A few years ago, my husband and I decided to go on an incredible vacation to Europe. Unfortunately, we didn't know very much about booking hotels, and so we ended up staying in some pretty "interesting" places. When we weren't scared about the other guests, we were worried about taking home bed bugs, and we were surprised about the pricing! After that experience, we decided to research travel accommodations, so that we weren't ever put in that same situation ever again. This blog is a cumulative report of our findings--which is why this website is chock full of information about travel and lodging. Read on to find out more.
If you are traveling to Montanita, Ecuador, it is important that you prepare well for the journey. There are some cultural differences that you should be aware of and incorporate into your preparations. Here are some tips and guidelines for traveling to the area.
Before traveling to Montanita, it is important that you have the necessary vaccinations required. If you plan to travel outside of the city and into any of the coastal rainforest areas, it is a good idea to talk with your doctor about anti-malarial medication. Even though your risk of contracting malaria is low, it is smart to be prepared.
You also need to check your health insurance to ensure that you are covered in the event that you are injured while traveling. There are many activities to partake in, including surfing, and it is possible to have an accident.
Eating out is usually a casual affair in Montanita. You do not need to worry about packing formal wear for dining out. If you have special dietary needs, research the restaurants in the area before traveling. Contact the restaurants directly to determine if they are capable of meeting your special needs.
Since you are traveling from the United States, you do not have to worry about buying an adapter to plug in your electrical devices. Ecuador has the same electrical system in place as the US.
Before your arrival, contact the hotel in which you plan to stay if you have any special needs. The hotels can be very accommodating and offer many of the amenities you would expect. Be prepared to tip hotel staff who help you during your stay. The concierge at the hotel can help you determine what a reasonable tip is for that particular location.
As with travel in other countries, it is important that you check your bank account daily. Look for signs of unusual activity. You also should keep your credit and debit cards in sight when you are paying for items to avoid becoming a victim of credit card fraud.
While on the beach, never leave your belongings unattended. You should also consider keeping your belongings in a bag that is in front of you while using public transportation.
Montanita is a beautiful place to visit. Simple preparations before your trip can help to ensure that you enjoy it is much as possible. Talk to your travel agent about other steps you can take to prepare.