Be prepared when you’re crossing the globe
SOMETIMES, things go wrong when travelling in foreign countries. But taking time to organise a few back-up plans before leaving will help alleviate worries if something goes wrong.
Booking.com surveyed 15,077 travellers across 20 markets worldwide and compiled a list of to-dos. 1. Don’t just book the holiday you think you should be going on. You are never too old or too young to visit a new city, go backpacking or venture out alone. 2. Dive into the local culture. A great way to soak up the local atmosphere is to head to a restaurant away from the main drag or hot spots and ask for their most popular dishes. Almost a third (29%) of first-time travellers revealed that trying the local food was one of their favourite tips. 3. Check visa requirements well ahead of departing. Same applies for passports. Check your passport’s expiration date. 4. Take pictures of your passports, visas and travel insurance and email them to yourself, in case you lose them. 5. Always stash away $300 or a spare debit or credit card in case you lose your wallet. Hide it away in a money belt, pocket in your bag or share it around if you’re travelling in a group.
Always pack less than you think you will need – according to Booking.com research, 18% of travellers regret packing too much when they leave the country. At least two days before you go, lay everything out on the bed then put away 30%. Pack layers and put comfort first, especially when it comes to shoes.
Check the luggage allowance before you fly and, if necessary, pack heavier items (like chargers) in your hand luggage. If you’re heading somewhere hot, it’s worth packing a light sarong. It can be used as a pillow on a long bus journey, something to cover your shoulders with when visiting a religious site, a blanket in the evening and a towel.
If travelling with friends or family, share some of your clothes out among your bags. That way if a bag is lost, you’ll still have some items to wear.
Research local scams to watch out for, whether it’s particular tour companies to avoid or how to get a reputable taxi from the airport.