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6 Travel Safety Tips for Couples – Before You Travel

Part one, “Before You Travel”, of our two part Travel Safety Tips for Couples series. Read our tips to minimise your risks on your next travel adventure.

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Adela Snowboarding Broken Collarbone

Note: We actually wrote these travel safety tips for couples before we heard about the tragic killing of the solo female traveller Sarai Sierra in Turkey last week. Our travel safety tips can be used for solo female travellers (and males) as well as travelling couples.

We get asked a lot of questions regarding travel safety tips for couples because we like stepping outside of our comfort zones. That is not to say that we put ourselves in harms way, we aren’t that stupid. But we travel with open minds rather than being shrouded in fear.

Mint Tea in Egypt

If we heeded everyone’s advice we wouldn’t have enjoyed this mint tea in a local Egyptian market.

6 travel safety tips for couples, before you travel

Don’t listen to what others, mostly the media, have to say.The world is NOT dangerous or unsafe. While there are dangerous people and destinations, they are a really small percentage of the world.

You are probably more likely to get into trouble in your home country rather than from travelling.

Most of the unfortunate bad experiences that happen to travellers arise from them being stupid, drunk or just in the wrong place at the wrong time. And it has happened to us. We think we travel smart and our experiences prove that. But we have also had our fair share of things go wrong while travelling.

A broken collarbone, internal bleeding, lost luggage and lost passports to name a few.

Travel Safety Tips for Couples, Broken Collarbone

But after 3 years of travel we think that is pretty good. Especially since we have yet to have anything stolen (touch wood). By using a few simple travel safety tips, we have cut down our risks.

And minimising risks doesn’t start when you begin travelling. Travel safety starts at home before you go.

By using our travel safety tips for couples, and solo travellers, you can minimse your own travel safety concerns.

Before you go: Travel Safety Tips for Couples

These are the travel safety tips you should implement before you actually leave home.

Travel Safety Tips: Do your research before you travel

The first thing you want to do is research the destination. You can quite easily find out from locals, not other tourists, the safest places in a city. Online there are local forums, websites and other travel blogs for every destination in the world.

Read it all and talk to your friends. But please don’t discount somewhere just because of one persons bad experience. Use your own common-sense to decide if you really should go or not.

No two peoples travel adventures are ever the same.

Travel Safety Tips: Buy Travel Insurance that covers everything

So far our travel injury bills after 3+ years have totalled more than $105,000.

Adela broke her collarbone, I ruptured my appendix and had internal bleeding from a snowboarding accident. Luckily our comprehensive travel insurance meant that we were fully covered for the full amounts.

New Zealand Snowboarding Grim Lab

Take a moment to think about what you might get up to while travelling as not all travel insurance is the same. For example, some may include snow adventures and other extreme sports, while others won’t. You can usually add on extras if you know what you what activities you might be doing.

We recommend you check out World Nomads Insurance who will cover most situations. Just be sure to read the fine print.

Travel Safety Tips: Leave your valuables behind

In most countries you should try and blend in and not advertise that you are a tourist. And more importantly, a wealthy tourist. You will likely stick out like a sore thumb anyway, but advertising it by wearing fancy jewellery or carrying an expensive camera around is best avoided.

Adela always leaves her jewellery at home but will usually end up buying something locally made. It supports them and ensures you won’t get your nicest stuff stolen, or lost.

Depending upon where you travel, you may also want to consider leaving laptops and other expensive gear at home. If it is not feasible like us, as we travel with a lot of gear to keep this travel blog running, you can usually lock gear in your room safe or behind the check-in desk.

Much better than carrying it around all day too. You might also want to consider buying a “money belt” (examples here) that wrap around your waist underneath your shirt.

Travel Safety Tips: Get vaccinated

Vaccinations can be quite tricky to organise. We recommend visiting your doctor a few months before you travel to find out what you may need to get vaccinated for.

Some vaccinations/immunisations for certain destinations will actually require you to have several injections over the course of a few months. You may also need to prove to border control that you have been immunised when you travel.

Travel Safety Tips: Scan all your major documents

The final travel safety tip is to make sure you have a copy of all your travel documents. We used to carry around a folder with photocopies of our passports, relevant visas, travel insurance etc. As well as leave copies with our families.

