Electric smart cars are a good idea when travelling through the city, especially in tight places
Travel. It’s something that so many of us dream of, particularly when we’re facing another gloomy winter and long commutes to work start to seem a daily grind. A change of scenery, a change of climate and the chance for some adventures often seem so appealing in the face of our everyday routines. Of course, for some it will remain a dream, with commitments and children preventing it from becoming reality just yet. But for others with no ties or responsibilities, taking off and exploring the world could be the very thing to give your life a lift.
Whether you are going it alone or travelling with friends or a partner, the key really is to do as much research as you can about the places you would like to visit. Yes, there’s something free-spirited about just taking off and seeing where you end up, but there is nothing worse than winding up somewhere you don’t speak the language, don’t have the currency and don’t have anywhere to stay. Think carefully about your route and plan or pre-book as much transport as you can to give you peace of mind that you are on the way to your chosen destinations.
If you are going to lots of places then you’ll need to make sure you have the right currency for each country. There’s no point trying to take all of this with you – traveller’s cheques are usually the best option as you’ll be covered for losses and most places will accept credit cards (unless you are going right off the beaten track). It’s also always a good idea to learn a few useful phrases of the local language, such as asking for directions and saying please and thank you. Most people won’t expect you to be fluent but will be more likely to help you if they feel you are making an effort.
You need to consider how to get about while you’re in your destination. Although you may be taking planes and trains to travel from one country to the next, if you’re staying in one place for a while then you might want to think about hiring a car. If you’re staying right in the middle of a busy capital, for example, electric smart cars are a good idea when travelling through the city, especially in tight places.
While many of us grumble about the NHS, it can soon look rather appealing compared to some healthcare systems abroad. It is vital that you make sure you have the right vaccinations before you travel and that you familiarise yourself with the local healthcare system. Make sure you have all the necessary insurance and health cards for the country (or countries) you are travelling to. Of course, you don’t want to think about getting sick abroad, but if it does happen, it’s best to be prepared.
Travelling is an enriching experience that you will remember forever and with a little planning and forethought you can enjoy a safe and happy trip.
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