Download a Currency Converter - North America & Canada
If you've never travelled to North America before, it's easy to forget that USD and CAD are not the same currency, and the exchange rate between each currency and others are very different. To keep track of your spending, it's also a good idea to download a currency converter app onto your phone. This way, you can check the price of items and activities before purchasing to check if they fit in your holiday budget, as well as working out how much you have to spend throughout your trip.
Brush up on your knowledge of tipping etiquette
This is essential. How much do you tip your cab drivers? Or hotel doormen? Or your masseuse? Or the waiter? Tipping in the US and Canada is a minefield of potential errors and embarrassment, with local variations to add to the confusion - the only way through is to do your research beforehand. And if in doubt, ask someone for help.
Follow the Festivals
If you want to party while visiting South America, follow the continent's iconic festivals, many of which are known the world over. Brazil's, the largest in the world, is well worth planning a trip around thanks to week long parties, extravagant parades and lavish costumes.
Tips for surviving a long flight
Power up. Make sure you have all your chargers with you so that you can keep all your gadgets powered up throughout your flight.
Wear comfortable clothes
Don't forget your eye mask
Noise-cancelling headphones & soft music