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New Travellers Tips Part 2.

Newbie Travellers Tips Part #2

This post is a follow on from Last week’s Post which we shall call Traveller’s Tips Part #1 and you can read it here. We don’t want you going through the FOMO 😉

So, this post will provide you with some common-sense helpful tips for your trip abroad, esp. to the tropics. And ensure that your trip is a healthy one.

Bookmark it and save it for ease of access. And you don’t want to miss out on the regular updates

Tips for Travellers – Before Departure

#1. Insurance: If you’re travelling from UK to anywhere in Europe you need to obtain form E111 from a Post office near you. And know what Brexit may mean for you.

Go right ahead and also read our comprehensive post on Brexit and the UK Traveler

The E111 form will enable you to receive treatment in EU countries for now anyway, again this could change with Brexit for UK/EU travellers.

Travelling further afield? Then make sure you have the right Travel insurance cover. By this we mean cover enough to cover the cost of being flown home in an air ambulance in case of a major emergency.

Or evacuation to a safe place in case of political turmoil…common in tropical countries.

Ask lots of Questions from the insurance agent. You will have a stress-free vacation or trip. 

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#2. Regular Medication: Are you on some kind of medication? Then definitely consult your GP about your travel plans before you go, at least 4 weeks prior. Just in case you need to take extra or some meds weeks before travel.

Ensure you have the right quantities of your regular medication while away as it may be extremely difficult or impossible to obtain it while abroad.

Make sure to have a Doctor’s Note to show why you take that medication. Some destinations like Dubai can give you a hard time if this is not with you. And this hard time could manifest as jail time! Don’t risk it. 

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#3. Jet Lag: A very common occurrence when flying across time zones. Your body can and might take days to catch up with the new day and night cycle. So how about you help it along…

You might include stop overs in your travel plans and drink plenty of fluids. While EATING LESS SALT…hmm! Yup this will help reduce your chances of water retention and “Swollen Feet” after your flight.

During your flight, avoid fizzy drinks and coffee. Also, you may be tempted to drink Alcohol esp. if its on offer FREE… (Not so much on most flights these days). Alcohol usually leads to extra toilet breaks which of course means dehydration. And that could lead to puffiness for days after. Weird isn’t it. 

After you take off, set your watch to the destination time zone and eat, drink and sleep according to the New time. Cool hack, right? 😉 #YW 

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And now to…


Travellers Tips Whilst Abroad

#1. Sunshine –Vitamin D on tap right?

Well its also potentially also sun burn and sun stroke on tap if you don’t take the right precautions and/or prevention.

Sun stroke can give you a terrible headache, nausea and vomiting as well as an increased risk of future skin problems.

So, time your exposure to the sun carefully and try to avoid exposure between 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Always use appropriate strength sun blocks for your skin type. We use a minimum 50 SPF sun cream/block minimum. Indeed black does crack ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

And when necessary cover up and protect your skin with hats, long sleeves etc. you know the drill.

Animals are NOT always pets in some parts of the world. For instance dogs are kept for security purposes in most African countries. And they are predominantly NOT vaccinated or  even ever seen the inside of a Vets surgery.

So, avoid close contact with animals as they could carry rabies.

If you are bitten by a dog even if yo know said animal, wash the would thoroughly, rabies could be fatal. Seek immediate medical advice even if you got the pre-travel vaccine.

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Travellers’ Tips – When You return Home:

Of course, you made sure that your home was as secure and tight as a moat surrounded castle, yes?

Then let’s focus on your body beautiful. Ensure you do the following:

  1. Continue with any anti-malarial medication for 4 weeks after your trip.
  2. Do a detox of your body and flush out any exotic toxins you may have consumed, we have just the 5 days Detox Plan for you. Or push the boat out and hit the 28 Day Fat Blast challenge
  3. If you feel ill on your return, you MUST tell your doctor immediately that you just returned from abroad. Some common tropical ailments mimic a simple cold, don’t take any chances.
  4. Give yourself at least 24-48 hours home time before you return to your work or daily grind. This way you can transition into your time zone, release jet lag and savour the trip memories whether work or vacation. Upload your trip images to a cloud storage of some sort and clear your phone, lots of people end up losing their beautiful memories coz they forget to do this and phones are prone to losing data. That’s what most people use to take their trip photos these days, right? . 
  5. Get back on your routine as fast as you can after above time to Save up for the next fantastic getaway.

And once again, Bon Voyage. Remember travel is meant to be fun and can be trouble free is you educate yourself of any potential risks and take necessary precautions.

I believe you now understand what you might need to do to have a great trip with these Newbie Travellers Tips. Feel free to share with anyone who might enjoy it. And also comment below on your favorite tip or your biggest takeaway. We can’t wait to see your comments! Share on Facebook… 

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72 thoughts on “New Travellers Tips Part 2.”

  1. Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife

    These are all great. It can be easy too forget about all of this when you’re busy planning.

    1. They really are easy to forget Marlynn, if we can all keep a checklist of things to go over before travelling we could save a whole load of time for ourselves in the future

  2. Thanks for sharing such wonderful tips, my cousin who is about to go on their first trip will absolutely love this!

  3. Really good point about the jet leg…I bet more than a few travelers haven’t accounted for downtime while they adjust. You’ve got some great travel tips here!

  4. Dana Brillante-Peller

    These are all great traveling tips. Sometimes you forget the simple things when you’re focusing on other things.

  5. These are great tips for traveling. I don’t have travel plans for this year yet but would keep these tips in mind.

  6. These are some great tips for traveling. Will for sure be saving this since we will be traveling as a family next month.

