Transportation to your accommodation if pre-booked
Just off a long bus, train or plane ride?
IMPORTANT – STOP FOR REST & RELAXATION (R&R) before hopping into the next transport – no matter how tired you are.
Take 15 minutes to walk around, wash your face and back of neck, get some fresh air, do a few exercises, swap your money, visit the ‘loo’ (if you didn’t go on the plane etc).
Buy a drink if you need to take with you. But don’t drink too much (or you could have an unexpected ‘loo’ stop in the middle of no-where later – leaving child, or luggage unattended).
Take in your surroundings, and the culture.
Talk to your child if they are old enough about the currency. (Maths lesson).
Take note of the conversion rate.
If you are going to a dodgy place, email or ring ahead if you can to the accommodation to organise a taxi for you, and to hold a sign with your surname on.
Most will do this, and you then hope you can trust the ride.
It might be a private car and not the cheapest – so also ask at the airport, or station how much it should cost to get from there to your accommodation as a ball-park figure. Then ask the driver how much he is going to charge you.
Not happy. Don’t get in – easy!
Also try to remember to book centrally located accommodation for the first night – if you get taken to a remote location, and it is a filthy dive, or fire trap, you then have to pay to get a ride back, wasting time and money, and by then you are tired, and hungry and your child is lacking patience.