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Many people say that when travelling abroad you are an easy target for crime, but that is really only true if you don’t know how to blend in. Like all countries, there is crime, however, you really need to be educated on the culture and understand how not to like a tourist. This article contains a number of helpful tips on blending into the native culture and not looking like a tourist.
When travelling in different countries, instead of exchanging cash for the local currency, use an ATM to withdrawal some pocket money. Most of the time banks and the like get much better exchange rates than you as an individual can get. This can end up saving you a good bit of money in the long run.
Keep a group journal in your hotel room while traveling. Invest in something as inexpensive as a spiral notebook, and allow the people you are traveling with to write in it during down time. This will provide an interesting read later and will be a nice keepsake from your trip.
To save money when booking airline flights, check the round-trip prices — even if you only want to fly one way to a destination. Thanks to quirky airline policies, sometimes it’s less expensive to purchase a round trip to your desired locale than to fly one way. At least if that happens, you can save money by buying the round-trip tickets anyway and simply not take the return flight back.
When traveling overseas, hang on to your reciepts for credit card purchases. When you file them, date them and note the purpose of the purchase. When you get home, you have an easy way to reconcile your statement with the money you spent. This will make it much easier to spot any fraudulent charges.
If you are going on a long plane ride and the person in the seat next to you has a lot to say, and you really don’t want to hear it, just pretend to nod off. When they see that you are sleeping, I would hope that they would get the idea and be quiet.
Know the rules for your airline’s baggage check policy. Some airlines will make you go and claim your baggage and recheck it for connecting flights. Be aware of this so you can schedule flights accordingly. You do not want to get caught running across an airport to catch a flight because of baggage!
If you are looking for an adventure, travel is the way to do it. There are ways to travel for relatively cheap, that can end up making your experience so much better and less expensive over time. You simply need to be prepared for your adventure and then you can plan each destination more in-depth, as you go.
Keep your wallet in your front pocket, and wrap a rubber band around it. Both of these tactics will allow you to feel if someone is attempting to steal your wallet. Keeping it in your front pocket is a big deterrence anyway, because it is more difficult for you to be distracted.
Determine if you will need a visa to visit your destination. Because visas may take a while to be approved, apply for one long in advance of travel. Keep in mind that some countries will refuse to allow you into the country without the proper visa in your possession.
Search for an airline that will credit you the difference in cost if the ticket that you have booked drops after you have bought it. There are some airlines that will match the lowest price of the flight if it was to decrease between the time that you book the flight and when the flight actually departs.
When traveling by air, shipping your baggage ahead of you might be worth considering. Many airlines charge baggage fees of $25 or more per piece. Often, you will find that FEDEX and UPS offer less expensive rates for shipping your bags. The front desk at many hotels will hold your luggage if it arrives ahead of you.
If you are traveling to another country, make sure to check out their basic laws and regulations. Each country has their own set of laws and rules, and things that may be legal or a small offense in your country may be illegal or a major offense in another.
Before you travel, make copies of all your important documents, such as your passport, credit card numbers, insurance details, and visas. Carry one copy with you separately from the original documents, and leave the other copy at home with someone trustworthy. This way you won’t be stranded in an unfamiliar place without vital documents.
Travel is best done with a small group, but if you are travelling alone it can be a great experience as well. People who travel alone have a bit more freedom to do what they want, but special care must be taken, especially by women who are going out at night. Try to make some local friends.
When you are traveling to abroad, especially to Europe it is a good idea to have a smart phone! You can shut off your regular data service and use the WiFi, like America, European countries have a lot of WiFi hot spots. You can use the GPS or simply look up a landmark you would like to see!
As was stated in the beginning of the article, knowing how to blend in with the local culture is crucial to not being a victim of crime. Criminals prey on tourists, but if you apply the advice from this article the chances of you becoming a victim of crime are much less.
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