Do’s and Don’ts when travelling overseas

Travelling overseas for a pleasure or work can be a challenging experience, especially if it is your first trip out of the country. Business travel has increased tremendously over the past decade with the world becoming a global market.

The hotel industry realises the significance of business travel these days and you can expect to find some special offers available. For e.g. if you are travelling to the UK most top hotels offer a great executive stay package. London is the business hub of the UK and attracts millions of business travellers every year. With such a heavy influx of visitors how do you score the best deal? To ensure that you get the best executive stay package in London, make it a point to book your accommodation in advance.

Travelling on holiday, especially to an exotic location is a thrilling experience, with innumerable places and exotic locations to spend an exciting holiday at. That combined with the many discounts and offers for tourists these days, means you can score a great deal as long as you know where to look. Once the arrangements are made and bags packed to set off on your much anticipated trip, there are certain tips to keep in mind. Travelling to a foreign country with different customs, culture and social norms means we need to bear certain things in mind such as:

Check for a travel advisory
If you are travelling to a country where there have been political or social issues, then you will need to check for the latest travel advisories to your destination. The government always makes it a point to provide the latest travel updates to countries where their citizens might be at risk. So even if you have booked your trip and made payments in advance, it is better to undergo any losses in cancellation then risk it. There are the travel advisory bulletins, which are updated regularly and put up on foreign or home office websites for citizens. You could also go a step further and register with the British Consulate or Embassy at the destination you plan to travel to. After all your personal safety is paramount!

Carry limited cash
When travelling abroad do not carry large sums of cash in your purse or wallet. You need to carry certain vital items such as credit cards (max.02), ATM Cards, an identity card and insurance card. All other original documents and extra cards should be left at home. As a security measure you could jot down the card numbers, along with contact numbers of the companies that issued them. Keep the piece of paper safely away, anywhere else other than your wallet. Also do not mention your name or personal details on the slip of paper.

Make photocopies
Make at least three photocopies of your passport and other important travel documents. These can be kept with you, while you keep all the originals in your suitcase or in a hotel-safe. After you have arrived at your destination you can carry your cards with the photocopies when in the country.

Plan your schedule
As with everything else you will need to plan your schedule when at destination and the places you will visit. This is not something which you can leave for the last moment. It would be a problem juggling with baggage, a guide book in one hand and searching for a taxi around.  Instead you can even book your taxi service online or ask the hotel you are booked at for advice about taxi or transport arrangements at our destination. Also steer clear on private taxis and only hop into one that is officially registered.

Avoid sticking out
The last thing you need in a foreign country is to stick out like a sore-thumb, when you go sightseeing or tour the different attractions. Try not to make it obvious by constantly referring to your guidebook and   map, rather memorise the route and landmarks that will get you where you need to. Even though you are new to a place try not to make it extremely obvious. Also avoid travelling to deserted places alone at night and if it is necessary travel with a companion or group.

Exercise caution when using an ATM
As mentioned earlier do not make cash your main medium of payment, instead, use credit cards or your ATM card which also serves as a debit card. You also need to be cautious when using an ATM machine in a foreign country, as there is always the risk of some unscrupulous element trying to steal your personal financial information. Preferably use it only during daylight hours as there is always the possibility of having someone help out, especially if your card is damaged or stuck in the ATM machine. The rates of interest that you will be charged will be lower, than using traveller’s cheques or exchanging currency in the country.

Keep your wallet or purse safe
A very important fact to keep in mind when travelling in a foreign country, is never to place your wallet in your back-pocket. Women should avoid carrying a purse that is attached to a long strap and hung over the shoulder. In either case there is always the risk of being pick-pocketed or having your purse snatched. In case you do have to carry anything valuable keep it in your front pocket or concealed under your clothing if you can. This would greatly reduce the risk of it being stolen.

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