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Travel Packing Checklist

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Below is a travel packing checklist. This should help you pack for any trip. Just vary it as you feel depending on where and when you are travelling.

Essentials
 Passport
 Visas
 Tickets (Air/Accommodation/Tours/etc)
 Travel Insurance
 Vaccination Certificate
 Itinerary
 Smart Phone
 Notebook
Small pen to fit in money wallet
 Addresses/phone numbers (including embassies)


Money
 Cash in the local currency of your arrival destination
 Cash in $US, $A, $C, GBP, EURO, etc
 Credit cards (Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted)
Money belt


Medical Kit
Make sure that you have prescriptions for any medicine that is being taken. Also, check that the medication is legal in the country you are entering. Your medical kit should contain the following:
 Band aids
 Compression bandages
 Cotton buds
 Cotton wool
 Antiseptic Powder
 Hydralyte (for rehydration)
 Cough and Cold Mixture/Tablets
 Tea Tree Oil (micro bottle)
 Gastro Stop – for Diarrhoea
 Gauzes
 Hydrogen peroxide (spray bottle)
 Tweezers
 Iodine (or Betadine)
 Motion sickness tablets
 Paracetamol
 Antibiotics – for Giardia
 Antibiotics – for Diarrhoea
 Thermometer


Clothing
Clothing should be able to be layered, lightweight and quick drying so that it can be used in the variety of weather conditions that you may encounter. Research the weather and climate of the destinations you will be travelling before you go. Don’t bring clothes that need to be ironed. Down jackets are good as they can be stuffed in to pack. Good walking boots make the trip much more pleasurable if there is a lot of walking involved. With walking boots it is a matter of going into an outdoor shop and testing the boots out.


Men and Women
 Walking Boots (waterproof)
 Shoes
 Sandals
Socks Woollen or Synthetic (+inner socks)
 Underwear
 Thermals
 Swimming costume
 Trousers
 Jeans
 Shorts
 Shirts
 Long sleeve shirts
 Waterproof fleece vest
 Woollen Jumper
 Goretex Jacket
 Down Jacket
 Hat
 Sunglasses
 Belt with hidden compartment


Women Only
 Bra (sports and regular)
 Dresses
 Safety pins
 Sarong /Sari /Kikoy
 Scarf
 Skirts

Toiletries
There are a variety of lightweight waterproof toiletry bags available these days that make it easy to carry your toiletries.

Men and Women
 Comb or brush
 Contraceptives
 Contact lens equipment or glasses
 Dental floss (small size)
 Deodorant
 Shaver
 Razors
 Shampoo and conditioner
 Shaving cream (in tube)
 Soap (small travel size)
 Sunscreen
 Travel Toothbrush
 Toothpaste (small travel size)


Women Only
 Lip balm
 Make-up and Mirror
 Tampons and pads
 Moisturiser (face and body)


Useful Travel Accessories
 Camera – plus SD cards, charger and spare batteries
Combination locks (keys can be lost) and chains
Day pack
Dry sack (if doing water activities)
Waterproof cases (for phones or tablets)
Universal electrical adapter
Portable Power Unit (if travelling to areas without power)
Guidebook
Phrase book and/or dictionary
 International driving license (obtain from your automobile association)
Mosquito net
Water Purifiers (if travelling somewhere remote)
 Insect repellent (with DEET)
 Passport photos
Silicone bottles (for keeping food or toiletries)
Travel pillow
Travel organisers
 Sleeping bag & mat
Silk sleep sheet (keeps out dust mites and bed bugs)
Swiss army knife (with the lot)
Small torch
Travel towel
travel umbrella
 Waterproof watch with alarm or small alarm clock
 Hand sanitiser
Pegless clothes line
 Needle
Pack of waterproof cards (transcends languages)
Luggage tags (to quickly identify your luggage on the carousel)
 Sunglasses (plastic for cold climates)


Specialist Needs
 Glasses and spare set
 Hearing aids and spare batteries


Travelling with Children
 Baby milk bottle
 Baby food
 Baby powder
 Baby backpack
 Baby wipes
 Bibs
 Changing mat
 Children’s books
 Children’s pain reliever (Panadol)
 Doll or toy
 Extra clothes
 Lollies for in planes – take off and landing
 Disposable nappies
 Sun hat


General
Ensure that all gear does not exceed 20kgs per person (less if your flights have lower weight limits). If you can manage 10kgs, then you may be able to carry on your luggage. If you have breakables, pack them in socks and clothes. Stuff sacks, travel organisers and compression sacks can be useful in making more use of the space available.

