So you’re planning your first overseas holiday – how exciting! To get maximum enjoyment from your trip, there are a number of things you should be aware of before your plane even takes off – regardless of your destination.
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’When in Rome’
Precautions and back-ups
Make sure you have an itinerary and that you leave this with friends and family at home. Make sure you check in every couple of days or weekly at least. In terms of money, always have several sources. Make sure your credit cards can be used in the countries you’re visiting, but be aware of extortionate fees for overseas transactions. Always have more than one stash of cash on you, in your luggage and in your accommodation. Make sure you have several photocopies of your passport, also split up like your cash. Scan images of your passport and birth certificate and either store online or send it to your own email address.