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Top Ten Travel Tips For An Enjoyable Vacation

Updated on August 12, 2014

Travel Tips For A Memorable Vacation

Some important travel tips to take note to ensure you have an enjoyable and memorable vacation. Nothing spoils a vacation more than when you encounter problems especially when in an unfamiliar place.

We all love vacations, visiting new places, trying new foods, going shopping and soaking up the wonderful atmosphere. I have listed here top ten travel tips so that you have an enjoyable holiday. This is more so when you travel overseas to another country where they do things differently and where you are not familiar with local customs and language.

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The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

~St. Augustine

When traveling overseas it is good to have some travel insurance. Most of the time we never make use of it but it is a good precaution to take in the event that it might be needed. This is usually included in the air fare when you purchase your airline ticket.

Your passport is an important document when you travel overseas as it is proof of identity. Copies should be made of your passport and other identity papers. If you have booked your holiday with a tour agency, they will normally ask you to photocopy your passport.

Many hotels have a small safe in the room. So it may be a good idea to keep your passport in the safe rather than taking it along when sightseeing. You can also keep it locked in your suitcase.

Personally I prefer to lock it in the safe especially when I plan to visit places where it is going to be crowded.

Some travelers prefer to keep their passport with them. You can keep all your documents together in one place like a passport holder.

There are also many traveler's bags or pouches which can be hung around the neck or around your waist. You can wear it under your clothes for extra security. Pickpockets can just cut the strap of your pouch if it is hanging visibly for all to see.

Eagle Creek Travel Gear Neck Pouch,Tan
Eagle Creek Travel Gear Neck Pouch,Tan

- The basic neck pouch with dual pocket organizers.

 

A passport, as I'm sure you know, is a document that one shows to government officials whenever one reaches a border between countries, so the officials can learn who you are, where you were born, and how you look when photographed unflatteringly.

~Lemony Snicket

Tip # 2. Cash, Credit Cards And Travelers Checks

For overseas traveling, it may be good to have a few ways of paying for your expenses. Travelers checks are better than carrying too much cash around. They are accepted internationally and can be cashed at the nearest local bank. Traveler's checks can be replaced if lost or stolen and therefore very popular with people on vacation.

Credit cards are also popular and widely accepted as a form of payment at shopping malls in most countries. Before starting your holiday it may be a good idea to call the bank issuing the credit card and inform them that you will be traveling overseas.

You need to carry cash in the form of the local currency for purchases of items in smaller shops, meals, taxis, etc.

Traveler's checks were first issued in 1772 by the London Credit Exchange Company for use in ninety European cities. They are available in several currencies such as US Dollars, Canadian Dollars, Pounds Sterling, Japanese Yen, Chinese Yuan and Euro.

Traveler's checks do not expire and so unused checks can be kept to be used by the purchaser at any time in the future.

American Express was the first company to develop a large-scale traveler's check system in 1891 and is still the largest issuer of traveler's checks today by volume.

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Tip # 3. Keep Cash In A Money Belt - Money round your waist or locked in your bra!

The first time I saw this belt I was amazed that someone had thought of a product like that. The normal waist pouch or even keeping your wallet in your pocket may not be a smart thing to do when traveling in some countries due to the many pickpockets. I won't mention any country in particular but it is advisable to be cautious.

This is a regular Men's belt except that you can keep your money in the interior zipper pocket. My husband had one and the US Dollar fits very nicely when folded lengthwise.

Eagle Creek All Terrain Money Belt, Coffee
Eagle Creek All Terrain Money Belt, Coffee

- Slim-cam quick release belt buckle is made of durable plastic

- Made of durable nylon web

- Fits waist sizes 32-50-Inch (just trim off excess length).

 

How About A Leg Belt? - Walk with your money!

Austin House Luggage Leg Safe, Tan, One Size
Austin House Luggage Leg Safe, Tan, One Size

- This ankle wallet money belt/security item is made to be worn on the leg, around the calf, using adjustable straps.

- Three pockets with locking zippers hold passports, traveler's checks, currency and other valuables

- An added feature is a hidden credit card pouch for smaller items

 

Money Belt For Women - Wear it under your pants!

Rick Steves Silk Money Belt, Natural, One Size
Rick Steves Silk Money Belt, Natural, One Size

- Made from comfortable spun silk, is sturdy and ultra-light

- The main zippered compartment features a moisture barrier liner

- Second zipper reveals two easy access compartments: one for your cash and one for your credit/debit cards,

 

Bra Stash Security Wallet - Only for women

Nude Bra Pocket Travel Safe Wallet
Nude Bra Pocket Travel Safe Wallet

- Clever pouch loops around bra straps with snap closures

- Ample room for currency, keys, and jewelry, yet small enough to be discreet

- Neutral white satin with snap closer

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My main gripe about the bra wallet is that it is easily visible. If you fold 20 bills and a few credit cards into the wallet, it will bulge noticeably under your shirt . Perhaps with busty females it will hide itself between cleavage and be less noticeable but for an A or B cup female there is nowhere for it to hide. Even so, it secures to a bra very well. so even if other people realize you are hiding money in your bra, it will be impossible for them to access it (unless you are attacked and undressed, of course).

