Travel Tips

For those having a first tour to abroad, or maybe you just need a refresher, here’s a list of basic tips you should do or bring before your trip.

For Security & Health, check-in with your doctor and insurance carrier. Double check and make sure that you have all of the proper vaccinations and that you have renewed all essential prescriptions also learn what you need to know before buying travel insurance.

Bring copies of your passport. In the case that if your original passport, get stolen or lost, you may able to prove your identity and reach back to your home. For extra backup, leave a copy of your passport at home or with someone you trust. If you made an electronic copy, you may keep it save in your inbox as well. If there is a problem in the country, this will make it easier for your government to contact you and get you to safety, so register with your embassy.

Look up the monetary conversion before you go. Make sure you do your math before you travel to get a sense of where the conversion rate is at. Make sure your credit card will work in the country you’re visiting. European banks have switched almost completely to the more secure chip-and-PIN technology, and fewer businesses abroad are accepting the outdated magnetic-stripe cards. The conversion centers in the airport or around the city tend to be huge rip-offs. You won’t get charged as many fees at the ATM or the bank, and the conversion will be exact.

Always keep local cash. As every place does not take credit cards. Especially important places such as trains or buses. Call your bank or credit card provider. Sometimes banks think that fraud may be occurring if transactions are suddenly happening in a place and you are from another place actually, and they will turn off your card as a security measure. Check the country’s entrance/exit fees. Some countries require travelers to pay in order to enter or leave the country.

 Local Research, Buy tickets for places you know you want to visit or see. Guidebooks usually include maps, key words or phrases, and give you enough detail on certain sites that you won’t need to purchase the pamphlet at the venue.

Download apps before you travel to avoid downloading charges from your wireless carrier. Electronics, bring a charger adapter. Countries have different size plugs and voltage. So if you want to use your iPod, make sure you can charge it. Just check the voltage of your electronics as nothing is worse than having an adapter and still not being able to use a blow-dryer or a straightener because the voltage isn’t high enough for that country.

Activate your phone’s global capabilities. There’s usually a charge, while doing this, but it is much less than the roaming charges you’ll get if you don’t.

Download Travelzoo app. The Travelzoo app can help you find great deals in a variety of countries, and has options for local deals to transportation options. Pack an extra set of clothes in your carry-on bag. Don’t be one of those travelers decked out in J’adore Paris apparel because the airline lost your luggage and you have nothing else to wear.

Bring snacks. Traveling abroad is fun, but eating in a foreign country can sometimes become a task. Bring small snacks that will tide you over until you find that perfect restaurant or food cart.

The First Aid Kit – should never be forgotten while traveling. No matter where you are visiting, accidents can happen and a first aid kit could be a great help.

The Camera – Whether you prefer film or digital, a camera is one thing that no traveler will ever want to forget. A camera gives you the chance to take photographs of new and exciting areas, providing you with long-lasting memories that were captured by you.

The Comfortable Shoes – It is important to remember to pack a good, comfortable pair of shoes for the trip. After a day of sightseeing and lots of walking, feet can become sore.