Remember to pack light. If you can’t carry it don’t take it


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Keep your money safe when travelling!

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Keep your money safe

When travelling, learning how to keep your money safe is one of the most important things. I have seen many travellers reduced to begging when they have lost all their money and or possessions. I have had a boys hand on my wallet in my front pocket in an attempted pick pocket and have managed to keep relatively safe. However, I know of people who have had credit cards charged many times the price of the service and have been seduced by many scams that led to them losing their money. I prevented a gypsy from taking all the vacation money from a pair of Swedes in an Italian train station scam.

High levels of petty theft occur even in countries that are considered extremely safe to travel. For example Belgium and Spain often occur at the top of the list of thefts per population yet are considered some of the safest countries to travel.

To ensure that your money is safe, there are a number of precautions that you can take.

Separate your money into at least 4 places

a) A money belt that is hidden under clothing. It is normally worn inside your jeans and under any shirts and jackets that you are wearing. This belt holds your passport, spare credit card, medical vaccination certificates (if required) and some cash. Use an RFID money belt to stop your credit cards and passport being read.
b) A belt with a hidden compartment. This holds a small amount of cash to allow you to survive for a day or two if necessary.
c) A wallet with the day’s cash and a credit card, generally carried in the front pocket. Back pockets are an easy target for pick pockets. If mugged, you can give away the wallet without serious implications to your trip.
d) Keep some money inside your main pack and ensure that your main pack is locked and locked to a piece of furniture when in a hotel room whenever you are not there. In many countries, the money that you take for your two week or four week vacation is enough for someone to live on for a year.

Handbags scream out to thieves as easy targets. In Kenya, I travelled on a tour that was delayed for 3 days because one lady brought a handbag and took her eye off it for a few seconds.

Some people prefer to use a hotel safe. However, remember all hotel safes are designed so that they can be easily opened by the hotel management when the guests forgets their password.

Day packs are often used when travelling. Minimum money should be carried in a day pack. If used, they should be carried on your front rather than on your back, especially in busy areas and markets. Also, when stopped for lunch, wrap the strap around your leg so that you will feel it if someone tries to take it. Some newer day packs include metal mesh inside the pack to stop the straps being slashed off and the pack from being opened with a knife easily. There is a trade off of extra weight for more theft proof.

Do you look like a local?

Thefts occur in highly touristed areas and on trains and transport hubs. Where there are lots of people, you may feel someone bump into you. Later, you will notice your wallet is gone or your bag has a hole in it with something missing. Someone may have come to help you when you looked lost and had a map held up in front of you and they have helped you out of your money (most people genuinely do want to help but do be aware that not all people do to be safe).

Generally walk against the traffic. In some areas of the world, pick pocketing take place by way of motorcycle.

Thefts also occur in areas where there are no other people. This means in dark alleyways or at night in areas where nobody will hear you yell out for help. Know the districts to keep away from. If you do need to walk through these areas walk down the middle of the street or the opposite side of the road to the people. If you see someone cross the road to meet you, cross over to the other side of the road or walk into a shop or catch a taxi, a bus or train out of the area. Walk at a fast consistent pace.

Above all in these situations, look like you know what you are doing and where you are going, even if you don’t.

ATMs and currency exchange

Be aware of people around you at ATMs. Be aware of card skimming technology that can be used to access your card details. People can empty your bank account with card skimming and RFID skimming technology and whilst many banks may pay back the money if you can prove it was not you accessing the back account and you were not negligent, that may not happen until after you need to use the money for your holiday.

Travellers Cheques

These are not really used these days. Most people do not know how to use them and they will take longer to negotiate. Better to use credit cards and cash.

