Documents Do You Require

It is important to understand what travel documents you will require for your trip. This includes your passport and visa, but you should also print out copies of your full itinerary, as well as all of your reservation numbers. This way if you lose internet access, or your smartphone battery dies, you will still know where you are heading.

Safety Related Concerns

You must also research safety related concerns, such as the crime in the area you are traveling to—and the best way to keep your money safe while traveling. For example, you may choose to keep your jewelry to a minimum while traveling, or may adjust your wardrobe so that it does not call too much attention to you and your travel companions. Also consider if you need any vaccinations, and if you insurance covers you while traveling. Don’t forget that multiple types of traveling insurance can be purchased if needed.

Aside from the tips above, don’t hesitate to ask the hotel concierge for additional travel tips before you arrive. While you may be eager to get going on your dream vacation, taking a little extra time to prepare can all but guarantee your memories are joyful rather than dismal. Whether you already have your bags packed or are still in search of your next destination, let The Maritime Explorer be your travel guide. With years of international travel experience to his credit, The Maritime Explorer is able to provide you with insider information on some of the world’s most popular destinations. Follow his Canadian travel blog today and discover just what adventure is in store for you!


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