Some months ago, on a trip to Budapest, I was motivated to write this list. No kidding, every point mentioned was something I experienced and it wasn’t nice. All the fault was on me cause I was unprepared. Sometimes we feel more relaxed and laid back, cause its not work or school, its just vacation.
However, to make the most out of your trip and to be in comfort, you need to prepare properly and plan in advance so you don’t end up having a horrible vacation.
Here’s a few points I think are worth paying attention to:
CHECK THE WEATHER FORECAST
Imagine yourself in a scenario, where you packed for early spring, but ended up being surprised with snow as though it were winter ? The weather determines your itinerary while in the city, what clothes and shoes to pack and maybe even your mood.
USE AND TRUST GOOGLE MAPS
Get mobile data for your phone if you can afford it, I think google maps now has an offline version, download that too. It can be frustrating when locals don’t know where on earth you are looking for, in times like that, google maps is your bosom friend.
HAVE ON YOU BOTH CARD AND CASH
This comes in handy, as some places will only take cash (seriously why? I know its their business, but come on, you’re in a tourist location) and some places will only take cards.
CHECK THE LOCAL CALENDAR (CURRENT AFFAIRS)
Is the country having some holiday? Are the citizens protesting something? Is there some kind of strike going on? You don’t want to go out for a stroll and all of a sudden find out you are part of an ongoing group protest or discover that the road is being blocked by a protest or a local event. Basically be informed on the current affairs of where you are visiting.
CHECK OUT YOUR MODE OF TRANSPORTATION
Will you be legging it? then you need proper walking shoes. Alright, if its public transportation, will it be the bus or tram or train? Often times the local public transport website will have information on any route changes or blockades. If you’ll be using a taxi, get the correct local taxi number. Do your homework to avoid confusion.
PACK SOME EMPATHY IN YOUR TRAVEL LUGGAGE
I really am not sure how to write on this one. Every neighbourhood, city has their poor and despised, its not your fault they are in that situation and yes you’ve travelled to relax. I can’t say, spare some change or be cautious around them. Just remember that they are human beings too and they are in a crisis(mess). Whether its a self inflicted crisis or not, its still a crisis. Be kind and tenderhearted!!