Summer is here, which means more vacations and travels. If you’re planning an international trip, here are some tips that might help you to make your trip safe and smooth.
- If you’re going sight-seeing, it’s better to go with a tour group through a travel agency. This way, the travel agency may tell you a lot of ‘Dos and Don’tsâ€, and will facilitate the visa application process, arrange your trip more tightly, and allow you to visit many more places within a limited time, instead of having to find out your schedules, prices, local languages, cultures, monetary exchanges, etc all by yourself.
- Remember the 3-1-1 rule for carry-on luggage. 3-1-1 = 3.4 ounce (100ml) bottle or less liquid or gel, 1 quart-sized zip bag, and 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. This will speed up your airport security check.
- Keep important documents (passport, visa, etc) and cash in a safe place. Some places don’t use traveler checks or credit card, so make sure you bring enough cash.
- Consult your travel agents, tour guides, or your old friends about tricks in bargaining at markets if you’re going to shop abroad. In some countries, a lot of merchandise is negotiable; the deal price versus listed price may surprise you!
- Be aware of counterfeit money or fake merchandises. We don’t see it very often here in USA, but it’s a big issue in some other countries.
- Never rush to purchase a surprise antique, royal-belonging, or alleged authentic famous artifact. Use your common sense. If something is too good to be true, it probably is.