10 Tips for a Smooth Vacation

From the years I have done some traveling there are some lessons I learned to make life easier and a little bit more enjoyable.  Here are some tips for newbie travelers.

  1. If your destination means you sleeping at a hotel or a resort, it is best to leave all of your towels and basic toiletries like shampoos and soaps behind. This gives you less to worry about. And a wet towel is heavy when you store them in your luggage.
  2. Always pack clothing depending on the length of your stay.  If your vacation or trip is just two days, pack clothing for two days, maybe throw an extra shirt, blouse or short just in case you meet a clothing accident. Never overpack because it could be tough on the back to carry a heavy luggage.
  3. If the hotel or resort offers a buffet, and if you are in the Philippines or any southeast Asian destination. Chances are buffet would include either plain rice or an array of fried garlic rice, yang chow rice or any other variety.  The trick to buffets is doing away with the rice. Filipino or not, just do away with the rice and you will enjoy your buffet time more.
  4. There is a reason why most rooms have phones is mainly for room service. Please take note to ask room service if “local calls” are charged especially if you are in a hotel where you need to be doing some calling.  Room service calls are supposed to be free.
  5. Do not bring expensive jewelry unless you are attending a wedding, a launch or a formal affair.  Remember room “Safe”‘s are not always safe. Remember that the hotel always has a way of opening these with or without your presence.
  6. For vacations where you need to do some “pasalubong” shopping or if you need to buy some gifts for people at home, do some research if your destination has easy access to an ATM. If ATM’s are bountiful, get a debit card.  With a debit card, you can load it up with just the right amount of money that you would need for your trip. In some establishments, you can just swipe your card to pay for food and stuff. Same functionality as a “Credit Card”, without the interest charges. Just bring enough money to get around, preferably in smaller denominations.
  7. Separate your liquid containers from your clothing, there are times that going through an airline or riding your service vehicle to your destination, there would be some manhandling of your luggage.And
  8. Never leave your luggage unattended in crowded areas, always have the handle in your arm or the sling on your shoulder or the handle in your hand.
  9. Bring along an extra mobile, preferably with the same socket as your main phone so you wouldn’t need to bring along another charger.  List down important numbers on your extra phone and buy a pre-paid SIM for it. In other countries, you can purchase a SIM to use on your extra phone.
  10. Do not enjoy the accommodation too much, a different place may lead you to a different experience be it an activity or a place.  Do not complain about the lack of wifi. If it is a vacation, it is time for limited connections. Just enjoy the company and the bonding time.