Going on vacation or visiting a new place is always amazing. Many travelers consider the first 24 hours of their trips to be the most exciting and just as well the most unpredictable as they settle into their new environment. Creating a plan of things to do in the first 24 hours after you’ve arrived at your destination would go a long way in helping you settle and enjoy your stay. Here are some tips on things to do in the first 24 hours of your trip.

1. Inform someone that you’ve arrived

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This is both a safety measure and good practice. You cannot always predict what will take place in the course of your stay. It is thus important to inform someone that you’ve arrived at your destination so that you can be reached in the case of an emergency. Provide them with the hotel contacts for effective communication.

2. Make plan on how to leave

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How will you leave your hotel or place of stay when the visit comes to a conclusion? Will you use a taxi to the airport or commute by bus or train? Make a decision on the best means to reach the airport. It is also important to check out the street names and the landmarks to avoid missing directions. You can also confirm with your hotel the checkout procedure to prevent unnecessary delays and holdups when you want to leave.

3. Explore the areas and facilities near your hotel

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Many travelers usually go about their vacation without taking the time to explore the areas and facilities near their hotels. You can miss a lot of amazing things that are located just next to your place of stay only because you did not explore your surrounding. Walk around and scout for fun things to do, places to dine and shop, and points of interest to visit. It is also an ideal way to relax your mind and exercise.

4. Keep your valuables safe

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If you have valuables that you don’t feel comfortable keeping in your hotel room, talk to the hotel management about its policies regarding the storage of valuable items. Find out if they have rooms with safes or a central place for keeping the items.

5. Charge your electronics & gadgets

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It is unlikely that you’ll travel to a new place and spend time locked up in your room. Traveling around and exploring several points of interest will demand that you charge your electronics such as phones, tablets, cameras, and smart watches to ensure that you are not inconvenienced when you want to take photos or make a call.

6. Take photos

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What’s a trip without creating memories for a lifetime with wonderful photos? Capture those unique moments and landmarks that you set your eyes upon when you arrive at your destination. This is a great time to take pictures because the surrounding is still unfamiliar and therefore there are a lot of things that you’ll find interesting.

7. Check the weather forecast

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Do not be surprised by bad weather on your trip. Check the weather forecast and plan your outdoor trips accordingly. You can always find the local weather forecast on the internet.

8. Reset your clock

It is necessary to reset your clock and sync it with the local time zone. This is especially necessary if you’ve traveled to a different region that is several hours away from your home.

9. Shop for essentials

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You should shop for essential items like toothpaste and brush, shower gel, and snacks. Carry out research before hand to know where to shop for these items. Sites such as TripAdvisor and Urbanspoon have this information.

10. Learn the local greetings

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It may not seem like a big deal but learning the local greeting can help you build a good rapport with the natives and make your stay pleasant. It shows that you value and appreciate their culture. You may discover a whole new and exciting side of the area that many travelers don’t get to experience.

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