is very much like making love to a beautiful woman – you learn
more with practice. But it's expensive (very much like…never mind),
so we don't get the chance to get much practice in. Happily though,
we can all help each other by sharing the fruits of our knowledge
So here are
ten of our top travel tips:
- (1) An
easy way to identify your luggage at the destination airport
is to stick some brightly coloured masking tape on the side
of your cases in a distinctive shape i.e. a cross – so you won't
have any trouble seeing which is yours!
- (2) Especially
if you're going to youth hostels, take your own sheet. Some
hostels and low-budget accommodations don't have the cleanest
sheets in the world, and a second can help keep the bed bugs
away! We should point out that many hostels though have impeccable
hygiene. Er, but some don't.
- (3) On
a cruise you may encounter storms or rough weather. Most cruise
ships are so big and well designed these days that seasickness
is pretty unlikely. However, if you do find the going choppy,
it has been suggested that since the bottom of the ship will
move less than the top, that's the place to go!
- (4) Wherever
you're going, make double sure that you have the right visa
and that there's no reason you could be barred entry (there
are political considerations with some US States etc.). Otherwise
it could be a very short trip indeed!
- (5) Make
sure that you have all the health information that you might
need with you. We suggest you carry: · Proof of insurance and
insurance contact numbers. · Emergency contact number for someone
back at home. · Details of any allergies you have. · Details
of your blood type, immunisations, and any medication you are
taking. · Details of any serious medical conditions you currently
have or have had in the past.
- (6) If
you have a mobile phone, make sure you contact your phone operator
to check whether you can make and receive calls while abroad
(Orange, for instance, requires customers to phone up to enable
the facility). Also, make sure you know how much calls will
cost because there's often a big mark-up on calls overseas!
- (7) Two
things that you should remember to pack. Proof of ID – can be
essential in some places for getting into bars or government
buildings etc. Condoms – in some places these are difficult
to get and you never know when you might need them!
- (8) Jet
lag is a real drag for long-haulers. Most of us have suffered
from it at one time or another. The most usual way to face it
is to adjust quickly to the time zone in which you land. For
instance, if you land in the middle of the day, don’t sleep
until it's night where you are. But that's easier said than
done. Rather than give your body a sudden shock, why not let
it gradually feel the change. You can try to do this over the
few days before you travel. If, say, you're going somewhere
four hours ahead, go to sleep and get up one hour later, then
two hours later and so on for those last nights before. This
is not very easy if you have to get up for work in the mornings,
but good if you don't. And for those who really suffer from
jet lag, it's worth it!
- (9) If
flying, make certain of your airline's policy towards hand luggage.
Usually you will only be allowed a certain weight limit and
number of items. So if you turn up at the end of your hols with
six bags packed with wine bottles there could be a problem!
- (10) Do
your research! A trip to another city can be so much more rewarding
if you book tickets in advance to the dream concert or show
that's playing there. By the time you arrive, it could be sold
out. It also pays to bone up on the history and local attractions,
otherwise you'll waste time with your nose in a book during
valuable holiday time – or even risk missing the best stuff