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The Things Too Many People Ignore Before They Head Off on Holiday

It’s very easy to get blinded by the fun and anticipation of the holiday ahead of you, but that can’t stop you from doing the things that everyone should be doing before they reach the departure gate. Ignorance always costs when you’re about to go travelling, so don’t allow yourself to set out on your travels before you’ve made sure that you’ve covered all the essential basics.

 

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If you’re wondering what exactly those essential bases are, we’re going to help you find out. It’s not too late for you to get things done and to make yourself secure and ready for what lies ahead of you. Sure, it can be time-consuming and boring to get everything done ahead of your big holiday, but it’ll pay off when you’re able to relax properly during the actual holiday itself. So read on to find out more.

 

Shop Around for Good Exchange Rates

Finding the very best exchange rates for yourself ahead of your trip is definitely important. You don’t want to exchange your money only to later find that you could have found yourself a better deal elsewhere if you’d have looked harder. There are plenty of resources online that will help you to find the best possible deal for your currency exchange. The same applies when you return home.

 

Get Travel Insurance

Even if it might not seem like it at the time, whenever you leave for a holiday without getting all of your travel insurance sorted, you take a big risk. If you were to have an accident or get sick while you’re in another country, the bills you’d have to face when you return home would be huge. With a cheap travel insurance policy, you’d ensure that risk was never taken.

 

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Find Out Which Documents You Need

It’s not always as easy as picking up your passport and boarding pass and heading to the airport. Sometimes, you need to have further documentation to prove you have the right to be entering a country. Different countries have different rules regarding all this, so you should check and double check you know the rules and have the right papers and documents before you get close to your date of departure.

 

Inform the Bank

The bank should always be aware of where you’re going if you’re planning on using your card in another country. If they’re not aware, they could mistakenly think that someone has stolen your card details and has started using them overseas. This does happen so you can’t blame them for being cautious. However, you definitely don’t want to be dealing with a frozen account when you’re trying to relax and have a good time on holiday.

 

Personal Health and Hygiene

You definitely need to be looking after your general health and personal hygiene ahead of your trip. You don’t want a health problem to derail your holiday. It’s also important to think about the potential health problems you might face when you’re away. For example, combating diseases and big bites can be a major issue. Other things can be down to a matter of convenience, such as finding options to delay your period. Consider everything and prepare accordingly.

 

A Strict Budget

Thinking about your budget is something that you definitely need to do when you’re about to head out on holiday. It might sound obvious, but it’s something people don’t always plan out in enough depth. The last thing you want is to run out of money when you’re on a foreign country. If you’re forced to start using your credit card rather than cash or travellers cheques, you’ll incur fees for every transaction and withdrawal because you’re in another country.

 

If You’re Going to Hire a Car, Book it in Advance

So many people land at their destination and then book a hire car when they’re there. It’s something that might sound sensible and logical enough, but that doesn’t mean it actually is. You tend to get far worse deals when you book on arrival because the companies operating there know that you need a car right away so you can start your holiday. You have more options and therefore more chances to save money if you do this in advance. It should also be quicker.

 

Heading off on your holiday is one of those exciting times in life that everyone should cherish and enjoy. But before you do that, you need to make sure that you get all of these issues covered. Only then will you be able to get the most out of your holiday without any worries or problems.

 

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Top Holiday Destinations

I am badly in need of a proper holiday. It has been a busy year so far, and a nice mini break is already needed. I have a few holiday destinations in mind, and I need to get planning. I am hoping to visit 3 countries this year as I did last year. Last year, I visited Italy in January, and Dubai and Oman in summer. I am not 100% sure of which countries I want to visit this year, but I am hoping they will be as much as fun as my holidays were last year.

 

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Here are 3 holiday destinations I have in mind –

 

Iceland

I never really wanted to visit Iceland until some years ago. It has become a very popular holiday destination, and I now badly want to visit it. I would love to go ice-climbing in Iceland one day. I took some ski lessons last year with the family last year, and planning on having some more ski lessons this year. I have heard a lot of good things about ski lessons les menuires, so will be checking the snow school out later in the year.

Learning to ski professionally has always been a dream of mine. I hope it becomes a reality one day.

 

New York

I have never been to New York – The Big Apple before, but I plan to visit really soon. I have heard a lot about this amazing city, and I can’t wait to see it all for myself. It also sounds like a lovely winter destination. Especially if you are after the cold temperature, as I hear it gets really cold in the Big Apple. Even colder than in London.

New York is definitely a romantic winter destination for love birds, and a great all year travel destination too!

 

Los Angeles

Visiting this Southern California city is high on my travel list. Escaping to sunny Los Angeles would be an amazing idea right now as it is painfully cold in Cheshire.

I have always wanted to visit Los Angeles, thanks to the many reality tv shows filmed in the city. God knows I have seen loads. It would be great to visit the Disneyland park over there and experience the Hollywood city. There is a lot to see in this city and I am seriously looking forward to the day we would make a trip down.

It is quite a distance, so not sure this trip will be happening anytime soon with the kids. Maybe when they are a little older.

 

What travel destinations do you have in mind for 2018?

 

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5 Ways to Travel Without Looking Like a Tourist

I love travelling and I had the opportunity to visit several counties. Whenever I am abroad, I like observing my surroundings and soaking in the culture.

 

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Soaking in the culture as tourist is all good as long as you remember to play it safe. I usually do a lot of research before I visit any country. Thanks to websites like TripAdvisor and Expedia, it is so easy to find out all the information you need before you travel.

I like having fun on holidays but I don’t like standing out as tourist, because it tends to attract the bad apples. Here are some ways I travel without looking like a tourist.

 

Relax

This little trick may sound like a surprise to you but this helped me a lot. When you land in a new country or destination you’re likely to feel uncomfortable, restless or even overly excited. All that can give you away.

Someone who is familiar with the terrain hardly get over excited, restless or uncomfortable. They are usually relaxed and even indifferent to their surroundings.

I don’t advice you to feign indifference or you’ll miss out on all the beauty the country has to offer. I do, however, advice you to take a more relaxed approach as you soak in the best of your environment.

 

 

 

 

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Blend with the locals

On one of my travels, I loved the way some of the tourists bought the cultural clothes of the country and wore them throughout the tour. It was their way of blending in with the locals.

When you make an attempt to blend in by showing your appreciation of their culture by wearing their local attire or eating with them or taking part in some of their cultural activities, you are likely to be more accepted in their fold and treated as one of them.

 

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Take public transportation

Tourists usually take the bus tour and that makes everyone around them know that they are tourists. Aside from that, you miss out on seeing the country or destination for what it is.

If you have a good opportunity to hop on a train or bus while on holiday, grab it.

 

Take a route different 

Every local knows the exact spots where tourists hang around. If you want to travel without looking like a tourist then you should avoid these places. Don’t follow the usual tourist routes. Be adventurous and see the places that are hardly visited by tourists.

 

 

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Ease up on the photography

One of the characteristics of tourists is that they always have a camera in their hands ready or around their necks. There is nothing wrong with taking pictures. I make sure I take loads of pictures whenever I am on holiday.But if you don’t want to be look like a tourist then you need to ease up on the photography. Instead, enjoy the scenery and soak in the beauty of the environment.

 

Do you like looking like a tourist when you away on holiday or do you prefer blending in?

 

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