Travel Lessons Learned

I’ve done my fair share of traveling (read the latest here and here), and while I had a great time on all my recent trips, there were a few things that I wish I had thought of earlier.

The kind of thing you understand much better have being informed that the next available ticket to see the Sistine Chapel is two days after your departure, or when your camera battery dies two pictures into the Museum of Fine Art.  Whoops.  Learn from my mistakes.

  1. Set Expectations.  This is important weather you are traveling with a group or solo.  In a group: be sure that others are aware of your habits and limitations.  If you need a caffeine fix at 3pm each day, it’s better for them to know that before you actually need the fix, like now.  Solo: figure out what you want from this trip and how you’re going to make it happen.
  2. Make Some Plans.  Even if your host will likely show you around the city/area, it’s good to do a little research ahead of time to have one or two things you’d like to do in mind.  Especially if there is something that you need to get tickets for ahead of time.
  3. Electronics Check.  Everyone has their own list of cannot-live-without gadgets, but whatever plan you have, make sure that everything is in working order before you go.  Check for any software updates, be sure you have the right number of chargers and/or converters of every. stinking. device.  You’ll thank yourself later.  If you don’t have the power for it, don’t even bring it.

Admittedly, while some of this is very simple, it often takes personal experience to truly learn these lessons.  So don’t beat yourself up if one of these happen to you.  I just hope that this is helpful to at least one person.  If it is, I’ll have been glad to be of service.

What do you think is the most important travel lesson?  Is there anything I’ve missed?

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