Travelling, specially for the first time, should be a fun and exciting experience. That is why we are giving you some guidelines below which will help make your travel adventure glitch-free to maximize your enjoyment. Tara na! Biyahe na!
Make a checklist of what you will bring. Travel essentials such as passport (click here for passport application process) , tickets for airlines, service vouchers of hotels, money, credit cards, medicine and other items that you think you will need during your travel.
Airline tickets. Make sure to print your e-tickets. This is usually emailed to you by the airline or travel agency you booked with. Keep your e-ticket. Remember that you will be presenting this at time of departure not only at your airport of origin (Manila) but also at your destination airport/s.
Plan your itinerary. The one thing that is limited during travel is time; you don’t want to waste travel time by thinking of where you will go only when you are at your destination. Set aside time way before your departure date to plan and map out places you want to see, sights you want to experience, and food and shopping places you want to try. If you are travelling with friends or family, planning your itinerary with them could be a fun bonding experience too.
Know what the weather is like in your destination. This will allow you to bring appropriate clothes and gear. You can check out cnn.com or accuweather.com or any other global weather sites for weather updates and forecasts.
Don’t forget to bring your regular medicines, if any, and emergency medicines. Emergency medicines such as those for fever, colds, cough, upset stomach, allergies, etc. may come in handy while travelling.
Make a note of which airport your flight departs from to avoid unnecessary delays. NAIA has 4 terminals – Terminal 1, 2, 3 and the domestic terminal. Airports in other countries would usually have more than one terminal too. Check your ticket for terminal details.
Arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before your flight both at the airport here in the Philippines and abroad. This will give you room for any delays in checking in due to long lines any unforeseen circumstances. Remember you don’t want to miss your flight.
Plan and arrange for your ride to and from the airport. If you have no car and driver to take you to and fetch you from the airport, there are several options that you can take. You can take the regular taxi, Uber, or rent-a-car services. Nissan airport car service is a good option to take if you opt for rent-a-car service; a bit more expensive than a taxi but safe and you can be assured of prompt service.
As much as possible, travel light. Pack only what you need. You will see the wisdom in this when you get to carry and haul your baggage yourself later.
Wear comfortable shoes. No matter where you are going, make sure your shoes are comfortable enough for those long walks that you will take. Be ready to walk, walk, walk when travelling. Airports alone, specially the large ones, will have long walkways that you will have to negotiate to get from one section to another.
Get maps of your destination. Google Maps has a pretty good map system that you can use to familiarize yourself with your destination and may come in handy later when you are looking for that shopping mall or outlet or restaurant that you’ve been wanting to try. Airports would usually have maps at the arrival area free for arriving passengers. Just grab one where available.
Plan and research your communications and internet connectivity while abroad. Different countries have different setups. For example, in Japan, voice calls are out of the question for most travelers as these are expensive. Instead a pocket wifi would be a traveller’s best option to get connected. In Hong Kong, getting a local SIM card, which you can use for calls and internet connection, is the most economical alternative for travelers. The important thing is to do your research to get the best and most optimal connectivity and communications option for your destination. Whether it be to maintain communication with those back home or simply to post your travel photos on Facebook or Instagram, being connected while traveling has become an essential part of a traveler’s arsenal.
If you are getting picked up at the airport make sure you take note of the area where you are supposed to wait for your service vehicle. If you are staying at a hotel, your hotel service voucher would usually indicate that. If you are being picked up by your relatives or friends, make sure you clarify and confirm this detail with them.
Travel safely and have an enjoyable trip!