Planning to travel this holiday? Well, just keep that motivation strong because it’s just a few weeks to go before reaching that X on your calendars. So, whether you’re visiting a famous local destination or you’re jetting to a different continent, the moment you step on that place, you’re a tourist.
The very thing that travelers want to avoid at all cost is turning their adventure for the worse. Of course, those mishaps is what we want to pray it will never happen. So, if you want that wonderful “turista” experience, here are important to-dos on your pre-travel arrangements below because it’s better to be a wise tourist than to be an ignorant one.
1) Check the internet for rates.
First of our list is to check the web. The internet is your virtual library and cliche’ as it may sound, you’ll find almost anything. So, if you want to be as sure to what your destination is offering, might as well read more about the place. What we are trying to avoid here as tourists are the scammers. Tourists are easy prey and oftentimes tourists are duped by these con artists. It is better to get an idea of the rates and prices of different activities there especially if you’re on a budget travel.
2) Read reviews.
There’s nothing like reading people’s opinion and comments about their experiences of the place. Sometimes you can pick-up lessons and tips from the review. With that, you get an insight about the place you’ll be going to.
3) Look into travel blog entries.
What compares travel bloggers to tourists is that they find the best deals in town, they share the best tips you will never find out on your own, they look for the best spots of an already hidden gem, they are often as much s possible travelling with a budget and most of all they are dedicated and seasoned travelers. So, look into various travel blog entries then list down what you can learn and include that in your itinerary. Have that travel blogger experience brought to life!
4) Visit the local government site/ the tourism office.
If you are new to the destination, it’s important to take a visit at their tourism office or local government site. As a tourist destination, you are sure to find answers with the local government before setting foot on your journey. So what you need to ask are the following:
- Get their emergency numbers. You’ll never know what may befall on your travel, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Learn the warning signs of your destination. Travelers are given precautions about what to expect, how to interact with the culture, who to avoid and where to go in the event of an emergency.
- Ask for services that are safe for tourists. Just like in the island of Boracay, they offer free and official rides for tourists along the way, so if you don’t ask, you’ll never know.
- Get a tour guide. If you still want to have a local to tour you around than trying to trust your Dora the explorer side, then get an official tourist guide.
5) Always bring I.D.’s whenever, wherever.
If you’re travelling abroad, always keep your passport tightly secured and bring I.D.’s with you at all times. You’ll never know what tough luck may struck to your sweet vacation (it’s just preparing for the worse). There’s nothing more horrific than losing your identity in a foreign place.
6) Insure Your Trip
Adventures come with unexpected twists, and trips to a foreign country or nearby cities still curtails uncertainty. It is strongly recommended to buy that travel insurance policy you’ve came across with. Typical policies cover you against incidents like trip cancellation, medical issues, and lost or stolen possessions. Most banks, such as Security Bank offer insurance policies through FWD Life Insurance. So, in case, you can visit your respective banks and inquire about your insurance.
7) Enjoy and have fun.
No matter how you come prepared, there will always be a bit of a bump on your travel. But don’t let that get in the way of enjoyment and fun, think of it as a rite of passage. After all, experience is always the best teacher so have a safe and fun travel.
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