Are you planning a trip this year? I hope so!
One thing I’ve learned in recent years is travel tips change. What was a good idea a decade ago isn’t necessarily a good idea now. Technology changes, changes at the airlines, changes in the way people relate to each other can and do make a difference.
So I was delighted when I found this article from Rick Steves, and thought I should pass it along. He says:
- Study ahead to design a smart itinerary
- Don’t fly round-trip
- Think ahead to avoid lines
- Be smart with shoes
- Know your camera
- Pack light
- Leave well-rested to start your trip healthy
- Get a credit card with a chip
- Use a mobile phone
- Don’t follow the crowds
- Eat with locals rather than tourists
- Be a cultural chameleon
- Be an extrovert
- Have a positive attitude
- Use a good guidebook
A lot of these tips are things I’ve been saying for years—like having a positive attitude (#14) and embracing local culture (#12). But I am guilty, guilty, guilty of the “chaotic frenzy” the night before a flight (#7) and am taking to heart the advice to have everything ready to go 48 hours in advance. (I’ll let you know how that goes.)
Read the article—it’s not long—and start rethinking your travel prep too!