First thing you should know about me… I don’t like “shoulding” on people. I read this infographic about traveling and only scored a 12 out of 50! That shocked me, until I realized my priorities are different that this traveler’s… scroll all the way down to see theirs! And ADD your tips in the Comment section below.
My Top 25 Things To Know Whenever & Where Ever I Travel
- How to say PLEASE.
- How to say THANK YOU.
- How to order my coffee with milk & sugar & a glass of white wine.
- Other helpful translations: vegetarian, left/right/straight.
- Know what the local Pharmacy logo looks like.
- Know what the local bathroom logo looks like (abbreviations like WC for Wash Closet, etc).
- How to find a clean, safe bathroom.
- What to look for to know if a neighborhood is safe & walkable for me. (look for elderly sitting out in public, generally good sign)
- What time the last train, plane or bus leave where ever I am. (Don’t want to miss that!)
- The loose currency translation (I round up and just go for it.)
- Which credit card to use that doesn’t have an international charge fee (Amex Platinum).
- To pack my mittens, scarf & hat in my jacket pockets.
- To pack phone & computer chargers & adapter for country.
- To pack individually wrapped nuts, Lara & Kind bars in my carry on luggage with me.
- To pack my toothbrush in my carry on.
- To pack business cards in every piece of luggage, carry on, & purse.
- Pack some meds. Food poisoning happens. Be prepared. And go anyway.
- Label all my gear. “Reward: please call …” You’d be surprised how much I’ve gotten back. Kind people everywhere.
- Print out travel itinerary & confirmation codes. (hotel, flight, car rental)
- To reach out to my network in advance to let them know I’m coming! (LinkedIn is good for this!)
- To be nice and look for the goodness in others, especially while traveling. Flight attendants are people too!
- To call my parents when I’m traveling. They get such to hear where I am. And my Dad says the same thing each time… “Wow, it sounds like you’re right next door!” (I love that.)
- Buy postcards – to send, to keep, to remember the moment.
- To show up early for flights. Waiting isn’t so bad in the private lounges. Some have free mini-massages, showers, gourmet buffet areas. And you never know who you’ll meet in the priority lounges!
- To be in the photos! Take the selfie photo. Those photos are the ones I cherish.
<— me on the Ponte Vechio bridge in Florence, Italy. Age 13.