- DON’T FORGET TO HAVE FUN.
- Do and see what you want, not what your friends, other travellers or your guidebook say you should.
- Don’t avoid somewhere just because it’s ‘touristy’ – Venice is touristy, and New York, Paris, London, etc.
- Keep your schedule as flexible as you can – you won’t know till you get there how long you want to stay.
- Don’t make budgeting an obsession.
- Take a Swiss Army knife or similar (if only for the corkscrew and bottle opener), but…
- Don’t leave it in your hand luggage when you fly.
- Buy a headlamp.
- Take duct tape, superglue and a needle and thread.
- Don’t buy a first aid kit: buy a plastic container and make your own.
- Rooms which need mosquito nets tend to have them already.
- Leave the sleeping bag at home, unless you’re camping.
- You don’t have to tell a tuk-tuk driver where you’re going… unless you are hiring him.
- Don’t leave laptops/cameras/wallets on your bed in dorm rooms (lots do).
- Be vigilant but not paranoid.
- Don’t get your map out in the middle of a city street – go into a shop or hotel reception to look at it.
- Wash clothes in the sink/shower.
- Hostels and guest houses don’t usually provide towels. Take a quick-drying travel towel.
- Hardly anywhere has plugs in the sink. Buy a universal plug.
- Don’t take any clothes which you mind getting ruined.
- Keep a spare credit/debit card separate to your main card, and not on you.
- Use safety deposit boxes, but remember than dishonest members of staff can (and do) access them.
- Use public transport. You might meet genuine locals.
- Scan important documents and email them to yourself.
- Respect local customs.
- Keep it in perspective when you get scammed/overcharged.
- Haggle for sure, but keep in mind that a dollar means a lot more to them than to you.
- Don’t focus on negatives. Remember that your country isn’t perfect, either.
- Try doing things the local way. You might find you like it.
- Remember it’s their country, not yours.
3 thoughts on “Quick Travel Tips”
Thanks very much 🙂
Great tips. Thank You. We always take with us these two things. ! Insurances. 2. The phone number of our Embassy.