Ten Golden Rules Of Smart Travel

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” - Jawaharal Nehru

So you’ve planned a trip. How exciting!

Are you going alone? Are you traveling with a spouse, partner, sibling, best friend? Are you traveling as a group?

Have you researched your destination, what you’d like to do when you get there, and what the weather will be like at that time of the year?

At the early stages of planning your trip, you will more than likely spend a lot of time gathering information about your destination, and the more information the better.

In the meantime, here are The 10 Golden Rules of Smart Travel, a list of universal standards that we can all base our world travel around.

1) Take Time To Plan:
  • Check that your passport has a minimum of six months’ validity from the return date of your travels.
  • Do you need a visa? Not all countries require a visit to enter, so it is important to check with your travel agent in the planning stages of your trip if you need one for your particular destination. This varies from country to country.
  • Have you got Travel Insurance? Your insurance policy can include compensation for delayed flights, cancellations, lost luggage, and medical cover. It is a small price to pay for peace of mind.
  • Check that you have all the relevant documentation for your trip two weeks prior to your departure date. e.g. passport, e-tickets, travel insurance, itinerary, and visas (if applicable).
  • Alert your credit card companies of the countries that you will be visiting and how long you will be traveling for.

2) Pack lightly and sensibly:
  • Keep colors monochromatic. e.g. Black, White, and all the colors in between them. That way all pieces are guaranteed to match.
  • Add your splash of color with your scarves.
  • Apart from your jeans, pants, or shorts, choose tops that are in knits for easy wash and wear.
  • Take 3 pairs of shoes only: One for walking, one for casual wear, one for dressier occasions.

3) Arrive at Airport With Time To Spare: Arrive at the airport with plenty of time to clear security and customs. This means arriving at the airport two-and-a-half hours prior to any international flight in Australia (three hours in the US, where security is more stringent), and an hour prior to domestic flights within Australia (two hours prior in the US).

4) Nurture Yourself on Flights:
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and limiting your alcohol intake.
  • Exercise, stretches, and movement are important during long flights as it keeps the blood flowing and stops muscles from getting stiff.
  • Wear clothing that have a stretch in it and does not cut into the waist or crotch area, which will make.

5) Take Responsibility For Your Safety: What may be socially acceptable in one part of the world may constitute a breach in the code of behavior in another. Do your homework about a specific destination and their culture. Look up government websites and asses whether travel to that country or region will put your safety at risk.

6) Treat Service Staff and Locals with Respect: Service staff and the locals hold your comfort and wellbeing in their hands. Always remain respectful and dignified in your communication, whatever the circumstances.

7) Be Kind to Fellow Travelers: Provided your safety or own travel arrangements are not at risk, do lend a hand to your fellow travelers. A small gesture on your part can mean the world to someone who is going through an unpleasant or stressful time. If the situation is a serious one, then get some help from the appropriate authorities rather than getting embroiled in the problem yourself.

8) Have An Authentic Experience: Having an authentic experience is the whole point of travel.
  • Find out where the locals eat and hang out.
  • Attempt some phrases in another language.
  • Educate yourself on the country’s history.
  • Keep a journal of your experiences.

9) Be Sensitive: Always be sensitive towards the ecology and the culture of other lands.
  • Read up on their customs and culturally correct behavior.
  • Avoid photographing the locals, or any sacred sites, without express permission from the locals.

10) Savor The Moments: Learn to be in the moment as traveling is just as much about the journey as it is about the destination.

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Victoria Ugarte, the Intrepid Traveler, is becoming known around the world as one of the most recognized faces of travel and culturally correct behavior. Founder of the widely popular travel blog, Postcards From Millie, she spends 3 months out of every year traveling the world, keeping her readers posted on exciting destinations, latest travel tips, and inspiring them to “Explore. Discover. Live”. Based in Sydney, Australia, Victoria has authored several books with Amazon, including “Travel Bible For Women: A Complete Guide To Safe & Smart Travel”, and “Culture Savvy for Women: A Complete Guide To Culturally Correct Behavior Around The World.” She regularly publishes travel articles for Her Magazine (NZ) and Pink (NZ). 

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