There aren’t many people who don’t love to travel. To experience something new, meet new people, and eat delicious dishes.
Travelling in recent years has become even more challenging. Over time many of the current rules and regulations will relax, and the same old precautions will apply once more.
So what are the five essential travel tips that you need to keep in mind as you plan your next great escape?
Learn as much as you can about the place you are going to. Read other reviews from travellers, and talk to your travel agent about the places too. Ensure that you know where the safest neighbourhoods are, where there are fun or reasonably priced things for families – and of course, the best food spots.
One of the critical pieces of information to look for is that if there was an emergency, what is the local emergency number? And, where is the location of your nearest embassy or consulate?
You can get cover-all travel insurance for most countries, but it can often be more beneficial to get country-specific insurance like Spain Travel Insurance, for example. Travel insurance will keep you protected should you be the victim of a crime or require medical attention while on vacation.
Always have copies of any of the essential documents. Copies of your passport (which both pages show), copies of your insurances, copies of hotel reservations, travel itinerary and more.
As well as storing a copy securely within your luggage, leave a copy with a trusted friend or family member.
If your primary documents happen to go missing or get lost, the copies can help you ease the process of returning to your home country.
While we live in a world of social media, it is crucial not to update that you are out of the country or mention the dates you are away. Although you might think it is just friends or family viewing, you might be leaving yourself open to a break-in.
Instead, leave the updates about your vacation until you are home.
The one set of updates you should do is tell your friends and family where you are and how long you will be there. This is even more important for solo travellers or those travelling for the first time.
If you can share location with friends and family via your mobile using Find My on Apple or another type of software, this can be a great option.
If you typically pay for everything on your card or via mobile phone, and your card or phone goes missing – the trip can take a downward spiral pretty quickly.
Make sure you have a little stash of local currency hidden safely inside your hotel room. This can be a great time to use the safe usually found in a hotel room.
This spare cash can be a lifesaver when you need it.
Travelling is a lot of fun, but you must be as prepared as possible for most eventualities.
If you haven’t travelled abroad before, read this excellent guide: Useful Skills To Learn Before Travelling Abroad.