General "T-R-A-V-E-L" list
T - Take only what you actually need for a trip - don't over-pack. If you don't wear something at home, the chances are that you won't wear it on your trip either. Take less and you will travel cheaper (no check-in luggage fees), travel faster (no waiting for your bags) and travel easier (less to lug around).
R - Research your destination and then leave the guidebook at home. Photocopy the pages that you will actually need. It saves weight and space and you can discard them after you're finished with them. Learn a few useful words of the local language and then use them. Use a local guide when visiting cultural monuments and you will learn a lot more.
A - Avoid carrying a wallet in your back pocket or carrying a handbag only over your shoulder. Be sure to look around whenever you get up to leave somewhere (chair at the airport, cafe, bar, etc.) to make sure you haven't left anything behind.
V - Verify airport codes on your checked bags. Learn your destination airport codes (which are not always intuitive) and make sure the tags match your destination. It will also help you find your checked bag if the bag itself is unusual in some respect - ribbons, bows, etc. can easily get torn off in transport.
E - Expect the unexpected and embrace it. Your travel will be a lot less stressful if you can maintain a positive attitude. Getting angry is pretty much wasted energy and usually has the effect of discouraging people from helping you resolve issues.
L - Leave space in your plans for an impromptu adventure. Sometimes the most interesting, unusual or humorous memories of a trip happen on the fly.
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