Travel Tips and Guides

There are a lot of things we need to consider when planning or going for a trip. As a frequent traveler, I already have a lot of experiences on what are the things to do and to prepare before going to a trip or vacation. Here are some travel guides and tips I wish to share to travel lovers.

Before You Go

You should take steps to ensure that no break-in will happen when you are away. This is especially true if there have been any break-ins in your area. You can ask your neighbours to keep a watchful eye for suspicious people and their activities. Request you neighbour to call the police if ever there are suspicious people around.

Some people who are members of social networks like facebook, myspace, tagged, etcetera are announcing their vacation on their walls and shout-outs. Beware of these, the burglars might have an idea that you are not at home. Lastly, don’t announce your forthcoming holiday plans in the newspaper or tabloids.

a souvenir shop in Hilton Hotel in Zurich, Switzerland. This was taken during our trip last December 2010.

What to Take

Sometimes, this is my problem. I remember a friend whom I met in Frankfurt last year. She said that I already took the whole house with me because I have a lot of things in my luggage. I even have some things left in England because of overweight luggage in an airplane.This time not anymore. I already learned a lesson from it.

There is a saying that says, “Half the clothes and twice the money”. This simply means that bring as little as possible. You don’t know if you are still shopping for clothes and sometimes overweight luggage can give you stress. Bring only the things that you importantly need. Bring with you one medium-size suitcase, with wheels is lighter. I usually have an extra shoulder bag where I put important travel documents. I also bring a smaller bag where I put some personal items. If you follow this rule, you will surely have a comfortable trip.

I always see to it that I always bring with me an extra sweater. This is especially true if you are travelling in Europe. Sometimes there are countries that have changing weather condition. Brief cold spells in Europe are not uncommon. I also bring with me some pens and notebooks because I usually write a travel journal. Slip-in a small pocket flashlight in your shoulder bag together with collapsible umbrella. Also take with you adapter plugs and electrical converter for your electrical appliances. European voltage is 220.

I truly recommend luggage with wheels. I only have a two-wheel luggage at the moment. I want to buy a four-wheel luggage soon.

Cash, Currencies and Cards

These are some of the most important things you need to consider when travelling, cash currencies and cards. Most members of the European Union countries are now using Euro currency. Some countries in Europe like England, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Norway are using their own monetary unit. Of course, you can find a lot of money or currency exchange shops at the airport, train stations and banks.

There are sites online like where you can convert one currency to another currency. You can also purchase an electronic foreign exchange rate converter. Some cellphones are having this feature now.

Cards like Visa, Maestro, Cirrus and most debit cards are widely accepted now. It is advisable not to carry more cash than you can afford to lose. There are ATMs everywhere. You can also carry a traveller check which is safer.

There are still a lot of travel tips I wish to share. Watch out for it. See you next time and have a safe and sound trip!

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  1. by Theresa of Punta Gorda, on March 23 2011 @ 10:09 pm


    Great tips. Thanks for sharing.

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Traveling has always been her passion. Ruby wants to share her travels, adventures and personal experiences in Europe and maybe from around the world. The reason why Europe Travel Pad was created. Discover Europe virtually through this blog and travel with her as the journey goes on.