Brendan Vacations – Escorted Tour Travel Tips

Avoiding the worst effects of jet-lag on the Brendan Vacations Tour:

Plan for your trip in advance and make sure you are relaxed and well rested for your tour. Don’t rundown and fly there because there will be a higher chance you will get sick and will spend the beginning of your trip trying to recover.

Reset your watch when you get on the plane change your time to the local time of the place you are traveling to. Try to stay up longer or go to sleep earlier to get your body onto the new time schedule of your upcoming tour.

When you arrive at the first city of your tour, make every attempt to stay awake until early evening. Try not to sleep otherwise you won’t be able to sleep the first night. If you are absolutely exhausted then have a nap of about an hour as soon as you arrive however set an alarm or call and get a wake up call from the front desk. Try to stay active it is the best way to stay awake on the first day of your tour. The adrenalin of being on an exciting Escorted tour should help keep you awake that first day.

Security and Safety on an Brendan Vacations Tour

While exploring on your own, inform someone else on the tour where you are going and use your common sense where you choose to wonder of to don’t go down poorly lit or narrow alleyways.

During your free time, make sure you don’t leave the hotel without your room key it should have the address and phone number on it. If your hotel room key does not have that information you should write it down.

Where possible use the hotel safe for your money and valuables.

Beware of pickpockets in Europe listen your tour guide when they remind you. That more than likely means your in an area where pick pocketing often occurs.

While on your Brendan Vacations Tour, do not leave your bags or belongings unattended at any time.

A money belt worn under your clothing is the best place to carry money and other valuables. Your money belt should be unseen under your clothes and should not be regularly used during the day. Things you should put in your money belt are: Passport, Spare Credit or Debit card; Cash and Travelers Checks.

Can I use my electrical appliances?

Electrical plugs and outlets differ throughout the world so you'll need a universal travel adaptor suitable for the countries you are traveling to in order to use any mobile devices. Electrical currents also vary throughout the world and Brendan suggests you carry a converter for any electronics that are not dual voltage in order to prevent them being damaged.

Must I know the native languages of the countries I am visiting?

While it is a nice gesture to greet local people in their native language, it is not essential as your Travel Director will normally be able to help you. They will teach you common phrases and be there to offer friendly assistance.

Can I have laundry done?

Most hotels do offer a laundry service and in some cities Laundromats are also available. However, it is a good idea to try and pack enough clothing to avoid having to do laundry, as it can sometimes be costly or inconvenient.

Is there seat rotation?

Yes, your Travel Director will implement a seat rotation system, whereby all guests will rotate their seats on the coach daily. This allows for everyone to experience the spectacular views from different seats, and you’ll have a better opportunity to get to know your fellow travelers.

What if I arrive late and miss a feature on the trip?

Brendan regrets that no refunds can be made for absences from a trip, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

Can I drink the water in the countries I will visit on my trip?

In Britain, Western Europe, Scandinavia, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand the answer is yes. For other countries visited you will be informed by your Travel Director.

Is smoking allowed on the coach?

There is a no smoking policy when on board the coach. Brendan does, however make plenty of comfort stops, allowing you ample opportunity to smoke outside if you wish, stretch your legs, take a scenic snapshot or enjoy a cup of coffee.

Other Travel Tips for your Brendan Vacations Tour

Ensure you have money budgeted for your entire tour, including money for shopping, extra meals and optional excursions while on your escorted tour.

Learn some useful local phrases - your Brendan tour director will be able to converse in the languages of the places you visit but learning a few phrases on your own are usually appreciated by locals and will make your escorted tour much more enjoyable.

Prepare a travel journal: a travel journal is a great way of keeping the memories of your escorted tour alive for years to come. Find a journal that is easy to carry along with you and take a plastic sleeve to keep mementoes such as ticket stubs and photos.

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