Scams

There are many scams designed to separate the traveller and their money. Be aware of the scams that are being perpetrated, especially in the area you are travelling. Many of these involve taking you away from other people and can then involve drugging you (eg tea in Shanghai) or physically taking the money (Kenya and other parts of Africa).

Credit Cards

Keep the phone numbers and details required to obtain replacement cards in your money belt should something happen. Also, be aware that whilst some credit card issuers can organise replacements relatively quickly, other can take weeks. Always carry at least one spare credit card (or prepaid credit card).


Christmas Shopping List for the big trip.

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There are a number of travel accessories that everyone needs on their Christmas shopping list for the big trip. Here are our pick.

Travel More for Less
“Travel More for Less” helps people to travel the world, seeing and experiencing more for the same or less cost than they otherwise would have spent. It is the quintessential guide to planning and implementing any trip. It brims from cover to cover with tips that will save you money, expand your travel horizons and keep you safe no matter where you want to travel and at what standard you want to do it at.

Travel Towel
You need a travel towel is essential for any long term trip. The advantages of a high quality travel towel are that it will be compact, lightweight, quick drying, super absorbent, strong a durable, soft or the skin.

Money Belt
You need somewhere to keep your money, passport and credit cards safe and on your person. These days that means something that is RFID safe as well.

Small Pen
You need to a pen to complete your arrivals forms, make notes, take people’s phone numbers or write something on a card for someone. It needs to be small enough that you can keep it with you at all times.

First Aid Kit
For every long term or remote trip, you need to be prepared. A good first aid kit will get you out of trouble.


I wish I had a piece of travel gear that did that!!!

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I wish I had a piece of travel gear that did that

Have you ever thought, “I wish I had a piece of travel gear that did something that you can’t find anywhere?”.

Travel Ideology would love to hear from you. We want to find a solution or create a product that solves your problem.

We are committed to being able to solve the problems that exist in the currently available travel gear.

Many of our travel gear lines have come as a result of a traveller asking for something. They tell us that we should stock a particular item or that they wanted something that did a particular thing or served a particular purpose. What do you need?

Please contact us with what you are looking for and why the current offerings don’t work.


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How do I save to travel the world?

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How do I save to travel the world?

It is not difficult to save to travel the world if you are willing to change a few small things. Most people have the capacity to do a lot more travel than they think if it is a priority for them. People often ask me to give them some suggestions on how to do it. Here are some of my tips.

Foxtel
Pull the plug on any cable TV. Cable TV is expensive and the time can be better spent elsewhere when your priority is to see the world. By cutting Foxtel, you are adding a minimum of $26 a month ($312 per year) to your travel kitty. Some people spend a great deal more than the minimum.

Gym Membership
Ditch the Gym membership. It is expensive and the exercise you will get when travelling (walking will help to make you fit). I was the fittest I had ever been after a year of travel. Average gym costs are $65 per month ($780). By quitting the gym this is put back into your travel kitty.

Car
Running a car is one of the most expensive items that most people have. For most people it can be avoided by taking the bus. Where you have two cars in a family, consider getting rid of one of the cars. Use a bus or train instead. Average running costs for a car are likely to be between and $5000 and $10000 per year. This includes registration, CTP, insurance, petrol, maintenance. The bus or train will always be cheaper. If it only costs $1500 to travel by bus or train for the year, this equates to a savings of between $3500 to $8500 per year.

The Daily Latte/Espresso
Many people buy their daily cappuccino/latte/espresso. This quickly costs a lot of money. At $4 per day and assuming 220 work days this is costing $880 per year.

Friday night drinks
Ditch the Friday night taxi and take the bus instead. Better still ditch the drinks altogether and have lunch together instead. Whilst this may risk your social status you will be saving a great deal of money. Many people spend $30 per Friday night on drinks and then take the taxi home. The taxi may be $20 even for a relatively local trip. If this is your case, this will save you $200+ per month and $2500 per year.

Cigarettes
If you are a smoker and smoke a packet of cigarettes a day at $22 then this equates to over $8000 per year.

