In the last issue, we talked about traveling cheap and seeing the world without the stress of overspending. In this issue, we are going to go over some random but very useful travel tips that you may find helpful.
First, before the trip go to the Internet to learn the basics about your destination banks, money, personal and other insurance, health, vaccinations, language, important customs, weather conditions, their police system, and the law. There is no need to know everything, just the important basics. It pays to have an idea on most things around.
Get a new email address and mail to yourself all the copies of your important papers (passports and visas, travelers’ check numbers, insurance certificates, medical info, important phone numbers, and addresses, etc.) for emergency access, if needed.
Before packing anything, first, make a list on what to bring. From there, you would know what’s necessary and what’s not (right clothes), what’s important (only a jewel item or two and no flashy ones) and what’s redundant (big cities have batteries). You would know you if you overdid things. You would also know which items to leave out. Keep this list to check on your belongings when you get back home.
Bring a small amount of US dollars (legally acceptable). Most places accept them, in case things go wrong with your cards or your other “cash”. Bring a small medicine bag as your cabinet with emergency medicines (aspirins, diarrhea tablets, water purifiers, etc.) and a first aid kit.
Bring only two or three pieces of travel-size personal items such as soaps, shampoos, deodorants, toothpaste tubes, lotions, and perfumes if your stay is short. If longer, bring some more. It’s more convenient to dispose of empty mini-wrappers and tubes than bringing back big jars home.
If you are going on a nature trip or safari, arm yourself with the right medicine (malaria pills, insect repellents, etc.). A Swiss knife is very useful as is small duct tape.
Line your backpack with chicken wire inside (deterrent for bag slashers). Buy a fake wallet and fill with fake (or expired) cards, etc for muggers. Hide your money somewhere safe with you.
If you are traveling alone, message boards on the internet list other travelers in your area. Traveler pubs and bars are the best places to meet them.
If you follow these simple tips on your next trip you will be safe and have the stress free adventure you were planning on! If you have any other tips, please comment so we can add them here.
Make sure you look for your next issue soon. We will be talking about some of the must-visit places for savvy travelers to check out.