Traveling can be disorienting- new environment, different language, changing hotels frequently, along with fatigue and jet lag. If you are traveling with a group, you may not be paying as close attention to where you are or where you are staying. You need to know how to reconnect if you get separated from your group.
Got a cell phone? Take a picture of your hotel. You can show this to someone to help you find your way back, even if you don’t speak the language. If they have a business card or match book, take one and keep it with you.
Make a plan. Decide where you will meet, if you get separated each day. Know where your group is headed next. Wear a watch to keep track of the time. Ask your tour guide the best way to contact them if you get separated from the gang. Your bus may not pick you up where you got dropped off.
The bus dropped us off at the bottom of the hill from our hotel. We had to carry everything up. Some of us had an easier time than others. Umbria, Italy.
Your back, arms and neck will appreciate it! Remember that you will do a lot of walking with your bags and you should be able to lift them yourself without assistance, as help may not always be available. You may have lug bags over uneven walkways or carry them up stairs. You can learn to take less, look good and have everything you need. It just takes a bit of practice and self-control.
Here’s my biggest problem when I travel. I am not good at other languages. I always try to learn the basics – please, thank you, where’s the bathroom. But in this world you need more than that to get by.
Now there’s Google Translate. This amazing app translates in to 64 languages. You can type in your words or speak into your phone and it will translate your spoken words. Or push the hand write button and write in your words to be translated. Hit full screen and show someone your translations. You can also communicate with another person using speech-to-speech translation in Conversation Mode.
You’ve just got to check out this app. Oh, yeah and it’s free.
Did you know that road crashes are the single greatest cause of death for healthy Americans traveling abroad? Americans are traveling increasingly to countries where the chances of being killed or seriously injured may be from 20 to 40 times greater than in the U.S. The Know Before You Go program offered by the Association for Safe International Road Travel provides tips so you won’t become a statistic. Oh yeah and don’t forget to buckle up, wear a helmet, look every which way when you cross and don’t drive distracted by anything!
The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the hurricane and typhoon seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Check out what’s happening to see how your travel plans may be impacted by weather.