Some Safety Tips on International Travel

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.

  1. 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’ts”,  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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Travel safe!