The skies have opened up like never before. Air traffic has increased tremendously over the last decade. More and more people are traveling to an increasing number of destinations. The modern man has taken to travel for many reasons -- for business, holiday, or merely for the thrill of it. While all this is fine, as travel can broaden the mind like no school or college can, there are certain things that a traveler should remember while traveling abroad.
1. The first and most important thing to do is to make a copy of your travel documents like visa, passport, etc. Keep one set in your hotel room and one set securely on your person. You don't want to be lost in a foreign country without your papers. Also keep the phone number of the person to be contacted in an emergency.
2. Make sure you know where the local embassy of your country is located and the phone number of the local embassy.
3. Read up on the country a bit before you reach its shores. Being aware of the local laws will help you to stay out of sticky situations.
4. Also be knowledgeable about the local culture. This will help you to not only understand the country better, but also will help you to blend in with the locals.
5. Dress as far as possible according to the local culture so that you are not attracting too much attention to yourself.
6. Learn the basic phrases in the language of the country you are visiting. This will help you to move about more easily.
7. Take all the medical precautions that you need before you travel. Vaccinations must be up to date and specific to the countries you are traveling to. Also carry with you a supply of medicines that you need for the trip.
8. Check whether you will be able to consume local food without any ill effects on your digestive system. Otherwise make plans for your meals.
9. Check on any travel advisory issued by your country for the places you intend to visit. Keep yourself up to date with the local news in the places you go to. Read the morning newspaper or watch local television news channel for news that may affect your travel plans.
10. Don't carry expensive stuff with you or wear very expensive clothes or jewellery. You do not want to attract the attention of the local pickpocket.
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