11) Get-Around-Town Tools
Guide books, maps, and language apps will make your life a lot easier once you’re on the ground. Guide books highlight some of the can’t-miss tourist attractions. They give a quick run-down of the place/sight, how to get there, and entrance fees, etc. Most of the time it’s worth following the guide book’s suggestions. A map of the area you’re visiting is also crucial. It helps you get your bearings and you’ll slowly be able to navigate your way around. Download a language app to help you communicate with locals. This is especially useful if you need to ask for directions, order at a restaurant, and converse with your hotel receptionist. Locals also appreciate the effort. If you’re in a market where haggling is acceptable, learn a few numbers and how to politely ask for a cheaper price. You’ll likely save yourself some cash!