A captivating quote in a periodical stated thus, “Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport”. If you are a wanderlust and you enjoy visiting exotic locations, you will agree with this quote. Whether it is a quick getaway or an elaborately planned vacation with family, there are few travel tips to bear in mind before you set about on your trip.
1. Keep photocopies of passport and ID
Before you embark on a trip, remember to take a photocopy of your passport, identity card and other relevant documents that are necessary. While packing your bag, keep one set of the documents inside, separately from the original. You can hand over another set to your friend or relative. Look online, and you will come across traveler programs that offer assistance in case of a stolen or missing passport.
2. Go easy on the wallet
It can happen anytime. You are near the check-in counter, and you find your wallet is missing. In addition to the wad of notes, you have your credit cards and other important documents stacked inside. Practice the habit of carrying the required amount of cash and the card that you intend to use.
Keep the extra cash, traveler’s cheque and other documents safely inside your bag. This way it will not attract unwanted attention from your co-passengers or other travelers.
3. Read reviews
Before you book the wildlife safari or underwater activities, it is always a good idea to check the authenticity of the company offering these programs. Read what other customers have to say about their experience. This will help you make an informed decision about your trip, and you do not have to face any disappointments later.
4. When in Rome, be a Roman
When you visit a foreign land, follow the tradition and customs of the locals who live there. Study the map of the city beforehand to familiarize yourself with the places nearby. This does not mean you know each and every street there. Read the map carefully or turn on the Google maps to find out how you can reach the sightseeing place. When you know these little details, you will not be tricked or conned by mischief mongers.
Observe how the locals dress, talk and identify all the actions that will make you look like a tourist. Is your dress too loud or showy? Are those pieces of jewellery making you look like a member of the royal family? These are the subtle hints that are used by tricksters to con you into parting with your money.
5. Update yourself about the weather
It’s your first trip to the islands, and you are all geared up to enjoy some tranquil time. When you reach the destination, you find that there is a continuous downpour, leaving you with no option but to stay confined in your room. As dreary as it sounds, weather conditions are unpredictable.
Plan your holiday at a suitable time of the year when the weather conditions are favorable. Carry the necessary gear to protect yourself from rain or shine.
6. Do not share information on social media
You have just got your boarding pass and can’t stop flaunting it. You are excited and wish to share this happiness with your friends. The next moment you have clicked a photo of the boarding pass and posted it online. Sharing your travel details online does more harm than good. It is not a good idea to share those travel pics online as it is a novel way of advertising your absence at home.
Wait until you get back home to post those pictures of you snorkelling or deep-sea diving. Real-time updates can wait.