Travel Tip of the Day: Take a Hotel Business Card when Traveling Abroad

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Take a Hotel Business Card when Traveling Abroad
Building on a good reader tip on Friday, today’s tip is a classic one that deserves its own post. In a new destination, especially one where English isn’t the primary language, make sure to take a business card from the hotel. It will almost always have the address of the hotel written in both English and the local language, which will come in handy should you lose your way or need directions.

 

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4 Comments on "Travel Tip of the Day: Take a Hotel Business Card when Traveling Abroad"

  1. found this out the hard way: up all night on flight to Greece, determined to see something before night I got lost.
    none of the street signs were in English
    ask a policeman for help, he spoke no English

    by walking block by block in squares i finally found the hotel…………….a nightmare
    now i photo the street corners as i leave so i have a reverse map but a business card is far better

  2. Yes – this is a great idea! It has served me well in many places. Even in countries that speak English, sometimes taxi drivers do not understand your ‘version’ of English. In Australia my taxi driver was from Poland and my southern accent did not exactly come across clearly. Thankfully I had taken a card from the hotel and when he read it – I did not understand how he pronounced it! Also, in Thailand the hotel doorman gave me a card and one to the driver. He also noted the taxi number in a small notebook. It made me feel safer knowing that someone knew where I was going and who I was with.

  3. This is especially true when staying in Morocco’s medinas because the streets are difficult to learn your way around in, and the Riads often have very subtle signage. I also found this hint helpful when jet lagged and staying in Central Madrid in hotel with very low key signage that could not been seen unless you were in front of it!

  4. I like the idea of taking a hotel business card. It’s extremely important to keep an identity with yourself when traveling abroad. If by chance you get lost, that business card might become a savior.

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