Restaurants/Take Away
Eating at restaurants can eat into any budget. Say you eat at restaurants once a week at a cost of $60 for 2, normally you could cook at home and eat for $15 for two people,a saving of $45 per week or $2340 per year.

Toll Roads
Take the long road rather than the toll roads. Yes. It will take longer. Between Sydney city and Beecroft the return tolls are $20. Say you travel this route once a week. Cost is $1000 per year.

Share accommodation
If you have your own place then consider getting a flatmate in. This can bring in an extra $150 to $400 per week ($7800 to $20000 per year) If not, consider renting a place and getting a flatmate in or moving in as someone else’s flatmate. This can save a great deal of money.

Work an extra job
If you have spare time now that you don’t have Foxtel, a Gym Membership, etc you possibly have time to take up a second job. By doing so, you can turn that spare time into extra cash. Say you work on Saturdays at $25 per hr for 8 hours is $10000 per year

Whilst not everyone is able to give up these things it provides some insight as to what is possible.

Some Statistics

SUMMARY
Foxtel                                                 $313 per year
Gym Membership                           $780 per year
Car                                                     $3500 to $8500 per year.
Toll Roads                                        $1000 per year.
Daily Latte/Espresso                     $880 per year.
Friday night drinks                        $2500 per year.
Smoking                                           $8000 per year.
Restaurants                                     $2340 per year.
Share accommodation                  $7800 to $20000 per year.
Work an extra job                          $10,000 per year.

Say you manage to save $25000. This is enough for a family of 4 to live quite well in parts of South East Asia for a year.

With planning, it is enough for a solo traveller to travel extensively around the world for a year (with limited travel in more expensive countries such as USA, Canada and Europe).


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10 best Travel Experiences not found in a travel agency

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10 best Travel Experiences you won’t find in a travel agency

People often ask me what are the best places you have been or what are the best travel experiences you have had?

You won’t find these experiences advertised in a tour brochure. Here are some of them.
1. Sahara

On a trip to the Sahara, I hired a car with 2 French Canadian girls. During the days we spent in remote Morocco, we had police investigate our border town hotel room in the middle of the night for no apparent reason. We had a stone puncture our petrol tank whilst driving in the Sahara. It was repaired by a hitch hiker we had picked up who also invited us to a very colourful Berber wedding paid for by Moroccan royalty.

2. Colombian Amazon

When in Leticia (Amazonas, Colombia) I hired a guide with a Danish and Norwegian guy. We took a small boat down a small tributary of the Amazon bordering Colombia and Brazil to visit a tribe of natives who still told the time by distance and distance by how long it took to get there. On the way we left a German guy who spoke to Spanish or Portuguese to hunt local tiger with the natives who spoke to English or German. For the people we stayed with modern things like aircraft and cameras were difficult concepts to explain. Whilst we were there, they caught a 6ft python that lived below the hut. We stayed in hammocks.

3. Zaire – locals in a small remote village / firing bow and arrow with pygmies

We stopped the overland vehicle in a small remote village. The kids had never seen a vehicle stop nor had they ever seen a person with facial hair. I had a beard at the time. The kids were fascinated by it and could not resist touching it. The local men could not grow facial hair. Fortunately, the natives who lived here all spoke French and we spoke until it was time for everyone to go to bed.

In another area of Zaire,  I was taken down river by marijuana smoking pygmies in their dugout canoes. The pygmies taught me to shoot bow and arrows that they had constructed from what the local forest offered.

4.  Camerounian witch doctor

Whilst exploring the small town of Rhumsiki, I met the town’s witch doctor and had dinner with him on the floor of his small mud hut. He showed me his collection of potions, explaining what they were used for. Many seemed to be similar to the western remedies of old.

5. Sitting with kids in El Djem Tunisia

ElDjem housed an old Roman amphitheatre that tourists visited during the day. However,I missed the train out of El Djem. I was sitting in the shade of a tree and on a fence near to avoid the strong sun. School finished and the area became the school bus stop. Before long I was speaking with the 20 or so students and their teacher. It was a wonderful interaction as we compared the differences between our respective countries and lifestyles.

