Tip #1: Use Your Credit Card. Check with your credit card company in regards to their terms and conditions especially as they relate to when you’re traveling and making purchases in another country. Get clear on their policies in regards to transaction fees and fraudulent activity protection. Use your credit card in shopping malls and the upper-scale shops. Keep your receipts just in case. Use cash for smaller purchases. Get a little bit of local currency.Tip #2: Keep All Your Valuables In Your Custody.Things like your passport, cash and jewelery should go in your carry on luggage. Don’t check these in with your luggage. Call your airline and find out about their weight allowance policies before you leave.Tip #3: Dress ComfortablyDress comfortably because you’re going to be in a lot of uncomfortable situations. Bring a light sweater and maybe a compact raincoat.Tip #4: Carry A Contact CardBe sure to create and carry an “In Case of Emergencies” card with you. Something that has an emergency phone number and an address.Tip #5: Tell A FriendGive your itinerary and hotel phone number to a trusted friend just in case something happens and they need to contact you.Tip #6: Get Familiar With Local CustomsDo you shake hands or bow? Do women have to dress a certain way? Does the shops close down at a certain time? Are there particular areas to avoid?Tip #7: Make Some CopiesMake a couple copies of your passport and other relevant documents. Leave a copy with a friend and take one with you.Tip #8: Keep Your Eyes PeeledDon’t leave your luggage unattended in public areas.Tip #9: Get Your ShotsMake sure that your shots are up to date. Especially if you’re traveling to Asia or Africa. If you’re on any medications get extra before the trip. Keep some in your luggage, some in your carry on and leave some with a friend back home. Get your doctor to write you a letter stating which medications your on just in case.Tip# 10: Don’t Drink The WaterDrink bottled water. Water in a certain region may be fine for the locals but it might wreak havoc on you destroying your trip.
For true film buffs, nothing could be more exciting than actually visiting the locations and structures used as settings in their favorite films. The number of travelers who have become caught up in the desire to combine travel with entertainment tourism increases every year. You want stats? The Annals of Tourism Research have recorded an increase of 50% in movie location tourism in the past few years. Now, travelers who make it a point to visit places where their favorite films are set have their own name: set jetters.In the United States alone an estimated five million movie fans choose to spend their holidays visiting filming locations. Due to the increase in demand, many travel and tour companies are now offering package deals that specifically include movie locations as destinations. This booming source of tourist money has prompted the U.S. Department of Commerce to set up a million dollar fund for a marketing campaign entitled “You’ve Seen the Movie, Now Visit the Set”.The U.S.A. is far from the only country capitalizing on this new travel trend. New Zealand has seen a surge of set jetters visiting Peter Jackson’s version of Middle Earth from the epic trilogy Lord of the Rings. Similar movie locations such those picturesque places seen in the film Eat, Pray, Love are also experiencing an uptick in tourist traffic.In Europe, set jetters can be spotted flocking towards Dunkurque, France (one of the locations used in the Keira Knightley-James McAvoy film Atonement) and the Belgian city of Bruges (background for the British black comedy film In Bruges, described by actor Ralph Feinnes in the film as a fairy tale town).The Sean Penn film Into the Wild, based on a real-life story, is partly set in the dramatic and rugged Alaskan wilderness. Believe it or not, jet setters are even flocking to Alaska; they are literally following Emile Hirsch’s footsteps into the wild.The popularity of set jetting is good news for smaller countries that have had trouble attracting tourists in the past. On the flip side, there are more well-known locales that have also been featured in the movies that aren’t necessarily hot spots for set jetters. For example, Edinburgh and London have both been used as the setting for very dark films about heroin addicts and zombies. Many set jetters aren’t interested Fortunately, those two cities are historical enough to attract tourists for a different reason.Set Jetters are a valuable demographic for the tourist offices of small countries, such as New Zealand. One might not be the greatest fan of hobbits, but promoting the location through its association with a blockbuster film (and accompanying tour package) will definitely boost tourism and satisfy the needs of film fanatics and perhaps create a few future set jetters at the same time.
Italy is known all over the world for its churches and other monuments that were made during different eras of history. The country has a number of places that showcases the rich past and heritage. Italy has some of the finest collections of art and other works that were made during the era of Renaissance.When you are planning to travel to Italy, there are a number of factors which you need to keep in mind. Here are some of the tips that are shared below.a. First and foremost is the budget as Italy is one of the expensive countries in Europe. There are a number of cheaper options to travel, live and explore this country. You can always refer to the local travel guides that would suggest you ways on saving money while exploring Italy.b. The peak tourist season in Italy starts from the month of June and it goes on till the month of September. So, if you are low on budget then avoid this time. If you are travelling off season then the best time to visit Italy would be during the months of February and April.c. It never hurts to have travel insurance. If you are an overseas traveller then I would suggest you that you should have a travel insurance that would safeguard you from any loss or theft of your belongings.d. Another thing that you should keep in mind is to travel light. You may not find a porter at the railway stations of Italy.e. Rome has a number of places that you can see and explore. There are a number of cheap hotels that are situated on the outskirts of the city where you can stay. Italian food and cuisine is known all over the world and you have a golden chance to try out some of the delicacies from this cuisine. There are a number of affordable restaurants that are situated all around the city of Rome. There are a number of bars, pubs and discotheques which are open all night long.f. Venice is another interesting place where you should go when you come to Italy. Do carry a good camera to capture some of the spectacular views that this city has to offer.g. Language is not a problem in Italy. Apart from Italian, people here can converse easily in English, French and German. As you go deeper into Italy, you would notice more regional dialects which are spoken by the people. Don’t hesitate to use sign language whenever it is necessary.
Plan your trip to avoid excessive fuel use. If you know what you want to do and see before you go, then there is no need to be driving around aimlessly burning up precious fuel. If possible, use public transport. A more relaxing way to travel in many instances.Support local businesses. They support their local community, economy and employ local people. If you shop at large shopping centres and chain stores, a large percentage of the profits will not go back into the local economy.At your accommodation, open the windows or put on a jumper rather than using air conditioners or heaters. Hang up towels to dry rather than having housekeeping supply you with a new towel each day. Turn off all lights and power when leaving your room.Try and find out if there are any community based activities in which you can participate. For example, local markets, fun runs or even garage sales. All great ways to meet the locals.Try and engage in low impact activities such as sea kayaking, bush walking and the like rather than activities that require a high degree of power such as jet skis.Recycle your rubbish. Most accommodation providers have special recycling area or bins. Avoid using plastic bags to carry your shopping.Observe and protect the native animals and plants. Don’t pick specimens or feed the animals. Incorrect diet can lead to health problems and make them dependent upon humans.Take care with water and don’t waste any. Where possible reuse it on nearby plants. Use tap water if possible rather than buying water.Take nothing but photographs and leave nothing but footprints. An old saying but very relevant.Stay in accommodation that has credentials as being an environmentally friendly establishment. If in holiday parks in NSW, Australia, look for caravan parks that have “Gumnut Awards” which are presented to parks that follow environmentally sustainable practices.