When you travel, you’re leaving behind your support system. It’s easy to forget all the things you rely on – like regular access to food, money and information – until you don’t have them anymore.
Whether you’re traveling for vacation or business, there are three places you should identify, preferably within a short distance of your hotel.
- A DRUGSTORE: While you probably have some basic medicine with you, you’ll need to know where to get supplies if you catch a bad cold or slightly sprain your ankle. Drugstores also have a selection of food, drinks and other merchandise. Some drugstores are open 24 hours, so you can get snacks after other stores are closed.
- AN A.T.M.: If you’re traveling domestically, your credit and debit cards might serve you well. When you need cash, you’ll find that drugstores often have an A.T.M. inside, so you can kill two birds with one brick-and-mortar store. If you can find an A.T.M. that doesn’t charge a fee, all the better.
- A WI-FI HOT SPOT: Navigating any unfamiliar city is easier when you have steady access to information. Ideally, your hotel will have Wi-Fi available, but it might be unreliable or cost too much. With that in mind, finding an open, free hot spot near your hotel can be a good fallback. The simplest way is usually to locate a coffee shop that has Wi-Fi, but crowd-sourced apps like Foursquare can also help you find networks that are less obvious.