Useful Advice for the First-Time Traveller

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Travelling can provide memories to last a lifetime. As the world is becoming increasingly smaller due to modern transportation methods, a growing number of individuals are taking advantage of such an opportunity. However, it is always wise to keep in mind a few tips and suggestions that can make any trip much more enjoyable.

What are some useful pieces of advice that any first-time traveller should remember?

A Bit of Redundancy Can go a Long Way

Always make photo (and digital) copies of important documents such as passports, insurance cards and other important personal information.

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My yellow fever card secured for my South America trip along with other travel documents sits on the cloud so that I can access it wherever I go

In the unfortunate event that these materials are lost or stolen, you will be able to present the relevant authorities with their virtual counterparts. This can expedite the process of issuing new paperwork so you can be on your way in no time at all. Here is a list of the main important documents you are likely to going to need to take with you on your travels.

Learn Key Local Phrases

Although this may seem quite obvious, many travellers are unaware of how to communicate with those in a foreign country such as Spain, France or Italy. Of course, you will not need to become a fluent speaker. It is best to focus on specific phrases that are the most useful. Some suggestions include:

  • How much does it cost?
  • Where is the bathroom?
  • I need a taxi.
  • Can I speak to the police?
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a local tour guide talking to tourists at the Borobudur Temple

It is wise to buy a phrasebook for the destination you intend to visit so that you can learn the lingo whilst on the move. have a good range to choose from.

Additionally, be sure to have a written copy of the address where you are staying. This will dramatically cut down on communication errors.

Work with the Best Insurance Provider

It is never wise to “cut corners” when looking for a travel insurance policy. Much like anything else in life, the expression “you get what you pay for” is perfectly relevant here. This is particularly the case if you happen to have a pre-existing medical condition. While there are a host of providers, not all are created equally. Be honest with your company in order to understand your options. Speciality firms such as can provide you with a wealth of different options and they are fully capable of addressing any unique requirements.

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a charity football game in Cameron Highlands in Malaysia

Incognito Online Browsing

There are many lesser-known tricks that are often employed by third-party travel portals and airlines. One is to raise their prices the more times a specific page is refreshed or visited. While completely legal, the fact of the matter is that you are not likely to be presented with the true price of a ticket. There are two ways to avoid this situation. The first is to employ what is known as a virtual private network (VPN). The other method is to browse the Internet in incognito mode. This effectively hides your IP address from other websites. In turn, you will receive a much more realistic estimate. Here is a list of a few other simple tips to help you book a cheaper vacation.

Travelling for the first time can be an amazing experience. Still, there is no doubt that a modicum of preparation can help you to avoid any unforeseen circumstances that could otherwise ruin a holiday. Please keep these useful suggestions in mind.

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