As many travel enthusiasts know, one of the best things about getting away is really getting away. So, when it comes to ensuring a stress-free vacation, a little preparation can go a long way — especially when visiting a city. If you’re planning to check a new city off your list, here are a few travel tips to help you keep calm and carry on.
Get The Beat
1. What’s one of the best ways to learn about a place? Talk to a local. If you know someone who lives in or has previously lived in the city you’re visiting, reach out and get a feel for what popular attractions should make it onto your list — and which ones are worth skipping. After all, they’ll know best … and who doesn’t love hearing about a hidden gem?
2. If there’s only one thing you do before jetting off, let it be checking the local weather. We all may think we know what a city’s climate is like, but do yourself a favor and actually check the day before you leave — that way, you can pack (or re-pack) accordingly.
Trains, Planes & Automobiles
3. When choosing a place to stay, it’s easy to forget about the less exciting details … like what your commute to and from the airport will be. Since some cities have more than one airport, be sure to do a quick search to find out exactly how far the airport you’re flying into is away from your accommodation.
4. Another important aspect to consider when planning your city escape is transportation. Will you be renting a car? Travelling in taxi’s or ride shares? Utilizing public transportation? No matter what your desired mode of transport is, it’s always a good idea to do your research beforehand. For example, you can find maps of most cities’ public transportation routes online.
Location, Location, Location
5. When visiting a city, location is everything. Sure, staying in the heart of the city may cost a little extra, but the money saved staying further out may come out in the wash when you factor in the price of travelling back and forth each day. Of course, this will vary, but remember the golden rule: Work smarter, not harder.
6. Speaking of avoiding wasting time and money, once you have a solid list of things you’d like to do, it’s worth researching where each attraction/sight/restaurant is located in relation to the others to avoid backtracking as much as possible. Plan your days with geography in mind, and thank yourself later.
7. Did you know that 911 isn’t a valid emergency services number in every country? If you didn’t, then now you do — so if your trip happens to take you abroad, be sure to make a note of the local equivalent and keep it handy throughout your travels.
8. When visiting a different country, it never hurts to set up travel alerts with your bank so that they know where you plan on being and when. This way, you won’t have to worry about any of the ATM withdrawals or foreign transactions you’re making being falsely flagged as suspicious activity.