Its travel season and it is time to make some plans. Most people know where they are going, where they are staying what they want to see. If, however, you are going for an extended period of time (2 weeks to 6 months), it is always good to have a long term plan.
Many times we take everyday tasks for granted and we don’t give it a second thought as to where your favourite coffee shop is or where you can find an ATM.
Here is a list for you to consider when you are going to be re-located for an extended period of time.
1. Find out about public transport. Train schedules, subway passes, bus routes. If you are there for a while might as well travel like the locals. Most metropolitan cities have apps for their transit services.
2. Locate closest ATM, bank and currency exchange
4. Find a green space, park or seawall where you can get some exercise. Check the Parks and Recreation section of the city that you are visiting. Maybe join a running or walking group.
5. Determine where the nearest grocery store, farmers market or street market. Buying local and fresh is always the best option. Getting to know business owners in your local area is always helpful.
6. Find a source of WIFI nearby. When you are writing, contacting family or Skyping you need that source to ‘your’ world or home so be sure and source those out.
7. If your phone is unlocked consider getting a local simcard for your phone. This will make local calls cheaper and easier for people to get a hold of you. Better then ‘till we meet again…”
8. Locate the nearest hospital, walk in clinic, emergency dentist. You just never know when you may need some help. Better to know what is located near you. Don’t mistake the Children’s hospital just because there is a big ‘H’ out front.
9. Register at your local Embassy. Best to be safe than sorry.
If you are traveling for a few weeks or a few months. Make sure you have a few of these bases covered will make for a more enjoyable trip. Take the few minutes it will take to get this info when you get to your destination. It will make the adventure that much sweeter…