As the wise man once said, "No unplanned trip goes well!".
As seasoned travelers will tell you, planning your vacation ahead often reduces stress later.
phrases in a foreign language, deciding
which streets to include in your walking tour, or which route to take if you're planning a road trip — are all exciting preludes to the real adventure.
Before you go, also remember to scope out the major attractions, or where the main tourist information offices are located so when you get there you can take advantage of free maps, directions, and local highlights from trained guides.
Another good reason to plan ahead? Saving big on travel costs!
Take time to find out when's the best time to take advantage of cheap airfares, or to check out deals at cheaper hotels located just outside major tourist areas.
forget the paperwork. Find out if you'll need a passport, entry permits or Visas
for your destinations. Will you need a rental car, health or auto insurance for your destination? Make
sure to take care of these details with plenty of time to spare in order to keep
the fun alive and avoid the stress of last minute problems.
"Also remember to scope out where the main tourist offices are located for free maps, directions, and local highlights from trained guides
once you get there."
Having said all that, for
some travelers the planning stages simply center around what to put in the suitcase... and that's
fine. If you find yourself in that group, just try to remember that there are
very few places in the world where you can't pick up toothpaste or shampoo if
you leave your supply home.
Medications are important, but a phone call can usually
take care of getting a new prescription even if you do forget to bring yours. And, if the weather takes an unexpected turn you can also always pick up a few items in
a local store that match the climate.
Around the Web, find out what else you should know before you take off -- with tips and advice on everything from passports, visas
and exchange rates to proper travel etiquette .... and how to pack like a seasoned traveler....