Planning a travel abroad. Got bit by the travel bug again? Feeling a sudden craving to embark on a plane and set off for some wonderland far far away? Tired of your busy work routine and want to get away? Well, travel is the answer. No better stress-buster than meeting new people, exploring new worlds and letting oneself free! Be it alone or with family, backing those bags and landing in a totally different place is an adventure in itself. The key to make this a success is meticulous planning.
A few tips on how to go about doing that come after good reads on the Internet on the subject. Here is an attempt to enlighten those who wish to make their journey, a memorable one. Travelling alone can sound quite a thrill but not so much when your folks back home keep worrying about your safety. Especially if you are a woman travelling alone. Their concerns are not totally unfounded, what with all the atrocities committed on women across the world. Better be careful than sorry. Carry your phone and have a local number active at all times, on you. Rebtel has become cheaper with a lot of operators in the market and it will help you in times of emergencies as well. If you are carrying your personal laptop and travelling to bigger cities, safety is less of a concern with a lot of crowd around you almost at all times. An internet hotspot is all you need to log in and stay connected. With VOIP and Skype, call using Rebtel is one more option that you can avail of.
Aside of staying connected, it is also advisable to thoroughly read up on the places you plan to visit. The local culture, places to frequent and to avoid, a few lines from the local dialect can always come handy. Have a local contact if you are couchsurfing. Youth hostels are the best places around to stay as they are cheap and you will end up making friends. Also, they are safe and provide you with all the necessary information. Even if you are a male backpacker, these tips can help in times of need.
If you are planning to travel abroad, there are a few things you need to scrutinise before getting down to detailed itinerary planning. See a common place of visit that appeals to each and every member of the group. Do not clamp too many adventurous activities if you have children and elderly people as company. Keep a healthy mix of leisure, adventure and fun at all times. Decide on the destination first and then explore with websites like Lonely Planet or Make my Trip for already suggested itineraries. In case you are a very big group travelling, you can always hire villas by the beaches or chateaux by the country side to give that exotic little touch to your stay! Not only will they make the stay memorable but also picturesque! You will need to practically study the places you want to visit as last-minute surprises in terms of extra-hiked entry fees or closures of tourist destinations on holidays can prove to be a dampener.
Last but not the least, have all your documentation in place and ensure that each member carries a detailed itinerary with all the information and the required phone numbers on him or her, at all times. That will avoid any trouble in case someone gets lost. Keep a separate pool of money in cases of emergencies and maybe a few travel cheques can come in handy in case you end up losing cash. Most important of all, do not forget to carry a good camera with all the apparatus needed to cherish those beautiful moments that made this journey not just fun but a fond memory!