It’s not unusual to come up with a whole host of new plans at the start of another year, and travel plans are no exception. Now is an excellent time to reassess your approach to travel – and what better way to start than with these top travel tips for 2020?
6 Travel Tips for 2020
Tip No. 1: Travel at a different time of year
For a lot of people, the time they go away is non-negotiable, thanks to school and university holidays or work schedules. However, if you’ve got a bit more flexibility then now is the time to embrace it. Visiting a country at an off-peak time often means that you get a lot more space to appreciate popular sites, and you’re more likely to come across the less-touristy areas.
Tip No. 2: Visit the world’s hidden gems
There are plenty of beautiful places in the world that don’t get the recognition they deserve. But that’s great for travelling. You’d be surprised by how a secret getaway can create cherished memories. Exploring a hidden destination is often more rewarding because you can take your time at the attractions, without worrying about bumping into scores of other tourists.
3. Do your research
Make sure you know as much as possible about the culture of the place you’re visiting. It can cause offense if you’re caught off-guard because you’ve neglected to learn about the customs and etiquette, which could be substantially different from what you’re used to. Keep in mind that etiquette may also dictate the kind of clothing you can wear, especially if you’re visiting any religious sites.
4. Embrace the local culture
So much of the fun of travelling is learning about another culture. So embrace it! Learn some of the languages, and then try and pick up a few words from the local dialects once you get there. Locals will appreciate it when you make the effort. Even if they speak fluent English, they’ll respect your willingness to try.
Find out everything you can about their way of life, by visiting a museum, taking a cooking class, or even choosing a homestay for your accommodation instead of a hotel.
5. Keep your valuables hidden
Don’t show off any valuable items in your possession; you’ll become a target for pickpockets. Avoid anything flashy and keep your phone, money and camera safely stored away. Your passport and other travel documents need to be kept in the safe back in your room.
6. Always have a plan B
Not every plan goes as you expect it to. To reduce the risk of getting caught unprepared, consider everything that could go wrong, and work out what you can control. For example, you can’t control a flight delay, but you can control what time you leave for the airport, or whether it’s easier to stay in a hotel nearby the night before.