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TRAVEL TIPS

  • General Tips

  • Always check the weather forecast and learn about the climate of the country you will be visiting.
  • Don’t book at last notice, plan everything ahead and make sure you have confirmations.
  • Pack as light as possible and always keep an eye on your luggage, even in the toilets at the airport.
  • Try to arrive a few minutes earlier so as not to lose a flight, a train etc.
  • All your valuables must be packed in your carry-on bag or purse, never in your check in luggage.
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration during flights and while you are on vacation.
  • Sleep as much as you can during the flight or whatever means of transportation you are using so as to be fresh when you arrive at the destination.
  • Bring bottled water with you and ask for this in restaurants or bars.
  • Avoid staying in the sun between 11 am and 3 pm.
  • Never forget about your first aid kit in case accidents or illnesses occur.
  • If you have kids, make sure your family always sticks together as children can easily get lost in crowded places.
  • To avoid risky situations or unsafe places ask for information at the hotel.
  • If you will be driving a rented car, take time to familiarize with the laws, the road signs, the markings, the routes etc.

  • Pre departure and packing tips

  • Check the luggage policy of the airline you use, the number of bags, and the weights, but generally you can bring the check in luggage, one carry-on bag and a personal item, like a purse or a laptop.
  • You need a packing list to make sure you packed light because this is the purpose of packing when traveling.
  • Think about what you would wear both during day time and in the evenings and pack as few items as possible.
  • If you are going to countries which are hot, take into consideration the fact that the nights can be cold and pack accordingly.
  • Learn how to fold efficiently so your clothes take as little room as possible and also do not have wrinkles.
  • Learn a few things about local traditions so you understand and pack what is appropriate to wear and what isn’t.
  • When choosing your jewelry, make sure you reduce them to the minimum not to attract thieves and to avoid the risk of losing them.
  • Use travel kits for toiletries and make sure the bottles and containers are not very full, nor half empty.
  • Be aware of the fact that the amount of liquids you can carry on an airplane is restricted.
  • Make sure your pets and plants are being taken care of while you are gone.
  • Place subscriptions, like cable or electricity, on hold.
  • Email yourself important details, such as passport, travel insurance, credit card, emergency contact etc.
  • Include your name, phone and address on the baggage identification tags.

  • Security tips

  • Learn about your destination, including security situation, customs and law, and learn a few words and phrases in the language to know what to say when you need help or directions.
  • Let a friend or a family member know about your itinerary and be detailed, also leave them a set of keys.
  • Before going, make sure your home doesn’t look like there’s no one in it.
  • Make sure all windows and doors are closed and secured and don’t leave your keys where anyone can find them.
  • Get a business card from the hotel to make it easier for a taxi driver for instance to get you to your destination.
  • Double check your documents before leaving, including passports, visas, health insurance, medical prescriptions and international driving license if necessary.
  • Beware of the possible illnesses and diseases that may be common in the country of your destination, also humidity and high altitudes can have negative impact on your health and you need to be prepared.
  • Wash your hands regularly to avoid getting sick.
  • Make sure tap water is safe and find out if it isn’t, if this is the case, only drink bottled water.
  • Leave important documents and valuables, like jewelry, at the hotel so as not to risk losing them or having them stolen.
  • Carry only small amounts of money with you; use your credit card whenever possible.
  • To avoid being the victim of a crime like pickpocketing, it is best not to travel alone, not to draw attention to yourself, try not to look like a tourist, limit your interactions with strangers, try not to give personal information and avoid going out during night time or in narrow alleys.
  • Always have change in the local currency with you.

  • Hotel and transportation tips

  • Check for hotel loyalty programs and rewards.
  • It is best to bring bottled water with you.
  • Make sure you have enough change to leave tips for bellmen for instance.
  • Be nice with the personnel if you want a room upgrade and if possible check in later in the day.
  • Before booking a hotel, check for amenities and prices, but also the location.
  • Always take into consideration décor and furnishing when choosing your hotel.
  • Make sure you know where fire exits and fire extinguishers are.
  • Always keep the door of your hotel room locked.
  • Store your documents and valuables in the hotel safe.
  • Don’t use the elevators when there are suspicious strangers in it.
  • Regarding transportation, it is best to avoid connections; if this isn’t possible, make sure you have plenty of time.
  • Take into consideration the distance to getting to an airport when you have to choose between two.
  • Also choose your airlines based on their possibility (or rather lack of it) of delays.
  • Pay attention to boards and messages in the airport so as not to be late.
  • Choose to fly in the mornings when possible, the chances of delays are considerably reduced during this time of day.
  • If you are flying at night, choose the window seat, for your pillow, and when you are flying during day time, the aisle seat which will allow you to move more easily.
  • Limit your luggage; if possible only bring a carry-on bag with you.
  • Avoid traveling during weekend days or Monday mornings, it can be very crowded.
  • Make sure you check the weather forecast before purchasing a ticket.

