Preparing before trip is the best idea for who want to go abroad, here 100 best tips comes from Thedepartureboard site :
BEFORE TRIP PLANNING
1. Sign up to sites and Airline mailing lists for details of offers and deals.
2. Start reading travelogues, blog posts and guidebooks about your chosen destination. Not only will this give you ideas of attractions and places to eat, but, will get you orientated around a new place.
3. Sign up to Airline Frequent Flyer of Hotel Points schemes to save money on future holidays.
4. Check the expiry dates of your Passports to stop an embarrassing situation. Yep, I actually know someone this happened to. Also many countries require at least 6 months left on your passport prior to entry.
5. When you have decided where you want to go, check if you require a Visa and how long they take to process.
BOOKING TRAVEL TIPS
6. Don’t pay the first price, make sure you shop around using flight search engines and travel companies for the best deal, but beware of any hidden charges.
7. Try not to book flights or hotels on School or Public Holidays as prices will be higher, also, if money is tight and you would prefer to spend money on your holiday rather than the flight, try travelling in unsociable hours, as seats are generally cheaper.
8. Before booking a cheap flight with airlines , double check which airport they actually fly.
9. Before paying on any website be sure to look if the site has a secure page, i.e. https://
10. Many airlines allow you to pick your seats online, try to choose wisely.
PACKING TRAVEL TIPS
11. Always pack light, you can always pick up stuff at your destination. You should also pack less and wash your clothes more often.
12. Write a packing list a week before you go, then add items when they come to mind. Don’t leave it all to the last minute.
13. Remember liquid restrictions may apply for carry on bags, so pack any excess liquids in your hold luggage. Also, sharp objects (such as razors) will need to go in the hold.
14. Roll your clothes instead of folding to avoid too many creases.
15. Check the weight of your hold luggage as these days airlines have hefty fees for luggage being overweight.
MONEY TRAVEL TIPS
16. Have a general idea of the exchange rate before leaving home to give you an indication of what kind of deal you are getting on currency.
17. Consider using a pre-paid cash card for withdrawing currency, then if stolen the losses could be minimal, just up to the amount left on the card.
18. Try not to change your currency at the airports, You will usually be able to secure better rates elsewhere.
19. Don’t carry large amounts of cash around as most countries have cash machines these days.
20. Don’t make cash advances on a credit card as, more often than not, the charges and interest payable are astronomical.
FLYING TRAVEL TIPS
21. If you are susceptible to air sickness choose seats by the wing, as in theory, this should be the smoothest place on the plane.
22. Wear a few layers as the temperature can vary from flight to flight.
23. Wear shoes you can easily slip off to maximise comfort (also, you might be expected to remove your shoes during the screening process in the airport, so always a good idea not to wear those Doc Martens!)
24. If no in-flight meal included, bring your own sandwiches instead of paying the exorbitant onboard prices. Also, bottles of water don’t come cheap. We always take an empty bottle through security and then use one of the water fountains to fill it up for free. Easy!
25. Avoid the temptation of drinking alcohol mid flight. The altitude will speed up drunkenness and the hangover could start early!
TRANSPORT TRAVEL TIPS
26. On trains, especially in Asia, do not leave bags by the windows. In Vietnam, I witnessed a small bag containing passports and money stolen as we stopped at a station. The window was opened quickly and a hand snatched the bag within a second. Luckily it wasn’t my bag!
27. On a tube, subway or other underground train never sit alone in an empty carriage. For safety, always board a carriage with a mix of people. In certain countries, there can be found ‘women-only’ carriages, which are good if you’re a women travelling on your own.
28. If you take local buses, make sure you have small change before you board. If you help the driver, he might help you when you need to get off!
29. On overnight bus journeys consider reserving two seats next to each other to give you more comfort and spread out throughout the night. However, on occasions you may feel guilty when others are looking for a seat.
30. If you have the choice of transport, take the train. The train is a sociable means of getting from A to B. I have struck up fascinating conversations and been offered meals by friendly families, especially in India.
ACCOMMODATION TRAVEL TIPS
31. Consider renting an apartment, this gives you more freedom, no defined mealtimes or chambermaids inconveniencing you.
32. Always confirm your hotel booking before leaving. We arrived in Barcelona with a reservation, only to find on arrival they were expecting us the week later!
33. If you turn up without a booking, try not to pay the first price offered to you. I always say ‘I’m sorry, this is a bit more than I wanted to pay, do you have anything cheaper?’. You will be surprised how often the price will be reduced, especially if a small independent hotelier. Also, if you are looking to book a b’n’b through a hotel booking website, perhaps try calling/emailing the b’n’b directly, as they might offer a cheaper price (as they wouldn’t need to pay commission to the website).
34. Don’t rule out hostels, these are often as clean and have the same amenities as hotels. If you want to save more money try Couchsurfing, you will be surprised how often you get a bed!
35. If you are travelling around, ask your hotel (if you like it!) for a recommendation where you are moving on to, they might even book you a room.