 

Bra Secret Hidden Pocket - Hide your possessions close to your heart!

Braza Secret Stash Lace Bra Travel Pocket Pouch,Beige,one size
Braza Secret Stash Lace Bra Travel Pocket Pouch,Beige,one size

This lingerie pocket attaches to the plunge of your bra, the hip of your panties, or your bra's wing - where your most prized possessions are always safe and sound.

 

When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.

~Susan Heller

Keeping Your Money Poll - If you were on vacation overseas how would you keep your money?

Which kind of wallet would you choose?

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What Your Tavel Agent Won't Tell You - Safety check list for travel abroad

What Your Travel Agent Won't Tell You: A Checklist for Your Safety Abroad
What Your Travel Agent Won't Tell You: A Checklist for Your Safety Abroad

- Written by security experts who travel frequently to some of the most dangerous corners of the world.

 

Tip # 4. Tag And Lock Your Luggage

Make your tag stand out!

You would be amazed by the number of people who have similar looking luggage like yours as you wait to reclaim your baggage at the airport. It is a good idea to mark your luggage so that it is easy for you to recognize it. Others will also not mistake your luggage as their own.

Recently my husband and I were on our way back from a trip overseas and we had taken the coach from the airport to the city. We got off the coach and saw another passenger taking possession of our suitcase. He was only convinced when my husband showed him our tags on the suitcase.

My son likes to tie colorful ribbons around the handles so that the suitcases are easily identifiable even from afar.

Hand Embroidered Travel Luggage Tag - Fair Trade
Hand Embroidered Travel Luggage Tag - Fair Trade

- Hand made in Peru by fair trade artisans

- Each tag will vary in unique design depending on the choice of the artisan who creates it

 

Most travel is best of all in the anticipation or the remembering; the reality has more to do with losing your luggage.

~Regina Nadelson

Tagging Your Bag Poll

How do you tag your bags?

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Tip # 5. Wear Comfortable Shoes - Traveling involves plenty of walking!

This sounds like common sense enough. It is important to start your holiday wearing comfortable shoes that will not cause blisters with too much walking. It is advisable not to wear brand new shoes but rather shoes that have been "broken in".

I like to wear comfortable walking shoes for the initial journey from home to my destination via plane or train or coach. I carry an extra pair of sandals for short trips at my vacation destination.

Reebok Women's Easytone Go Outside II Walking Shoe,Black/Rose Gold,8.5 M US
Reebok Women's Easytone Go Outside II Walking Shoe,Black/Rose Gold,8.5 M US

- Get a better butt and legs with every step.

- Built specifically for walking and everyday activities

- Benefit of these sneakers is that they reduce and or/eliminate back pain and absorb impact tremendously.

 

Tip # 6. Bring A Simple First Aid Kit

For minor cuts

When on holiday you may get some minor cuts or bruises so having a small first aid kit is very useful. It may be just a container that you fill up with items you may need. Of course you can get them at your vacation destination but it may prove to be difficult to find it you are not familiar with the place. Having your own supplies makes it more convenient.

What should you have in your kit? Some Bandaids, small tube of antiseptic cream for bites or minor wounds.

Tip # 7. Bring Along Your Medication And Supplements

Be in good health for a happy holiday

If you have certain ailments which require you to take your medication, remember to pack enough for the whole time you are away. Depending on how long you are on holiday you can use compartmentalized pill boxes for your medication.

It is also good to bring along your supplements. When on holiday our schedules are different and we may be in a different climate from home. So make sure you bring along your vitamins. Vacation does not mean you also take a holiday with your supplementation.

I also like to bring along some over the counter medications for upset stomach from some unfamiliar food.

Tip # 8. Roaming Facility For Your Mobile Phone - Emergency line available 24/7

When I travel overseas, my mobile phone has roaming facilities. Though I may not use it to make many calls, I know that I have some means of communication when I need it. With so many people having their own cell phones there are less public phones available now. With your roaming facility you can call your hotel or local tourist agency or your bank in the event that you have lost your credit card or your country's embassy in case you need their help.

Although the rates are high, you are charged only if you make a call. I prefer to use text messaging when I am traveling overseas as the rates are lower.

Have you got your smart phone yet?

Roaming Mobile Poll

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Tip # 9. Always Drink Bottled Water

Prevents upset tummy

When traveling overseas especially to third world countries it is advisable to drink only bottled water. In some countries the water straight from the tap may not be safe for consumption. Getting sick when on holiday is miserable and inconvenient.

