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Traveling Soon? Check Out These Traveling Tips!

Regardless if you are a seasoned traveller or planning your first trip, here are simple tips on travelling to make your life easier.

PACKING

  • Roll your clothes vs folding them. This will give you more space in your luggage.
  • Use the 3 to 1 rule in clothes. Example: 3 tops for 1 bottom.
  • Packing clothing that can be layered and interchanged.
  • Take a spare pair of your prescription glasses/sunglasses.
  • If you wear hearing aids, take spare batteries with you.

FLYING

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Do arm, leg, and foot stretches if you are seated for a long period of time to help decrease deep vein thrombosis.
  • Wear compression socks to increase blood flow in your legs.

HEALTH

  • Visit your doctor and ask about any vaccinations you may need.
  • Get your doctor to print a list of all your current medications, their generic names, dosages and frequency taken in case of an emergency.

SAFETY

  • Leave expensive jewellery at home.
  • Make a copy of your important documents (passport, identification, itinerary, credit cards, etc) and scan and send them yourself and someone you trust incase of loss or theft.

MONEY

  • ATM’s are the easiest way to get cash overseas by using your bank or debit card but check with your bank for international transactions that you may be charged.
  • Do not use a credit card at an ATM to withdraw cash as you will be charged a fee and a high interest rate that often has no interest-free period.

SHOPPING

  • Hit the local markets for souvenirs and gifts vs souvenir shops and tourist areas.
  • If you are a shopper, consider shipping your bounty home to avoid excess baggage charges.

OTHER

  • If you can’t walk or stand a lot, consider hiring a wheelchair or electric scooter.
  • If you schedule is packed give yourself a rest day so you can recharge.
  • Ask for a room close to the elevators if you can’t walk a lot.
  • Instead of paying for in-room wifi, check to see if the hotel offers free wifi in lobby or bar areas instead.
  • Organise a taxi, car hire, or shuttle with door to door service so you can get assistance with your luggage.

These are just a few tips. Have a tip? Share your tip in the comments below.


 

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Robert
Robert from NSW commented:

Bad photo - be careful wearing thongs - 5 broken ribs from a slip on wet floor because of thongs was my experience. Robert Houston 

Anonymous
Anonymous from VIC commented:

If you are travelling for more than a month, some health insurance companies will suspend you contributions. 

Charmaine
Charmaine from NSW commented:

Pack your tops, pants, underwear etc in separate plastic see through containers to make it easier to find certain pieces when you are unable to unpack everything. 

Gertraud
Gertraud from ACT commented:

The first thing I do when I arrive at my overseas destination, is to purchase pre-paid SIM cards for my mobile and my internet dongle. I have also found that a credit card that doubles as a debit card to access my savings, creates difficulties with some overseas banks, so I obtain a separate debit card before leaving to avoid any issues when accessing my cash. 

Darren
Darren from VIC replied to Gertraud:

100% Awesome Tip 

Tony
Tony from NSW commented:

Suggestions on mobile phone connectivity would be great! 

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FiftyUp Club replied to Tony:

Hi Tony, Gertraud above does have a great suggestion. Purchasing a local pre-paid SIM only card could possibly help with phone connectivity. 

Noel
Noel from NSW commented:

Do not use a credit card at an ATM to withdraw cash as you will be charged a fee and a high interest rate that often has no interest-free period. And interest is usually charged until the whole balance on your card is nil so watch out if you don't normally clear your balance each month. 

Andrew
Andrew from QLD commented:

Good Advice 

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