Travel with bottled water when traveling outside of the country. Because other countries do not purify their water, you can get many illnesses from drinking it. You even need to use bottled water when you brush your teeth. The tap water where you are staying is very likely contaminated.
Whether you are traveling within the United States or in a foreign country, always make sure the taxi cabs you use are certified with the city. There is usually a sticker visible from the back seat of the vehicle. If you are unsure, research city-licensed cabs before you travel. This way, you can avoid unlicensed cabs that overcharge their patrons, and save money to do more fun things during your travels.
As an important safety measure before leaving on a trip one should always tell a close friend or family member when they plan on returning and any other key information about the trip. By doing this one is guaranteeing that someone will know something is wrong when nobody shows up on the expected date.
If you need to travel across the country but are on a limited budget, consider traveling by bus. In the past, bus travel was viewed somewhat unfavorably, but today major players like Greyhound, have made major improvements to attract the growing number of travelers who can't afford plane tickets. Today bus lines are a more civil experience. Cleaner, newer buses are the norm and most stations offer free wireless internet access and sundries.
If you are a student planning travel to a foreign country, consider getting an international student identification card before you leave. Many restaurants, museums, and tourist stops offer discounts when you show student identification. Although the card costs money to obtain initially, the savings you achieve are often far greater than the base cost.
When traveling with a dog, remember that most pet supplies are better purchased at your destination. For example, unless your dog is on a special diet, buying a bag of dog food when you arrive is easier than attempting to transport it. Bowls and other supplies are the same way.
When renting a car take the time before you leave the parking garage to acquaint yourself with its most basic features. Make sure an instruction manual for the car model is in the glove box and take time to skim through it. It's no fun to pull into rush hour traffic just as a thunder storm hits if you don't know how to turn on the windshield wipers!
You can save time in the security line by purchasing a Clear Security Pass. Many large airports, and a few smaller one, are offering this high-tech pass to pre-screened travelers. The initial cost can save a traveler hours spent in security lines and the stress associated with the normal screening process.
A good tip for traveling is knowing how to tip! Different countries have different standards for what constitutes a good tip or even if you should tip at all. It's especially important to know what's expected in your own country for services Netherlands you may not regularly encounter. Have small denominations on hand if your visit requires but doesn't include gratuity.
While packing, try to keep your belongings as light as possible to reduce the amount of tension on your back. The last thing that you will want is to have to transport heavy bags from one place to another with items that you do not need. Stay practical to optimize your traveling experience.
If you're traveling with kids, it's tempting to let them all tune out with their own mp3 players, but consider bringing along some books on CD. Having something literate and interesting for the whole family to listen to is not only entertaining and interesting, but provides a common experience that each family member can take forward with them into life ("Hey, remember when I was ten, and we listened to Black Beauty on the way to Maine?"). It's the stuff of which fond memories are made.
When it comes to exchanging your currency, it is all about location. Do not be a last minute currency exchanger running through the airport to try and get your foreign money. Airports can be a very costly source of currency exchange, and the rates may not be to your advantage. Exchanging should be one of the early things you do in your planning, as it also secures the money you intend for foreign spending.