5 Simple Do’s and Dont’s for International Travel

Written by Tricia Outen

Having traveled to 9 countries and over 16 cities outside of the U.S., it’s safe to say Tricia Outen knows a thing or two about International Travel. Below is a quick rundown of her Do’s and Dont’s for International Travel to get the most out of your travel experience.

5 Simple Do’s and Dont’s for International Travel

The Vatican in Italy, Photo by Tricia Outen
The Vatican in Italy, Photo by Tricia Outen

DON’T Over Schedule Yourself

It’s great to book tours and excursions in advance, but leave yourself some free time for spontaneity, travel delays, and just plain rest.

Enjoying some down time in Cabo, Mexico
Tricia enjoying some downtime in Cabo, Mexico

DO Factor in Jet Lag and Fatigue

When planning your trip, give yourself time to rest and adjust to time changes. Try not to plan too many late nights and next day early morning activities. You want to maximize your time but not be so tired you can’t enjoy or remember anything.

DON’T be Afraid of Public Transportation

Double Decker Bus London
Tricia’s view from the top of a Double Decker Bus in London

Cabs and Ubers are definitely convenient, but they are also EXPENSIVE. Most major European cities have great public transport systems with trains, busses and in Venice water taxis! Download the app Citymapper and it will tell you step by step how to get to your next stop, which train/bus to take and where to get off. It is available for most major European and US cities, you can also use Google Maps as a backup. Which brings me to my next tip…

DO Pay for the International Data

It’s a little pricey but wifi can be spotty and it’s good to have data that is working well especially when you’re lost in a country that you may not speak the language in. Work it into the travel budget, it’s WORTH IT. And stick to Citymapper or Google maps as Siri ain’t too good in Europe.

Tricia visiting Conwy Castle in Wales
Tricia visiting Conwy Castle in Wales

DON’T Expect Everyone to Speak English

You will find a lot of people do however don’t expect it. It’s important to learn a few keywords and phrases in the language of whatever countries you’ll be visiting. The locals will appreciate your effort, and your pantomiming skills will be on POINT!

Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence, Italy
Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence, Italy Photo taken by Tricia Outen

 

For more tips on saving money and getting the most out of your trip, visit Tricia’s blog post 6 Ways to Travel Like a Boss

If you have more questions about international travel or travel in the U.S. you can reach out to Tricia via Instagram or email Tricia.Outen1137@gmail(dot)com

Tricia thank you so much for sharing your wisdom with the Sincerely Mrs. Mommy Tribe this week!

 

Tricia Outen
5 Simple Do's and Dont's for International Travel
5 Simple Do’s and Dont’s for International Travel

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