Travel Tips

Making the Best Out of Common Travel Pitfalls
By:Connor R Sullivan

Consider this recent trip taken by a couple just beginning their retirement years. After choosing Turkey as their travel destination, this couple began researching flight schedules and ticket prices, as well as Istanbul airport transfer service providers. They chose a popular Istanbul hotel which fell well within their budget and which had received excellent reviews on a popular travel ratings website. They charted a course to follow while in country, one that would enable them to enjoy the warm weather, beaches, tourist attractions, and all the delicious cuisines the area had to offer. Apart from having to purchase a few minor travel comfort items, they had managed to put all they needed in suitcases and carry-on bags. The month they spent in Turkey was a wonderful celebration of the leap into retirement and they journeyed home refreshed and invigorated, with wonderful stories to share with family and friends.

There's nothing like planning a great vacation. Time away from work responsibilities and the pressures of everyday life is just what many people need to recharge once again. Whether your destination is one you have frequented often, or whether you are venturing out into a part of the world you have never been, there are always details which need to be managed. How will you get to your destination? Where will you stay? How will you travel once you have arrived? Will you know your way around unfamiliar streets? Will you be able to communicate clearly with the locals? Like the couple in the above example, sometimes the stars align and everything works out perfectly. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, as travel mishaps and inconveniences do occur on a regular basis. Being prepared for and being able to manage mishaps and inconveniences could be the difference between a wonderful vacation and a horrible time away from home. The following problems and resolutions are some of the most common complaints and solutions travelers experience. Reading through this list of difficulties and suggestions may help you adequately prepare for that next special vacation.

1. Flight delays are perhaps the most common problem flying travelers come across. Knowing in advance that delays may occur can help one not be too upset. When scheduling multiple flights, do your best to schedule lay-over time between scheduled fights. In case of an unscheduled delay, subsequent flights may not have to be missed and re-scheduled. Use lay-over time for a relaxing break time where you can grab a bite to eat, read a fun magazine, or catch up on correspondence.

2. Another common travel problem is illness in a foreign country. One way to avoid this is the tried and true cliché, "Don't drink the water." Drinking bottled water and not being too adventuresome in meal selections can help a vacationer get used to an unfamiliar diet. Resist the temptation to overindulge in tasty pleasures and make sure to pack stomach upset and pain medications.

3. Difficulty understanding a foreign language can also cause problems. Carrying a cross-referencing language dictionary can help with basic word understandings. The resort one is staying in may just have multi-lingual staff available to assist their clients as well.

4. Losing one's money or credit cards can also be a horrible problem which occurs. The best way to avoid lose or theft is to use discretion when making purchases, and do not get distracted while conducting business transactions. Keep all money and cards in a secure and safe spot.

5. Getting lost in a foreign country is not something any traveller looks forward to. Studying maps before a trip, and using provided tour guides can help tourists find their way around quickly and safely.

Connor R. Sullivan has been researching a few Istanbul airport transfer companies for his business needs when he travels to Turkey next year. He has been researching a few Istanbul hotel and motels for his business needs when he travels to Turkey next year.

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