International travel tip: get your hotel’s phone number

To make the most out of your international trip, whether business or pleasure, skip the bus and taxi. Sure, they make getting around easier, but you’ll miss the flavor and excitement of your destination. Instead, ask your hotel concierge or front-desk clerk for a map and directions. Review them a few times to be sure you’re clear, and highlight your route — then hoof it.

But the most important tip: Write your hotel’s name and phone number on the map, just in case you get lost.

Even in large capital cities, walking brings you closer to the local culture, providing pleasures you might otherwise miss.