EATING OUT TRAVEL TIPS
36. Eat street food to save money and also have the peace of mind to watch it being cooked there and then.
37. Enjoy a picnic in the park rather than paying for an expensive lunch.
38. Don’t eat at tourist hotspots such as St. Marks square, save money by finding another place around the corner.
39. Ask a local or the receptionist for an authentic restaurant recommendations, preferably where the locals would eat.
40. Revel in eating the local cuisine for an authentic experience. As Rick Steves said ‘When in Peru, Eat what the Peruvians do’, even if that is Guinea Pig!
SECURITY TRAVEL TIPS
41. Spread out your valuables such as cash and credit cards among your bags and jackets. This will minimise the damage if a bag or coat is stolen.
42. When in a strange destination walk with a purpose, even if you don’t know where you are going (and keep the guidebook/map checking to a minimum). This will give the impression you are not just a lost tourist.
43. Pay particular attention to your belongings in crowded situations, such as queuing for tourist attraction or onboard a bus/ train. This is when pickpockets have the best opportunities to slip a hand into your possessions.
44. On an overnight train or when sleeping at an airport, throw a fleece over your backpack and use as a pillow. This is surprisingly comfortable whilst helping you secure your belongings.
45. Scan copies of your important documents, such as Passports, Visas and confirmations and either hold them on a password protected USB stick or email them to yourself so you can access them if need be on the road.
PHOTOGRAPHY TRAVEL TIPS
46. Research photos of landmarks before you go to give you ideas of possible angles or views you would like to take.
47. Don’t hurry pictures. Take a breath, look around the viewfinder, check if everything is composed. Look around the shot for clutter such as telegraph poles or unwanted cars and adjust if necessary, then, when happy, take the shot.
48. Use the morning or late evening light to get better pictures, also, there are often less people at major attractions.
49. If photographing people, always politely ask permission first. If there are language problems simply show them the camera, people will likely nod or shake the head (on certain occasions, they may ask for a small donation).
50. For night photography, always use a tripod, or at least, rest the camera on a firm surface and use the timer to reduce camera shake.
TAXI TRAVEL TIPS
51. Before getting into a cab, check the driver is licensed with a photo ID clearly on display and is not an unlicensed mini-cab.
52. If unsure of the Taxi, do not travel alone. Also, board the cab from a legitimate Taxi rank.
53. Always agree the Taxi fare before stepping into a unknown cab. If the taxi has a meter, ask the driver to turn this on, if he is unwilling to do this or fix the price before leaving, hail another cab.
54. Always have a selection of smaller notes ready for payment to avoid having to ask for your change as the driver may well stop understanding you at this point.
55. If you are planning on seeing a lot of sites in a day, it might be more cost effective to hire a taxi and driver for the day. This will save you having to hail another taxi at each visit, plus, your driver will be ready and waiting.
LANGUAGE TRAVEL TIPS
56. Always learn a few local words to help you get by, the locals really do appreciate it.
57. In countries like Russia and China with difficult written characters, get someone to write the name of your hotel down, so that you can show this to taxi drivers or people to help with directions.
58. If you have certain food allergies or are Vegetarian, find out before you go how to explain in the local language what you can’t eat.
59. Always have a phrase book to hand, this can be very useful deciphering menus and invaluable in a variety of situations.
60. When driving in other countries sometimes it can be more beneficial to not know the language especially when pulled over by the police! You don’t even need to break the law if in a car with a foreign number plate.
GETTING AROUND TRAVEL TIPS
61. Don’t leave how to get from the airport to the hotel until your arrival. Figure out how to get across town before leaving. If arriving late night, perhaps the taxi could be value for money!
62. If visiting a city with many transport options, like tram, bus and underground drop by the tourist information and see if they offer a good value transport and attraction pass. The best value passes always seem to be the 3-day passes, these passes will look to offer money off the biggest attractions, free travel on the buses/tubes and free entry to some of the smaller attractions. Unless you are looking to visit everything the city has to offer, the passes may not be good value (especially if you’re looking at a more relaxed trip)
63. Consider walking around town (if safe) rather than splashing out on expensive taxis.
64. If you prefer to get around quicker, many cities like London, Seville and Paris have bikes schemes. Once you have paid a deposit, usually by credit card, you can pick up and drop off bikes all over the city.
65. Tuk Tuk and Auto Rickshaw drivers are notorious for trying to charge you more or take you to their cousins shop. However, I always agree a price before getting in, smile, laugh and joke with them and so far have had no problems! If, however, you are starved of time and the price sounds too good to be true, I would suggest a different mode of transport!
MUSEUM TRAVEL TIPS
66. Many museums have free evenings or days so do take advantage.
67. For a quieter experience, try and visit major attractions early in the morning or towards closing, as most tour parties will visit between 11am and 3pm.
68. Many museums have special exhibitions that you have to pay extra to visit. Sometimes you can save money by purchasing your tickets in advance. Also, purchasing tickets in advance may save you from standing in that massive queue currently snaking its way down the High Street. This is especially true in Florence, as you can purchase tickets for a specific time of day. However, you may need to pay a premium to do this.
