Traveling, about anywhere, is one of the most beautiful things a person can experience. Whether you are looking for new and interesting destinations, inexpensive hotels, flights, or if you just want to find out more about your next travel check out the internet. Be smart, get informed before you go, find out what to see, what to do and what to avoid on your next travel destination.
The Internet as a travel-planning tool is still a relatively new and very indicative concept. And yet, in a remarkably short span of time, the way travelers use the Web has changed dramatically. Just take a look. Not so long ago, the mere idea of playing travel agent on third-party booking sites such as Expedia was nothing short of thrilling.
Today, however, the middle man is increasingly being frozen out as we flock back to the airlines, which are often waiting with open arms, offering lower fares and better offers and sales on their own sites. The hotel scene is no different. Just a few years ago, having better research tools than outdated guidebooks and travel agent wisdom was considered groundbreaking.
Now, carefully vetted hotel photography and access to booking systems just isn't enough.
These days, travelers can count on perks such as lowest rate guarantees, not to mention helpful user review sites with biting commentary and heaps of candid photos.
Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs of the countries to which you are traveling before you go. Consular assistance cannot override local laws, even where local laws appear harsh or unjust by our country’s standards.
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Before departing home, check whether you are regarded as a national of the country you intend to visit. Research whether holding dual nationality has any implications for your travel.
If you get into trouble, contact your nearest embassy.
Do not leave your luggage unattended in public areas. Do not accept packages from strangers. We all know this information BUT we don’t always recognize a problem before it happens.
To avoid being a target of crime, try not to wear conspicuous clothing and expensive jewelry and do not carry excessive amounts of money or unnecessary credit cards. Of course, never in your back pocket.
In order to avoid violating local laws, deal only with authorized agents when you exchange money or purchase art or antiques. Enjoy your travels and take lots of pictures too.