How many days of vacation do you get every year? The usual answer is, "Not enough." That being the case, do not leave it to chance - here are three things to research beforehand that could waylay a vacation once you arrive in your destination.
If an overseas destination is on your agenda, you should consider planning your trip to coincide with local festivals. On the other hand, depending on what your plans are and who’s along for the trip, you may want to avoid holidays because they can mean disruptions in public transportation, closed tourist attractions, and lack of food options. A quick internet search will tell you if you can expect disruptions in your destination of choice during your specific dates.
Two notable holidays:
This is one of the easier events to predict and is not always a showstopper; just because there is an election going on does not mean you have to change or cancel your vacation.
Dig a little deeper and see if locals are contesting the current elections or if demonstrations, riots, and rallies were prevalent during previous elections. Elections can mean demonstrations and protests, so if it looks like that’s the case, then you may want to reconsider your time frame or even the destination.
Where to research elections:
You should always avoid demonstrations when traveling. Often they will be isolated to small areas, and you may not even know they are going on unless you stumble upon them. A rally can quickly and unexpectedly turn violent, so if you do come across one, it is better to turn the other way.
Where you can check for demonstrations:
While these are not the only things that can sidetrack a trip, they are easily avoidable with a little pre-trip research and by keeping an eye out once you arrive at your destination. If for some reason you have to cancel or change your travel plans unexpectedly, having travel insurance will soften the blow and can help recoup some of the costs associated with broken travel plans.
Former travel disaster, now a serial traveler, travel safety advisor, and author of The Travel Safety Handbook. Poster boy for learning from others mistakes. Now I provide travelers with the tools to focus on their travel goals; I advise business travelers,prepare study-abroad students and equip families with the knowledge to return home successful with memories that will last a lifetime, not horror stories. Follow JC on his blog at Travel-Safer.com, on Facebook, or on Twitter.
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