Tips for First-Time Travelers, Part 2

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If you’ve never traveled before, the idea can be equally exciting and intimidating. Traveling gets easier the more you do it, but no matter where you go, you’ll be sure to have fun! Here, our PHL parking company shares part two of a two-part blog series that includes some of our favorite tips for first-time travelers:

Alert Your Bank.

Banks and credit card companies monitor your activity and will put a hold on your card if it’s used outside of the country. This is an anti-theft tactic, but it can be a problem if it happens to you. Before you take a trip, notify your bank and credit card companies of your plans.

Don’t Forget About Your Passport.

If you’re booking a trip outside of the country, you’ll need a valid passport. Whether yours is expired or you haven’t gotten one yet, don’t wait until the last minute to obtain or renew it. Passports take time to create (usually several weeks), so you’ll want to make sure you get yours well ahead of your departure day.

Consider the Touristy Sites.

Many times, sites that are geared towards tourists are either expensive, crowded, or both. But don’t write off every site immediately. Some are worth the trouble and offer a unique experience you won’t find anywhere else. Read reviews to help you decide where to go.

Try Something New.

Vacations are all about getting out of your comfort zone, so try something new. Eat a food you’ve never eaten before. Go on a wild excursion. Talk to strangers in a bar. Use your vacation as an opportunity to check something fun off of your bucket list.

Don’t Buy too Much.

It can be easy to walk into a quaint, local store and buy lots of souvenirs. However, you’ll likely buy things you don’t need, spend more money than you want, and have to find room in your suitcase for them. Do yourself a favor and limit yourself to one or two souvenirs.

Choose Your Seat Wisely.

There are several things to consider when picking the seat on your flight: Will you be getting up a lot? Choose the aisle. Do you want to get some sleep? Choose the window. Is your layover less than an hour? Choose the front of the plane so you can get off quickly.

Use Winner for PHL Parking.

If you need somewhere to keep your car while you’re on vacation, skip PHL parking. Make a reservation with Winner instead. You’ll enjoy great rates, trusted safety features, and a valet parking experience unlike any other PHL parking company.

To see the first-time traveler tips from Part 1, click here.