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In the United Sates, there are often welcome centers or rest stations that provide free state maps. When on the interstate, take the time to stretch your legs and pick up an official state map.
A state map from the state's Department of Transportation provides information and details not normally found on your national atlas. State maps can offer facts about driving laws, attractions, and locations -- as well as invaluable, detailed city maps (usually on the reverse side). State maps also serve as excellent (free) mementos of your trip.
So remember, new state, new map.
Make sure to do some research before starting a trip to a foreign land. Even if the country speaks the same language, it's important to know customs so as not to make an unpleasant remark.
One trick that can be used with many phrases is to keep a cheat sheet in your pocket with the translations. This way you can look quickly without having to flip through a book, and pair words together.
A little planing can save a lot of frustration -- and a big mess!
- On longer flights, it's common to show a movie, and you probably want to hear it well.
- On other flights, the plane may have on-board games or on-demand music.
- Of course, you may bring your own pre-recorded music to help get away.
- The largest benefit, though, is simply to help cancel out "airplane noise."
An a pinch, you can always put headphones on to avoid a chatty seatmate (you don't even need to turn on music to silence your talkative neighbor).
[Ed's note: See all Gadling's posts about headphones here.]