What travelers need to remember to ensure an exciting but safe trip!
Make advance hotel reservations:
Unless you want to find yourself with nowhere to stay, it is advisable to make hotel reservations in advanced. This is especially true when travelling to a popular destination during peak season.
Check for travel advisories:
Most countries issues travel advisories about destinations experiencing unrest. So, before you book your holiday, It is advisable to check the latest travel advice regarding your destination. You should also, check just before you leave for your holiday.
Take out travel insurance:
Ensure your safety and that of your loved ones by taking out travel insurance. Travel insurance covers any hospital treatment or medical bills etc that occur due to an accident or sickness and any kind of delay and lost baggage. There are different types of travel insurances, so please read your travel insurance policy carefully to learn what areas it covers.
Check about Visas:
Check whether you require a visa for the country you are planning to visit. If you require a visa, find out whether you need to apply for it beforehand or on arrival. The visa application process differs from country to country. So, if you have to apply for it in advance, check ‘how long will the visa application process take’ so you can apply for your visa with time to spare.
Talk to your doctor:
When traveling to other countries, it is advisable to check with your doctor for information on recommended vaccinations and other precautions. Also, carry any prescribed medicine for any existing condition, as there is no guarantee that the country you are visiting has the same level of health care that you are used too.
Obey the law:
It is simple logic ‘if you shouldn't do it at home, you shouldn't do it abroad’. Being away from home is not a license to act irresponsibly, without a thought about the consequences.
Losing your passport and finding yourself in a stuck foreign country is a scary nerve wrecking experience. To ensure this doesn’t happen to you it is advisable to make a copy of your passport and keep it with you, while storing your actual passport and any other important travel documents such as credit card or traveler's check numbers, in a safe place (safe-deposit box in your hotel).
Keep money safe:
There are con artists everywhere. Purchase a money belt or a slim money purse that you can wear around your neck and inside your shirt to store your money and identification. This is a good way to ensure that you do not end up penniless and stranded in a foreign country.
If you plan to drive while you are overseas, you need to check the driving requirements of the country you are visiting i.e. is your license valid, do need to apply for an international license, can you apply for a temporary license etc. Also, make sure you know the basic rules of the road such as which side of the street to drive on!
Avoid carrying too many pieces of luggage. It simply bogs you down especially if you are touring around the country.
Pay Attention! People will take advantage of your lack of attention. Leaving your bags unattended or letting go of your camera is the easiest way of being robbed. It is advisable to keep a firm grip on your bags and camera at all times. So, be aware of your surroundings!
Do not accept candy from strangers:
We learn this as children, we teach this to our children. This rule is not limited to candy. Never accept a package from a stranger. You do not know what is in there and it might get you arrested.
Keep a low profile:
Do not leave your itinerary lying about or discuss travel plans with strangers. This makes you an easy target for thieves and others with ill intentions.