Hassle-Free Trips – 5 Helpful Hints For Your Holiday Getaway

Traveling is always a unique experience: it’s like breaking out of our shells, and discovering the world for the first time. However, there are also times when going to a foreign destination is more trouble than it’s worth, especially with the current threat of terrorism and third-world poverty in some areas. This doesn’t mean, however, that we should just stay home and board up the windows. As long as we choose our destination wisely, we ought to enjoy those in-frequent periods in a year when we can go to a different place, experience a different season and just forget about our everyday lives.
In order to ensure that wonderful, but hassle-free, getaway, here are five practical tips:
DON’T EXCHANGE MONEY AT EXCHANGE BANKS – Banks and cash exchanges charge commissions, so just make sure that your bank card will work in the country you’re visiting. You will almost always get the best exchange rate with your bank card.
DON’T SPEND MOST OF YOUR HOURS INSIDE YOUR HOTEL – Remember the reason why you decided to go out of town. Staying inside your hotel can give you benefits and would make you maximize the charges yet, it is more exciting to discover the places and best deals around.
Don’t try the usual foods – Fast food chains must be really tempting cause its conveniently available anywhere but I suggest you try something different and not the usual thing you can have back home. Have a walk around town and taste the authentic cuisines and delicacies from nearby restaurants. Experience the various mouthwatering and unique foods which can only be best served in the location. These foods will complete the experience you can share to your family and friends when you get back so maximize your stay and enjoy their cuisines.
GETTING WASTED IS A WASTE – While drinking is never a bad thing (unless your destination is the Middle East), make sure to drink in moderation. A spin at the bar never hurts, especially if the local tab is very agreeable with the exchange rates. However, never forget that you are in a totally different place, surrounded by completely foreign strangers. And you don’t want to spend that last day with a terrible hangover in bed, instead of enjoying your remaining hours outside.
DON’T HOLLER FOR CABS – One thing: Riding cabs might cost you too much. Though this may be the most convenient ride, it is better to try trains, subways, and other local public transportation. Familiarize yourself with the country’s mode of transport because it’s actually more rewarding to commute while you soak up the view of the town.
They say that traveling is always an eye-opening experience. Hopefully with these tips, you get to open not just your eyes but all of your senses. After all, it’s only a few times a year that we can immerse ourselves in a totally different place, and embrace a totally different culture. At the end of the day, it’s not all about leisure but bringing home new knowledge of the world around you.