Do you Know your Travel Abcs?

By: Kyle Combs

A- Appropriate Clothing: You don't want to take a parka to the beach or swim trunks and tank tops to Iceland.

B- Better buy bottle water: I would suggest this for any country you travel to, even your own.

C- Credit cards: Make sure you have these in case you need them.

D- Digital camera: You never have to worry about buying film and they are usually pretty small in size.

E- Excitement: Go hang gliding or do something exhilarating and out of the norm.

F- Food: Try the local cuisine, even if it sounds funny or unappetizing you never know how good it will taste.

G- Guide books: Get guide books that have local entertainment and places to see.

H- Have some essentials: Keep medicines for headache or upset stomach, bug spray and also make sure
to take personal hygiene like toothbrush and deodorant.

I- Itinerary: A little planning goes along way. It can be the difference between seeing all of the places you want to see verses half of them.

J- Joke: Cut-up and keep a positive attitude when things don't go exactly according to plan. Sometimes flights are delayed or you hit some type of detour, don't let it effect your trip.

K- Kids: They need to be kept entertained otherwise they become hard to handle, especially on long trips.

L- Learn something new: If your in a foreign country learn the local traditions. Dance with the Zulu people in Africa or cook Rigatoni Casalinga in Italy. Learn something about the place that your visiting, you'll be glad you did.

M- Maps: They are extremely important in unfamiliar areas.

N- Never do anything you feel you shouldn't: Follow your instincts, there are countless tells of travelers
who say "I should have known better."

O- Offset expenses: Go to the local markets and get food instead of going out to restaurants every night to eat. Look for inexpensive lodging on the Internet before you leave. There are all sorts of things you can do to save a couple dollars here and there to put back towards your trip.

P- Personal identification: Make sure to have Id's and passports with you at all times. Also, it's a really good idea to have photo copies of them just in case you lose them.

Q- Questions: Ask questions everywhere you go, you learn so much by speaking with locals and even other travelers

R- Read a book or two about your destination before you go: This will give you an idea of great places to visit, areas to stay out of and even what to what the climate and weather are like.

S- Shoes: This is probably one of the most important things to remember, have comfortable shoes. You are going to be walking a lot and the last thing you want is blisters, it can make you uncomfortable the whole trip.

T- Travel light: To many times I've seen people at the airport who bring their whole house with them for a week long vacation. Bring essentials but don't go over board, and remember you need some room to bring all of your souvenirs back.

U- Unforgettable memories are timeless: Be in the moment, enjoy yourself, take a lot of picture and take in everything you can.

V- Vaccinations: These are going to be required in some countries you visit. Check with The World Health Organization at www.who.int to find out where they are required as well as what are some other step you can take for your safety.

W- Wind down: When you get home take a couple of hours to relax, settle down and let it all sink in before getting back to your regular routine.

X- X-change rate: Make sure and exchange your currency for that of the country you are in. This will save you a lot of confusion and will also keep you from getting ripped off visit www.xe.com/ucc/

Y- You are going to make or break your experience: Don't let outside forces like the weather ruin your trip.

Z- Zero in on what you want to experience and go for it. This is your time to get away so you decide you want to go mountain climbing, do it.

Now you know your ABC's...

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