Top Travel Tips

Top Travel Tips

  1. Check the latest travel advice. Subscribe to receive updates from relevant Government agencies.
  2. Take out comprehensive travel insurance. Ensure it covers you for the places you’ll visit, things you’ll do and any pre-existing conditions.
  3. Check the expiry date of your passport before you travel. Some countries won’t let you enter unless your passport is valid for six months from when you plan to leave that country.
  4. Ask health professionals about recommended vaccinations and other health precautions. Vaccinations can be an entry requirement for some countries. Check your medication – certain medicines aren’t allowed in some countries.
  5. Make sure you have the right visas for the countries you are visiting or transiting and check other entry or exit requirements.
  6. Check if you’re regarded as a national of the country you plan to visit, and whether dual nationality will have any implications for your travel plans.
  7. Make copies of your passport, visas and insurance policy. Carry them in a separate place to the originals and leave a copy with someone at home.
  8. Risks are often greater overseas. Be careful and don’t take any risks you wouldn’t consider at home.
  9. Obey the laws of the country you’re visiting even if these appear harsh or unfair by your own national standards. Don’t expect to be treated differently from locals just because you’re a tourist or traveller.
  10. Keep in contact with friends and family back home. Give them a copy of your itinerary before you go so they know where you are. Let them know if you won’t be contactable for an extended period.
  11. If you’re on the road for extended periods of time, think about getting a personal locator beacon. Have a look at this information from the REI Co-op [link]
  12. Research your destination​​:
    • safety and security
    • local laws and customs
    • entry and exit requirements
    • health issues.

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