Tyler and I have learned a great deal of information from our travels and would like to share all our knowledge with others to help them when they travel abroad. We find original information regarding travel tips can be hard to come by and it is difficult to know where to find them. Here is our page on the tips we have for you and others feel free to comment and share your tips as well!
Tip 1 – World Events Calendar
Would you like to know what is going on around the world? Or know where you would like to travel by what interests you the most? Check out this world event calendar to know what is going on in the world and when! Now you can book your travel around what you would like to do all on one easy event calendar!
Tip 2 – Google Mapping
We recommend Google mapping hotel/hostel before booking or leaving on an international trip (or any trip to a new place for that matter).
- This way you can take a look at the street view and know what that hotel looks like. We have ran across traveling to a hotel location where the sign was so small we just kept walking by it, but if we would have known what the neighboring buildings looked like we would have already familiarized ourselves with the surroundings and would have found the location a lot faster.
- You can view close restaurants, banks, or other business you may need while on your trip.
- You can view what the parking situation outside the hotel may be. We have saved a bundle on parking because street parking could be seen as an option on Google Maps but the hotel was going to charge $30 a night. Thankfully we were able to just park on the street.
- You may even be able to see close by bus stops around the area to make sure transportation is readily available.
- Getting a look as to what the area looks like may make or break your decision to stay at this specific hotel.
Tip 3 – Check In Timing
If possible, get a flight that arrives only a few hours before hotel check in time. This way once you arrive at your hotel you can go up to your room, rather then wait around like we have had to, jet-lagged and all.
Tip 4 – Airline Baggage Limits
When traveling make sure to double check with your airline what the baggage weight limits are. Different airlines in different countries are not as lenient as the United State with the norm of a 50 lb check baggage costing an average of $25. Also, make sure you know what measuring system the airlines uses, pounds or kilograms. We have had a situation where we thought the airlines allowed 50 pounds, but they only allowed 20 kilograms (44 pounds) and charged a TON for anything over. Believe it or not, we have traveled on an airline that made each passenger stand on a scale along with their baggage to make sure they did not go over a specific weight. So always, always, check to see what the baggage limits are for every leg of the trip.
Tip 5 – Important Translations
Learn to speak the language for important sayings. You can find that Google Translator can be very helpful and you can even listen to how the saying should be pronounced.
- If you are on a specific diet (such as myself) make sure you know how to say what you need in the language of the country you are traveling to. I am a pescaterian (a vegetarian that also eats seafood) so I know how to say “no meat” or “seafood only” in many languages.
- If you have a specific health issue, make sure you know how to say it in foreign languages. Or write it on your arm or wear something in that countries language that states the health condition on an article of clothing, written on a piece of jewelry or put a note inside your passport. Something as simple as this can save your life in another country.
Learning the following words have proven helpful as well:
- Market or Grocery Store
- Knowing how to count in the language of the country
- Transportation words (ie. taxi, bus, rail, train, etc.)
- Yes and No
Tip 6- What To Eat
When traveling outside the United States to countries that are second and third world countries, make sure you do NOT eat the following:
- Any food that is not cooked thoroughly.
- Any fruit or vegetable that cannot be pealed. So salads are not always safe to eat.
- Water unless properly filtrated and purified or bottled.
- Ice that is not made from properly filtrated water.
Tip 7 – Vaccinations
Checking to see if you need to be immunized for anything is good practice when traveling abroad. Just go to the Center for Disease Control website (link below) and click on the country you will be visiting to make sure you are up to date on any vaccinations you may need in that country.
Tip 8 – Check out this site
Want to know if a country is safe to travel to? Click the link below to find out.