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5 Things that Will Make You Feel More Prepared for Travel

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Travel forces us to get out of our comfort zones, and that unfamiliarity is one thing that travel lovers crave. Not everyone seeks out that uncomfortable aspect of travel, but it's a part of the experience whether you embrace it or not.

If you want to travel but also want to feel more confident in taking those steps toward planning a great trip, here's what you should do.


1. Reach out for Suggestions

If you've never visited the area before, or if it's been a while since your last visit, a great place to start your planning is by reaching out to the local convention and visitor bureau. Not only can the CVB give you great recommendations on everything from activities to dining, but it's also a wealth of information on the safest places to stay, shop, and explore.

2. Confirm Before You Arrive

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Even if I have a reservation number, I make sure to call the hotel the day before I show up; this allows me to double check that everything is as it should be. You never know if the hotel website had a glitch as you were making your reservation, or if the telephone reservationist made a mistake when entering your information.

You don’t want to arrive to find there's no record of your reservation (I've been there, and it's a headache!). That's a mess that you can easily avoid by double checking before you show up.


3. Print Out All Documents, and Have Them on You

Most people never travel anywhere without their phone, but sometimes, Wi-Fi or internet access isn’t good, and you can’t access documents and emails. In those moments, the last thing I want to do is scramble to find an online reservation number.

Before I leave home, I make a small folder with all of my emailed reservations and put it in my carryon luggage or backpack. When I'm ready to pick up a rental car or check in at the airport, I've got a hard copy of everything, with no Wi-Fi needed.

4. Get Honest Feedback From Fellow Travelers

If you're wondering if your destination is safe, if it’s a good time of year to go, or if it's as pretty as it looks on the internet, the best thing you can do is ask someone who's been there. You can go to Facebook groups like Girls Love Travel and World Schoolers, but there are many, many more! Also, check forums on TripAdvisor and Rick Steves for no-holds-barred information on what to see and which places to avoid.

5. Include Additional Protection

If your vacation doesn't go as expected and you get sick, companies like MedjetAssist can arrange for transportation after you've been hospitalized. Having the option to transfer to a hospital closer to home makes the situation less stressful and gives you peace of mind in case of an emergency.

How do you prepare for your trips? Is there anything you do to ensure your trip runs as smoothly as possible?

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