I’ve compiled an enormous list of my biggest and best travel tips. In this post, will share the best 9 tips with my readers. These are all things that I wish someone had told me before I started traveling, so I hope you’ll find them useful, inspiring, educational, and entertaining.
1# Do Not Forget Your Travel Insurance.
Seriously. If you do only one thing before you leave, make it getting travel insurance. I’ve heard far too many horror stories of travellers injuring themselves in remote places and ending up in hundreds of thousands of Ringgit worth of debt. Don’t think that it won’t happen to you, because you know those travellers they thought that, too. I use GoBear for my travel insurance provider and I’ve been really happy with them.
2# Hidden Cash For Emergency.
I carry a spare a few hundres USD that’s split up in various places in my backpack, daypack, and occasionally, my shoe when I’m nervous I’ll be robbed. It means that in a worst case scenario, I can pay for some food, a dorm bed, and to buy IDD card to make a call to my family to get an emergency wire transfer until I can get back on my feet again. I went with U.S. dollars because it’s the most widely accepted currency around the world and easy to change.
3# Jott Down The Accomodation Details in Notebook.
What happens if you arrive in a city, go to grab your email confirmation for your accommodation, and your phone and laptop are out of battery? I always make sure I have a hard copy of my guesthouse name and their address, as well as directions if I won’t be taking a taxi. Once I arrive, I’ll grab one of the hotel’s business cards, so I’ll always know where I’m staying, and can show it to locals to ask for help with finding my way back.
4# Extra Copies of Your Passport and Important Documents.
Don’t forget to e-mail a copy to yourself too. You never know when you might need to have some sort of documentation with you and might not want to carry your original. Additionally, if your passport gets stolen having a copy will come in handy for your police report.
5# Carry A Basic First-aid Kit.
Accidents happen so be prepared. I take band-aids, antibacterial cream, and ointments for minor cuts and scrapes. You never know when you’re going to need it and you can’t always get it when you travel.
6# Give Family/Friend Copies of Your Itinerary.
From a safety perspective, it’s good to have several people back home who know where you’ll be. I forward any flight or accommodation confirmations to my family and Whatsapp with them several times a week to let them know what I’m up to. That way, if ever I disappear for a few days, my family will know immediately and will be able to know where I was staying at that time. It takes just a few minutes but really improves your safety.
7# Don’t Change Your Currency at Airport.
That’s where you’ll get the worst exchange rates.
8# Invest In A Good Camera.
Your photos will be some of your best memories, so invest in a good camera. And, of course, take the time to understand how it works before you leave. If possible, do not use your smartphone as a primary camera. We want to save the battery, in case emergency, need to use that phone to make a call.
9# Use HERE Maps for Offline Navigation.
Don’t have data? You can download entire country maps through HERE Maps and get walking directions for anywhere you need to go. I’ve found it works better than caching Google Maps.
Or, you can purchase the SimCard. In same time, you can have the Internet connection with low price. Check out at KLOOK for a better price.
Do you agree with all of my tips?
Do you have any others to share? Let me know in the comments! 🙂