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Travel Tips

  • Use Credit Cards - Use credit cards when possible. You will get the best exchange rate for foreign currency from an ATM. If you must have local money on arrival, exchange only as much as you will need at the airport on departure or arrival, then use ATMs while you are in the country.
  • Keep Notes - While in any country that you can’t read the language, if you are using your charge card to get the best currency rate, write on the charge slip right away the amount, items, date, and place of purchase so you can read it when the statement comes at the end of the month. Makes for a lot easier bookkeeping. Many times the ink is so faint, you can’t read what it says in any language.
  • Drink Bottled Water - Always drink bottled water. The water is safe to the locals who are used to it. This doesn’t matter if you’re a resident of Ukraine or of the UK - to residents the water is safe, but not to travellers. All water contains different sets of microbes and mineral deposits. If you aren’t used to a country’s drinking water, then you may get sick just because it is different. Be safe, buy bottled water cheap at the supermarket.
  • Cheaper Rail Passes - When travelling in Europe, it is cheaper to buy individual rail passes if you are only going to one or two countries, instead of buying a Eurail pass that covers 18 countries. The individual one, such as the Swiss Pass or the France Rail/Drive, can give you much more for a better price.
  • Before You Stay - Check your room before you decide to stay. Along the same lines, take a quick tour of the hotel before deciding to stay. Even though some of the hotels may be nice on the outside, what is on the inside is not always up to your standards.
  • Safe Showers - Most people know to ask for unopened bottled water when travelling in areas where the drinking water is not safe, but they may not realise that it’s all too easy to get sick from ingesting water while showering, even if trying to keep one’s mouth closed. The solution: always keep mouthwash in your mouth while showering. It will help you remember to keep your mouth closed, and the antibacterial agent in it will help purify any water that gets in anyway (e.g. through your nose).
  • The Direction Strategy - When visiting a foreign city, carry a match-book or postcard with the name and address of your hotel, which you can show to taxi drivers or when asking directions. This is particularly important in countries where the alphabet is different.