Now we are able to just use Dropbox to store all our important travel documents online. Extra travel tip: We also use Dropbox for storing our photos online so that we won’t ever lose them.

These online copies can then be used if we ever need to print off documents or in case we lose something important while travelling. Of course if you are trekking through remote areas it might be best to print them BEFORE you leave!

Travel Safety Tips: Notify your bank

While notifying your bank that you are going overseas won’t stop your credit cards or money getting stolen. It may stop them (hopefully) from cancelling any cards that they suspect are being used fraudulently while you still have them.

Banks monitor suspected fraudulent use and will stop a card from working if they suspect it has been used in the wrong place. It should only take one phone call to reactivate it but letting them know your travel plans never hurts.

They can also provide advice on who to contact should your cards be stolen. Which means that you should keep a record of your credit card numbers and bank phone numbers if you need to cancel them. Just don’t record the security numbers too!

Do you have any special travel safety tips you do before you leave home?

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  1. Larissa

    February 11, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Great tips-and I’m proud to say we’ve done all of the above 🙂

    I woud also add that it’s good to check into if you’ll need malaria medication where you’re headed, and if so bring the meds with you (or possibly even start the regimen before you leave home).

    • Cole Burmester

      February 11, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      Malaria is a good point Larissa! We haven’t needed it yet so it slipped our minds for the list 🙂

  2. Steph | DiscoveringIce.com

    February 11, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Great list…we really need to get our docs on Dropbox too!
    Another tip we use is to research and always travel with reputable bus companies, especially in countries like Colombia. It is better to pay a little extra to stay safe, plus we got stuck on a really crappy bus (that was a replacement for another one that never bothered showing up!) because we left it too late to book our tickets. Planning ahead is one of the best ways to avoid being stuck in dangerous situations too!
    Happy and safe travels!
    Steph

    • Cole Burmester

      February 11, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      Great extra tips Steph! Definitely a good idea paying a little extra for transportation. I have also found that the longer we travel, the less planning I do. I guess I am happier taking chances and going with the flow now 😉

  3. Micki

    February 11, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Excellent tips.

    I think that sticking to the common sense safety tips you use at home is a great starting point; things like being careful where you walk (especially at night), keeping expensive gear out of sight, and keeping your wits about you when drinking (or having someone watch out for you).

    It’s funny how many people seem to think that when they’re on vacation, and taking a break from their every day lives, that these rules somehow don’t apply any more.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 12, 2013 at 8:18 AM

      Definitely Micki! Like I said, everyone seems to forget their common sense and brains when they travel, when in reality this is when you need both. It is fine to relax, but still be cautious 🙂

  4. Rachel

    February 12, 2013 at 4:38 AM

    I sometimes think of traveling alone, but these kind of tragedy is stopping me, or maybe I’m just not that independent? or brave enough? Maybe flying solo isn’t for everyone.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 12, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      Hey Rachel, thanks for your comment. It is a shame that you are worried about travelling alone but you are right, it isn’t for everyone. I suggest though that you go on Twitter and search for the tag #WeGoSolo. Lots of female solo travellers writing about how safe solo travel is at the moment using that #Hashtag!

  5. Vera

    February 12, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    Good tips! I think you basically have it covered with this post, and I’m glad travel insurance made your list:) I just always try to think ahead of the worst case scenario (comes naturally…) and then try to keep the risk of it happening as small as possible, or the consequences should it happen as less impacty as possible. With that kind of mostly mental preparation I feel more in control. And nothing bad has ever happened to me *knockonwoood* but to be honest, I believe there’s a portion of good luck involved, as well, and it doesn’t matter if you’re travelling or at home when your guardian angel looks away for a second. Also, devastating stuff is always going to be devastating, and it happens at home as well. Stay safe, whereever you are:)!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 12, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      Brilliant points Vera! Mentally preparing is a good idea for any situation. Expecting that nothing will happen to you is probably a bad idea so any preparation is time well spent. And agree that there is luck involved, to a degree anyway 😉

  6. Wends of Journeys and Travels

    February 12, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    great tips and one which I have had yet to do even after traveling solo for sometime now. will definitely get insured 🙂 thanks for this post.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 12, 2013 at 8:41 AM

      We have had wayyyyy too many problems not to travel with insurance any more! Definitely check out World Nomads, they cover everything 🙂

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  8. Jeremy Branham

    February 12, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Yikes on the shoulder injury. Just reading about it sounded pretty gruesome.

