The Little General Tips for Overseas Travel (Miscellaneous No.2)

Posted: 28/02/2012 in General Travel Advice
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  • If you’re taking your phone, be sure to organise international roaming before you leave and iPhones need to be unlocked.
  • It’s often much cheaper to buy sim cards overseas than use your local one.
  • At the end of your trip if you have any small amounts of foreign currency hang on to it. You never know when you might return to that country or even have a brief stopover where you might want to buy some food or a coffee.
  • Learn basic phrases in the local language. There is nothing more offensive than hearing someone immediately start speaking English in a non-English speaking country assuming the local person speaks it. Learning hello, goodbye, please and thank-you is not only polite but you’re more likely to be helped or served. Of course it helps to learn the phrase “do you speak English” as well.
  • Walking or cycling tours are a fantastic way of seeing and learning about a city or the countryside and don’t limit yourself to just doing them during the day.
  • NEVER offer to carry another person’s luggage or accept gifts from a stranger. You may inadvertently become a drug mule.
  • Never leave your luggage unattended. It may either be stolen or something put in it.
  • If you have concerns about your luggage being tampered with en route, many airports offer a service whereby your bag is wrapped in plastic for a small fee. It makes it time consuming for a thief to get into and they are therefore they are more likely to pick another bag.
  • Don’t assume your bags are safe once in a hotel room. I always keep them padlocked because unfortunately there are dishonest people all around the world who wouldn’t hesitate to go through your bag given the opportunity. If you are really concerned and travelling in a dodgy place you could use a bag cover (made of steel) and a small cable attached to something immovable. Refer to the following website for more information
  • Read the fine print on your travel insurance documents to make sure you are covered for any adventure activities like skydiving, white water rafting and riding a motorbike. Each company varies in what they do and do not cover.
  • If you’re travelling on a longer journey take a little sewing kit you never know what you’ll need it for.
  • While many travellers love them, many hostels and hotels frown on the use of a sleep sheet because they risk the transport of bed bugs from place to place. Yes it is less likely you will be bitten but they can easily sit on the outside of your sleep sheet and be carried to your next accommodation (and in you luggage). Bed bugs are typically associated with dingy, dirty places but they can be found in any accommodation and this is often the case because of sleep sheets.

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