Monday, September 1, 2014

Things You Need to Learn When Travelling Abroad

If you are planning to travel abroad either as a first time visitor or on a subsequent visit, there are a few things you need to learn. Here are some useful tips for you:

Security & Health
  • Bring Several Copies Of Your Passport: If your passport gets lost or stolen, you want to be absolutely sure that you can still be able to prove your citizenship and travel back to your country.
  • Register with Your Embassy: This can be helpful when you are travelling to a country with a less-than-perfect safety record. If you encounter problems during your stay abroad, your government can easily contact you and get you to safety.
  • Check-In With Your Insurance Carrier and Doctor: Double check and make sure you have all the proper vaccinations and have renewed all your essential prescriptions. Also make sure you ask your insurance provider whether your policy covers overseas emergencies. If it does not, you will want to add additional coverage through supplemental insurance.
Luggage & packing
  • Pack an Extra Set Of Clothes: You don’t want to look like your Hotpoint washing machine broke down, or like one of those travellers decked out in J’adore Paris gear because the airline got a little careless and lost your luggage and left you with nothing else to wear. Make sure you always have an extra set of clean and comfortable clothes, who knows when you'll get the chance to drop by a laundromat, so always be prepared?
  • To Check Or Not Check Your Travelling Bag: Each airline has a set of rules regarding how many bags travellers are allowed to bring on board at no extra cost. Make sure you know your airline’s rules to avoid paying any incremental fees.
  • Bring Some Snacks: Travelling abroad can be a lot of fun, but eating foreign foods can sometimes be a little tough. Bring small snacks to tide you over before you find that perfect food cart or restaurant.
  • Look Up The Monetary Conversion: Finding out that the Danish Krone is equal to just 15 cents and not 20 cents as you earlier thought can be a nasty surprise. Do your maths before you travel to get a good sense of the current conversion rate. Remember that the rate that applied three years ago might have changed a great deal by now.
  • Always Have Local Cash: Not all countries are like your country and you might be surprised to find that many joints as well as transport facilities such as trains and buses do not accept credit cards.
  • Go to the bank or ATM: The conversion centres located in airports or large cities tend to be complete rip-offs. The conversion around banks and ATMs tend to be more exact with less fees charged.
Local Research
  • Buy Tickets in Advance For The Places You Would Like To Visit: Buying tickets in advance helps you to avoid those long maddening lines and find more great deals.
  • Download Apps Before Travelling: This helps you to avoid downloading charges by your wireless carrier and get free apps before leaving.
  • Get Good Guidebooks: Guidebooks include maps, key words and phrases that give you enough details on interesting sites to visit so that you don’t have to purchase a pamphlet at your venue.
  • Research Events going On: This helps you to identify great events that will be taking place while you are visiting. Do some research on festivals, natural events, ceremonies, national dishes and so on.
Ultimately, you want to unwind and relax when you travel abroad. Having a few things sorted out in advance helps you have a great time without worrying too much about the nitty gritty stuff.


  1. True true. Thanks for the advice.

  2. What a good list of tips for me! Being an avid traveler I have to prepare all the items and check list myself. From your list, I never thought of this brilliant idea of making copies of our passports.
    I also learnt to carry extra clothes and toiletries in my cabin bag in case my luggage got lost in transit again.


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