5. Confirm in Advance
A few weeks after reserving plane tickets or hotel/hostel reservations, I always call or email to confirm that everything is in order.
4. Look Up Directions Before You Get Lost
When traveling alone, I find it really comforting to look up directions before the trip. Obviously , you can’t schedule and mapquest every moment of the trip but you can save time by finding out how to get to the hotel or a main attraction.
3. Go App Crazy
I spent most of the week looking up apps that will be helpful. I found a few phrase books, translators,and maps that all work offline for when I’m in a jam.
2. Budget Your Money
Making sure you have enough money for food,transportation,shopping, and sightseeing is imperative. It also helps to have some funds set aside for emergencies.
1. Double Check One Last Time
For this point I have a little story .
One spring break upon a time, me and two friends planned a trip to Florida. It was March and still snowing in NYC so we were eagerly awaiting beaches and shorts. In line for security, my friend-let’s call her Red- started looking through her bag and pockets for her ID. I made a funny little comment about how horrible it would be if she forgot it , we all laughed, and then seconds later, she turned and said, “No. I really don’t have it.”
We ended up getting the ID in time but in some freak accident , we ended up boarding the plane without Red and spent our first hours of vacation waiting for her to fly in on a later flight.
My friends and I constantly talk and laugh about this accident now but at the time it was a really tense sequence of events. It all could have been prevented if we took a few minutes to check everything before leaving home.
What are some other essential things to do before going on a trip?