MOST HELPFUL TIPS FOR TRAVELLING AROUND THE WORLD.
Before leaving on holiday, make sure that you give all travel information to your family and close friends.
Prepare photocopies of your passport, airline tickets, accommodation booking form. It might also help if you leave telephone numbers of where you are stopping just in case anyone needs to get in touch with you urgently.
1. Confirm your Reservations
Be sure your airline tickets and vacation rental booking is confirmed, otherwise you may have an unpleasant experience if the owners of the property are out of the country and have not left the keys.
2. Location of the Vacation Rental
When making your booking, you may want to find out if the property is located near a hospital, chemist, police station etc. These services are great in an emergency, and it’s always good to know your way around before you arrive. You will find that most owners will have some literature about local doctors, chemists etc you never know what may happen whilst on holiday.
3. Buy a Destination Guide / Language dictionary.
Get yourself some travel books to know all the best spots, cheapest restaurants, best food, and hundreds of insights about your destination. You may want to write down some notes from the travel book relevant to the area you are visiting rather than taking the entire book with you to cut down on weight. Most importantly get a language translation dictionary and carry it with you. Learn a few essential terms in the native language of the country you are travelling to. People will appreciate and be a lot more helpful if you at least make an effort, it can also help you in an emergency.
4. Luggage Advice.
Use your own padlocks instead of the padlocks supplied with suitcases. It is usually safer. Remember to keep the key(s) in your carry-on luggage., don’t do what I did and leave the keys in the suitcase!
5. Photocopy your Identifying Documents
Photocopying all cards and documents then storing in secret places in the suitcase. Incase the wallet is stolen, retreiving lost documrnts will be very easy.
Or instead of photocopying all your important documents and carrying them with you, you can scan everything and email the images to your email account or family and friends as attachments.
6. Airport Transfers
Don’t forget to try and arrange your transfer to the vacation property before you set off. Worse thing that can happen is that it’s 11pm, and there’s no buses, and you have to pay a fortune for a hour drive to your accommodation. Most owners will have a contact for airport transfers, or there own management company will pick you up, there’s a charge, but it’s certainly cheaper than local taxi companies… it’s also safer.
7. Cash Safety.
Think of this scenario. You’ve just got to your hotel, and you see a nice bar over the road, you go to your pocket to get all of your foreign currency, and it’s not there! Your in a strange country, with a strange language and it’s your first day on a holiday you’ve been paying for all year. Please remember travellers cheques, order them before you go and you will not be in this scenario.