Don't be a tourist, be a traveler. Get insider tips on traveling on a shoestring, staying healthy away from home and connecting with locals wherever your journey takes you.
Jetting off to new places — whether for business or fun — can take a lot out of you. And you want to be at your best when seeing new places and experiencing different cultures. Follow a few easy tips to stay well as you take your travels around the world.
Make sure to stay hydrated while you are traveling. Dehydration makes you more prone to viruses, and can make jet lag symptoms worse.
Keep Your Meds Close
The chances of your bags getting lost are slim, but to be on the safe side, keep a supply of enough medication to last you the duration of your trip with you. That way, you won’t miss key dosages of antibiotics or your daily prescription, if something were to happen to your luggage.
When you are on long flights, it's important to get up and move, stretch and walk the aisle to avoid blood clotting and joint pain.
Take Those Vitamins
To keep your body in tip-top shape, take vitamins as you prepare for any adventure.
Commit to Your Daily Routine
If you’re used to exercising, eating breakfast or going to bed early, make sure to continue to do these things while on your trip. Sticking to your routine will help your body have one less thing to work against.
Keep antibacterial hand sanitizer with you at all times. As long as it is less than three ounces, you’ll be able to take it on board your flight to ward off germs that can be found on your seat or other places along your trip. And take advantage of every instance you have to wash your hands so that you aren’t bringing germs back as souvenirs.
Jet lag is disorienting, and it can falsely mirror the feeling of being sick. To stay well and rested while you travel across time zones, follow these quick steps:
Do I shake hands? A kiss on the cheek? Two kisses? A bow? Don't sweat it. Etiquette can change from country to country, but the guiding principles are universal. When it comes to having good travel manners, it's important to not get too bogged down with the do's and don'ts of a culture. Instead just remember the fundamentals of good etiquette: respect, consideration and honesty. Those fundamentals and a smile can go a long way when it comes to traveling abroad.
In addition to a smile, it's always good to have a few words and phrases in your back pocket to use along the way. Remember: You don't have to be fluent to speak the language. Most locals will appreciate your effort and be more willing to help you in a bind.
Here's a list of some key words/phrases for your travels:
Excuse me (to get attention)
Entschuldigen Sie bitte (formal)
Salam a aikum
Bù hǎo yì si
In need of a quick vacay? Have a week to kill? Really ready to get away from it all? Great! Make the most out of any trip-length, by putting some brainpower into your trip before you go. Then, when the plane’s wheels touch down, you can hit the ground running and start off your vacation right.
3-Day Trip: Press Pause
Three days is all it takes to get away from it all. Take these tips:
1-Week Trip: Make Time Stop
A weeklong vacation is perfect amount of time to balance the yin-and-yang of two contrasting vacation mantras: relax or see it all.
2-Week Trip: Time to Play
Hear that? It’s time moving at a slower pace. On a two-week vacation, it seems the whole world is before you. And in fact, it is.
It’s time to clear the air about traveling on the cheap. Contrary to what you might think, you don’t have to water down your vacation if you realistically plan what you can afford ahead of time. Here are a few quick tips to get you started.
Check the amenities at your hotel. Many offer services like shuttles to and from the airport, free breakfast, pool and gym access and more, so you can fill your basic needs without spending big.
Don’t Fork It Over
Depending on how many people are on your trip, consider going to a grocery store for breakfast and lunch fixings. That way, you’ll be able to try nice restaurants without dishing out a lot of dough.
Walk or Use Public Transport
Check out the walkability of the city you're visiting. If you don’t think you’ll be able to foot it to all of your must-see sights, many metro sites can help you to map out an easy route.
Timing Is Everything
Consider off-season travel. You'll often find that both air and hotel fares are cheaper than what you would pay at peak tourist times.
Stick to Your Budget
If you have a budget in mind, stick to it, so the happy memories of your travels won’t turn into budgetary regrets.