Travel Tips: July 29, 2021

Need some advice for exploring your destination? Here’s your daily dose of travel tips.

  1. For trains less than two hours, don’t buy ahead of time. They’re usually regional trains that people use for commuting to work.

  2. Learn a few words in the local language. Even using simple words like hello, goodbye, thanks, please, and excuse me show that you’re trying. This can go a long way in terms of customer service.

  3. Most city streets are designed like a grid. Paying attention to where you are walking for just an hour or two can help you not get lost.

  4. Don’t use your International plan. Bring a small and safe box to place your sim card in and purchase a traveling sim card in the new country. It is much cheaper and you’ll get better reception.

  5. Never exchange money at the airport. Wait until you’re in the city/town for a better exchange rate with no fees.

  6. Don’t be afraid of street food. It will often be the most authentic food you can find. It also will be your cheapest option.

  7. Ask for help if you need it. Most people in major cities will be able to speak some English. If not, using body language, maps, and photographs can also be understood by both parties without much complication.

  8. Never eat in the main plaza of a city center. Moving a few streets in any direction will save you some money, will be better food, and have less of a wait.

  9. Don’t argue with security, especially at the airport. If you don’t have all the necessary paperwork to enter your destination, being nice and playing dumb can help a lot. Even if you have what you need, being aggressive with security won’t do you any good. Ultimately, the individual officers have the right to allow entry or deny anyone.

  10. Walk with purpose. Nine times out of ten it’s all in your head and you’re perfectly safe. If you’re truly feeling unsafe anywhere, don’t panic. Looking like you know what you’re doing and not acting nervous will make you seem like less of a target for scammers and criminals.