We travel – to learn and grow, to challenge ourselves, stretch our limits and foster an appreciation of both – the world at large and the chair waiting in front of the woodstove back home.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
Here are some dos and don’ts that will help you plan an ideal trip:
Do — Know What Baggage is AllowedYou don’t want to be in a situation that postpones (or prohibits) your boarding a flight, or results in having to leave something behind. Unfortunately, the allowances and charges for baggage are constantly changing. Knowing what to expect ahead of time, will help you start your trip on the right foot.
Do – Carry Photocopy of all Necessary DocumentsMake a photo copy of your passport and credit card numbers and keep them separate from your passport and credit cards – give a copy to your family.
Do – Carry Necessary MedicinesBring your prescription drugs with you in their original containers – don’t pack them in your check in luggage. Also bring additional contacts/glasses or your corrective lens prescription with you. If you require medicine containing habit-forming substances carry a doctor’s certificate attesting to this fact.
Do – Buy an International SIM CardGlobal roaming SIM card provides you a user friendly way to keep in touch while you are travelling overseas. It allows you to make and receive international calls on your mobile without incurring expensive charges when you roam.
DON’T — Over PlanIt’s good to have an idea of what you want to see and do, but leave yourself some room for pleasant surprises. If you happen to discover that there is a carnival, or you fall in love with a villa, don’t be afraid to modify your plans to include them. After all, your goal is to enjoy the experience as much as possible. If you find something you’d love to do, put didn’t plan on–do it! Chances are it will be the most memorable part of your trip.
DON’T — Over PackEasier said than done, but a heavy bag of items you never use can put a damper on your trip–especially if you’re planning on staying at different locations.
DON’T – Forget your Smartphone at homeThe business professionals who need to stay connected with their business partners and colleagues while on overseas business trips, do not forget your smartphone at home. The global SIM card for iphone or the global SIM card for BlackBerry will allow you to be constantly accessible on mail and surf the internet at the same time, schedule and coordinate appointments in the middle of meetings, raise approval request, log in orders, update business databases and stay connected to colleagues, friends and family through Facebook and Messenger Services – from anywhere, anytime without worrying about inflated bills.