20 secrets all travellers should know and why

Here is a list of 20 basic secrets for all travellers, from pre-trip organisation to your return home.

Before leaving:

  1. Preventive research
  2. Travel insurance
  3. Documentation and back-up copies
  4. Travel planning
  5. Money management
  6. Verification of visa requirements

During the journey:

  1. Flexibility
  2. Interaction with the premises
  3. Respect for local cultures
  4. Personal safety
  5. Balancing points of interest
  6. Pack light and smart
  7. Learn some basic phrases
  8. Discover local transport
  9. Theft prevention
  10. Take time for yourself
  11. Using travel apps
  12. Respect for the environment

After the trip:

  1. Keep a travel diary
  2. Relive memories

Remember that depending on your trip and personal preferences, these secrets can be used in different ways.


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Preventive research

Before you leave, research your destination thoroughly, including points of interest, cultural norms, transportation services and safety recommendations. This will help you plan your trip and avoid unpleasant surprises.

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Travel insurance

Buy adequate travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, lost luggage and flight cancellations. Choose a policy that suits your needs and read the terms and conditions carefully.

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Documentation and back-up copies

Make copies of your important documents, such as your passport and airline tickets, and keep them in a safe place. Also store a digital copy of these documents on your smartphone or in an email account that you can access online.

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Travel planning

Before you leave, plan your travel between destinations carefully. Check available transport options, travel times and costs. This will help you make the most of your time and budget.

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Money management

Before you travel, find out about the currency exchange facilities and payment methods available in the country you are visiting. Bring a combination of local cash and international payment cards to cover your financial needs.

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Verification of visa requirements

Make sure you have the right documents with you: Before you leave, check whether you need any visas or other permits to enter the country you are visiting. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your planned date of arrival.

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Flexibility

Flexibility in travel plans is essential. Flight cancellations, itinerary changes and unforeseen situations can happen. Keeping an open mind and adapting to changes will make your trip less stressful.

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Interaction with the premises

Try to interact with the locals and ask for advice on places to visit, authentic restaurants and cultural activities. This will allow you to discover hidden places, immerse yourself in the local culture and have more authentic experiences.

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Respect for local cultures

Each country has its own traditions, norms and cultural values. Respect and adapt your behaviour to the local culture. This will show your appreciation and respect for the country you are visiting.

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Personal safety

Personal safety should always be a priority. Keep an eye on your personal belongings, avoid prominently displaying valuables and heed local safety advice. Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts.

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Balancing points of interest

Try to balance your sightseeing between popular tourist attractions and lesser-known places. While famous attractions are not to be missed, exploring lesser-known places will give you a more authentic perspective and allow you to avoid the crowds.

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Pack light and smart

Minimise your luggage by taking only the essentials. Choose clothing suitable for the local climate and consider washing your clothes during your trip. This will help you move around more easily and avoid additional luggage costs.

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Learn some basic phrases

Before arriving in a foreign country, learn a few basic phrases in the local language, such as 'hello', 'thank you' and 'sorry'. Even if you do not speak the language fluently, the locals may appreciate the minimum effort you make to communicate.

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Discover local transport

Explore local public transport such as trains, buses or trams. As well as often being more convenient, they can offer a more authentic experience and allow you to interact with the locals.

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Theft prevention

Always be careful and aware of your personal belongings. Use anti-theft bags or backpacks, keep your smartphone and wallet in a safe place and avoid displaying valuables prominently. Be particularly aware of theft in crowded places and on public transport.

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Take time for yourself

Don't tire yourself out trying to see everything in a short time. Take breaks during your trip to relax, recharge your batteries and enjoy the moment. Take a walk in a park, have a coffee in a local café or read a book in a quiet corner.

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Using travel apps

Use useful travel apps to help you navigate, find the best deals, translate local languages, discover restaurants and attractions, and keep track of your itinerary. Popular apps include Google Maps, Tripadvisor, XE Currency and Duolingo.

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Respect for the environment

Help protect the environment when you travel. Be aware of your carbon footprint, avoid wasting water and energy, reduce waste and respect local environmental regulations.

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Keep a travel diary

Keep a travel journal to record your experiences, thoughts and memories during your trip. Writing down your experiences will allow you to relive those special moments and share them with others.

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Relive memories

Finally, try to enjoy every moment of your trip. Live the experiences to the full, be open to surprises and create lasting memories. Don't let stress or expectations spoil your trip.

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These 20 secrets can help you improve your travel experience and make your time abroad more rewarding and safer. Always remember to be prepared, open and respectful when travelling.

Enjoy your trip!

Ciao da Cris e Marco del blog in giro in giro

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