Basic international travel tips

  • Make sure you have a signed, valid passport (and any visas, if required).


  • Make two copies of your passport identification page. This will facilitate replacement if your passport is lost or stolen. Leave one copy at home with friends or relatives. Carry the other with you in a separate place from your passport.Or, better yet, scan your passport and email a copy to yourself.
  • Make a list of your credit card and travellers cheques company phone numbers in case you have to cancel them in the event of loss or theft.
  • Whereverer you travel it is always worthwhile making a note of where your local embassy is. Your embassy is your connection to your home country while on holiday and are there to assist if you lose your passport or are in trouble. You will normally find your embassy in the capital city of a country, though other major cities might have consulates or comsulate offices.
  • Never leave your luggage unattended in public areas especially in airports and never accept packages from strangers.
  • Always have local cash. Not every place takes credit cards. Especially important places like trains or buses.
  • Don’t keep all your money in one place.
  • Never carry your wallet in your back pocket, and never carry your purse on just your shoulder.
  • Bring a charger adapter. Countries have different size plugs and voltage. So if you want to use your iPod, make sure you can charge it.
  • Buy tickets now for places you know you want to visit or see. By buying in advance you’ll be able to skip more lines, and find more deals targeted toward you.


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