Every spring we all become antsy and ready for a vacation. Whether it’s a quick getaway or a long, relaxing vacation, the allure of getting away from the everyday hustle and bustle sends the masses heading toward their local travel agency. As a former travel agent, I have a set of rules that I follow for booking my vacations. My goal is to offer new travelers advice on planning their next vacation, without the fuss.
Before you plan your trip, there are a few things that you must consider before, during, and after your vacation abroad.
Know Before You Go
This is my motto for trips abroad. If you are planning to vacation in another country, you should first conduct research on the area. As a travel agent Make sure you research if an area has a high volume of crime associated with it. I often suggest this to the starry eyed new traveler who is having trouble narrowing down their list of possible vacation places. Although, as a travel agent I research places for my clients, many agents are not as thorough. It is best to conduct your own research about an area that you plan to visit, and stay informed while you’re there.
Plastic Instead of Paper
Many overseas travel destinations are similar to the United States in the sense that credit is just as good as cash. Avoid currency exchange fees and crazy rates by using your credit card for the majority of your trip. Carry cash with you as well, just in case you find something like an awesome jade jewelry set and the merchant at the Straw Market doesn’t take credit.
You Are Not in America
I remind my new clients that they must consider that when they visit another country they must keep in mind that the country they visit is not America. Although, it may sound redundant to state that, many people forget that fact when they travel abroad. Everyone may not be able to speak or understand English, and they may not be on the same time schedule that you are on.
Don’t Overdo It
That should be applied to everything during your trip. Enjoy yourself, relax and have a great time. Don’t over pack. I can almost promise you that if you are going to a Caribbean island for a relaxing vacation, you will not need that evening gown that you have in your bag! In fact, you probably won’t need half of the clothes that you packed for your trip. If you keep it simple, you can also keep the cost of your trip down. Many airlines charge for luggage weight. If possible, use a backpack as your carry-on. What doesn’t fit, doesn’t go with you.