    As a budget traveler (most of the time), I pack light and don’t carry many valuable things. However, I did forget to notify my bank on a trip to Europe once. What a pain!

    Another travel tip – don’t go snowboarding with you two 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      February 12, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      Haha definitely don’t go snowboarding with us 😉 They refused to take Adela down in the ambulance until I handed over my credit card too! Crazy.

  9. Suitcase Stories - Nicole

    February 12, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Great tips! I am happy to say we did/do all of these for our travels. We’ve been traveling as a couple full time for almost 12 months now and I think its because we were so prepared that we haven’t run into any problems. It worries me when I hear of travelers not getting travel insurance (to save money!) and your incident just proves why its SO important!

    Thanks for the tips.. I will forward this post to a friend of ours who is just about to take off on a 12 month trip!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 12, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      When we first started travelling we hated buying insurance as we thought it was such a waste of money! Fair to say we were glad we did 😉

  10. Brandon Elijah Scott

    February 12, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Great blog!!

  11. Bethaney - Flashpacker Family

    February 12, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Great tips guys! I get a bit blasé about keeping my electronics locked away when I’m out of my hotel room. I’m thinking I’ll need to get better about it when we travel through Central America. Maybe a pacsafe for our laptop backpack?

    • Cole Burmester

      February 13, 2013 at 7:02 AM

      We haven’t used a pacsafe ourselves, but have heard good things about them. It totally depends on where you are travelling, and while I actually don’t think Central America is any unsafer than Europe, it is probably a good idea!

  12. T.W. Anderson @ Marginal Boundaries

    February 13, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Most important part of this: don’t trust the media when it comes to safety while traveling, or safety in other countries. This is especially true in Western countries where the media looooves to spread propaganda regarding how “dangerous” and “backwards” other countries are in comparison.

    Otherwise, good notes, especially the insurance if you plan on doing any adventure activities.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 13, 2013 at 7:03 AM

      I am sure that when you tell people that you live in Mexico they freak out and tell you that it is a drug-infested unsafe country because the news told them that! Frustrates me so much. People need to open their own eyes and ears.

  13. Cat of Sunshine and Siestas

    February 13, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    I thikn I’ve been extremely lucky when I’ve traveled, and that I’ve gotten out of sticky situations unscathed (having my room ransacked in Acapulco while I was down at the pool sticks out at the most potentially dangerous – the door was broken and the wood split!!).

    I’m now struggling with what to do with my eletronic while I walk the Camino de Santiago in August – I would love to take my reflex and Air to document it all, but the thought of carrying them and risking that they could get taken in the albergues makes me nevous (one stolen laptop this year is enough!)

    • Cole Burmester

      February 13, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      As long as you have backed up all your photos and documents before you go, and leave them at home, then I think you should be fine to take your gear with you. Of course making sure that insurance would cover them in the event they were stolen. My friend did it and said she had no problems 😉

  14. Angela

    February 13, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    While I think it’s ridiculous to fuel fear on traveling, either alone or in a group, I also believe dismissing precautions is dangerous. I’ve just been robbed in Fortaleza, Brazil, I didn’t even have my camera, just a small bag with only my keys inside. I was on the beach in the morning with other people around. I confess it scared me how easy it was for that guy just to snatch my bag off my neck. Needless to say, locals had warned me that even if I had a small bag I would have been robbed 99%, but I didn’t believe it was so dangerous. Serves me right, now I’ll sure avoid going out taking photos, either alone or with other people.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 13, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      Not quite sure if you are agreeing with our points or not Angela… But that really sucks that you just got robbed! Horrible experience and I am sure it has left a bad taste in your mouth about the area. Hope your luck changes!

  15. Dana

    February 13, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Thanks for the tips! We are getting ready to go on a cruise to Mexico and the Caribbean and this is the 1st time we’ve bought travel insurance. I hope we don’t need it, but we’ve got it if we do!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 13, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      Good idea getting the travel insurance. The one time you forget you will need it!