It is also important to ensure you drink sufficient water when you travel to countries with a hotter climate than your own home country. Don't become dehydrated.

Tip # 10. Visit Recommended Tourist Spots

Avoid crime-prone areas!

If it is your first time to that city it is advisable to sign up for the recommended local tours rather than explore on your own. Check with the hotel if you really want to go on your own about the best places to visit.

Hotels often have brochures on the recommended interesting sites. You can also visit the local travel agency on local tours available.

Be sure to get the best deal when you Compare hotels for your holiday.

Share Your Top Travel Tip When You Go On Holiday.

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      McDaniel63 

      4 years ago

      I really appropriate your work.I have learnt a lot from your tips but i would like to add more tips here when you decide to traveling out of country make sure you are insured while you traveling so i suggest you to get your policy from mycover.com.au and its very secure and reliable for you.

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      Dawnyasasse 

      4 years ago

      Cell phones can be used without all the extra charges if you swap out the sim card for a local sim card. Call your cell company and ask what the process is. They would rather tell you then have you upset about their international roaming rates.

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      observant trave 

      5 years ago

      the best thing to enjoy the vacation is to book everything in advance & research, study about the country or place you are visiting.If you ever come to visit kashmir check my bog kashmir ladakh

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      mrsclaus411 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the great tips. Better to be prepared to avoid problems when going on vacation.

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      ash_nutty 

      5 years ago

      Two things I would like to emphasis here - 1) water is surely the number 1 reason for health issues while traveling abroad - see this article - http://ashleshshah.tumblr.com/post/33844153789/wat... get yourself a travel health insurance to secure your and your loved one's life - especially if you are traveling to countries like USA where the medical cost is so high that i can be financially devastating...

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      AishwaryaTiwari1 

      6 years ago

      Some common sense tips which we usually forget !

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      OrlandoTipster 

      6 years ago

      I always advise international visitors to make a photocopy of passports when using travelers checks in Orlando.It's a big hassle for them to replace passports and cost them a couple of vacation days.

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      VisitorsCoverage 

      6 years ago

      A great article and i appreciate the way it is written. I would like to just say that travel insurance is a "prevention better than cure". It would always be a good idea to have a travel insurance that can cover you for travel or medical related emergencies. If you could like to compare some travel plans, you can visit sites like www.visitorscoverage.com, www.ustia.org etc that can guide you in the right direction.

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      bam2bam 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these great tips... this inspired me to make some tips also... and today I started my first one.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Great, great, great lens! You mentioned a few things I didn't even think about. My #1 tip would be to bring a jacket just in case, even if it's the middle of Summer.

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      itravel2004 lm 

      6 years ago

      Hi Sue, thanks for sharing

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      davecurrtis 

      6 years ago

      these ideas are great, especially the money belt.

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      lorbenn 

      6 years ago

      Great lens. We use the hotel safe when we get to our destination just to make sure we have all our important stuff together

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Great Information! Thanks for posting this.

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      goo2eyes lm 

      7 years ago

      don't announce in facebook or any website that you are going away

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      lorbenn 

      7 years ago

      This is great advice. I don't use luggage tags though. My luggage is a bright color that is not too common. This way it is easy to spot my luggage. Maybe I will start using luggage tags even though I have never had a problem, just in case.http://www.luggageparadise.com/

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      bames24 lm 

      7 years ago

      great lens.. :)

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      maryperez 

      7 years ago

      Wow, amazing tips. Thanks for sharing.

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      LadyFlashman 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I also like the secret bra stash! Though it may look a bit weird when you reach inside your top to get money out! Great tips here!

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      LissaKlar LM 

      7 years ago

      Love to travel. I love your travel tips and I'm always worried about where to put money. I like the secret bra stash!

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      hayleylou lm 

      7 years ago

      Great tips here. **Blessed** and featured on My Time as a Squid Angel :)

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      rt8ca 

      7 years ago

      Some good tips here, thanks.ATM machines today are just the ticket for travelling. They're everywhere and are terrific for not having to carry a lot of cash with you all the time.If you check with your bank, they do have agreements with other international banks where there are no additional service charges added when using them.Please drop by my travel website when you get a chance: holidaysforfamily

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      7 years ago from Northern California

      Excellent travel tips. Did you get the hand sanitizer? I did a lens on that in the Rocket Moms 10 Challenge.

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      Rhonda Albom 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Some good tip here. One thing we do before we travel is pre-fund our trip and then we use a debit card. When the money is gone, we have to come home.

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      Sheilamarie 

      7 years ago from British Columbia

      Great tips, Sue! I love to travel, but hate some of the process -- airplanes, airports, etc. When I stay within North America, I like to take the train, but since i have some family in Europe, I can't avoid planes entirely.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Great travel tips. I wonder how the bra secret pocket feels and looks. And if you can see it under a top. Wonder lens.

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