Updated on April 21st, 2020

Traveling is an enjoyable experience. You leave your hometown to see different places and people. And in the process, you learn a lot about the world. To fully enjoy your trip, you should plan ahead. And here are a few things you should do before you ride that plane.

1. Take Some Cash

Yes, we all know that in almost anywhere you go, you can use your credit card, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take cash for just-in-case situations. You never know. Maybe you need to tip a waiter, take the bus, or go shopping at local areas that don’t have credit card machines. So make sure to grab some cash and convert it into the local currency. This can easily be done at most banks, airports, and even your local malls.

2. Global Tipping Guide

The worst thing that could happen to you in a foreign country is unintentionally offending people. The rules of giving tips differ from one country to another. And giving the right tips or not giving any could be the kind of information you need. So, you can read  Global Tipping Guide and the application will tell you exactly how much tips you need to pay.

3. Download Maps

You’re not a language expert and asking people about where you are or where you want to go can be a devastating experience because of the language barrier. Downloading maps can help you find your way around the city without asking others. Don’t count so much on an internet connection because you will not find good WiFi connection everywhere. The Google Maps app allows you to seamlessly download maps on your phone for use without internet connection.

4. Hotel Reservations

if you haven’t made any reservations yet, there’re a few things that you should consider: how long you are going to stay and your budget. There are many websites that allow you to make hotel reservations like Hotels.com, Travelocity, and Expedia.  Alternatively there is Airbnb. Available in over 150 countries Airbnb allows users to list their vacation homes or spare rooms for rent at an affordable price.

5. Plug Converter

Check out the plug and socket types of the country you are visiting and make sure you get the right plug converter. A plug converter is the only item that most people do not remember to take. Put that in your bag. After all, you don’t want to end up with an uncharged cell phone.

6. Exchange Rates

Now whether you are exchanging money from your country or from the country you’re traveling to, you don’t want people to fool you. XE Currency is a good application with live currency rates. Make sure you check that application before you exchange money.

7. Pets

No one needs to remind you, you are already worried about your pets.

  • First, you can travel with your pets but you will have to make sure you go for pet-friendly hotels.
  • Second, you can ask your friends or family to take care of your pets.
  • Third, you can check the services of TrustedHousesitters and find someone to take care of your pets when you’re away.

8. Google Translation

It’s a good app for translation and it’s going to help you in your day-to-day activities. The application translates about 90 languages, so you will be alright.

9. Plan Your Trip

You have to plan your trip. Check all the places you want to visit before you go and ensure that you don’t go around like crazy to visit all the places. After all, you want to relax. And you don’t want to spend the trip on transportation, either.

10. Pack Like a Professional

Take items that you truly need. There’s no need to try to fit all your wardrobe inside. Take essentials only because you don’t want to find yourself carrying around a heavy bag from one place to another. Plus, don’t put items in two bags when you can easily put them in one. Check this for how to pack like a professional. You will get good ideas about how to use space properly.

11. Keep Burglars Away With a Digital Mailbox

Nothing gives sure signs that you’re away from home other than a bulging mailbox. You want to enjoy your trip without worrying about your house or your postal mail. Check how virtual mailbox works and how can it help you with your postal mail. PostScan Mail offers digital mailboxes. When you sign up, your mail is directed to their mail facility where it is sorted and the envelopes scanned and then when you log into your web-based account, you see notifications of any item you’ve received. It’s a fantastic way to handle postal mail when you’re not home.

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