  16. Ali

    February 13, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Male, female, couples, solo, we all need pretty much the same safety precautions. Definitely get your vaccines, though weigh the pros and cons of malaria pills and if the area you’re going to *really* has a risk for it. I try not to bring anything with me I wouldn’t mind losing, although I would be devastated to lose my camera or laptop. And good tips on scanning your documents and notifying the bank, I always do those too. Luckily I’ve never had any issues, but always worth taking that simple step to protect yourself.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 13, 2013 at 7:54 PM

      Probably one of the reasons why you have never had any issues is because you are so prepared Ali 😉

  17. Val-This Way To Paradise

    February 14, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    Great advice!! Thank you…

  18. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    February 14, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    More info about the travel medical insurance you guys have….we gave up our US insurance policy years ago because it was a waste of money that did us no good on the road. Not happy to have no coverage so let us know the name of the company you guys are covered with…

    • Cole Burmester

      February 15, 2013 at 8:50 AM

      The insurance we had while we were in North America covered everything but was organised through a company in New Zealand called IEP. They help with visas etc. We definitely recommend World Nomads now though as they will cover every situation. The link is in the post 😉 I am sure they would love to work with you guys too as you are completely unique!

  19. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)

    February 17, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Great tips, and ones we usually follow as well! I’m surprised by how many people I come across who are afraid to travel — or who are afraid to travel outside of group tours — simply because of a few fears that could be easily addressed.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 18, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      We get asked about our safety all the time. Even for countries that basically have no risk. Most peoples own cities are probably more dangerous than the places we visit!

  20. Linda McCormick

    February 18, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Here’s one more travel safety tip: don’t wear your passport/money pouch around your neck… on the outside of your clothes! If I had a dollar for the amount of times I’ve seen this I would be a very rich woman.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 18, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      I know! I totally don’t get why you would be a pouch if you were just going to leave it in plain sight!

  21. Mary - Green Global Travel

    February 20, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Great tips. I’m especially a fan of photo copying all the contents of your wallet.

  22. The Guy

    March 4, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Some good tips here, thanks for sharing. I think travel insurance is the one most and you should always seek the best deal, not the cheapest.

    • Cole Burmester

      March 5, 2013 at 8:18 AM

      Getting the right travel insurance is definitely one of the main travel safety tips you should do before you travel. And you are totally right, cheapest is not a very good option!

  23. Suzanne

    March 8, 2013 at 6:10 AM

    The most important thing to consider is the safety prior travelling. Getting a reliable insurance is a wise step but it’s wiser to research all the details of the place where you’re heading to avoid any problems. When you are well-informed about a certain place and you get the idea on how and what to act in the instance that you’re already in that place. Blogs and travel magazines are great resources.

    • Cole Burmester

      March 8, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      Definitely agree with you Suzanne 😉 Can’t prepare enough before you travel. But you also want an openmind and lots of flexibility!

  24. Liz

    March 9, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    I would also say one of the most important things to do is READ the terms and conditions of your travel insurance. What is omitted? Can you claim for the same thing twice e.g. theft? It’s worth paying more for travel insurance if the terms and conditions are good.

    • Cole Burmester

      March 9, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      Great points Liz! You can’t be too careful with insurance, and what looksmlike a good deal couldmend up costing you more money in the long run.

  25. cuttysark

    March 31, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Nice Tips!

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Cheap Flights:  When To Get The Best Deal

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Whether you fly once a year or are regularly jetting off on your holiday, you always want to be getting the best prices for your flights. If you’re looking at your next break and wondering when the best time to book flights is, then you may be in luck, as online travel agents Opodo have just released their annual findings. So not only can you find cheap flights, hotels and car hire with www.opodo.co.uk, you can also make a more informed decision as to when to click that ‘booking’ button. So if you’re hoping to get the best deals on the best holiday, check out the key times when buying your tickets will get you ultimate in cost-saving travel value.

Getting the timings right

It used to be that in order to get the best flight prices possible, you’d either book well in advance, or take advantage of those last minute deals that were all the rage. However, if you’re still using that strategy, you may be spending more money that you should be. According to the research findings by Opodo, the optimal time for getting the best deals is by buying your tickets six weeks in advance. There’s a six to seven week window, where flight prices are consistently lower than at any other time, so if you’re hoping to pay less for you travel, that’s the best time to aim for.

