Travel Tips & Tricks

How to get the best out of your Travel Experience

At MPS | Travel + Tours we want you to enjoy your vacation and travels without incident, and advise you consider the following travel tips and tricks.

Before you go


Research your destination

Access the full range of travel information on this website to help you prepare for overseas travel. We have useful advice on local laws, entry and exit requirements and health issues, and an indicative rating of the security situation in particular countries. The aim is to help you determine the level of risk you may face, so that you can make informed decisions about where and when to travel overseas. The travel advice is regularly updated. Subscribe to Smartraveller to receive free email notifications when the information for your destinations changes. 


Frequent Flyers

Signing up for frequent flyer programs for all major airlines in the world (except Qantas) is free !! Maximise your travel dollars by signing up to frequent flyer programs with airlines and use points to help reduce the price of your flights in the future. Store important personal information with in your frequent flyer program like preferred seating, meal requests, allergies, wheelchair requirements and other information.


Security

Protect yourself from from electronic pickpockets.
When travelling anywhere, don’t leave yourself vunerable to the invisible theft of your credit and identity card details through electronic pickpockets. Armourcard is a credit card sized device that you place inside your wallet or purse along with your other cards and offers ‘Active Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) & Near Field Communication (NFC) Protection’. This means  Armourcard has its own power source and will instantly power-up and jam the RFID & NFC signals when an RFID / NFC reader tries to communicate and interrogate your credit cards or ePassport data. Available from most major retailers or online.


Passports

Bring copies of your passport
Consider making an electronic copy you can store in your email account as well in case it gets stolen or lost.

USA Passport Entry – New Rules

Even if your passport is technically valid, you could be denied entrance to the United States of America after a new passport rule went into effect. If you’re traveling under the Visa Waiver Program, you’d better take a look at your passport.

As of April 1, 2016 anyone entering the US must have a modern biometric e-passport or they will be turned away under the Visa Waiver Program that was signed into law on December 18, 2015. To verify that your passport has been modernized, look for the small biometric symbol on the cover beneath the word “PASSPORT.” If you’re missing the small rectangle with a circle in the middle, you won’t be traveling to the US any time soon.

Travelers have had the option to purchase a biometric passport for nearly a decade, but only recently have they become mandatory for anyone traveling under the Visa Waiver Program. Older passports are still valid, but they will not grant entry to the United States from some countries. Check with your travel authority and confirm your passport is in compliance with the latest laws before traveling to the US as it may take weeks to receive a replacement.


Register with your embassy
If there’s a problem in the country, this will make it easier for your government to contact you and get you to safety.


Check-in with your doctor and insurance carrier

Have all of the proper vaccinations and that you have renewed all essential prescriptions. Also, ask you medical insurance provider if your policy applies overseas for emergencies. If it doesn’t, and you want to add extra coverage.


Travel Insurance

In today’s world of travel, it is almost mandatory to have yourself covered as accidents and incidents do happen without warning. To ensure that you receive the best medical or financial assistance covering medical expenses, cancellations, lost luggage, flight accident and other losses either internationally or within one’s own country. This is imperative and demanded by all cruise lines.

Travel insurance can usually be arranged at the time of the booking of a trip to cover exactly the duration of that trip, or a “multi-trip” policy can cover an unlimited number of trips within a set time frame. Some policies offer lower and higher medical-expense options; the higher ones are chiefly for countries that have extremely high medical costs, such as the USA.


Money

Make sure you do your math before you travel to get a sense of where the conversion rate is at, download a suitable app on your cell phone. Make sure your credit card will work in the countries you are visiting. European banks have switched almost completely to the more secure chip-and-PIN technology, and fewer businesses abroad are accepting the magnetic-strip cards.

ATMs overseas – Airport or city conversion centres tend to be huge rip-offs. You won’t get charged as many fees at the ATM or the bank, and the conversion will be exact.

