travel and tourist maps, tips and utilities: TRAVEL TIPS travel and tourist maps, tips and utilities


 Travel check-list
  • Passport expiry date (many countries requires at least 6 months of validity left). It can be useful a digital/photocopy of the passport
  • Expiry date of other personal documents (driving license, etc..), international driving license, if required
  • Vaccinations
  • Visas
  • Climate  --- check on mTm
  • Country safety (health, political stability)
  • Health/Travel insurance --- World Nomads
  • Accommodations bookings if needed ---
  • Credit card/bank habilitations
  • GPS maps download
  • Embassy registration
  • Flights tickets/travel documents (bookings, car rental, etc..)
  • Emergency/embassy telephone numbers
  • Medicines kit
  • Electricity power adapter
  • Guidebook
  • Emergency snacks
  • Phone credit / data roaming
  • Remove garbage from home
  • Go

Pay attention to the day you book: flight prices depends on the day and the time you book during the week, not just on how much in advance than the departure date you book.

Check the website of your destination airport; you could find more flights, including charter airlines not shown in online flight websites.

Baggage tips

Take pictures of your baggage: in case of lost, this will help to identify it.

Label with "fragile" your baggage: it could be handled with much care and placed on top before being carried on the plane and you can claim it faster at the airport.

On the plane

If you suffer from motion sickness, book a seat close to the plane's wings: there the turbulences are minimized.
Always carry with you additional clothes: air conditioning on the plane could be really annoying.

Where to change money? 

Before leaving:
  • Your bank: you can order foreign currency at your bank (ask for the amount of the exchange fees), you could have to wait some days, so order money in advance;
  • Online websites: you can order currency from websites and you will receive it at home by secure delivery service, but in addition to exchange fees you will pay shipping fees too.
  • Withdrawal at ATM is usually one of the best ways to get local currency, exchange fees depend on your credit card and your bank.
  • Exchange offices: always check exchange fees before changing money, sometimes you can find a convenient office, sometimes it could be the worst choice; avoid exchange offices in the airports or hotels, they add high fees to your transaction.

General travel tips

Visit the local tourism office: there you can find additional information you haven't in your guide, especially events happening during your stay, free activities and more.

Take care of your personal effects and documents: never carry your wallet, your phone or your passport in your back pocket.

Ask local people for every kind of travel information; remember that local people always know their own country better than you and they could give you important information and tips about your trip.