Travel tips & advice from ISTC

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  • Choose an experienced travel counselor to help you plan your vacation.
    Without a doubt, it has been proven time and again that a competent travel agent will navigate through the maze of choices available to you. There are as many choices as there are travelers and an agent can match your preferences to the best travel arrangements at the most reasonable prices. ISTC is here to help with all of your travel needs.
  • Read and verify all your travel documents.
  • Most of airline tickets are non-refundable, ask your agent to explain the procedures and additional cost involved should you have to make a change in your travel plans.
  • Verify if you need Passport and Visa and apply for the necessary documents as far in advance as you can.
  • Last minutes delivery of Passport and Visas can be very expensive.
    Without a doubt, it has been proven time and again that a competent travel agent will navigate through the maze of choices available to you. There are as many choices as there are travelers and an agent can match your preferences to the best travel arrangements at the most reasonable prices. ISTC is here to help with all of your travel needs.
  • Purchase trip cancellation insurance.
    Having good insurance coverage is the only way to plan for accidents or the unpredictable. Most tour operators offer an inexpensive insurance package that can be purchased at the time of reservation . Most policies have a blanket coverage that will protect your investment should you need to cancel the trip completely, as well as medical emergency coverage while you're traveling. Travel insurance coverage varies by the provider, so be sure to read all of the details of your policy before you go.
  • Pack everything of value in your hand luggage.
  • If your checked luggage is lost, even temporarily, you could experience problems that are easily prevented. Remember that many airlines are enforcing the "one piece of hand luggage with max. of 5-8 kg rule", particularly when the flight is full.
  • Carry an extra pair of contact lenses or glasses, just in case. If you are travelling with small children, take along some of their favorite toys, crayons and books.
  • Take twice as much money and half as many clothes as you think you'll need.
  • Pack as light as possible and remember: Comfortable walking shoes and loose-fitting clothes are a must.
  • Keep a duplicate copy of your passport and tickets in a safe place.
    Securing replacements of these documents when you travel abroad is much easier when you can provide copies of originals.
  • Credit cards are widely accepted and cash machines have become part of the landscape in many foreign countries. But, you may still find it necessary to carry cash when you venture into small towns and rural areas.
  • When you cross several time zones, there are ways to minimize the effects of "jet lag".
    For example, try to get extra sleep the week before your trip and force yourself to maintain your normal sleep pattern so that your body can adjust more quickly.
  • It is common to become dehydrated on a long flight, so drink plenty of water.
  • Junk jewelry or fabulous fakes travel beautifully. Leave items of great monetary or sentimental value at home where you know they are safe. It means you will be a little more carefree.
  • Don't change the message on your telephone answering machine.
    When you are going on vacation, tell your coworkers, friends and relatives about your travel plans. Other callers can leave messages that can be returned when you get back from your vacation.
  • Tour Bus How to find the best rate on entertainer coach rentals and tour buses.
  • Travel Medicine Kit - consult your family doctor.
packing list

Packing checklist:

  • Tickets
  • Passport
  • Cash
  • Credit cards
  • Photocopies of your documents
  • Extra passport photos
  • Money belt
  • Keys
  • Luggage with labels
  • Guidebooks and maps
  • Phrasebook and dictionary
  • Address book & pens
  • Business cards
  • Calculator
  • Camera & films
  • Small flashlight
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Adapter and voltage
  • converter
  • Walkman
  • Spare batteries
  • Travel iron
  • Sewing kit & scissors
  • Pocket knife
  • Hut & swimming dress
  • Good walking shoes
  • Good walking shoes
  • Kleenex
  • Towelettes
  • Dental floss
  • Sunglasses
  • Medicaments - sun protection
  • Extra glasses/contact lenses
  • Cup/Spoon/Fork
  • Deck of cards
  • Crosswords/Book
  • Small gifts
  • Patience & Good mood

We hope that you will find these tips useful when you are planning your next trip. Try to learn as much as possible about your destination.

Be respectful of local customs, and remember that even if you can't speak the language, anyone in the world understands the meaning of a smile.

 
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