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Travelling is always an adventure, whether it’s a quick weekend break or you’re taking a year out to explore the world. But things don’t always go according to plan. While that can sometimes be a good thing, you can help minimise any stress or disruption with our essential travel tips.
Whether there is confusion over your visa, you’ve misplaced your passport, or you’re having trouble communicating with local law enforcement, having your embassy’s contact details can be a godsend; they will be able to help replace lost or stolen documents, arrange legal counsel, and, if necessary, fly you home.
Similarly, you’ll want to try and protect yourself from the hassle of a lost document. Upload copies of important identification and paperwork to a cloud file system, like Google Drive: passport; flights; visa; reservations; etc.
Visa requirements change from time to time, so it is always worth double checking your travel requirements before you leave. The best way is to visit the embassy website of the country you are going to visit.
Most exchange offices now charge fees equivalent to bank fees charged at a cash point. The advantage of the latter is that you don’t have to carry around large quantities of cash.
An alternative is to get a travel card before you leave and pre-load it with a set amount. You can then use this card like any debit card and it will convert into the local currency.
To avoid overspending and having to end your journey early, calculate how much you have to spend and come up with a daily budget.
That being said, travel should be fun and you don’t want to tell yourself you can’t do something because of money. Embrace the excitement of the moment and break the budget every so often; but look for quiet days or free activities to help average out the spending.
There are two reasons to check the weather reports of your intended destination(s) before you leave:
While you should never let someone take your card out of your sight, crafty thieves and con-persons can still sometimes get access to your bank accounts. By checking them regularly, you will spot if someone has taken money and can report it to your bank ASAP.
Public transport is always cheaper than taxis (and you’re less likely to get scammed). It might be a little slower or more complicated, but as long as you’re not in a rush and want to experience life like the locals, it’s a far more interesting method of travel.
Another of our most fervent travel tips is: when it comes to food, always follow the locals. If food is safe for locals to eat, it is safe for you. Plus, the locals know where food is best, cheapest, and freshest. So, eat when and where they eat to avoid overspending at chains and tourist spots.
In popular travel locations, the locals have learnt that if they speak fast enough and with enough enthusiasm, they can pressure people into buying their products or services. If someone rushes or confuses you, take a step back and ask them to slow down, or be prepared to walk away.
Spend time in your hostel or out on activities speaking with other travellers. You may learn some great travel tips about local events or discounts.
Arm your phone with essential travel apps: an accommodation booking app to find your next bed; a review app to find the best activities and places to eat; a translator app to communicate; a transportation app to keep an eye on flight times or find local bus routes; and download an offline map when you’re on the Wi-Fi, so you can more confidently navigate.
If you land at the airport and paradise isn’t what you expected, don’t be disheartened. This is a normal part of travel. Allow yourself time to adjust, rest up in your hotel or hostel a little, and re-energise before you go exploring.
Equally, remember that travel is about embracing things which are different and sometimes strange…but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Keep a smile on your face and you’ll learn to love the little surprises.
Some things need to be booked ahead of time, but always fewer than you think. With modern technology, it is easier than ever to book transportation or accommodation just a short time before you need it; don’t restrict your adventures by buying tickets too far in advance and then rushing past everything else on the way.
Finally, most people on this planet are friendly, kind-hearted, and just want to help. If you get lost or confused in a new place, just ask for help.
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