Traveling has always been a big part of the human lifestyle for ages now. People have always traveled for different reasons some of which are holiday, business, work, education or plain family reasons.The technological advancements over the centuries have definitely affected how people travel but the benefits of traveling have always remained the same. Some of the benefits of traveling include the fact that traveling is mentally invigorating and gives a different perspective, it helps create lasting relationships, it helps in skills development and it also opens human eyes to new adventure etc. While the list of travel benefits is quite long, there is also another important list travelers must never ignore such as:
Health – State of health is always a number one priority when traveling. Travel insurance that covers treatment for sudden illness or evacuations is always a clever idea for those who can afford it. If you are traveling into a region known for certain medical risks like malaria or yellow fever, it’s always a good idea to consult your local doctor for preventive medication or vaccinations.
Money – It is always safer to carry sufficient amounts of cash. In instances where you decide to use a credit card or ATM card, check the online bank statement at least once a week to look out for fraudulent charges or transactions. If you exchange foreign exchange, holding on to the receipt is never a bad idea just in-case customs at the airport asks for proof of all the foreign exchanges. While the US dollar has traditionally been the “worlds currency”, in modern times, some Euros will always come in handy too.
Transport – Its important to remember that there are different airline options available and all plane tickets are changeable, it does carry a fee sometimes but travelers can at least be assured that should need arise, airline ticket and travel changes can be made. For extensive international travelers, the round the world tickets are always the best bargains. On arrival, different destinations will always have different transport options, there are some countries with better rail transport than road transport and others are vice versa, so it’s always important to check the options before making a decision. Taxis are always an option for short distances but it’s always important to have a map by the side to ensure you direct the driver where you are going, this helps to avoid getting lost and end up paying for time spent in wrong places. Closely linked to the subject of transport is communication, good effort must be put in to ensure you have a functioning communication gadget in your pocket to be in touch with loved ones but also make a crucial call if need arises.
Culture – Being conversant or just having an idea about your destination countries culture and language goes a long way to having a peaceful stay, a good start in this regard would be to know just how to say hello and thank you. A few basic cultural ideas can also be a good start because certain simple things like hand gestures and facial expressions, touching someone, taking photographs in public can mean totally different things in different places.
Politics – A traveler is an ambassador of his or her country, so it’s always important to carry oneself as such and engage in constructive conversations with local people which represent the best of your country. It also helps to have a good understanding of the local politics and government and how it relates to your country, a word of caution however is to avoid being very negative or insulting of the local government or politics because this could just be the easiest way to cut your trip short by deportation or even end up in a police cell.
The above tips should surely come in handy, the rest of what will be discovered will just be part of the travel adventure. Happy Traveling!