Travel Tips

Effective travel tips for first time travelers

Travel Tips

We all love travel. After all travel broadens the mind, relaxes the body and helps build connections with the rest of the World. Some of us are daredevil travellers who don’t need travel tips, and then there are those who need travel tips. So here is our list of generic travel tips, useful for all kinds of travel & travellers.

Please remember we aren’t trying to suggest that the world is a dangerous place and you shouldn’t travel. All we are trying to suggest is that travel safe, and get back home safely after your travel is over.

All of these tips are basic common sense, no rocket science.

Travel Tip No. 1: Get vaccinated for the country of travel

Different countries require different precautions. Check with your doctor and ask for travel tip for that country – is vaccination needed or is it not needed? If you need to vaccinate or immunise yourself, what will the vaccinations be? These vaccination requirements change from time to time, so make sure your doctor is giving you the most updated/recent health travel tip.

Travel Tip No. 2: Get travel insurance

This is important for all travellers however short or long your travel is. This is especially important for travellers on adventure travel because the chances of they getting injured are the highest. Having said that, you needn’t be on adventure travel to need the travel insurance for you can also fall ill and need hospitalisation. Hospital costs can skyrocket in foreign land, so beware! Heed to our travel tip.

Travel Tip No. 3: Keep your money in different places

Travel Tips
Travel Tips

My father inadvertently gave me this travel tip when we used to travel across the country in trains. He always kept his money in different places (and remembered where he kept how much). Half of his money used to be in his person and other half in his luggage. Even the money in his person was divided into two and kept in two places. This is an important travel tip and needs to be taken in the right earnest – imagine losing your wallet with all credit cards, ID cards etc. in a foreign land and not having a single penny to call up your friends.

Travel Tip No. 4: Keep wallet in the front pocket of your jeans

This is another travel tip to help you keep your money with yourself. Did you know that it is easiest to pick-pocket your wallet if it was in the back pocket of your jeans? If you follow our tip and keep your wallet in the front pocket you will make it very difficult for a pick-pocket to take your wallet. We would even strongly recommend buying a money belts or using the inside pocket of your jacket or shorts to keep your wallet.

Travel Tip No. 5: Remember to glance back

As part of our travels, we will have pit stops – short, long – where we will get into a relaxed mode. When we leave such pit stops, which may be getting up from a table you have been sitting on for an hour or checking out of your hotel room, always glance back to see if you have left something. This is an important tip and may save you the trouble of losing a wallet, jacket or your favourite book.

Travel Tip No. 6: Obey laws of the land

When you are on your travels, you are sometimes in your country and sometimes not. If you are travelling in another country, try and understand the local laws and respect them. Never expect to be treated differently just because you are a traveller or a foreigner.

Travel Tip No. 7: Avoid public display of affluence

During your travel, never display how rich you are by wearing gold necklaces, rings, bracelets or wearing costly watches or carrying expensive cameras. Public display of affluence during travel can only result in locals getting attracted to your affluence – thus leading to theft. This doesn’t mean you keep your camera inside your bag and don’t take any photos during your travel. It just means, that when you are not using your camera, you keep it inside your bag.

Travel Tip No. 8: For adventure travel check quality of instructors

If you are going to do a risky activity during your travel, make sure you check how qualified the instructors are. This is very important travel tip because it is about life and death. A faulty switch here, a loose wire there or an uncertified instructor can lead you to grievous injury or death, so please be careful.

Travel Tip No. 9: Don’t leave your belongings unattended

Again, this travel tip was learnt from my father. Whenever he was waiting in a public place, he used to hold his belongings or he would have the strap of the bag around his legs or the suitcase touching his legs. So that if anybody picked it up, he will be alerted. Many people don’t follow this simple travel tip and end up losing their valuables. If the bag/luggage is small enough you can also keep it in your lap for that is the safest place. Travel can be tiring but that doesn’t mean you come back home empty handed after losing your things.

Travel Tip No. 10: Don’t trust strangers easily

As a traveller you will meet a lot of locals who will want to help you. We wouldn’t want to scare you and say that all locals are out to get you, but we recommend you be on the lookout for troublemakers. For this you will have to rely on your six senses. This is also an important travel tip because you don’t want to lose all your belongings and be stranded in a foreign land. Google and find out if there are popular traveller scams being reported in the land of your travel, and be aware of it. Try Lonely Planet as well, for they have a good section on this.

Travel Tip No. 11: Don’t put up a fight when mugged

This travel tip can also mean the difference between life and death. Always, I repeat, always give up your belongings when you are mugged. The money and cards you are carrying are far less important than your life. Besides, if you have insurance they are replaceable as well.

Travel Tip No. 12: Don’t give alms to beggars

This is also a very important travel tip because not listening to this tip exposes your wallet or purse to a beggar. If you decide to give alms, you will end up opening your wallet (or purse) and the beggar who has nothing to lose can snatch it and run away. Being a tourist you won’t know your way around as well and won’t be able to chase them down. In short, don’t give away money to people on the street. Of course, you can help them if you want – one tip we can give you is taking the beggar to a restaurant and buying him (or her) food. You can also donate some money to a charity at your travel destination.

Travel Tip No. 13: No credit cards at browsing centres/Internet cafes

In many countries Internet cafes or browsing centres are the only way of accessing the Internet. Our travel tip is that you use your mobile for all your internet needs. In case you don’t have that option, the least you can do is NOT use your credit card in a Internet cafes. Computers in Internet cafes may have software which log the keystrokes and thus expose your credit card number for fraud. This travel tip can save you from huge financial headaches.

Travel Tip No. 14: Don’t play with stray animals

It is very tempting to pat or play with stray animals such as dogs, cats or monkeys but I would strongly advice against it because they may be carriers of diseases. This travel tip may also help you save your fingers or calf muscles from angry dogs.

Travel Tip No. 15: Stay in touch with family & friends

It may not look cool, but do share your itinerary with your family or friends – at least one of them so they are aware of your whereabouts. This is a key life-saving travel tip and come in handy in situations we can’t even imagine.

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