Travelling—it’s fun, inspiring and it enriches the soul, making you realise just how small our part of the world really is. But whether you’re roaming the globe alone or with friends and family, it’s important to plan properly to ensure you have a smooth trip. After all, there are many pitfalls to avoid when in a foreign country, such as overpriced restaurants, tourist traps and locals trying to scam you. But fear not, as Staysure has come up with 20 top travel tips to help keep you out of trouble on your trip.
1. Always tell someone where you are going—even if it’s the hotel reception.
2. Stay in touch with family regularly via phone, email or even social media.
3. Take a fully charged mobile phone with you when exploring.
4. Keep to open public places, especially at night.
5. Avoid looking like a typical tourist—don’t walk around with a map outstretched in front of you or taking photos of everything that moves.
6. Scan all your important documents and then email them to yourself.
7. Book your first night’s accommodation in advance.
8. Visit your doctor before you leave and ask about vaccinations you may need.
9. Know what buses, planes and trains you need to take and how much they will cost.
10. Arrive early in the day, so that you are not wandering around at night in an unfamiliar place.
Watch your valuables
11. Don’t put all your cash/cards in your wallet/purse. Leave some in a safe if you have access to one, so that if you lose any, all is not lost.
12. Don’t keep your wallet/purse in your back pocket.
13. Use a padlock to keep your luggage secure.
14. Try not to show off your valuables or flash money around, as this could make you a target for thieves.
15. Be wary of giving money to beggars as people will see where your wallet/purse is. If you want to help out, donate online or when at home.
16. Try not to use your credit card at an Internet café or with Wi-Fi, as your information can be stolen.
17. Slow things down when necessary. If a stranger is rushing you to make a decision, just tell them to talk slower.
18. Use the same common sense that you use at home.
19. Trust your gut feeling. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.
20. Most importantly of all, get good holiday insurance.