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18 International travel tips from seasoned travellers

Travelling internationally can sometimes be nerve-racking and overwhelming. However, with some smart tips from well-experienced travellers from around the world, you’ll be a pro-traveller in no time.

Here’s our top tips for international travel.

Before travelling

  1. Tell your doctor where you’re travelling to and get the appropriate vaccines and preventative medicines for local illnesses. Also ask your doctor for a letter with a list of your medical history and medication. Pick up enough prescription refill to last your trip, as well as essentials such as hand sanitiser, tissues, paracetamol, wound dressings, and probiotics.
  2. Check your documentation before you leave. You don’t want to arrive at your new destination and be denied entry because you didn’t obtain the appropriate Visa. Check if your destination has an entry fee and get some local currency to pay for it. Make sure your passport is valid before you go too.
  3. Make sure to pack a change of clothes in your carry on when you fly. If your luggage gets lost, you’ll thank yourself later.
  4. Copy your passport, credit cards, and important documents. Keep them in different bags so if you lose them they are easily cancelled and replaced.
  5. Register with an Australian embassy in the country you are travelling to in case of emergency.
  6. Sort out how you’ll pay for things before you go. This can not only get you a better exchange rate as you’ll avoid counters near tourist locations, but it’s also important to be prepared and know the exchange rates so you don’t get ripped off. Consider travel cards combined with a small amount of cash.
  7. Buy tickets, guides, or book events before you go. It’ll save you the hassle on your holiday.
  8. Callyour bank and let them know to expect foreign transactions so you don’t get caught out with a rejected card and no way to pay overseas.
  9. Bring an adaptor as well as protective and waterproof packing for your electronics.
  10. Contact your phone service provider to make sure your settings are activated for international travel. Know your charges so you’re not faced with a huge bill on return. International data can be expensive so it may be a good idea to turn off your data roaming too and operate off local Wi-Fi.

Whilst travelling

  1. Don’t keep everything in one spot and avoid carrying large sums of cash. When you’re checking out of your hotel, get rid of foreign currency when you pay the bill and by putting the cash towards it. That way you don’t have to worry about exchanging it when you get home.
  2. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Watch for suspicious behaviour and if you feel unsafe leave the location or seek assistance.
  3. Know your next stop. If you’re visiting multiple locations, make sure you know where you have to be and when in order not to miss your connections. It’s easy to get distracted and carried away whilst you’re away.
  4. Keep on top of security alerts for your travel locations at all times. Things can change quickly and you don’t want to get caught in an unsafe situation. Check out Smart Traveller for updates. 
  5. Be wary of scammers, pickpockets, thieves, and local crime. Unfortunately, not everyone has your best interest at heart.
  6. Remember, you don’t have to over-book yourself. It is a holiday after all, so don’t challenge yourself with too many activities. Doing this means you could find yourself rushing through and needing a holiday after your holiday!
  7. If you have a habit of buying souvenirs on holiday, why not send them home? That way you won’t be lugging them around the world with you. You don’t need them until you get home and you’ll save luggage space.
  8. Ensure you’re protected with a travel insurance policy that covers you for the activities you’ll be partaking in, what you’re carrying with you, common unexpected situations, and for the location you are travelling to.

For more help with planning your Travel Insurance check out our website.