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Travel Tips This Summer: For Travellers
July 20th 2016
Travelling is fun and exciting, with most of you set to take some time away at some point this summer. For those going on a long trip, such as travelling across Europe, we put together some of our favourite tips.
- Create digital copies of important documents such as passports, visas, birth certificates, driving licenses and any health or travel insurance details. Do this before you go as it is a great backup, and store them on a hard drive (we recommend a USB pen) or digitally online at a cloud based service such as Dropbox.
- We know how easy it is to pack more stuff that you probably won’t ever need. We say: don’t pack too much stuff. The addition responsibilities and weight can be a hassle, especially if you are going travelling for a couple of months and have to carry everything with you.
- Ear Plugs – pack them. These are ideal in many situations but particularly for air travel, which is very noisy. Other examples include busy bars or when attending music festivals. These don’t block out the noise for the latter examples but instead reduce harmful frequencies and lower the overall volume to comfortable levels. The ear plugs are usually easy to trim so only you know you are wearing them. We recommend Alpine Music Pros.
- Avoid the crowds. Waking up earlier and visiting attractions outside of peak time – 11am-2pm – is always a good idea. It’s the hottest time of the day and the best attractions will be packed. Pickpocketing is always rife at these busy times when there are large crowds so our tip is to go earlier or later.
- Separate your money for emergencies. Keep some spare cash separate from your wallet. Places such as the inside of a mobile phone case are ideal or even a back pocket. If you’re out and have spent all the cash on you, lose your wallet or have unfortunately been the victim of a pick-pocketer, this bit of extra money can be a life saver.
- Pack a scarf. A scarf is very versatile, it can be used as a pillow, blanket.. or as a scarf on a cold evening.
- Take lots of photos. The memories of your trip are priceless and can be shared with family and friends. Back them up if possible for safe keeping.
- When abroad, chat to the locals. They often know the best places to go for food and drinks, and the best sights to see. It’s fascinating to hear what different locals think and where they recommend.