Having recently received some amazing news that Laura won a holiday to Los Angeles and has kindly offered to take me with her, it got me thinking about what kind of things I need to pack, what else I need to take and anything I will need to do before going away. 

I have never been to America before but having visited other countries including France, Germany and Spain. I'm not going to pretend I am good at speaking any foreign language and can just about get by with the basics whenever I go on holiday.

Here are a few of my tips for when you visit foreign countries, and there are many more ideas that will be useful for you before jetting off! For a whole selection of tips, tricks and advice for when you go away on your holiday, head over to Jacamo's page. 

I always try to embrace the cultures of the country I am visiting, even if this is respecting their language by having a go at some of the basic words and phrases, you will often be surprised how far you can get with little knowledge of the local lingo. Being part of the culture is an important part of being in a different place to experience new and exciting things that you can't normally get. 

One of the main things I try to include in my holiday is the local food and drinks. I think its a great opportunity to try foods that you don't normally have access as you may discover something amazing. Even if you are a bit of a fussy eater, its worth giving it a go and trying the local cuisine. 

With regards to drinks, you might want to be a typical tourist and stick to a glass or Coke or a pint of Stella. As tempting as this is to take the 'safe' option that you know you like, try the local beer or a popular drink in the country and you may well find this is actually nicer than the imported drinks. Another little benefit of trying the local drinks is you often find they are cheaper as you don't have to pay the extra import costs. 

I hope this has helped. Do you have any travel tips?

Andy.

*In return for including Jacamo in this post I received a gifted food hamper.