  7. Crickette, The Things I Have to Say

    Insurances are often taken for granted, and I’m guilty with this, but I realized its value the wrong way. During my latest trip to Vietnam, my boyfriend fell very ill, and we had to go to the hospital. It would have been nice if we were insured.

  8. These are definitely sound tips. I know I should get insurance before travelling because I was sorely disappointed a couple times without it.

  9. Rose Ann Sales

    Thanks for the tips..! This would be very useful for my next travel. I enjoyed reading it as well.

  10. My old boss used to swear by trip insurance. Then one year she missed the cruise at a port and the insurance covered the plane ride to the next port. Lol

  11. Joy Della Vita

    So far I have never consulted my doctor before any trip, however I’m about to visit some areas of Africa next month, will definitely make an appointment to ask if there are any requirements ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for this helpful post!

  12. Maartje van Sandwijk

    Thanks for the tip about the brexit-form. Didn’t think about that one…

  13. Kathy Kenny Ngo

    Insurance is the one thing I tend to miss on whenever I travel. I need to learn to make this a priority.

  14. It always amazes me when I hear about people traveling without insurance. It’s like going to the Casino, only you can never win… you can only lose!

  15. Such a great and a very detailed guide. I love traveling and this could be very helpful for me.

  16. I actually love every single tip you shared here. They are so handy. Thank you so much. I am saving it.

  17. Erik the Hungry Traveller

    Thanks for the tips! I especially like the bringing of medicines as youd never know what will happen on your vacation. Im sure newbie travelers will appreciate this

  18. Annemarie LeBlanc

    It is great that you posted this Newbie Travel tips. My sons are just about ready to explore new places on their own and I will give them this guide.

  19. twinspirationalparties

    Such a great content, it gives me great ideas and tips especially now that I am planning to travel out of the country.

  20. I’m not a newbie traveler but I wish my younger self knew these tips lol. Would’ve saved so much headaches.

  21. very nice tips! And I totally agree: trip is all of that the before and the after as well. Nicely written too, so on point!

  22. Lots of good advice here! Insurance is really more important than people realize when it comes to traveling!

  23. Shane Prather

    I am a seasoned traveler but I have a few friends who want to start traveling internationally that I will be sure to share this with!

  24. I will be traveling more soon and all of those are some great tips. Definitely worth the read.

  25. helpful and practical tips for those in-the-go. I recommend saving/copying this post in our phones for easy reference.

  26. I always by pass getting insurance but honestly, it is so important to have.

  27. Great travel tips! I didn’t know that salt could cause problems when travelling! Thanks for this post, I’m sure it will help a lot of people. ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Agnes Vazhure

    This article is so helpful. Thanks for the awesome advice. I so relate with this so much.

  29. David Elliott

    I know you have to have a whole different idea of animals in other places. I remember when I went to China and many of them said that dogs were food while I was there. IT was strange and kind of sad but I understood if the people were hungry that they would eat anything.

  30. Insurance is one thing youngsters often miss out during travel trips. I like your idea of detoxing body after trip. It’s such a good thought. Some people fall sick after trip due to food or weather. Detoxing is best method.

  31. Iโ€™ve learned that I can rely on your posts for a perfect time since I am actually planning to travel for the first time abroad.

  32. Mudpie Fridays

    I love these articles, always gives me a little bit of sense what I need to do and be prepared before traveling Thanks!

  33. Alexandra Cook

    love this topic! every single one of them is such an important guide when traveling. Thanks so much for sharing

  34. I always remember medication! Especially anything extra or allergy meds for the kids!

  35. All super great tips. I will definitely remember these, I have a long trip to Cancun coming up and I definitely don’t want to feel jet lagged.

  36. Jet lag is very important to consider. I try to make sure I will have plenty of time to enjoy the vacation even considering jet lag time.

  37. You are right about being careful bringing medications into Dubai. There are many prohibited substances listed as controlled or banned medicines that may not be brought into the country and these are listed on the official government portal for the UAE under ‘Drugs and controlled medicines’.

  38. Amy-Lynn Denham

    Great tips. The medications one is HUGE. As someone who uses marijuana CDB oil for pain I know that I cannot take my meds out of country at all and, thus, need to be prepared with a script for the less-natural, more toxic and addictive pain meds I will be able to take with me (still makes no sense in my mind).

  39. Kathy Kenny Ngo

    I really liked this post. It’s helpful and practical. None of those travel tips that you can’t really relate to.

  40. Awesome travel tips! Thanks for sharing them, i’ll make sure to keep them in mind for better traveling experiences.

  41. Natural Beauty And Makeup

    These are some amazing travel tips ๐Ÿ˜ I always suffer from swollen feet issue after a long haul flight journey ๐Ÿ˜‘ However, I need to consult with an insurance manager regarding travel insurance stuff before my next trip!

  42. All simple and easy to follow tips grounded in common sense. Thanks for putting out this list.

  43. These are great tips. Many I had not even thought of like the dogs being used as protection without the vaccinations we are used to. It is good to always be prepared for anything.

  44. Celestial B Purposed

    Great tips. You are so correct that the proper medication needs to be taken in order to have a safe and productive travel. We can’t forget about the good ole ‘jet lag’.

  45. Annemarie LeBlanc

    I love your travel tips, especially the one about dogs in other countries. I have to be careful about that next time.

  46. So far I have only traveled via travel agencies that took care of my insurance but I couldn’t agree more. Very veryyy important!

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