Travel Tips


          
Preparation
  1. Don't travel without insurance - make sure it covers you for any activities you are likely to undertake such as extreme or water sports, which have an element of risk.
  2. Check with your doctor to find out if you need any vaccinations before you travel. If you have a pre-existing medical condition, make sure you take enough medical supplies for the duration of your visit and any unexpected delays. Medical supplies may be subject to supply constraints in some countries and in remote areas.
  3. Make sure you've got the correct visa for the country you are visiting and that your passport is valid.
  4. For most countries your passport must be valid for 6 months after the date you travel. Check the entry requirements before you go.
  5. Make a note of the passport number and consider taking a photocopy with you and/or store online using a secure data storage site.
  6. Tell family and friends where you are going and leave your contact details, insurance policy details and your itinerary with them, and/or store the same online using secure date storage.
  7. Make sure you have enough money to cover emergencies and any unexpected delays. Consider taking more than one mode of payment with you (cash, debit card, credit card).

         During the Trip

  1. Think about what you are doing at all times and trust your instincts - don't take risks that you wouldn't at home!
  2. Don't openly display valuables such as mobile phones or digital cameras and consider using a padlock on suitcases or backpacks.
  3. Find out about local customs and dress, behave accordingly and obey local laws. There may be serious penalties for breaking a law that might seem trivial at home.
  4. Be careful when taking photographs, videos or using binoculars. Such activities may be misunderstood, especially near military installations.
  5. Consider taking your mobile with you or renting one while you're away. Store useful numbers such as the local police and the nearest Embassy or Consulate.
  6. Check with your service provider to make sure your phone works abroad.
  7. Check whether it's safe to drink local tap water, if not, stick to bottled water and avoid salads, non-peeling fruit and ice in drinks.
  8. Respect the environment - don't buy wildlife souvenirs, conserve resources like water and don't litter.
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