Luke Smithwick’s Tips:
- Stay rested.
- Use noise-canceling headphones on the flight.
- Adjust quickly to the new time zone.
- Take immune support.
- Avoid alcohol when traveling.
- Wash your hands often.
- Use hand sanitizer.
- Stick to the adage “Cook it, boil it, peel it, or forget it.”
- Plan flights well in advance for best schedule/price.
- Discount travel websites like travelmerry.com can legitimately save money, but if one thing goes wrong you might be out of a ticket. Skyscanner.com is a great way to check on lowest ticket prices.
- Make in-country lodging and travel arrangements in advance for best options/price.\Get travel insurance to cover missed/changed flights, missing luggage, etc.
- Consider hiring an in-country travel agency to manage your itinerary. Reduce layover time if possible.
- Be aware of the 24-hour clock for flight times, as opposed to the U.S. 12-hour system.
- An American Alpine Club membership includes access to affordable travel insurance.
- Create a spreadsheet for your itinerary and budget.
- Add 10% to your budget to account for unforeseen (and inevitable) expenses.
- Use the Splitwise app to track cash expenses and maintain a running tally of what you spend.
- Exchange U.S. cash for local currency with an off-airport money changer—avoid the low rates and exchange fees found at the airport.
- Track days, locations, and transportation on your itinerary with corresponding connection information and key contacts.
- Keep cash and passport on your person at all times.
- Make a scan or photocopy of your passport along with visa stamp. Get small bills and coins before leaving the city.