  • Travel photography tips

  • The best hours to take pictures and have an adequate light are those after sunrise and those before sunset.
  • It is best to learn as many things as possible about the destination so you can take better pictures.
  • Learn the ins and outs of your camera before you go on a trip.
  • Understand a country better by eating their foods, listening to their music, in this way your pictures will capture more easily the “essence” of the place you are visiting.
  • Ask locals about attractions and opportunities for taking great pictures.
  • Find places where you can have a bird’s eye view.
  • When you are taking pictures of humans, always be nice and try to make them smile.
  • Don’t forget to ask permission, so as not to offend anybody.

  • Money tips

  • Never carry all your money with you, make sure you have some hidden places to put separate amounts of money in case you lose some or you get robbed.
  • Don’t have money exchanged in the street; use a bank or an exchange bureau.
  • You will save some money if you plan their exchange in advance and you are not forced to perform this task at the airport for instance.
  • Credit cards are perfect for reservations and in case of emergency, but you should have some local currency before you leave for snacks, coffees or tips.
  • Prepaid cards are the best when travelling because they can have multiple currencies and they can be used as debit cards and are very helpful in forcing you to limit your budget.
  • Let the issuer of the card know about your travel so as not to block your card.
  • It is useful to have multiple cards and also backup money and keep some of them in the hotel safe.

  • Technology for travellers tips

  • Make sure you have a GSM phone, one that is functional in the Global System for Mobile Communication network and then ask your company to unlock your phone.
  • Buy a local SIM that will operate in the country you are going to.
  • You can also buy a new cell phone working abroad.
  • Choose an international phone plan with a roaming plan.
  • Use free messaging services like Skype, WhatsApp or Google Hangout; you can also use these services to phone.
  • When possible, look for Wi-Fi spots.
  • Make sure you pack universal chargers, cables, plug adapters and an international multiplug for all your devices.
  • Always use your phone alarm clock and don’t rely on hotel clock radios.
  • You can also buy prepaid phone cards which will cost less than the roaming rates.
  • Bring with you batteries, a headlamp, and a pocketknife.

  • Travelling with kids tips

  • Taking into consideration the fact that kids always love to explore and to play, it is best to make sure you have plenty of time for everything.
  • Make all the bookings before you leave.
  • Give children something to focus on the surroundings like a camera appropriate for their age.
  • Check the weather forecast and the climate of the country you will be visiting to make sure your children will be appropriately dressed.
  • It is best to have a laptop or a tablet with plenty of games rather than multiple toys, but also bring pens and paper.
  • If you have a little baby, make sure you have plenty of baby items with you.
  • Prepare backpacks for excursions or short trips.
  • It is a good idea to have a recent photo of your children with you in case they get lost.
  • Allow your kids to explore more by making a journal or a scrapbook with all the souvenirs and memories of the trip.
  • Allow your kids to enjoy public transportation like train, buses or subways.
  • Prepare a first aid kit including a thermometer, plasters, antiseptic wipes, sting treatments etc.
  • Children need to be well hydrated so make sure they drink plenty of water.
  • Because their skin is more sensitive, children will need a higher factor sunscreen and it is always advisable that they have sunscreen on their faces.

  • Travel Healthy Tips

  • Before you depart, you must pack a first aid kit. This should contain bandages, meds for stings or poison, meds for allergic reactions and for diarrhea and obvious your prescription meds, more than you would usually take.
  • Learn more about your health insurance and exclusions and buy supplemental services if necessary.
  • Even before planning your holiday, you have to make sure you are healthy, including dental health.
  • Research the common illnesses of the country you are going to and make vaccinations and immunizations.
  • Hepatitis, typhoid and malaria are some of the diseases you can avoid with proper vaccinations.
  • Depending on the season and the climate of the region you will be travelling to, you will have to take other precautions measures, such as certain meds.
  • To avoid gastrointestinal symptoms like diarrhea, stomach pains, vomiting, nausea you have to make sure you drink bottled or boiled water, make sure the food is well cooked and you eat when it is still hot, avoid dairy product and ice drinks, eat bananas and mandarins rather than fruits which can’t be peeled, don’t buy foods from local stalls and make sure your hygiene is proper.
  • Pack items that will be suitable with the climate and the weather, including warm clothes or sun blocks.

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