Here are the things that you should know before you travel to a new
destination independently. If you do not have a local or a tour guide to help
you and advise,
it is necessary to Google reliable websites and have the knowledge with you. Carry the pdf in your phone if you need to.
Find out about the currency of the country you are visiting, and how to
get it. It could be from the ATM, but what bank ATM works with your card ?
02. Public Transportation
Check out the local public transportation. The first priority would be how to leave the airport. This includes what the local transportation is, how to buy tickets, and how to use it efficiently. If there is no local transportation, check out the cost of taxis. Choose your base in the area which has fast, economical and convenient connections to your public transportation. Choose your accommodation within walking distance of the public transportation, or the most economical place to park your car, as the case may be.
03. What to See
Plan out what you want to see, and prioritise, if your time is limited. Note opening times and closing times, and also holidays which may affect your transportation, attractions or tours.
04. Electrical Connection
Electrical connections - find out the plug type, and have an adapter, or plan to buy one at a supermarket early so that your camera and mobile phone are not disabled. Make sure your equipment is dual voltage, as if you may burn it out if you do not notice the correct Voltage/Amperage marking.
If you are staying at a residence instead of a hotel, make sure that it has wi-fi so that you can do more research should you need to. If not, you will have to have a good roaming data plan either on a daily or a monthly basis (usually over 10 days, a monthly plan is cheaper), or plan to buy a data SIM on your arrival there.
Plan which attractions you need to buy tickets for, well in advance
online. These may include the Eiffel Tower, Paris Disneyland, the Louvre, the
Alhambra and the Nasrid Palaces, Madame Tussaud's London, Neuschwanstein Castle, and Anne Frank House.
If you are attending a Concert you should definitely book it in advance. If
it is a Musical or Theatre Show in London, go to
If you have already missed your chance and it shows as Sold Out online, go
to the venue one hour before if you have the time, and see whether there are
last minute returns. You may just be lucky. Watch out for scalpers.
07. Local Language
Know a few basic phrases in the local language, if it is not English.
Research what is normal tipping for restaurants, taxis, hotels, tour guides and other services that you plan to use.
09. Clothes and Packing
Pack and plan ahead for clothing
requirements for the duration of your trip, that are both practically and
You probably have your visa already. Read a little about its limitations, and make sure that you don't leave the country inadvertently if you don't have a multiple entry visa, for example.
Be prepared by researching the weather for the time that you are visiting. Even if the weather report is favourable, remember that it can change quickly, so be prepared.
12. Exchange Rate
Know the exchange rate, and be prepared to calculate in your head how much cash you will need each day. You will have to balance your financial requirements between cash, credit card and online/prepaid.