1- Don’t forget a Voltage Converter.
Purchasing a travel adapter is a necessary evil. We suggest getting a universal travel adapter so you only need to purchase one and can have it conveniently for all future trips. The other thing that we HIGHLY suggest is that you get one that is not only an adapter but also a voltage converter. Double check when you are purchasing one that it specifically says it is a voltage or power converter otherwise you could have some unexpected surprises like your wires short circuiting or your blow dryer blowing up.
2- Bring a Scarf or a Coverup.
Especially if you are going in the summer. Bring a scarf or something that you can cover up your shoulders with if you are planning on visiting any touristy sites. There are many churches or other religiously owned hotspots that require you to follow a more modest dress code.
3- Call Your Bank Before You Go.
It’s important to call your bank before you go to let them know you are going to be out of the country. If your bank catches suspicious activity in another country without giving them a heads up they will more than likely put a block on your account. Getting stuck in a foreign country with no access to your money is not the type of memories you’re looking for.
4- Always Pack Less.
I know, I know. You’re going to a new place and you want to look cute for all the pictures you’re going to take. But trust me! You think you need more than you really do. Half your backpack if possible. This leaves more room for souvenirs and will also help you to avoid problems with the airlines. Many european airlines have stricter weight limits on your baggage. Better to avoid those unexpected $100+ expenses.
5- Check for Packages with your Phone Provider.
While it’s always an option to find a fast food place or a cafe that has wifi while you’re out exploring. The peace of mind that you get with having constant access to data in this foreign place is definitely worth paying a little extra. Call your phone provider before you go to see if they offer any data deals with foreign travel. You may be surprised at how affordable some of them are!
6- The Best Trips are the Ones Less Structured
It’s so hard the first time that you visit a new place. You want to fit every possible thing into your tight schedule. Our advice is to pick a few top priority’s and make sure you visit those one first but then be more flexible with everything else. Transportation always takes longer than you expected, lines are longer than you planned, you accidentally sleep in, etc. It’s important not to overbook yourself or you might run out of time or miss some of the spots you were most excited about!