First, let me share a bit of exciting news with all of you… I got invited to a Teach for America Final Interview! The past few weeks have been filled with application deadlines, a phone interview, writing tests, and so on. After ending the phone interview less than optimistic, I decided not to share the process publicly… honestly, I didn’t want to share any news when I was not confident that I would move on. Now that I have been offered a final interview I feel it honest to share this news with all of you who have been so supportive… thank you from the bottom of my heart. My interview is in early December, right before my trip, so I really have a lot going on in the coming weeks. I am lucky that I thrive when presented with a jam-packed schedule.
The Power of a Travel Folder
As I am in ‘intense planning mode’, I am starting to put together the essential components of a successful, stress-free trip. After all, traveling should be an opportunity to free yourself from such things. I believe that anyone can travel, experienced or not, bust you must be prepared. As a woman, there are certain things that must be taken into consideration such as safety and social customs. However, this should not be deemed a deterrent. Women are generally better planners, so doesn’t it make sense that we must be the ones to plan more? : )
Your Travel Folder will become your best friend; it contains all the details of your trip, including but not limited to:
– Plane Tickets
-Hotel Confirmation or E-mail stating your reservation
-Confirmation e-mails for any pre-reserved tickets for sights (i.e.: Ticket to the Louvre during peak season)
See what I mean? This folder is your best friend. Pretend you’re taking said best friend on a trip for the first time and take care of them accordingly… DO NOT LOSE YOUR FOLDER. I’ll never forget on my trip to Italy, I hopped off the plane, went to use the bathroom and set my folder on top of the hand dryer. I left the bathroom arrived at customs and realized I didn’t have my folder. I ran back only to find that the bathroom was locked. Tears were obviously involved. Finally, two custodians wandered by and in between sobs I expressed to them that I needed to get into that bathroom. What a start, huh?
I like to use a folder like this one from Amazon…A poly-folder that closes completely and is transparent so that I may spot the item I’m looking for before taking out all of my papers.
I love having everything in one place; it keeps me organized and I am confident that I have any and all information that I might need in a pinch.
It is very important to take the time to print out all of your e-mail correspondence with your hotel. Regardless of whether or not you need it, it will help to get your point across when checking in. If by chance there is an issue with the dates of your reservation or price per night, you have documentation to present.
While an itinerary is optional, it is very effective in planning time for your must-sees. The next post for the LAH Travel series will be How to Plan An Itinerary.
*Passport: ONLY remove your passport from your purse or travel wallet (preferred) when you arrive at the airport. Do not keep your passport in your folder for the remainder of the trip. Also, always keep a copy of your passport hidden in your suitcase, just in case.