How to prepare for a Safe Self-Service Traveling? (corrected version)
Have you ever dreamed of self-service traveling in other countries? This kind of traveling does not make you deal with anyone’s idiosyncrasies, no need to waste your precious time on what you are not interested in. You should arrange your own trip and see things in the places you are visiting at your own pace. Self-service traveling is always charming because from the trip, you can learn different people and see how varied the world is and yet how similar all of us people really are. How does one prepare a safe and pleasure self-service traveling? Let’s look at the importance of planning, preparation and safety consideration.
Firstly, you should determine the amount of time you can devote to your trip, the expense you can afforded, only then arrange the route and schedule accordingly. You will need to search for some information for your trip and have some knowledge of the geography and present condition of the countries you intend to visit. Therefore, it is necessary to read what other people have written of the places which are to be visited before starting your trip. You should become acquainted with their history, ways of dressing, scenery spot, civil and political institution, so you will not offend people there during travels. To get this kind of message, you can surf relevant websites or read traveling guide-book which can be available from any bookstores. Once you have a rough idea about the countries you will visit, choose an appropriate time period which is most suitable for your trip. For example, check the condition of local weather, temperature, relevant festival, your own physical condition, and decide on a departure date.
Once you have decided the spot you will visit, the next thing you have must do is to book your flight ticket. You may check travel agent for discount flight ticket to save some money on ticket fares. Sometimes, buying flight ticket from travel agent may be cheaper than from an airliner. You can also check with a travel agent for a package vacation and you pre-arrange the activities you are interested in. In addition to ordering your flight ticket, you should also make hotel reservation in advance. You should determine which hotel you want to stay in before leaving or before arrival in order to avoid chaos. Sometimes, booking a hotel room through a travel agent may probably be cheaper then making by your own reservation. Some hotels offer discounts for off season travel such as November or January. Therefore, you should compare hotel rates and decide the best way to make you reservations. When comparing hotel rates, you must consider their location because sometimes hotel rates might be less expensive but their location might be far from the center of town. It might inconvenience you to stay away from the center of town unless you plan to rent a car. In addition, you should also check the factor in the entire cost of the hotel rates in advance, such as what is included with the room like breakfast, Internet access, and parking.
After arranging accommodation, you can start to prepare the necessary article packing such as the type currency you want to use, passport, a map, guide-book, camera and film, wearing clothes, medicine (it is, by the way, a good idea to keep all medications in their original containers so you will save time in case you are questioned by customs officials). Carry all valuables such as tickets, money, and passport in close-body belts. It is wise to just keep what you might need for the day out of the belt. Pack your carry-on with camera, map, guide-book, medicine; and pack all wearing and less valuable things in luggage and lock it. Avoid overloading yourself with unnecessary articles, and be sure to take only what is absolutely necessary, as rates are very high for extra baggage in some countries.
As far as clothes are concerned, choose simple and comfortable clothing according to the weather and temperature of the countries you plan to visit. If your travel route includes an ocean voyage, it will be necessary to prepare for all kinds of weather. Warm and thick clothing is indispensable, even in the summer time. In addition to hoods, shawls and other warm wraps to guard against cold winds, a waterproof dark color coat is also invaluable. A hat is needed for protecting your face from sunburn. Thick walking boots and a light pair of shoes are also necessary. Remember to take pill one hour in advance if you are afraid of sea-sickness, as this could be most serious annoyance during your voyage.
When flying, drink at least eight ounces of water every hour. If the countries you visit have a bad reputation regarding public security, you must pay more attention to your own safety. Basically, the most common places people visited are sometimes the most dangerous place to be robbed. Therefore, pay attention when you are at bus and train stations, airports and crowded streets. Walk with a purpose; do not look like you are sightseeing or you are lost. Be aware of who is around you, and keep plenty of small change on hand, for you might find it of great use. .
If you rent a car, be sure it is fully equipped with safety devices such as seat belts, and air bags. When you are in hotel room, keep the keys in one place so you know where to grab them quickly in case of an emergency. Count the doors between your room and the EXIT because you might need to know how far and where the EXIT is in case there is an emergency. When not in the room, hang a DO NOT DISTRURB sign on the door; this make trouble makers think that your room is occupied. Doors should always be locked on leaving the room. After you have done all of this, then you can enjoy your trip.
As long as you have well prepared in advance, you can have a wonderful experience on self-service traveling. You can enjoy the life in the countries you visit, you can explore the place you dream of, and see different people and know how varied people’s attitude, toward life are. You may probably appreciate local custom; and you may be fascinated with local culture. When you get to know other people, you may probably also get to know yourself better; you may, therefore, cherish more that you have. Finally, after come back home, you can tell cool stories to your friends. You will also have a good memory in your life every time when you review the pictures that you have shot there.