WHAT INFORMATION WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW WHEN WE FIRST START WORKING TOGETHER ON A TRIP?
By asking yourself the following questions and providing us with the answers, we can get a better feel for the essence you seek on your next adventure: How do you want to feel on this trip, and when you come home? What do you value and prioritize? What are some past experiences you have loved and have not loved? Once you’re able to provide us with the information above, we will offer some ideas and start discussing the logistics.
DO YOU RECOMMEND TRIP INSURANCE?
Yes, always—you never know when you could miss a step, lose your luggage or, heaven forbid, have a family emergency. Even if you only opt for the extra medical coverage, travel insurance is always a good idea.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE TRAVEL APPS?
Currency and time converters are extremely helpful! Be sure to download apps that work offline. In particular, the Google translate app has helped us solve many unclear moments abroad.
HOW SHOULD I TIP?
In most countries, it's custom to tip 10 percent. Nonetheless, here is an international tipping guideline to make sure you are informed and prepared. It's helpful to think about this in advance, so you can avoid awkward moments with your guide, driver, etc.
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR AN INTERNATIONAL PHONE PLAN IN PREPARATION FOR MY TRIP?
International phone plans vary greatly by carrier and by the plan you currently have, so it's important to call your provider to find the best fit for you. Most mobile companies offer competitive plans these days. Also, don't forget that you can often use Skype, What's App or FaceTime if you have wifi access. These are easy to download and to use, and are very inexpensive or free.
DO I NEED TO BRING AN ELECTRICAL ADAPTOR?
Most luxury hotels will lend you one for your stay if they don't offer American plugs.