How to travel Smart in Foreign Countries
Traveling aboard is a precious time which endlessly allows you to learn new things, and grab some fun, excitement and happiness. However, heedlessness can lead to danger. That’s why careful preparation is the most important thing for travel.
1. Your passport should have at least 6 months of validity to satisfy passport rule of each country. Make sure you have the Royal Thai Embassy or Thai consular phone numbers with you, just in case of emergency. Save a picture of your passport in your mobile phone and have the photocopy one with you in case your passport is lost.
2. Be careful of who you talk to. Especially in the first international trip, if asked by someone you meet on a plane, be careful not to give too much information on your travel, personal topics, or accommodation. Avoid taking photos or adding friends on Facebook with them. Don’t make it seem like you are friends. Illegal immigrants may use your information on the arrival card at the immigration bureau. If, unfortunately, they are among the blacklists, you may get into trouble. Also, keep in mind not to receive gifts from strangers.
3. Manage how you keep the cash. After foreign money exchange, make sure you keep half of the banknotes with large value in a waist bag and the other half in a neck wallet where your passport and other important documents are kept. Also, don’t forget to wear a shirt on them. Small value banknotes and coins should be kept in the front pockets for convenience. Don’t keep anything important in your back pockets. The backpack where you keep your camera, tablets, and laptop shouldn’t be left on the floor or a chair.
4. Always check your credit card statement. Every time a transaction on credit card occurs, make sure you check the balance and status on your internet banking apps. You should receive a notification every time the money is spent. If the transaction is done without your knowledge, contact your bank to suspend the card immediately.
5. In travel in a tour group and with friends, keep in mind not to carry others’ stuff in your luggage. Many have been doomed because of this. You may be carrying illegal stuff. Try to refuse if anyone asks you to load their stuff in your luggage, saying that theirs are overloaded. Illegal stuff might not be detected on an x-ray machine, but it could be found by police dogs.
6. Prepare yourself with traveling information of the target country, If you are traveling on your own, make sure you read reviews online before go on a trip and prepare yourself with information on traveling, eating culture, and spending style.
7. Travel insurance is another option where you will be covered right from the moment you step on board. Delayed flights, sickness, accidents, and damaged or stolen stuff are covered all day throughout your trip. See information on the most suitable package of each company before making a decision.