Travel tips from your Tour Manager, Lauren

This is the first post in a two-part series of travel tips that I’ve found helpful throughout my years of travel (listed in no particular order).  I hope you find them useful when preparing for your next trip!

Be patient

You will get to your destination in due time. Things will work out in the end. No need to rush.  Travel is about the journey.

Pack light

From the time you arrive until the time you depart; you are responsible for your own luggage. Just imagine having to lug a heavy suitcase up two flights of winding, narrow stairs at your historic, elevator-less hotel or having to navigate the notoriously crowded streets that a motor coach can’t get down.  Most hotels have elevators, and coaches try to get as close as possible, but trust me, when you’re the lifter, lighter is better!

Roll your clothes when packing

You’ll wish you had learned to roll your clothing a lot sooner. Once you roll, you’ll never go back. Rolling your clothes saves space, and even helps prevent wrinkling.

Use a map

Don’t be embarrassed to use a map, ask for directions, or for that matter, look like a tourist. You are a tourist!  Looking like one isn’t as bad as getting lost and ending up in the wrong neighborhood.

Ask locals

Ask locals to point you to the best restaurants or the best coffee shops, etc. The places they suggest will never disappoint.

Try local new food

Don’t ask what the food is (this could turn you away). Just put it in your mouth and see if you like it. If you don’t try new foods, you might miss out on some unusual and delicious local cuisine.

Learn the local lingo

A simple “Hello,” “Please,” “Thank you,” “Goodbye,” “Where’s the bathroom?” will go a long way with the locals. Even if you get it wrong, they’ll like that you tried.

Stay tuned for more pro-tips from Lauren!

(Photo of Lauren & Trixie on a Concert Tour of Iceland)