Traveling is no doubt one of the best activities to experience of all time. But it’s important to have some quick, useful tips with you as a traveller (no matter where you are visiting). Here is a guide to help you stay off trouble and help you prepare for a smoother travel experience.
1. Plan, plan and plan
Do your homework- do a search on your travel destination or read up on guide books and even travel reviews on Koolred
Familiarise yourself with the customs and surroundings of the country before stepping foot into the country
Get to know a local from the country beforehand and connect with our Travel Hosts and Travel Advisors on Koolred- they’ll simply be happy to help you out
Our Redster Safina was hosted by Kien, a Vietnamese Redster.
2. Prepare for a Disaster
Read about the true story here.
Be prepared in case of emergencies. Imagine you left your passport at home when you’re already at the airport, what are your options?
Make copies of your passport details and visas in case you lose your travel documents.
Leave a copy of your travel itinerary with someone back home (so they will know your whereabouts just in case) while you’re overseas.
An elaborate imagination… but prepare for the worst
3. Book in Advance
Book your first and last night’s accommodation before you leave.
Some tourist locations and activities require months of booking as well, for instance the waiting list to climb Mount Kinabalu in Sabah may take up to about six months of booking.
Booking also ensures you a confirmed spot too (be it for transportation or a leisure activity), so best to find out before hand.
A six month wait, but it’s worth it!
4. Take Care of Yourself- Inside and Out
You can let loose when you’re on holiday but make sure you take good care of your well being. Check out some healthy diet tips you can adhere to while you’re on holiday.
Drink lots of water to stay hydrated but be sure that the water is safe to drink first, if not you’ll need to buy bottled waters.
5. Be a Local
If you’re concerned about the cleanliness of your pillow in your hotel room, you’re not the only one. You can use the insides of your shirt to slide over your pillow to sleep on.
This is what raw travel experiences are about! When traveling in a foreign country, eat like the locals and get a heads up on where to find the best food in that country.
Most Redsters are foodies and have contributed food reviews in the best foods in Asia which you can check out if you’re in that region.
Dare you indulge in the foreign yet exotic delights?
6. “Say what???!!!”
You may also get the best bargains when you shop at local markets like the floating market in Thailand, rather than departmental stores.
It’s good to learn a couple of basic languages when you’re out and about.
Know simple greetings like "Hello" and “Thank you”:
Hello: Ni Hao
Thank You: Xie Xie
Hello: Halo/ Hai
Thank You: Terima Kasih
Hello: Sawaddee krub (man), Sawaddee ka (woman)
Thank You: Kob kun krub (man), Kob kun ka (woman)
Thank You: Dhanyavaad
7. Write it down
Being able to speak the language in a foreign country is a great way to connect with local culture.
8. Better be safe than sorry
Even with a city map, you might miss a turning and you find yourself not knowing where you are.
Have a notepad and pen with you at all times so you can get a local to draw you directions if needed.
If you have somewhere in mind, get your hotel concierge to help you write down the location in their language which you can then show to your cab driver later on.
There are some tricks to making sure that your money and valuables are safe and sound.
Pack your valuables in regular pill boxes- your rings, necklaces and earrings can fit inside them so you won’t end up losing them in your luggage.
No more losing the other pair of earrings
When you’re out shopping, carry a small calculator with you as you can easily find out how much the items cost after conversion right on the spot.
Be wary about your money and consider carrying a dummy wallet. Make sure not to store all your money in your bag or wallet, but stash some in your own pockets too.
And there you have it! Some key tips that all travel bugs can hold on too.
Have any handy travel tips that you use as a rule of thumb when you’re traveling? We look forward to hearing about tips for travellers themselves around the world.
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