At long last, through all your hard work, your dream trip is now on its way to becoming a reality. And of course, you’d want to make your travels as pleasant and hassle-free as possible.
You can have the best and most memorable experience ever if you take some time to prepare for it. Check out these simple but effective pre-trip tips!
1. Book in advance.
Reserve your flight, hotel, tour, car rental, or activity slot ahead of time. Ideally, you should book a few months ahead of your schedule.
This gives you a better chance of confirming your bookings. Also, many travel service providers offer lower rates when you book early. In addition, these rates are locked in when you book so you’re protected from unexpected price increases.
2. Save your communication trail with your provider and bring it with you on your trip.
Do not delete your communication trail whether it is by text, chat, or email. The trail is your proof of arrangement with your providers.
The trail is especially helpful when you run into problems with your providers. For example, if the hotel you booked insists on a price increase, let him see your communication trail that shows the price you agreed on.
3. Give a copy of your itinerary to a family member, colleague, or friend.
Give a copy of your itinerary to someone you trust for safety and security.
Include your contact details such as phone number and email. If possible, include the contact details of the accommodations where you intend to stay during the duration of your trip.
4. Ask someone to take care of your kids, pets, and property.
By hiring a trusted person or asking a loved one to look after your kids, pets, and home, you can enjoy your trip to the fullest without worrying about anything.
The extra expense and effort is totally worth it.
5. Print out your tickets, itineraries, and important papers.
Hard copies are convenient; you can just pull them out of your bag when you need them. While you may prefer to store the information in your mobile device, bring hard copies as well.
That’s because you won’t be able to access the needed information if your batteries run out or if there’s no WiFi signal in the area.
6. Begin packing your travel essentials a few days before the trip.
Packing early ensures that you have everything you need in your luggage. That way, you don’t have to do last-minute shopping for travel essentials or think about items you may have forgotten.
Many people forget to bring their chargers, extra money, or important documents because they packed in a hurry the day before the trip.
We also recommend creating a packing list. This way, you will know what you really need for the trip and the actual contents in your luggage.
7. Re-confirm your bookings.
Re-confirm bookings a few days before your trip. Re-confirmation ensures the booking was successful.
Additionally, through re-confirmation, you are made aware of any last-minute changes before you make the trip. You can then make some last-minute adjustments or call your providers for changes to your bookings.
8. Place your tickets, cash, passports, and other important documents in a plastic envelope.
If you do this, you can easily take out what you need and when you need it.
And never put jewelry, mobile devices, cash, and other items of value in your check-in luggage. That’s guaranteed to be a horrific experience if the airline loses your luggage!
9. Arrive at the airport, bus terminal, or ship port early. Don’t leave the facility once you are there.
Be at the port of departure at least an hour before your scheduled trip. In the case of airports, we recommend you be there 2 hours before a domestic flight and 4 hours before an international flight.
Once you’ve checked in, don’t leave! Stay in the boarding lounge, and listen to PA announcements. Many passengers are left behind because they left the terminal to do some last-minute shopping, or they didn’t hear the boarding announcement while they were eating a meal somewhere.
10. Contact your provider once you are about to depart and when you arrive.
Get in touch with your provider when you are ready to depart so they can prepare for your arrival.
When you arrive, call them again so they could pick you up, take you to your hotel, serve you a meal, or prepare the necessary equipment for your activity.
11. Take note of emergency numbers upon arrival.
Important phone numbers such as police hotlines, hospital numbers, tourism phone numbers, and so on are usually displayed on billboards at the destination terminal.
Some places even have them in flyers. Write down these numbers or take a flyer. We recommend writing them down rather than just taking a photo of them so that in case something happens to your mobile device, you still have your hard copy for reference.
12. Take note of the first and last trips of buses, taxis, ferries, etc.
This is quite important, particularly if you have multiple destinations or are going far from the city.
By knowing commuter schedules, you can adjust your itinerary accordingly. More importantly, it lessens the chances of you getting left behind or stranded in a certain place.
13. Ask locals how much the standard commuter fares are and other pertinent rates.
In any place in the world, there are people who take advantage of visitors by quoting the latter with ridiculously high rates, especially for transportation.
Fortunately, you can avoid getting ripped off by asking locals, policemen, or LGU officials the standard fares from one place to another. A lot of people are willing to help. In fact, on our trips, we have encountered instances where locals actually defend you from abusive money-milkers.
50% of successfully achieving any goal involves good planning. That is true for traveling as well. So with these tips, you can now prepare for a hassle-free and extraordinary trip!