6. Death Highway in the back of a truck and flight out on a military airline

I took a ride in the back of a truck down Death Highway in Bolivia. The views were amazing, stretching from sea level to 6000 metres. At many times during the descent there were walls on either side that seemed to be 1000ft high with little crosses lining the sides where countless people had fallen to their deaths. At times, police inspected the vehicle for drugs. When we arrived at the jungle the truck made the last 10 kms under moon light with no headlights as they were no longer working.

In order to get to a brother’s wedding, I had to take the military airline back to La Paz and another flight to Santiago in Chile to get a flight back to Sydney. The problem was that the plane kept getting delayed. When we eventually arrived at the airstrip it was a grass strip with a building that said aeropuerto. There were no other signs. Inside, a man opened a cupboard and pulled out a table and a chair. He opened a box and sold the departure tax stamps. Meanwhile the plane landed and as there were not enough seats for everyone, I helped the crew load the gear to try and help my chances.At the same time, someone else was on a ladder checking the fuel. Once on board, I found that the plane had crash landed the day before. I was lucky enough to get a seat. Some people sat on the floor.

7. Ankor Wat motorcycle and ute taxis

I arrived at Ankor Wat on the back of a motorcycle taxi whilst my pack was brought between the legs of the rider. After seeing some remarkable ruins, I exited the country in the back of a ute, driving more off the roads than on them. On the way to Cambodia, kids collected tolls as we drove through their village.

8. Swimming with sea lions in the Enchanted Islands

One of my most amazing wildlife related experiences was swimming with playful sea lions in the Galapagos Islands. They were like playing with small puppy dogs. They would interact with my movements, blowing bubbles to each other. Their underwater aquobatics were a sight to behold as they changed direction effortlessly performing loop the loops in response to my own swimming patterns.

9. Kayaking with a humpback whale swimming under in Antarctica

When in Antarctica, I was lucky enough to kayak through areas with immense icebergs. Whilst the scenery was otherworldly and the penguins populations were both noisy and smelly, the highlight was having a couple of humpback whales swim under my kayak, turning as they did to investigate me. These curious gentle giants of the sea were as interested in me as I was in it, their huge eyes watching me as they swam under.

10. Shaking hands with wild lemurs in Madagascar / Road to Morondova

Whilst backpacking around Madagascar I was able to hand feed some wild lemurs outside one of the jungle lodges where I stayed. These gentile lemurs have very soft human like hands and were a pleasure to interact with.

In another instance, in a remote area of Madagascar, I had taken a minibus from Fiantarasoa to a remote area on the way to Morondova. We had entered the jungle and stopped at a small village. We entered the only restaurant. There were two choices I was told – chicken or fish. I settled on chicken as the fish was quite a way away. After dinner, I exited the restaurant and re-boarded the minibus. Someone had placed there live chicken in the foot well where my feet had been prior to the restaurant stop. It squawked as I almost trod on it. At the same time the  Madagascan lady was trying to say something to me.  It was jungle hot and humid and the radio was playing French music about the snow falling. As we set off the rain streamed down and we navigated our way through a jungle of pot holes. Later we passed a village with sellers asleep at their kerosene lamp lit tables .


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Buy travel gear from Travel Ideology.

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Buy travel gear from Travel Ideology!

Every wondered where is the best place to buy your travel gear and accessories? Maybe you think of Kent St in Sydney or Little Bourke St in Melbourne when you think of quality travel gear. You could always buy your travel gear there and that is great when you have money to burn, like to pay more for everything and like spending time waiting in a queue, sitting on a bus or finding an expensive parking spot. Instead buy travel gear from Travel Ideology and save money.

HOWEVER, there is now a much better way. Travel Ideology brings you all the best brands at the best prices in Australia.

You can now buy all of your travel accessories at Travel Ideology online at Travel Ideology Shop. Not only that, if you buy more than $50 at a time, delivery is free.What could be better than that? No cost for parking, No bus or train fares. No spending lots of time getting there. Spend your time doing things you love, spend your money here and still have more to do other things with.