What if you miss that window?

It’s very easy to miss that six-week mark, but if that’s happened then don’t worry too much, as there are still options available to you that will still get you a better chance of getting those low-cost tickets. As well as the advanced booking, you can also take advantage of the slight dip that occurs in the two-week window before take-off. That window between 8 and 14 days before travel is definitely the best time to buy if you’ve missed the 6-7 week dip in prices, so don’t put it off in the hopes of grabbing those last minute deals in the week before. Those last-minute offerings are not the deal that they used to be.

Even your choice of day helps

You’re sat at the computer, and you’re ready to book your flights. You’re in the right week and you’re all set up for the best deal, but before you make your flight decisions, it might be worth checking what day of the week you’re on. That’s right, buying your tickets on a Monday is a big blunder, with cheaper prices for the same flight available if you buy on a different day. Depending on your flight type, you may find that booking your flights on a Sunday, Tuesday, or Wednesday will get you a much more satisfying price, and make it more likely that you’ll have a little extra spending money while on your travels.

With a little bit of knowledge and a minor amount of planning, you could find that the possible savings can be quite substantial. If you want to get the best prices for the cheapest prices, then check out the handy infographic, and make sure that you’re buying your tickets at the times when prices are proven to be the lowest.

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The Perils Of “Cheap” Holidays (And What To Do Instead)

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When it comes to travelling the world, there is one potential downside that stymies even the most determined of travel plans: the cost. Travelling is undoubtedly a very expensive hobby, which means if your wanderlust is biting and you can’t wait to travel the world, the idea of a cheap holiday is incredibly inviting.

However, cheap holidays are rarely a good idea— in fact, they can be incredibly problematic, and can cause you untold stress. If you’re currently being tempted by a cheap and cheerful vacation, then there are a few things you might want to bear in mind…

The perils of “cheap”

Why is cheap so damaging? Well, it tends to mean that every aspect of the holiday has been chosen not for how beneficial it is to the customer, but to how cheaply it can be obtained for the provider.

This means that you could find yourself at a hotel with malfunctioning electronics, bed linens so uncomfortable you can barely sleep, and just a generally poor level of service.

Cheap flights could mean that you are a victim of overbooking, or that the flight will be landing a huge distance away from the city it claims to be landing at.

Finally, cheap deals — such as sightseeing tours — will often be cut short, poor value, and even fail to deliver on what you have been promised.

Taking all of the above into consideration, does that mean that trying to book anything related to a holiday means that you have to pay over the odds just to ensure your safety and security? Not quite…

There’s a difference between “cheap” and “low cost”

Low cost, on the other hand, means that the hotel or deal is being provided with the budget traveller in mind. Yes, the provider wants to keep the costs down, but that’s not the only factor in the decision making. While holidays with low costs providers and hotels won’t be a byword for luxury, they shouldn’t be unpleasant or outright dangerous.

So, the key question: how can you differentiate between “cheap” and “low cost”?

The signs of a “cheap” deal

Learning how to spot the difference between “cheap” and “low cost” is incredibly important.

Signs of a cheap hotel  

  • Very few reviews of the hotel on the website
  • Limited number of photos on the site— or worse yet, the only photos on the site appear to be stock images. You can use a reverse image search to see if this is the case for a hotel you’re considering.
  • Little to no social media presence
  • The website doesn’t use a secure protocol

Signs of cheap deals:

  • Vagueness when discussing travel arrangements or requirements; information is never clearly presented.
  • The deal keeps dropping in price, with often only a few days in between the price drops.
  • There is no set itinerary for what you should expect

Signs of cheap flights  

  • Cheap flights will usually be just that— cheap. They are otherwise indistinguishable any other flight.
  • If you spot a particularly cheap deal, you need to do your research. Don’t take the destination city as read. Let’s say, for example, that you’re planning on flying to Rome. This is the destination that the flight is going to, so you might be happy to make the booking. However, a little research will reveal that Rome has two airports; one of which is convenient, the other of which is nearly an hour from the city itself. You will likely find that a cheap flight provider will be flying to the distant airport, while low cost will be flying to the main airport.
  • So always check out the airport that the flight is travelling to, rather than just the city, if you want to be cautious of cheap flights.

