What are your 10 best travel tips?

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1. Posted by Globvel (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hello travellers

Travelling can be very challenging.

What are your best travel tips you had discover in your travels or in the forum?
We all have some tips to prepare our travel.
These can be before, during and after the travels.

Thanks

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1877 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Travel light. Don't try to do too much. Be aware that some places have rainy seasons. Beware of pick pockets. Back up photos and videos (this can be done by putting them on a site). Book flights and accommodation early, where necessary (high seasons). Get decent maps if you plan to travel, and maybe a guide book. Check if you need inoculations or malaria tablets. Take plenty of money in cash and cards.

And of course research online your destinations, even regarding scams.

3. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Pack you sense of humour & never lose it .. stay cheerful & hold your temper.

4. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1623 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Cyberia and hasbeen are right on the mark.

My suggestions: Travel light. Be flexible; have options (things don't always go according to plan). Stay safe (pay attention to your surroundings). Plan ahead (keep one or two steps ahead of where you're going, particularly when traveling to multiple countries). Explore (get off the beaten path, try new things). Stay healthy (eat well, keep hydrated and wash hands often). Be positive, even when times are tough (make the most of every situation and learn from it). Reach out (you'll make new friends and many more will be eager to help). Have fun, enjoy!

An additional thought. It's natural to have trepidations before a journey. Don't let fear be your guide once you're there.

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Jan-2017, at 08:36 by berner256 ]

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 5560 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

The obvious such as passport with sufficient time remaining. Credit cards and debit card with sufficient time left before expiration. Before leaving home country I always inform my banks/credit unions that I will be using their cards overseas. When withdrawals start coming from overseas I don't want the the bank to think my withdrawals are fraudulent. Never rely only on a single source of spending money. Get robbed, lose or damage a single debit/credit card you might be out of cash.

Stupid stuff. If your home is vacant for a while empty the trash especially if seafood remains and bloody meat wrappers are in the trash. If not you might notice the aroma when you open your door! Along the same lines - mouse traps! My house is in a rural area and I set traps in my shed and basement. For long trips I spring those traps so I don't have a smelly surprise. The old phrase "I smell a rat" is appropriate because even one little rotted bugger smells up the whole room!

Normal stuff. If your mail is delivered to a mail box that other people can look in maybe stop the mail for the duration of your trip. A stack of mail says no one home and a burglar can take his time stealing what he (or she) wants. Same for a stack of newspapers. Stop delivery so you don't alert thieves that no one is home!

I am at the airport at least 2 hours before my flights. I have been on flights that left earlier because of pending weather problems not apparent at the departure airport but would affect the flight later on. For arrival at a new city I have not been to before my preference is to arrive during the day hours or early evening vs a late arrival even if I have to pay a few dollars more for the flight. This way you have more available transportation and you have more use of your hotel room. Often you pay the same if you arrive at 2 pm or 2 am with a normal checkout time around noon- 1 pm.

I fly a lot and prefer to use the same airline or with another airline within their alliance so I can count the miles towards free upgrades and free lounge, etc.

Have fun!

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 5560 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Take care of your passport! Keep it safe and dry! Even sweat can run some of the ink on pages.

Also don't use some of the pages for toilet paper like the idiot below:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/thailand-british-tourist-refused-entry-using-passport-toilet-paper-1543594

7. Posted by Globvel (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for these tips :)

Do you always follow the same tips regardless where you go?

8. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1623 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Yes. I always travel light; but pack differently for each trip, depending on the destinations.

My most valuable possession is my passport. No passport, no travel. As karazyal recommends, keep it safe and dry. I wrap my passport, along with my international certificate of vaccination, in a thin plastic bag. It then goes into a hidden travel wallet (such as those made by Lewis N Clark and Eagle Creek).

I no longer carry a wallet for cash and cards, ever since a criminal sliced my right front pants pocket to successfully remove it, unbeknownst to me, while on a minibus in rural China. I now use a money clip with slots for two or three credit/debit cards. It's low profile, so it doesn't attract attention.

I carry a waterproof Aquapac daypack for use on hikes. I store it in my main bag (a Red Oxx Air Boss). But in urban settings, I don't carry a pack at all. All I need is in my pants and/or shirt pockets, including a small camera. I like and wear the Blackhawk Lightweight Tactical Pants, which has lots of pockets in the right places. But unfortunately it has been discontinued by the manufacturer. Luckily, I bought several pairs on clearance for about US$20 each; and some online retailers might still carry a few. I also use similar pants made by others.

I find the most important thing in travel, besides my passport, is frame of mind. And my previous comments apply. Hope this helps.

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Jan-2017, at 10:41 by berner256 ]

9. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 681 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

It took me years to understand that, if an airline permits 20 kgs of baggage, the suitcase does not necessarily have to weigh 20 kgs.
It may weigh less.
In other words, there is no need to squeeze extra stuff in just because there is still room. Clothes can be washed, toiletries bought upon arrival. Pack light. Don't take more than you yourself can carry up a stairway and lift on board a train.

10. Posted by Globvel (Budding Member 15 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Good. So basically it is important to travel light so you can enjoy the travel.

How do you find activities to do when you are in a travel? Do you ask local people?