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February 1, 2018

6 Essential Travel Tips

Of course you want to make the most of your trip anytime you travel. Naturally you hope that things go without a hitch. And to help make that happen, there are a few travel tips that work time and time again. So whether it’s what to do before you embark on your journey or are at your final destination, here is a list of what you can do:

  1. Make Sure Your Home Will Be Secure in Your Absence

Anytime you travel, you are leaving your home vacant for any number of days. To ensure that it’s not broken into, you can keep your home safe with a UK home security system. Also, be sure to lock all window and doors and if possible, have a trusted neighbor or family member check in on your home.

  1. Create a List of What You’ll Need

As your trip soon approaches, it’s wise to create a list of things you either need to do or need to bring. This will help you be prepared and not leave anything behind. With everything going on, it’s impossible to remember everything, so making a list is essential for organization. 

  1. Get Travel Insurance

Though travel insurance is an additional (yet optional) cost that you would have to add to your overall trip, it’s a great investment. There are many things that it covers, such as sudden cancellations, loss of personal items (such as luggage), medical treatment and more. To get travel insurance, you can often purchase it through your bank, credit card companies or a travel agent.

  1. Photocopy Important Documents

To travel internationally, it’s required to have a current passport. In the event that you somehow lose it while abroad, having a photocopy of your passport and a valid photo of yourself may allow you to continue on your journey. Keep this copy separate from your real passport so that the two aren’t lost together. This tip is no guarantee that having a copy will work, but it certainly won’t make matters worse. Always, always keep your passport safe at all times! 

  1. Learn Common Phrases

If you are traveling to a country with a different native tongue, it’s always a good idea to familiarize yourself with the local language. Look up key phrases that you know you’ll have to say, such as “thank you,” “I’m lost” and others. There are pocket-size travel dictionaries you can buy as well as language apps you can use on your phone. 

  1. Notify Your Bank of Your Trip

Your bank and credit card companies monitor your account daily for any suspicious activity. If they start seeing transactions stemming from another country, they could potentially put a hold on your card to protect it from what they assume is a compromised account. Let them know beforehand of your trip, they’ll then know that any future purchases are from you. When you do this, you won’t have to worry about losing access to your bank funds or credit cards.