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A Tipping Guide when traveling to different countries around the world. Stick to the etiquette and travel great.

Tips for Traveling Abroad:

  • Leave copies of itinerary and passport data page with your family or friends.
  • Check your overseas medical insurance coverage.
  • Before you travel abroad inform your bank; they might block your credit cards if they are not expecting transactions from abroad.
  • Familiarize yourself with local conditions
  • Check out this government travel related website for information on documents, registrations, and other resources.
  • This site, TravelTip.org, has travel tips for various countries around the world
  • Use bottled water if you can't ensure that drinking water is clean.
  • Make sure that seals on bottled water are not broken.
  • Avoid ice unless you are sure it is made from safe water.
  • Eat freshly cooked food that has been thoroughly cooked and is still hot.
  • Avoid uncooked food, unless you can peel or shell it yourself.
  • Avoid food that may have been exposed to flies.
  • Avoid ice cream from unreliable sources, such as kiosks.
  • Avoid or boil unpasteurized milk.
  • Be careful when eating shellfish - they may contain harmful bacteria


    Good to Know:
  • Honeymooners bring your marriage certificate to present at hotel check in. There might be an upgrade available. However, hold off on announcing your nuptials when booking the trip, it might cost you more for the same package.
  • Make your dinner reservations for the week as soon as you arrive at the hotel or on your cruise ship. At that time it is also good to check the dress code for the restaurants.
  • Good idea to attend some of the orientation tours on your cruise ship or at the hotel so you can get a better view of restaurants, facilities, and amenities that are available.
  • Place a clearly marked travel tag with your name and address on the outside and inside of your checked luggage. You can print one here.
  • Check what you are allowed to bring on the plane based on the new security requirements before packing. You can check the airlines website or the TSA regulations. For more information and to get the allowed travel items visit GoWithIrene Travel Shoppe

    Tips/advise for elderly flight travel:
    1. Drink plenty of water.
    2. Avoid non vegetarian food.
    3. Avoid taking lot of coffee.
    4. Get up and walk often during the long flight due to blood pooling in the legs
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    Other travel tips:
    Phone your Credit Card Company and Bank to let them know that you will be travelling abroad, and tell them the dates. Otherwise, your cards might be disabled as soon as you try to use them.
    If two people are traveling together, whether they're part of one family or they're friends sharing the adventure of a lifetime, take only one set of toiletries between you. Carry separate toothbrushes, of course, but pack just one of items such as deodorant and soap and then share them. Half of your toiletry weight will have been eliminated simply by not both carrying duplicate types of items and, believe me, objects like these really contribute to the bulk and weight of your luggage.

    Keep clothing to an absolute minimum. Stick to one basic outfit that's comfortable, casual, and not easily wrinkled. Supplement it with a couple of extra lightweight tops and a couple of pairs of socks and underwear that can be repeatedly washed out in hotel rooms. A single sweater or sweatshirt for cool evenings and a thin plastic rain poncho and you should be set.

    Travel light. Don't burden yourself with a jumbo size container, two thirds of which will be still be with you on the return trip. As a rule of thumb for any type of toiletries, carry (or buy upon arrival) small tubes, bottles and boxes containing just enough for the trip. Don't drag around weight that you'll ultimately drag back home with you. We have lots of travel size goodies at GWI Travel Shoppe

    Research the country you are going to before you go. The best and fastest way of researching is to search on the Internet for legal information and things you should know well in advance to your traveling to that country. It isa a good idea to also know emergency numbers, and at least a bit of the language (like the word for "help"). Also find out places to avoid, like alleys, bad neighborhoods, and red light districts. Your government may have resources available to travelers that will outline what you need to be prepared for.

    Make three copies of everything before you leave. Make copies of your passport, travel itinerary and tickets, credit cards, driver's license, and any other important documents. Copy the back of everything, as well. This can make it easier for you to recover if any of your documents are stolen, but keep the copies in separate locations, and keep them safe.

    Before arriving in any country, get the addresses and phone numbers of your country's embassy. If possible, travel to the embassy, or at least spot it on a map and know how you can get there if you need be. From some countries, such as the USA, it is possible to register with a consulate online, ahead of travel. Once you have done this, if there arises any kind of natural disaster or military conflict, the consulate will know that you are in-country, which is the first step in being able to offer assistance

    Electronics - if you must bring them, put them in the oldest, most beaten-up backpack you can find. Make sure any electrical equipment (ie laptops, hairdryers, etc) are rated for 220V (you will usually see a range like 105-240V or something as long as the range encompasses 110 and 220, you are OK). Also, you might need adapters for the electric outlet since many outlets in china are two-prong.

    Walk facing the traffic. This way no cars can sneak up on you. It has also been known for thieves on scooters to snatch handbags as they drive past. Keep you handbag/suitcase on the side of your body that is away from the traffic.


    Bonvoyage!