With Travel Brands such as Victorinox, Leatherman, Sea to Summit, Eagle Creek, Bridgedale, LED Lenser, and many others, its hard to argue.

When you want the best travel knives or multitools, travel towels, money belts, packs or dry sacks, Travel Ideology has it ready for you.


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10 reasons to buy travel gear online at Travel Ideology

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10 reasons to buy travel gear online with Travel Ideology

  • you prefer to pay a lot less for exactly the same thing.
  • you don’t like to waste time going into physical stores.
  • you buy your travel gear whilst naked and the people in Kent St just don’t understand.
  • you don’t like paying someone else’s rent.
  • you don’t like store personnel insisting you buy something you don’t want.
  • you don’t like store personnel telling you to come back, it will be coming in.
  • Travel Ideology have something not stocked in Kent st or the local store.
  • you don’t like paying for high priced city salaries.
  • you’re a movie star and even dark glasses don’t stop the constant autograph requests.
  • you look like a movie star and want to avoid the autographs.

Bonus
you don’t like sitting next to that smelly person on the bus or train and the parking is too expensive


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Gap Year of Travel

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Preparing for a Gap Year of Travel

Travelling during your gap year can be one of the most exciting experiences of your life; it is an opportunity to expand your horizons, open your mind, forge new bonds and encounter countless truly life changing experiences.

When getting ready for your gap year, preparation is key. Although spontaneity is fun, you run the risk of missed opportunities, bad organisation and overlooking things that can ruin a trip. Its a great idea to keep things a little open and flexible to allow for last minute decisions whilst making adequate preparations to ensure your gap year runs smoothly.

Here are our four most important tips when preparing for a gap year of travel:

1. Do your research
Make a list of everything you want to do and see then sort all these things into: ‘absolutely have to do’, ‘would like to do’ and ‘wouldn’t be upset about missing’. Put a mark next to all the items that need to be pre booked and make your plans based on these, allowing time for the other items. This will allow maximum flexibility without missing out on anything.

2. Create a budget
Make a plan for all of your costs and work out your savings target. Be sure to include accommodation, food budget, travel insurance, transport, visas, experiences, spending money and emergency money.

3. Travel insurance!!
This cannot be stressed enough, make sure you have travel insurance that provides, at a minimum, generous medical cover. The last thing you want to do is to have an accident and end up cancelling your trip.

4. Make sure you have all your travel gear
It’s great to plan to pick up what you need as you go a long to keep your bag light, in most places you visit you’ll be able to pick up clothes and toiletries. However taking a few essential travel accessories can make your travels exponentially more comfortable. Picking up items such as a travel towel, money belt, first aid kit, padlock and travel pen will create a core travel kit of essential travel accessories.

5. Make sure you have “Travel More for Less” – the book
This book will help you with all the planning and an almost infinite amount of tips when it comes to long term travel. see Travel More for Less

Above all else, enjoy and spend your year creating unique memories and friendships that you’ll have for the rest of your life!

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Travel Insurance Tips

If you can’t afford travel insurance you can’t afford to travel.

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There are two main reasons that you may need travel insurance.

The first comes to medical issues that may arise. Say you are in a car accident in the USA. This may set you back $100,000 if you do not have the insurance. If you were riding a motorcycle and don’t usually do that you may not be covered at all as it may be deemed high risk and not covered. When looking for a policy, look for one that pays at least $1 million and preferably unlimited medical insurance.

Say you were in a small third world country with inadequate medical coverage, you may actually want to be airlifted to a first world hospital. For example say you were in a country hospital in Bhutan or Laos. They may not have the capacity to be able to treat you. In this case, you would need to be covered for medical evacuation. When looking for a policy, make sure that it covers medical evacuation if you are travelling to third world countries especially in remote areas where medical treatment is lacking. Again, it should provide at least $1 million and preferably unlimited cover.

The other scenario is for Personal Liability. Given that the laws are different in different parts of the world, do you really want to risk a prison term because you had an accident and are found liable? This is another essential part of your travel insurance. You again need $1 million cover at least.

If you have any travel insurance tips, explain them in this section by pressing reply in the comments section.


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