It goes without saying that travel is a billion dollar industry. People travel all the time from village to town, town to city, country to country, region to region. Travelers are a broad spectrum, ranging from those who tag themselves nomads to those who have a penchant for all things luxury, to those who prefer cash-less living, so they opt to hitch hike and live in nature.
Regardless of these, there are two major categories of travelers broadly speaking:
The nonchalant travelers. These ones don’t make a big deal of travel, they just take it as movement from one place to another, so they don’t fuss too much about it. They can throw in a few clothes into a backpack, and be out of the door on the way to an airport in no time.
The second category of folks are those who take travel as seriously as one would if they were to meet the queen of a Kingdom, otherwise the Head of state. They scrub themselves up fastidiously, wear their best frocks, polish their shoes and splash a generous amount of cologne or perfume before heading off to an airport.
Nevertheless, here are a couple of tips to make your travel experiences great.
1) Choose a great airline. Look up reviews, read travel blogs, or ask your travel friends to advise you before booking a flight, on which are great for the region you’re travelling to. I know for a fact that there are great budget airlines like Ryan Air, Easyjet, Air Arabia within Europe, Asia, the Middle East or even Africa. For International flights, there are a couple of great flights too. So make a careful choice to avoid inconveniences. Some of the things that make airlines fall short with reviews are; lost luggage, whether the flights are late or on schedule, those that have a history of being accident prone and oversales of air tickets.
2) Choose a great airport from where you can set off. As with the first point, this will depend greatly on whether the flights you choose are International or regional. Some International airports like Changi Airport in Singapore, have put in their all to ensure that every traveler passing there has a great travel experience.There are as well those airports that make it possible for one to catch forty winks incase they have an early morning flight, and one is on a budget for example they’d not want to spend any money on hotels.
3) Once in the destination, opt to spend as much time with locals other than depending fully on hotels or tour guides. Having a local hold your hand as you navigate new territory makes all the difference between the one who came, saw and shelled out a chunk load of dough, and that one who came, experienced the nitty gritty, and did so without so much as a dent to their credit score. Locals know their cities like the back of their hand; so unless you’re anchored in the country as a student, volunteer, a partner or an expatriate in the area with months or years to explore, you may need a local to really wing it.
4) How fast you travel through a destination makes all the difference too. Of course for many folks out there, particularly those who aren’t in the travel industry, it may be necessary to zip through a destination given that one barely has time off or leave days per annum may be limited to two weeks. Personally, I go by the four-day rule, that’s the minimum amount of time I can spend in a new destination if I’m in a rush.
5) Try your best to pack what you need not what you want. In past times, I have ended up over packing unnecessary stuff, and having to re-arrange my baggage at the airport as I didn’t want to dole out the cash for extra luggage. Most people don’t know it, but the destination country has items too, and you can buy stuff that you need while there, instead of carrying ‘the whole country with you in your suitcase.’
6) Always get a travel insurance. Most of the reasons the nay -sayers give for not taking out travel insurance include; The countries we’ll be travelling to are so cheap, that we’ll easily afford any health costs “outta-pocket.” This is a risque approach to life. Insurance is not only important for health costs; as well it may cover dental care costs, or baggage loss costs; missed, delayed or cancelled flights; natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods or wildfires, terrorism and so forth. So please get travel insurance. You’ll be surprised that it doesn’t cost too much, but will definitely be worth it if you find yourself in a bind.