A long drive to and a drawn-out wait at the jetty on a hot humid day did not dampen our mood while we waited to get on a boat to bring us to our junk cruise where we are going to stay for 2D1N at Halong Bay. It was a bright happy day after all.
1. Note down local names of streets and attractions
Have you ever tried googling for a certain place and few variations of its name turned up? Note those names down because unbeknown to you, one of those foreign-looking names is the one known locally. When seeking help from the locals, having this sure comes in handy.
2. Check sunrise and sunset times
If you are planning your itinerary, knowing the sunrise and sunset times will help you decide when to schedule your stops. Imagine you have planned to take a walk by a lake famous for its reflection of the nearby mountains at 5pm and upon arrival, it is already dark because of winter’s early sunset and you can’t see shit. What a pity right?
3. Check the country’s entrance/ exit fees
Some countries require you to pay entrance and/or exit fees and these are not covered in your air ticket cost. Don’t forget about this and spend all your foreign currency thinking you are not going to be needing them at the departure hall.
4. Place your driving licence or identity card in your wallet
When Prague’s immigration officer insisted my passport was not mine because of my lack of likeness to the photo (I just got fatter, dude!), I had no other document to prove my identity. Save yourself the trouble by bringing either your driving licence or identity card along for your holiday.
5. Place a copy of your driving licence, identity card or passport in your luggage
Apart from this being proof that the luggage belongs to you in case of any hiccup, you can also show these documents to your embassy if your passport gets stolen by pickpockets while you were out traipsing the city.
6. Pack luggage’s clothes into plastic/ ziplock bags
If you don’t do this, you risk being embarrassed when the customs officer open your bag for checks and start flinging out your underwear for all to see.
7. Split clothes into different luggage
If you are travelling with a partner and one of your luggage goes missing, the both of you still have clothes to change into because each piece of luggage was a mix of your clothes and your partner’s.
8. Pack a change of clothing in your carry-on bag
With this, you will at least have a clean change of clothes after a 20-hour flight even if your luggage got misplaced by the airline.
9. Extra pair of spectacles or contact lens
I’m sure you won’t want to miss out seeing the gorgeous sights on your trip-of-a-lifetime just because your old trusty spectacles have given up on you or one of the contact lens has gone missing.
By: Chocolate & Marshmallow