5 Things You Need to Know Before Your Next Big Trip

Mignon Dunbar shares her latest!

Whether you’re traveling to Spain for the summer with friends, or taking a road trip with your family around neighboring states, there are some things that all travelers need to know before their next excursion.

Here is a list of five things that I wish I would have known before I took my first trip. Enjoy

1. Dress like the locals (blend-it)

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Dressing like everyone else once you visit a new location is something that I definitely wish I would have known before I took my first trip. Nothing is worse than sticking out like a sore thumb in outdated fashion trends. Take it from when, when traveling it’s best to blend in, especially for safety purposes.

2. Eat where the locals eat

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If you’re going to travel to a new destination, why not try new foods while you’re at it! For starters this is a great way to test out your palate and to see what the locals like to eat, as well as getting a chance to see the town for yourself from a different point of view.

My blog on “The 5 Best Food Cities in America” is a great place to start when planning on where to eat next during your next vacation.

3. Take lots of pictures (No selfies allowed)

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I’m guilty of going to new places and only taking pictures of myself or background scenery. Instead of doing this, try taking pictures of actual monuments or stable pieces.

This will come in handy when creating a photo album of all your past adventures and beyond. You’ll thank me for it later.

4 Pack lightly, and bring extra cash

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This is a two part rule that I should have followed the first time I traveled. For starters I packed way too many things and I brought too many things back with me as well.

Talk about double trouble! When traveling for the first time, you want to only bring items that you actually need and will use. There’s no use of carrying around a heavy suitcase if you don’t have too.

5. Learn to Relax (Do not Disturb)

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Need I say more? When you’re on vacation enjoy it! Don’t dwell on those reports that need to be submitted when you get back. Turn your phone off and enjoy the scenic area with family and friends.

If you’re interested in more blogs similar to this one, read my blog on “What You Need To See In San Francisco”.

 

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