TIPS FOR STRESS-FREE HOL­I­DAY

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Let's Travel -

WE are lucky to live in a time when trav­el­ling has never been eas­ier, open­ing up our hori­zons to new cul­tures and new ex­pe­ri­ences.

But there are still a few things to con­sider when trav­el­ling, so here are a few do’s and don’ts to con­sider be­fore you head to your next des­ti­na­tion.

Do pho­to­copy your pass­port be­fore you leave, as well as other im­por­tant doc­u­ments such as any visas and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, to en­sure if any of these get lost you have a back-up.

Do re­search on the cul­ture and coun­try you are vis­it­ing to find out about any cul­tural dif­fer­ences you may need to be aware of and to cre­ate a list of in­ter­est­ing things to do and places to see.

Don’t stress about stick­ing to a sched­ule; you can have an even more unique and re­ward­ing trip by sim­ply walk­ing around and see­ing where your day will take you.

Don’t pack a lot of en­ter­tain­ment such as elec­tronic de­vices and books. You are there to ex­plore a new coun­try, so one book for the plane should be enough and save the space in your suit­case for sou­venirs.

Do pack clothes for changes in the weather. There is noth­ing worse than a sud­den drop in tem­per­a­ture and all you have packed is your bathers. Re­search the weather for the coun­try and time of year you are vis­it­ing to work out a flex­i­ble range of clothes to take.

Don’t let your phone roam while over­seas, or face be­ing hit with a bill as big as your whole trav­el­ling costs when you re­turn home. Con­sider get­ting an in­ter­na­tional plan with your phone com­pany for the trip or buy a sim when you ar­rive to use for emer­gen­cies.

Do try new things. Your trip is a chance to make the most of the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage, dis­cover and ex­pe­ri­ence new sights, tastes, peo­ple and places.

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