Published On: Fri, Dec 15th, 2017

7 Easily-Overlooked, yet Important Things to Remember on Your Next Trip

Traveling is one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling activities anyone can choose to indulge in. Going to new places is a great way to broaden your horizons and experience new cultures and make new friends along the way. However, even the most adroit travelers sometimes make big mistakes when they travel that can upend an otherwise splendid vacation. So, to make sure your next holiday is a smash, take care not to forget any of these important aspects of traveling:

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Not Everyone Speaks English

This should be obvious, but unfortunately it isn’t. Assuming someone in a foreign country speaks English can be off-putting, if not downright insulting –– even if they do speak English. So take the trouble to learn greetings and essential phrases in other languages if you’re going to be traveling abroad.

Don’t Block Traffic

Public transport systems were not made for you and you alone. So don’t stand gawking in front of a sign trying to figure out your next stop and wind up in the way of busy commuters. Be aware of your surroundings and respect the space of people around you.

Glue Your Passport to Your Forehead

Perhaps a bit drastic, but you simply cannot afford to lose your passport or visa when out of the country. At best, it’ll be a tremendous hassle to get a new one, and depending on your situation, you might end up on the phone looking for a lawyer that specializes in H1B Visas. So don’t lose it in the first place!

Bring a Toothbrush

Because, of course you need one. It’s easy to overlook, though.

Plan for Delays

If you think your plane, your train, or your automobile is going to leave exactly when you expect it to, you’ve got another thing coming. Mishaps are a part of even the most spectacular trips, so bring a book or a tablet to entertain yourself when things unexpectedly head south.

Have Your Cash Ready

Not every country is as digitally ingrained as the United States, so don’t assume you can use your Visa card to buy a quilt from a flea market halfway across the world. The truth is, you probably can’t. So exchange currency accordingly.

Keep an Open Mind

If you experience something different or unfamiliar than what you’re used to, there’s no need to freak out. Wanting everything to be the same as “how it’s done back home,” is the fastest way to ruin any vacation. So relax, let yourself go a little, and have fun instead.