Travel safety tips
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There isn’t much that’s more exciting than the moment you’ve booked yourself on a holiday with your mates. While finding an amazing deal on plane tickets and cheap beds in a hostel are important, here are a few travel safety tips to make your travels as enjoyable as possible: Get some local currency Before you go, convert some pounds into the currency you’ll need in the country you’re visiting. While you’ll probably be able to use your credit card in most places, it always helps to have cash for taxis, phone calls, snacks and impulse souvenir buys. Know some of the language If you’re going to a country where English isn’t the spoken language, get a pocket dictionary or phrasebook. You don’t need to be fluent in the language, but knowing how to ask for help, how much something costs, where the toilets are, or if anyone speaks English will come in very handy. Always know where you’re going While half the fun of a holiday is not knowing what the next day will hold, it does help to have a couple basic plans in mind, and to know roughly how to get around the city you’re staying in. Invest in a good travel guide, and make sure everyone in the group has a map. Lost tourists are an easy target for pickpockets and scam artists, so talk about what everyone wants to do before you leave your hostel, and make a note of how to get to each place. Don’t do anything illegal Your mum and dad probably said this too you as well, but it’s easy to forget about rules and regulations when you’re on holiday. Laws aren’t the same everywhere, and punishments for some crimes like drug use and disorderly behaviour are a lot more severe than they are in the UK. Missing your flight home because you’re in a police station is probably not the sort of memory you want to have. Keep your bag close, and your valuables closer
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