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Travelling 101: Tips And Tricks To Get The Most Out Of Your Travelling Experiences

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As you all know, Mr ESLT and I love to travel. Having visited nearly 70 countries between us, our list is growing and I don’t intend to stop. I love how I have the opportunity to explore new places with my best friend. However, along the way I have picked up many tips when it comes to travelling. Whether it’s going as far as Australia, heading out to Bali, or even just visiting cities in my fair England, I’d like to think I can class myself as a bit of an expert. With always something to look forward to, I thought it would be nice to share with you some of my chunks of wisdom. I hope they help you on your travelling adventures.

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Do plenty of research before you go

I’m not the type of person to just jet off at a drop of a hat, especially because we are restricted to annual leave allowances. Which is why I plan my excursions in advance. So I always have something to look forward to. This enables me to do plenty of research, and it’s one of the things I would always recommend. From what you want to do when you get there. Destinations you want to visit or stay in. Even the culture and cuisine. It’s always worth it to research ahead. Some destinations are remote; this is where things like Malaria is common. So it’s worth knowing these things in advance so you can prepare. Vaccinations may be provided by your doctor for certain destinations. Or you can purchase things like malaria tablets online. It is always best to be safer in the knowledge you have covered all angles than be left with problems. Health problems abroad are not something you want to experience.

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Take advantage of social media

A great tip that has only recently become popular is to take advantage of social media or blogs. This enables you to keep in touch with everyone and give them updates on your travel progress. This works well for travellers that are doing extended trips. However, it’s just as nice to log in to your Facebook and see what people are up to. While there is that nice element to it, this is also a huge safety advantage. Social media helps people to know where you are, and often it can help in cases where people are missing. While it’s not a nice thing to think about, it can be a great way to put people’s minds at rest. Even in the recent news where Italy was struck by an earthquake, people took to social media to let their family and friends know they were safe.

Respect the laws in other countries

Some countries have certain laws on things. Some Arab countries don’t like women to have too much flesh on show. While other destinations are not to fond of public displays of affection. This is where your research can help you to avoid getting into hot water with authorities. It’s a basic – but respect the country that you are visiting and abide by their rules.

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Start early

When travelling, you don’t want to waste a second of your time in that destination. So make the most of it and start your days early. Life is too short to waste it lying in a hotel bed. Get out there and walk around. Soak in the atmosphere. Often you will get to witness things that not many people do. Perhaps markets setting up. Wildlife out in the quiet surroundings. Even a chance to watch the sun rise. Embrace your time.

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Take plenty of photographs

We are never on a trip without our trusty Canon cameras. Which leads me on to my next point of making sure you take plenty of photographs. When travelling, these are the memories you are most likely going to look back on in years to come. During those years when you can no longer hop on a plane and see the world. Those photographic memories will be priceless.

Think wisely about money

Too often we can forget about the financial side of heading to a new destination. Which is why I think taking the time to consider the money side of things is important. How do you plan to obtain money when you get there? Do you need to let your bank know? Will there be a local ATM? Is it important to have local cash on you or is it advisable not to have too much cash? All of these questions could be answered through research but don’t let it be something you forget.

I hope these tips help you in the future.

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3 comments on “Travelling 101: Tips And Tricks To Get The Most Out Of Your Travelling Experiences

  1. Hi Vicky – I would just like to add that you may want to be a bit careful with what you post on social media. Insurance companies have been known to refuse payouts following burglaries if they can prove that you’ve been careless with sharing the fact that your house is empty. I have my security/privacy settings on Facebook so that only a few select friends (all of whom I trust) can see my posts about my travel until after I come back.

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    • Good call Grete. My personal Facebook account privacy settings are very tight too! For younger travellers who still live at home with their folks, it makes being active on social media less of worry with regards to letting people know where they are/what they are doing.

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