- A durable, lightweight, strolley
- A slim digital camera
- Ear plugs - Muffle the sounds of crying babies, police sirens, barking dogs and honking horns
- Duct tape
- A copy of your passport/scanned copy that you e-mail to yourself
- Ziploc bags for getting liquids, gels and toiletries through airport security
1) Wake Up Early
An early start ensures that you have the best attractions all to yourself while avoiding crowds. It’s also one of the best times for photos.
2) Travel Insurance
The typical plan will cover emergency medical expenses and baggage loss and delay, and recover at least some of the cost of your trip if your vacation has to be canceled or cut short
3) Spend Credit, Earn Miles
Try getting a card that’s affiliated with your favourite airline. Bonuses include free domestic flight or a night's stay. Keep stacking up those loyalty points by spending with the card and earn your rewards.
4) Pack Light
The goal is to pack only the essentials. Figure out the specific items you'll need for your trip and stick to that list. You’re asking for trouble if you start contemplating what to bring the night before you take off.
Don’t forget to carry plenty of entertainment for your kids. Videogames, books and portable DVD players can save your life.
6) Don’t Slack Off (Too Much)
Holidays are meant for relaxation. But too many cupcakes and massive meals without any exercise and proper sleep can spell disaster. So remember to be nice to your body. Get enough sleep, stay hydrated, eat healthy, use sunscreen, and exercise when you can.
7) Are We There Yet?
The best way to survive a long flight is to eat your meal at the airport and take a prescription sleeping pill after takeoff.
8) Tip Generously
The best way to get good service is to tip beforehand. This is especially true on cruise ships.
9) Calling Home Won’t Cost The Earth
Get an international sim card for your destination before-hand to ensure cost-effective calls. Also install the Skype/Viber app on your phone.
10) Eat Local Food
Taste a bit of everything when you travel, especially if you don’t know what it is. Ask local people for recommendations. Eat street food from vendors with big lines out front. Don’t be scared of the food.
11) Keep An Open Mind
Don’t judge the lifestyles of others if different from your own. Listen to opinions you don’t agree with. Embrace different possibilities, opportunities, people, suggestions and interests.
12) Take Lots Of Photos
Don’t worry about looking like a “tourist”. Keep clicking. Photographs are the ultimate souvenir.
13) Stash Extra Cash
If you lose your wallet or your card stops working, you’ll be glad you stashed that extra cash in your left sock!
14) Slow Down
Don’t attempt to cram 6 countries into 6 weeks of travel. All the good stuff happens when you really take the time to explore. You’ll learn about activities that aren’t in your guidebook and meet people who are eager to show you around. Enjoy every moment!