The weather is getting cold and the holidays are quickly approaching. You may be getting ready to leave the cold weather behind and head to warmer climates for a week or two. As you know I love to travel, I mean I really really love to get away. I know some people like to go on vacation but hate getting there – I am not one of those people. I love travelling, everything from packing my bags to exploring new airports. During my last trip to New Orleans in September I learned a few things can make your life easier when travelling.
I love to travel and I definitely have a routine. I pack a nap sack with my travel essentials such as my passport, my iPod and a good book. When you’re going on vacation everyone wants to get to their destination as quickly as possible and I’ve found having a few other things on hand will make your travels a little bit smoother.
6 things you need for your next vacation:
A pen. Filling out your baggage tags and customs forms goes a lot easier if you have your own pen. When you don’t have to borrow a pen and wait for the in front of you to finish filling out their forms it helps move the line along faster and it gets you in and out a lot quicker. I always carry a pen in my bag because it’s convenient to add up expenses, write things down I want to remember and fill out forms.
Travel insurance. Insurance is kind of a hit and miss with me, I hate paying for it but the one time in my 34 years I needed it I was glad I had it. In 2009 I went to Spain and was stung by an awful bug. Of course having travel insurance helped me find a Doctor who would treat me ASAP as well as a doctor who spoke English. Having that card in my wallet was very helpful.
Some local currency. I always like to have at least twenty dollars of local currency in my wallet because there are a few things you might want to do before you find a place to exchange your money such as catch a cab, buy a drink or grab something to eat. Having a few dollars in your wallet when travelling is always a good idea and it can help avoid foreign ATM fees.
Your itinerary. Having a printed copy of your itinerary is a great idea because if you’re travelling in a country where you don’t speak the language it’s easier to show someone where to want to go instead of trying to learn a new language in less than five minutes.
A dictionary. I have an electronic dictionary that I carry around when I travel because it helps me learn key words instantly. All I have to do is type in a word and the new language pops out. I may not be able to form complete sentences but at least I can keep yelling out random words.