When you are getting ready to travel abroad, you have a huge list of things that you need to start preparing. Of course, you have the typical list that you need to cover, that mostly relates to your trip itself. Then, you need to make sure that you are physically and emotionally ready. But you also need to make sure you are ready to document the entire experience so that you can continue to appreciate it for years to come.
To begin with, you need to organize the structure of the trip. Make sure you have found a great deal on airplane tickets, firm up your itinerary, and start to make reservations at choice accommodations along the way, whether hotel, B&B, or otherwise. You might also want to make dinner reservations at a few famous joints on your route, because sometimes they simply do not drop-ins.
As you are preparing for your trip, you will want to make sure that you are taking care of your body and keeping it in prime travel condition. You will also want to nurture your emotional side, and make sure you are keeping all of your relationships in good standing. Make sure to make your rounds and say your goodbyes to friends and family who will miss you while you are gone.
One important step that many people overlook is making sure you are well-equipped to document the entire experience. You want to make sure your phone is ready to travel, too. Of course, you want to make sure you have a charger, appropriate travel-related apps, that you clear out the phone’s memory, that you have purchased an extra battery pack, and even an extra memory card. But most importantly, make sure you equip your phone with an Iphone 5, 5s, or 5c case! If you are trying to prepare for the trip of a lifetime, the last thing you want to happen is for your phone to take a short fall while you are juggling train tickets, luggage, and an espresso, watch it crack, and with it, go all of your beautiful memories of Cinque Terra. Take good care of your phone and it will safeguard your wonderful memories for years to come, or at least until you get back and can share the files with a secure location.