I am one of those people who like to know where we are going and how we are going to get there. I like to know what is around me and most importantly, where the good food is.
Before we went overseas I watched lots of YouTube videos of what to expect and what to avoid. I researched how to use the local transportation and learned where the locals like to go. Before you make plans to travel I recommend you do plenty of research. Check out your local library, ask friends who have traveled and use the internet. Google is your friend!
The most important things I took away from my travels is to pack lite, know how the local transportation system works and plan your day doing at least one touristy thing. Don’t plan too much in one day so you don’t end up disappointed or too tired for the next day. I decided not to bring makeup with me. I brought my face wash (Creave), moisturizer (Shiseido day cream with SPF 15), night cream, which hazel and toner all in little 3 ounce travel bottles. I also brought a couple of face masks for bedtime. As for clothes, I tried to bring tops that would look nice with leggings. I could always layer up if it got to cold and anything else I needed I could just buy.
We planned our trip 6 months in advance. All of our rooms were planned and our transportation. When we are traveling within the United States we usually don’t plan out so far in advance. We just didn’t want to worry about where we were going to stay and focus more on what we were going to do. Planning ahead does save money and you can shop around more from home and read more reviews.