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Top Travel Tips

Do some research on your destination. Gain some knowledge of the countries you are visiting – the religion and culture, the local rules and values.

Learn a few words or, better still, some useful sentences and don’t be afraid to use them. Simple pleasantries will help break the ice.  Keep practising.

Learn what’s appropriate behaviour and body language.

If you need to buy bottled water check the seal and consume by dates. Some products may have been stored in the hot sun for weeks or even months.

If you lose your passport do not think a photocopy is all you need. Always carry a couple of passport photographs. You will need these for emergency travel documents and possibly a replacement visa.

Take note that some countries do not have the capacity to recycle, so discarding batteries, plastics and other non-biodegradable matter will have an ever-lasting effect on their environment or create further global impact.

When residing in remote Gites and Homestays, seek permission to charge your mobile phone and offer a small contribution. It will gain huge respect.

Beat the system and speed up your passage through airport security. Put your watch, money, jewellery, purse, wallet and belt in a plastic bag like your liquids before you go airside. It saves time and frustration.

Set up a securely encrypted email account such as the Swiss ProtonMail and scan all your documentation and send it to yourself. Should you be unfortunate to lose your wallet/purse and important travel documentation then you will have a backup.

Staying connected in this volatile world is can be a must. Our expeditions will more than likely have zero Wi-Fi locations other than the city of entry. If you need a means of communication to invest in, select an expedition grade Dual Sim Smartphone and procure a local Sim card with data.

If you are heading for a location like Djibouti, then a £20.00 note is going to get you DJF 4,458 Djiboutian Francs. Reckon on exchanging the lowest denomination notes as some moneychangers may not have sufficient funds to exchange high-value notes.

Always have pristine notes to exchange. Some countries will refuse marked currency as it is illegal to accept the defaced currency.

Download what3words on to your mobile. A fantastic app and a really simple way to navigate through complex busy streets or even remote locations. They have divided the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares and assigned each one a unique 3-word address. It means anyone can accurately find any location and share it more quickly, easily and with less ambiguity than any other system. Better still it is currently free.

Always carry a means to purify water.

The trend of sewing a patch of your country’s flag onto your rucksack is great for identifying fellow countrymen while abroad. But is also a handy heads-up for any local scammers who want some prior info on where their target comes from. Think about what you’re giving them: your nationality, the language you speak, the fact that you are from a rich Western country, the currency you are familiar with. Make life harder for them and leave the national-signifiers back at home.

Pickpocketing is rife in cities worldwide. Some guidebooks advise you to wear your rucksack the other way round to prevent someone gaining access to it. This can make you stand out from the crowd and not very practical. Obtain a rucksack with minimal pockets, and use a small padlock on the zipper pulls to deter the vast majority of would-be thieves. Secondly, consider whether it is even necessary to be carrying around so many items while you’re exploring. Limit yourself to what’s in your wallet or what will fit inside a larger jacket pocket, to pass for a streetwise commuter.

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