Each Monday through Friday, a Travel Gem of the Day will be posted at SmartWomenTravelers.com. These Travel Gems are tips that will help a traveler travel smarter, safer, handle home issues, be prepared and enjoy their journeys.
Here are last week’s Travel Gems:
Monday May 17th – Traveling internationally and can’t get your point across? Here’s an easy way to be understood without words. Use Point it! It’s a travel dictionary for when you find yourself in a country where you are not too familiar with the language. All you have to do is get out your Point It! and point to the picture. It’s the perfect way to communicate when you don’t know how to say it. Available as both a print book and an iPhone app.
Tuesday May 18th – Skip the brightly colored nail polish when traveling. It chips too easily and leaves your hands looking unfinished. Instead, buff and polish nails to a natural glow for a clean look, or apply a neutral, sheer color that won’t call attention if it does chip.
I’m on a month-long trip and all I have is a sheer pink color that can be reapplied easily.
Of course a manicure or pedicure is always a great option if you have time in your travels and can find a nail salon or spa.
Wednesday May 19th – Renting a car and need a GPS? Consider buying one! When you look at the daily rate for a GPS it may be less expensive to buy a GPS than rent one. About 9-10 days of a rental car’s GPS is the breakeven point vs. a purchase, but you’ll end up with a GPS you can use on future travels.
Hertz unknowingly led me to the decision to buy a GPS on my trip to Scotland. I had reserved a GPS at 130 pounds for 12 days. However, when I picked up the rental car there were no GPS’s available. Driving on the opposite side of the road in a different country is challenging enough and I really needed a GPS. Instead of reverting to paper maps and risk having an accident reading them while driving, I picked up a GPS at a local store for 89 pounds – and have it for future trips to the UK.
Thursday May 20th – Have a few wet-wipes (moistened towelettes) in your bag. I love these for cleaning my hands before eating when I cannot get to water, for a quick face wash or stain removal. You can order them from minimus.biz or pick up a few for free if you happen to wander into a casino. They’re also great for cleaning a germy hotel tv remote control before you start using it.Have a few wet-wipes (moistened towelettes) in your bag. I love these for cleaning my hands before eating when I cannot get to water, for a quick face wash or stain removal.
You can order them from minimus.biz or pick up a few for free if you happen to wander into a casino. They’re also great for cleaning a germy hotel tv remote control before you start using it.
Friday May 21st – A stay-connected tip from Dan Verdick’s book ”The Business Traveling Parent: How to Stay Close to Your Kids When You’re Far Away“. For younger kids, hide a note in the cereal box and make sure your spouse or caregiver knows the children need to have that cereal in the morning. When they pour it into a bowl, the special note will come tumbling out.