A Beginner’s Guide To Traveling On A Whim
Many world- travelers find themselves wishing for the ability to take off to one of their desired destinations on a whim. This idea has most likely also struck the minds of quite a few people who have never left the country before. Whenever traveling on a whim is brought up to friends or family, the idea is probably greeted with plenty of pessimistic responses and heartfelt concerns; but truth be told, traveling on a whim is possible, even safe.
Though it is often assumed that traveling on a whim is reserved only for running away, it can be a freeing way to shed oneself of all life’s large responsibilities. People don’t simply travel on impulse to get away from their troubles. It is now an exciting way to rebel against everyday life without repercussions.
Using Technology To Travel Fancy-Free
New technology has made it easier than ever to take an impulsive trip abroad. The iPhone has applications that alert users about airfare specials. By simply signing up online to receive alerts regarding airfare to cities one wishes to visit, the app will send an alert as soon as airfare prices change- up to three times per day.
Other websites such as Orbitz, TripAdvisor, San Francisco Hotel Guides, and Priceline give travelers the opportunity to quickly and easily book flights and hotels online, sometimes even for the same day. Travelers that decide to leave on a whim no longer have to worry about finding a quality and affordable hotel while struggling with jet lag.
How To Travel On A Whim, The Safe and Easy Way
If you are one of the many travelers who always has a small carry-on bag packed and ready in the closet, just waiting for adventure to strike, the services that allow you to book your hotel, vehicle rental, and flights play a large part in making your dreams come true. You have experienced the wonders of taking a trip that wasn’t rigidly planned, and you know the ins and outs of safe, fancy-free travel.
For individuals that are new to spontaneous traveling, there is a small list of things to keep in mind that can ensure safety and simplicity on the road- or in the sky- and during the length of stay at the destination of choice.
- Pack lightly: Check the weather for expected temperatures and weather conditions and pack accordingly. Bring only the essentials. You will most likely pick things up along the way. This is your adventure!
- Ensure all is well with your online banking: you don’t want to be stuck in a foreign country with a “glitchy” online bank account.
- Make duplicate photocopies of passport identification, your driver’s license, plane tickets, and credit cards you are bringing with you. Keep one copy on your person and leave another with friends or family.
- Leave your family with your hotel information so you can be contacted in the case of an emergency.
Though it is good to be prepared, there is such a thing as being over prepared when traveling. Some things should never be brought along on a trip. Consider leaving the following things at home
- Credit cards that will not be used.
- Valuable jewelry, or jewelry that appears to be valuable.
- Your social security card.
- Anything irreplaceable.
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash at once. If you will be using traveler’s cheques, only cash them in as necessary. Be sure not to show large amounts of money when you pay, no matter the type of establishment.
Travel safely, and enjoy!
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Kevin Caldwell is a traveler who enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with others.