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TRAVEL TIPS

General Travel Guidelines

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Some of the most important travel considerations are:
 

  • Valid passport with plenty of blank pages

  • Visas for each country as necessary

  • Health certificates as recommended by your physician for your specific destination(s)

  • Airline tickets or E-ticket receipts (Always reconfirm reservations seventy-two hours in advance).

  • Credit cards, debit cards, and cash

  • If you have not already done so, consider purchasing travel insurance.

  • Inform all credit card companies prior to departure of your travel plans to avoid unpleasant issues.

  • Exercise the same safety precautions throughout your travels as you would at home.

  • Small aircraft have specific luggage size and weight restrictions and also require soft-sided, duffle-type bags without wheels.  Please make sure your luggage is in compliance.

  • It is advisable to keep all travel documents together securely.  This should include tickets, passports, vaccination certificates, and travel insurance documents.

  • Be especially careful of your passport, and memorize its number, date of issue, and place of issue.

  • It is also advisable to carry a photocopy of the information pages of your passport (the pages containing your photograph and passport details, as well as any amendment pages and visas) and to leave an extra copy at home.

  • It is a good idea to leave valuables such as expensive watches, jewelry, etc. at home.

  • In any country, do not automatically expect your belongings to be safe in any hotel, lodge, or tent accommodation.

 

Airport Arrivals

  • For domestic flights, it is recommended that you arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to your flight's scheduled departure in order to clear security.  For international flights or for domestic flights connecting to international flights, it is recommended that you arrive at the airport at least three hours prior to your scheduled departure in order to clear security.
     

Safety

  • Do not leave your hotel to walk around at night or on weekends when streets are usually deserted.

  • Do not leave valuables out in your hotel room.  Use the hotel or in-room safe.

  • Whatever amount of money you take with you for tips, etc. keep it with you, keep it locked in your luggage, or keep it in your in-room safe.

  • Avoid wearing valuable jewelry and watches.

  • Remain vigilant and keep your belongings close to you at all times.

  • In towns and cities, take a taxi arranged through your hotel when you do not have access to previously arranged transportation.

 

Wildlife

  • Wildlife and weather patterns are unpredictable.  Specific wildlife sightings or weather conditions cannot be guaranteed.
     

Currency

  • Limit the amount of money you convert into local currencies and exchange only what you think you will spend before leaving a foreign country.

  • While traveling, cash, traveler's checks, credit cards, or local currency should be kept with you at all times and not left in camp or lodge rooms unless secured in the room safe.

  • In most countries, US paper currency printed before the year 2006 will not be accepted due to counterfeiting schemes.  Use only new, undamaged bills.

  • Traveler's checks are not widely accepted and can be difficult to exchange.  In addition, some establishments include a surcharge when using them.

 

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