A trip abroad requires more effort compared to travelling locally so take the time to carefully plan your trip. Your personal safety should be your main consideration when travelling abroad so keep this in mind especially if this will be your first trip overseas. Your tickets, maps, pocket money, and first aid kit are some of the things you should not forget to bring along on your trip. To ensure a hassle-free trip, here are 10 awesome tips about travelling abroad.
- Make your trip even more memorable by sending yourself a postcard from wherever you are. Some people collect ref magnets, Starbucks coffee mugs, or even bookmarks that sport the country’s flag, name, or a particular landmark, so why not put a sweet spin on buying a souvenir for yourself with good old postcards? This way, you’ll have something waiting for you when you get home — or even after you get home — and prolong that post-trip afterglow.
- Do your research beforehand. More than just checking out the weather or surfing blogs to find out which places come highly recommended by locals, visit your destination’s tourism website (if there IS one) and see what promos are currently available. Who knows, you may get to score discount coupons to museums, galleries, other tourist hotspots, or even duty-free shopping!
- Take the bus! Sure, it’s fun to take the subway and experience first world public transportation, but as a tourist, you’d want to see all there is to see, right? If you’re in a locale whose language you’re not familiar with, rely on Google Maps — simply key in your current location and your chosen destination, and it’ll provide you lots of options for commuting, be it by train, taxi, bus, or by foot. Don’t be afraid to get lost — just see it as an opportunity to discover new nooks and crannies.
- Be a smart, savvy traveller and don’t forget to bring your power bank wherever you go. You’ll definitely need it to keep your smartphone, laptop, and/or tablet from running out of juice. Besides, in case your camera runs out of battery, you can use your phone or tablet for those endless selfies and photos!
- Make a note to know the country’s voltage and power outlets before you leave. This way, you can buy a converter or adapter — it’s actually highly recommended that you buy a universal adapter so you don’t have to keep buying new ones for each destination.
- Be adventurous with your palate! What’s a trip abroad without giving foreign cuisine a try? You don’t have to go all-out and taste raw and exotic dishes if you’re not THAT brave, but you shouldn’t resort to sticking with reliable fast food outlets either. Sample the country’s popular specialties and local fare such as street food and the like — remember, travelling is all about expanding your horizon, stepping out of your comfort zone, and learning about other peoples’ cultures.
- Always have at least two photocopies of your air tickets, hotel reservations, passport, itinerary, and other travel documents with you. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Don’t forget to pack your very own first-aid kit. This should include medications such as painkillers, antihistamines, antacids, laxatives, and motion sickness pills or tablets; safety pins (You never know when they’ll come in handy!); a Swiss Army knife; scissors; bandage strips for those blisters and calluses; cotton balls or swabs; alcohol or hand sanitizer; and tweezers and nail clippers.
- Store your toiletries and other liquids in ziplock plastic bags to prevent spillage. If your luggage has an interior zippered compartment, place those bags there for added protection.
- Always use cash so you won’t lose out on the foreign exchange rate. Use your credit card only for these two reasons: for expensive purchases and if your cash supply is running low.
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