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6 Tips for Paranoid Travellers



Always carry your passport with you when traveling and make sure it is still valid at least 6 months by the time you intend to leave the country you visit. Some countries limit the amount of local currency that you can take into the country– or even take out of the country. In most countries cash is still king, particularly with taxi drivers. Please know the regulations of the country you are visiting before you travel.

Not all drinks or sweets that you take with you are known in all countries.

As fun as international travel may be there are always obstacles and hidden dangers. Some of them may hit the unsuspecting tourist by total surprise and can get you in a lot of trouble when you are out of your familiar environment. Most can be avoided with the proper preparation.

Passport & IDs
Always carry your passport with you when traveling and make sure it is still valid at least 6 months by the time you intend to leave the country you visit. Always keep some type of backup id– in case your passport gets lost or stolen.

Money and Credit Cards.
Always take multiple sources of foreign currency with you and distribute them in several places– on your body, in a bag, one in the suitcase. Always be prepared that one or more of these things won’t work, or won’t work in certain places at certain times of the day or days of the week. (Always know your PIN– but never ever write it down anywhere).

Some countries limit the amount of local currency that you can take into the country– or even take out of the country. Usually you should try to bring an equivalent of 100 USD in local currency with you– and if you can’t bring 100 USD in small notes with you. Your first option should always be to get money from an ATM, since the exchange rate is much better than when exchanging cash.

Taxi Drivers.
Always insist to be brought directly to your hotel– no extra trips– or „ special deals”. In most countries cash is still king, particularly with taxi drivers. Pretend you are interested in asking for their business card, but say that right now you just want to get to your hotel.

Children.
In some countries– if you are a woman – you are not permitted to embark with your own children without a written permission from the father. Please know the regulations of the country you are visiting before you travel.

Luggage.
Always be prepared that some of your luggage will get lost. Another point to know about lost luggage is that when your luggage gets delivered on another flight than you were on it has to go through customs without you being able to answer any questions. Not all drinks or sweets that you take with you are known in all countries.

The Emergency Info Paper.
This should include your hotel address, the phone number of a contact person in that country. This is in case your wallet gets stolen that you can at least call your credit card company and notify them of that instance and to call anybody you know in the country.

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