Travel Tips

The Golden Tips To Travelling

Here are some personal tips on travelling. These are by no means exhaustive. If you have any questions or want help in planning your trip, just leave me your comment and I am happy to help.

(A) The General Tips

  • Rule number 1: Enjoy yourself & have lots of fun! That’s why you are travelling in the first place right?
  • Plan well. I always believe that if you fail to plan, you are planned to fail, and surely you will not want to fail in a foreign land. So please plan (at least get the idea of what you can do, how to get from one place to another, what to expect, the watchouts, etc). Even if you are the type that dislike planning and prefer to go with your mood for the day, it is still important that you at the very least have some ideas of what to expect and what to look out for. But of course, the better your plan, the easier you will find when you are at the destination and you can truly enjoy yourself instead of worrying about how you can do this and that.  You can refer to the useful books and websites which I have recommended at the bottom of this page to help in your planning.
  • Be open-minded. Every places is different. Travelling is all about enjoying yourself and seeing different things, experience different culture, eat different food and do different stuff.
  • Most places are generally safe if you exercise the same common sense traveling overseas that you would at home. Be extra cautious when travelling in the subway, at crowded areas, quiet streets, late at night, etc.
  • Dress appropriately. Check out the weather conditions in the places that you are going to and ensure that you have the appropriate attire. Note that sometimes even in the same country, different areas can have very different weather so it’s important to check the weather. Also, do check out whether there is any dress code restrictions (for example in general do not dress in revealing clothes in the Middle East, some religious places like the temples in Thailand will not let you enter if you dressing in shorts, etc).
  • Avoid becoming a target of pickpockets or robbers by not dressing in a way that could mark you as an affluent tourist (example wearing expensive jewelries, carrying expensive bags, etc).
  • Navigating the local transport system can be intimidating for first timers. But generally, the way that the transport system works in many countries are pretty much similar (usually you just have to identify the route number or colour and take in the direction of the last station on the route which you want to go). If you are unclear, ask the officers at the stations (or any nice approachable passerby) to explain to you how the system works. Once you understand that, navigating around is as easy as A-B-C.

(B) Going Solo

  • Travelling solo can be really fun as you get to do the things that you want and it somewhat gives you a sense of “adventure”. However, take note that since you are travelling alone, there is no one else to “look out” for you so you need to be extra vigilant.
  • Do make new friends as you travel. There are many others who are like you travelling alone and may be your potential travel companion for the rest of your trip.
  •  Bring enough locks so that you can lock your luggages if you need to leave it unattended for a while (but I will generally suggest if you can bring your stuff with you).
  • Be nice and smile when you approach others to help you snap a photo or two. Most of the time when people see that you are travelling alone, they will approach you and offer their help even without you asking.
  • When taking the trains, try to stay in the middle section. For buses, try sitting at the front.
  • Avoid walking in dim or quiet streets at night. It is best that you do not stay out late at night alone.

(C) For the ladies

  • Watch out for the dress code especially in more conservative countries. You can get into trouble by not dressing appropriately.
  • Avoid staying out late at night unless you are very sure it is safe or are in a big group.

Useful Travel Books & Sites

The Lonely Planet Guides: These travel guides are good starting point to begin planning your trip. The guides provide the broad information about the destinations such as what to see, what to do, where to stay, etc. After gathering the main information, you can then read up other books or research the internet for more details of the specific places that you are interested in.

Frommer’s Travel Guides: Similar to Lonely Planet Guides, these are good books to get hold of when you start planning your trip.

Trip advisor: This is a highly recommended website to visit whenever you are searching for where to stay. I suggest reading the reviews of the hotels before you book them to ensure that the hotel is clean, convenient and will as best as possible meet your requirements. Also, the website has a forum which I find pretty useful as many season travellers share their travel experiences at the forum (and you can also post your questions or request itineraries from them).

Take me to travel: A good website for some spotlights of interesting places, people, products and promotions.

Backpackers travel guides by countries for solo travellers and singles: Some information on each country.

 

Recommended sites to book your flights and accommodation

Cheap Flights

Expedia

Zuji

Agoda

Hotels.com

Last minute booking

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