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DO’s and DON’Ts of International Travel

Travelling is exciting and most of us truly enjoy it. Discovering new places, new people and new cultures is a wonderful thing. Being a tourist is, on the whole, safe – as long as you keep in mind a few precautions. Some places are more dangerous than others and pretty much every city as districts you shouldn’t wander into alone at night. But even in the bustling daytime, there are a few steps you can take to make your trip more enjoyable.

DON’T show off your cash or valuables

Travelling is not the time to show your wealth. Don’t wander the streets with flashy large sums of cash in your pocket, don’t leave your Rolex on and when sitting at a café, don’t sunbathe your iPhone on the table.

DON’T get your rental car stolen

By all means, discover cities and surroundings by renting a car. Don’t, however, make it painfully obvious that it is a rental car. Don’t leave travel guides, maps and the like openly visible. Leave bags and luggage in the trunk and papers in the glove compartment. The less the car has visibly on the inside, the less likely it is that someone will try to break in.

DON’T travel without insurance

Yes, it can be expensive and in a way, we are all convinced we won’t need it, but YOU NEVER KNOW and it is not worth the risk. Imagine being in a bustling city, not speaking the language and getting sick. Or going on a hike and spraining an ankle. Health insurance is key and for many countries require it before giving you a travel visa.

DO use cash substitutes

It is always wise to have a little cash on you as possible. Use cash substitutes such as credit cards and traveler’s checks instead.

DO make copies of your passport

Sure, no one expects to lose their passport. Just in case make copies of your passports and any other important documents. Consider scanning them and sending yourself an email so that you always have them available.

DO dress appropriately

Two reasons to try and dress more like a local: minimize the chance of getting mugged and being respectful to local customs. Don’t walk around in a mini-skirt if you are visiting a strictly religious country.

DO step outside your comfort zone

As long as you stay safe, step outside your comfort zone. Afraid of heights? Climb the Eifel Tower! Don’t know how to dance? Take a salsa lesson! Traveling is about seeing new places, but it’s also about experiencing new things. You may realize you really like it, and if not at least you have a few amazing stories to tell when you go back home.

DO take lots of pictures

Sometimes it’s nice to just look around and soak it in, but believe us it is also wonderful to go back home and have the visual reminders of all your experiences. Showing your friends, or just have flipped through them yourselves, photos are wonderful. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and it is so true. Document your adventures to jump start your memories in a few years.

Budget Travel: The Cheapest Places To Visit

Travelling is a beautiful thing. New cultures, new cities, new people, new colors and different smells. But gosh it can be expensive. How do you enjoy tasting all this incredible food when the only thing you think about is how this dish is breaking your bank-account one bite at a time?

Not all places are equally expensive and traveling doesn’t have to leave you poor. Below we have compiled a list of some spectacular places with good bargains.

Thailand

In recent years this Asian country has risen in popularly and for good reasons. Its beautiful beaches, impressive temples, and wonderful culture still offer relaxation and adventure for staggeringly low prices. Sure luxury is possible, but the amount you spend depends entirely on you. It is a wonderful country to visit both in the family and as a solo backpacker.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Although not typically high on people’s dream holiday destinations, Bosnia is very underestimated. It is a beautiful historic droplet in the middle of Europe’s globalized orientation. A wonderful mix or religions and cultures, it is a fascinating place with friendly people. A restaurant dinner will cost you about $5-10 and beer is about $1.

Belize

In Central-America, this small country offers beautiful nature with adventurous experiences. Love water, snorkeling, and diving? This is the place for you. Fishes of all colors, shapes, and size await you in the famous Great Blue Hole. If the circular 318m across and 124m deep hole isn’t for you, beautiful white beaches and cocktails are always an alternative. Cheap, friendly and a wonderful destination.

Guatemala

Right next to Belize and just a few hours by bus away is Guatemala. Ancient history and culture is your thing? How about walking through Tikal, the mother of Mayan temples? Antigua is a cheap, small village with houses painted in hundreds of colors. Stay a while and take a few Spanish classes before hiking up to an active Volcano.

India

Loud, dirty and busy, India will undoubtedly give you a culture shock. But fear not, there is something for everyone. Beautiful beaches down in eschew Goa, brilliant temples and incredible food. India remains to be one of the highlights for backpackers and budget travelers. Little cash gets you impressively far and you will not be alone. Grab a bag and head to a hostel and you will meet wonderful open-minded travelers just like you.

Mexico

Tacos, Nachos and Tequila. Sure, that’s all true, but there is so much more. The street food culture is incredibly flavorful, and Mexico has much to offer all around. Whether it is temples, buzzing cities, white beaches or cool the crystal-clear cenote (sinkhole), you will undoubtedly leave impressed.