So what are the other options?

You want to travel, but your budget is compromised. The only types of deals that you can find within your price range appear to be alarmingly “cheap”, and you’ve decided not to take the risk… but you still want to travel. What are your options? Here are a few suggestions you may want to consider…

Change your destination  

While travelling is often about exploring foreign lands and delighting in other cultures, you can have a wonderful time in your home country if you’re on a budget. Pick an area that you have never visited before and that you know relatively little about, then visit using public transport and your own knowledge of securing good deals in your home country. It might not be the far-flung foreign travel you dream of, but it should be enough to keep your wanderlust under control until you can afford your next big trip.

Lean on your reward points 

If you’re a frequent traveller, then chances are you have amassed a few reward points or frequent flyer miles. If you can add some funds to your reward points, then you might be surprised by just how fantastic a holiday you’ll be able to afford. As inspiration, consider how Alex Miller from Upgraded Points was able to cover the cost of an incredible trip with relatively little financial investment— the rest was covered by his reward points. This is a great choice if you have some money to spend, but not enough money to spend on an entire holiday— use your reward points to make up the difference and secure yourself a great deal.

Wait

Yes, it’s the option that no traveller truly wants to consider; if you want to travel, then the idea of waiting for a trip can feel extremely stifling. However, it’s better for your financial situation and your own well-being to opt to stay home rather than take a risk with a cheap deal. As you wait, you can keep scouring the internet looking for low cost, rather than cheap, deals that might fit into your available budget.

In conclusion 

So while you may be desperate to travel, it’s important to be careful. Hopefully, one of the alternatives above may help to settle your wanderlust… for awhile, at least!

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How to Spend a Weekend In a New City

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So, you’ve either planned a mini-break or else you’re stopping over in a nearby city to see the sights while you can. Either way, two days in a city you’ve never visited before may not seem like much, but you can definitely tread some serious ground while you’re there. Whether you’re the outdoorsy type or you prefer perusing art galleries, it’s important to soak up as much culture as you can from the experience, so you don’t feel like you’ve missed out. With this in mind, here are five tips to help you make the most of your weekend in a new city.

Dine In the Best Restaurants

Before you land in your city of choice, do some online research to determine the best restaurants in the area and make some reservations. You can check out the Top 10 lists on Trip Advisor and read customer reviews to find the top picks. If money is an issue, you might want to avoid the pricier options, but you should aim to try as much as you can of the local cuisine especially if it’s food you wouldn’t normally eat.

Take a Historical Tour

If you’re visiting a big city like London or New York, there’s bound to be plenty of history to fill the gaps in your knowledge. Most touristic places offer guided tours of or bus-top tours that show the local highlights, so book yourself on one of these and try to see as much as you can while you’re there. You can also visit local monuments, museums, and landmarks where you can take some great photos of your trip.

Book an Escape Room

If you’re looking for that extra bit of excitement to get your adrenaline pumping, an RVA Escape Room could the perfect way to while away an afternoon. These crop up in most major cities and they’re increasing in popularity all the time. Whether you’re traveling alone or with a partner, you can call upon your inner sleuth to solve clues, crack codes and work on puzzles to break out of the “locked” room.

Stay Somewhere Unusual

Whether you’re a full-time traveller or a summer vacationer, chances are you’ve stayed in your fair share of hotels. Why not switch it up and try something different, such as a Botel (hotel on a boat) in Amsterdam or an undersea lodge in Florida. Staying somewhere new and exciting will give your weekend trip an edge and make it even more memorable.

Fight the Jet Lag

A weekend in a new city often isn’t long enough for you to explore properly, but for this time at least it’s all you have. Therefore, you don’t want to spend the whole period jet-lagged and not be able to enjoy it. If possible, avoid jet lag by selecting a flight that lands early evening, and try to stay up until at least 10pm to keep your body clock on your side. You should also avoid alcohol and caffeine on the plane and drink plenty of water when you arrive. Take short naps if you must, but don’t let jet lag overshadow your experience!

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