69. Some museums, like the Louvre in Paris, are huge, you’re not going to see everything in one day. Have an idea of what you want to see and structure your visit. However, idle wandering sometimes throws up the best experiences.
70. Taking a tour within the museum can be interesting, often your guide will tell stories and facts that you wouldn’t know by self touring.
AIRPORT TRAVEL TIPS
71. Decide what time you wish to leave for the airport then add 15 minutes, you never know what hold ups you may encounter.
72. If you have your car parked at the airport while you are away, write down where you are parked and place it in your wallet. Don’t try and remember where you are parked!
73. If possible check in online to avoid excessive queues.
74. Move all metal items, your wallet, mobile phone and anything else from your pockets into your carry-on bag to minimise disruption through security (and yes, the buckle of that exquisite belt you own IS made of metal!).
75. Check whether there are any exit fees payable on departure and make sure you have sufficient currency to pay the charges.
WHATS ON TRAVEL TIPS
76. Before leaving, research if there are any local festivals while you are away, where the celebrations are and how best to experience them. Destination tourism websites are good for this. Also, a tip to remember, is when you are travelling to Islamic countries, as they might be celebrating Ramadan during the time you are there. Now, this might not be an issue if you are sticking to the more popular tourist spots, however, you might find that a lot of restaurants/shops may be closed during the day or as night has fallen (many places will be catering for their own staff first, before they start to feed the hungry hordes).
77. Attend a local sports event for a great experience, if in South America, Asia or Africa, these can be quite an eye opener.
78. If no language issues, peruse the local papers for events and shows taking place.
79. Keep your eyes peeled for event posters around town as not everything is advertised on the net.
80. Try experiencing something different. If travelling as a couple attend a show or something that you might not ordinarily do. On a visit to Copenhagen we went to the ballet and football. Both were very enjoyable, although she still hasn’t forgiven me for the cold!
CLOTHING TRAVEL TIPS
81. Synthetic tops are best especially in hot climates. Not only do they dry quicker they also wick sweat from the body.
82. Jeans are always a controversial topic, they take forever to dry and are heavy, but I won’t leave home without them!
83. Underwear is another split opinion. I don’t mean go without, but some would rather take old underwear and discard and others prefer to take new fresh undies. Personally I take four or five pairs and wash after wearing.
84. Clothing, like any of your possessions is easy to leave behind by accident. As a rule of thumb with all my travel belongings, I don’t take anything I can’t afford to lose.
85. For ladies, a light scarf should always be taken. They can be used for many purposes from covering up in temples, sitting on, sheltering from the sun or for even looking stylish.
HEALTH TRAVEL TIPS
86. Check what inoculations and vaccinations might be required well in advance of departure, as some will require a course of injections.
87. If you take regular medication, make sure you take adequate supplies in your hold luggage, as acquiring specialised medication in a foreign land can be sometimes challenging. Also, for the females out there, its always a good idea to keep a supply of your preferred sanitary products as these might not be readily available in some countries, as they might not always be stocked by chemists. In a worst case scenario, a local hospital might be the best place to source something.
88. Wash your hands with soap or alcoholic gel to minimise germs.
89. Malaria is always a concern in sub-Saharan or tropical climates, be sure to have the correct strain of prevention, use deet and cover up to avoid being bitten, especially the ankles!
90. Drinking water causes most complaints while abroad so check if the water is safe. If not, drink bottled water (and make sure the seal hasn’t been broken already, as this might mean the contents have been replaced) and clean your teeth with bottled water, and no ice! I know these are obvious but it’s so easy to let your guard slip.
BEHAVIOUR TRAVEL TIPS
91. Respect each countries customs and culture, with this courtesy, people will respect you as a traveller.
92. If you have too much to drink, make sure you team up with another friend to help you get home safely.
93. Don’t presume everyone speaks English. Speaking slower and louder is not the answer, use phrase books and try your hardest to communicate in their language. Keep smiling throughout, there may be someone close at hand may help.
94. On rare occasions being a tourist can cause confrontations, I was once chased by an Indian man blaming me for the British Empire. I always find in these situations a nod, a gentle smile then walk away does the trick. If they persist, walk into a shop or restaurant they are likely not to follow.
95. Behaviour abroad really comes down to common sense. If you visit a country where you should cover up, don’t walk around in a bikini or short shorts. It really is that simple!
CAR HIRE TRAVEL TIPS
96. Check before you leave home if you require an International Driving License or if from the UK, you need to show the card AND counterpart when picking up your car.
97. When picking up your car, make sure you inspect the bodywork, interior and fuel level before leaving the parking lot. If anything is damaged, make sure you report this immediately before departure. You don’t want to become liable for damage you didn’t cause.
98. Before driving into the sunset, be sure to know if the vehicle takes Unleaded or Diesel. Also, which side of the car the refuel is on and how to open it!
99. Always understand the Insurance cover you have purchased. Be sure what you are covered for. We once discovered our car wasn’t covered in public car parks.
100. Always make the effort to visit a petrol station and refill the tank to the level you picked up the car. Some firms charge huge fuel surcharges for using their fuel.