Have local cash. Especially important places like trains, buses, eating out and souvenirs.

Check the country’s entrance/exit fees. Some countries require travellers to pay to enter or leave the country. These fees are not included in the price of your airline ticket, and can range from $25 to $200.


Phones

Gets your cell phone travel apps before you leave so you can avoid excessive downloading charges. Activate your phone’s global capabilities. There’s usually a charge for doing this, but it is much less than the roaming charges you’ll get if you don’t.


Electronics

Bring a charger adapter
Countries have different size plugs and voltage. So if you want to use your phone, make sure you can charge it.


Travelling Solo – tips for a together experience

Being lonely truly is a sickening feeling that can turn your whole day upside down. So at MPS Travel + Tours we thought what better advice to give then to how to not feel lonely when travelling alone! These tips can not guarantee you won’t feel lonely, but they can most definitely help assure you avoid it to the best of your ability. So please, before taking off on your own, consider these points of advice on how to go about your travel in the most social and enjoyable way possible!

Be Open to New Experiences

New experiences are never a waste of time. By taking on activities that you would have never even considered back home, you take a step in meeting new people, making new friends, learning new things, changing your perspective on the world, and growing as a person. There will never be a time that a new experience won’t offer you something or someone in your life, and while travelling on your own this will be the perfect way to make your trip one that is unique and unforgettable!

Learn How to Talk to Strangers

This is a skill that is vital to your holidaying alone. There is no way that you can travel the world without talking to a stranger at least once. So get comfortable with it, enjoy it, practice it, and embrace it. The chances are you will make a heap of new friends that will contribute to how amazing your overall travel experience is, and stop any feelings of loneliness creeping up on you!

Use Couch Surfing/Hostels

Ultimately this is the basis of your social life on your holiday, and a good social life for that matter! Couch Surfing and Hostels are the most social types of accommodation there is! You are surrounded by people travelling on a budget looking for fun and great experiences. So have a chat and make some plans for awesome activities and new experiences during the day! There is no chance you’re going to feel one twinge of loneliness while surrounded by a vibrant and social environment.

Smile and Have a Laugh

There truly isn’t anything more attractive and welcoming then someone who loves to smile and laugh with the people around them! If you are enjoying life and making the most of it, then many people will be drawn to you. Every single traveler you meet is simply looking for a great time with great people, and you will meet many people if you are having a great time, smiling, laughing, and enjoying your experience!

Volunteer

Nothing will warm your heart more then the gorgeous locals within the area you are travelling in. So volunteer at orphanages, schools, events, whatever it is that you are interested in and meet the amazing people that make up the destination you are exploring! It will keep you busy, happy, broaden your knowledge of the world and most of all you will be helping out some wonderful people that will remember you for the rest of their life.

Learn about Yourself

While you are taking on new experiences, talking to strangers, being social, having a great time and volunteering, you are going to come across a few realisations on who you are as a person. What makes you happy, what makes you sad, what makes you lonely, what makes you change as a person, what kind of people you enjoy the company of. These are all realisations that will come about due to travelling on your own, and they will stay with you for the rest of your life. They may even change you. So take note of the small things you learn about yourself from the new experiences you are taking on. They really will shape you into a wiser and possibly, better version of yourself.

Be your Own Best Friend

Once you have learnt all about who you are, you then have to then learn to be your own best friend. There are going to be many, many times in your life when you find yourself on your own and you have to accept and embrace this. By being your own best friend you will be capable of loving the world a whole lot more then you were capable of before. You will be more content, peaceful and happy due to the love you find for yourself on your holidaying away, and this will rid of those horrible lonely feelings that never do any good.

Don’t hurry or rush your adventure is our final tip to avoiding loneliness while you discover the world. Enjoy every second you have away from home, it will be more then worth it!

MPS Travel + Tours wishes the independent travellers all the best on their adventures across the globe! We hope it is everything you imagined it to be, with not a single moment of loneliness!