Another Handful of Tips 95R – Tips for Travellers
Five of the best tips for trips when travelling overseas
Plan your trip after talking to people who have travelled in the countries you will visit.
Go online to research the country, the accommodation and the seasonal climate at your destination.
Make sure your visas and your passport are valid for at least six months longer than you expect to be away and your vaccinations are current for the countries you plan to visit.
1. Travel with minimum luggage
Take half as many clothes as you think you will need and twice as much money.
If you can avoid checking luggage this will speed up your exit at your destination and eliminate the stress of lost luggage.
Load up and carry an international money card (SIM card) but have some local cash to get to your accommodation.
2. Travel insurance is essential
Shop around to find the best and most reliable travel insurance plan. You need a good insurance provider because of the high cost of medical services in countries like the USA and the cost of bringing you home if you have an accident.
Take probiotics – they help you avoid some illnesses.
Don’t forget your medications and a doctor’s prescription to confirm you are not carrying illegal drugs.
3. Be aware of dangers
Tourists are targeted by thieves so take precautions. Dress more like the locals and refrain from wearing excessive jewellery.
In case your bag is stolen or lost keep your passport details, credit card numbers and vital contact addresses in several places.
Watch out for mosquitoes especially at dawn and dusk in tropical countries. Malaria, dengue fever and zika virus are still major problems in many countries.
Avoid drinking tap water in most countries. Boil your water, or drink sealed, bottle water. Don’t take ice with your drinks.
4. Check Customs restrictions before you arrive in a country
Make sure you fill in your arrival forms accurately and honestly.
Never lose your temper with Customs or Immigration officials, however great the provocation. You cannot win a disagreement with them.
5. Aim for comfort
Book early so you can choose where you sit in the aircraft. An aisle seat makes it easier to move around the aircraft and exercise on long flights. Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration and reduce ‘jet lag’.
Eat light meals and drink alcohol modestly.
The exhilaration of travel is similar to seeing things through the eyes of a child. You will appreciate your home town more when you return.
“Experienced travellers have the lightest bags.”
Sources: Family tips and from “Time- Savers, Guidelines, checklists and golden rules” from Moss Associates Ltd, New Zealand, “Time-Savers”, Mc Graw-Hill and Cengage Learning Asia, Singapore. Also available as hard copy and as an e-book from Amazon.com.