5 Tips for Planning Travel Abroad

When you are traveling abroad you will undoubtedly find yourself dealing with a large number of companies that you are unfamiliar with, and whose policies and procedures are different from what you are used to.

One of your objectives when traveling abroad should be to minimize the opportunities for screw ups that might jeapordize your enjoyment and cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars more than you were counting on.

Here are some tips for when you are planning your next trip abroad.

1. Whenever possible, deal with people and businesses you know

Buying a cut rate vacation package from a company you have never dealt with before may seem smart at the time. But if you have no experience with the company, you really have no guarantee that everything promised in your travel package will actually come off as expected.

Talk to friends and relatives about travel companies they have dealt with. Look for reviews on the internet. Deal with companies who have been around for a while and are members of professional associations such as the American Society of Travel Agents, the National Tour Association or the United States Tour Operators Association.

2. Start planning well in advance

If you are planning a major vacation abroad start researching at least a year or two in advance. Search the internet for information about your destination. There are many travel sites devoted to providing information about special air flights, hotel rates, local customs, and things to see and do in the country you are planning to visit.

Hook up with one or two companies or travel agents that sound promising. Ask them for information, or ask to be put on their mailing list. Talk with them occasionally and follow their promotions. This will give you an idea of the type of service they provide and the costs involved. It will also help you to learn the vocabulary and give you a better idea of the proper questions to ask.

3. Be wary of telemarketers with travel deals

Telemarketers and vacation resellers are in the business of selling surplus travel and accommodation for other companies. They want to make the sale, and beyond that are not interested in your satisfaction, or whether you actually get the product you bargained for. Be aware that they have no responsibility to you after the sale has been made, and it might be difficult to get exactly what you thought you were getting from the company that is actually providing the service.

Many resellers will use ads in the newspaper or on the internet, or will send unsolicited faxes that offer cut rate vacations. Without some background on the company offering these “deals” you have no way of knowing if they are legitimate. The fact is the “deals” often contain hidden costs or they may require you to attend a sales presentation to qualify for the discount.

Certain practices used by these companies are dead giveaways that there is something fishy about their service. For instance don’t deal with a company that wants to send a courier for your payment or asks you to send money by overnight delivery. Even giving your credit card information to such a company is very risky. So the best policy is not to deal with companies you don’t know or don’t have good reason to trust.

4. Don’t pay until you have verified details of your travel package

One important advantage of dealing with a travel agent or tour operator that you know and trust is that they can make most arrangements without full payment from you. This allows you to withhold a substantial part of your payment until you see the complete details of your trip. If your agent is booking flights, hotels or cruises for you they should be able to provide, in writing, a complete itinerary with names, addresses and telephone numbers so you can verify the bookings. Your agent or tour operator should also provide complete cancellation and refund policies.

If you deal with cut rate tour resellers it may be difficult to get these details, and you will probably be required to pay the full cost in advance. Nine times out of ten they will say “We need full payment to hold your spot and guarantee these low prices.” But once you have given them your payment you have very little leverage. If it turns out that you are not satisfied with some of the arrangements they will simply say “You get what you pay for.”

5. Never give out your credit card information on the phone to strangers

Most people who think paying online is risky are only too happy to give out their credit card information on the telephone to individuals they know nothing about. It is true that there are safety mechanisms built into the credit card system. But it is also true that someone who has your credit card information can do serious damage to you in a very short time. And even if you can eventually straighten out the mess, you will have been seriously inconvenienced in the meantime.

The general rule is that you should not give out credit card information to companies you are not familiar with. This means that if you are buying travel services from someone on the other end of your telephone you should not be prepared to pay by credit card.

Of course that presents a problem, since the alternative would be to send a check or money order, and they may not be prepared to wait a few days to receive it. That is good enough reason to look for a different service provider.

Mind Your Manners When Traveling Abroad Part 1: They Must be Americans

It was a hot day, so when the couple finished a morning stint at the beach, they opted for a little shopping – in their swim wear. Wrapping a see-through, flimsy scarf around her bikini bottom, and he in his flip flops and sloganed t-shirt, they sallied into a sheik little shop on the main thoroughfare. Onlookers gasped and stared. Mothers covered the eyes of their gawking children. Mature men and women snickered or shook their heads. “They must be Americans”, one salesclerk whispered knowingly to another. Unfortunately, she was right.

When traveling, whether for business, pleasure or vacation, it pays to mind your manners. Americans especially are becoming increasingly known for their disrespectful behavior while abroad. Did I say becoming? The image of the “Ugly American” is already far too widespread. The stereotype of the loud talking, wise-cracking, inappropriately dressed, wealth-flaunting American foreigners who flaunt their lifestyle while traveling is unfortunately, all too real in some aspects in far too many cases. With anti-American sentiments growing worldwide, international corporations from Microsoft to McDonald’s and business publications like the Wall Street Journal have addressed the theme time and again. Here is some advice on how to foster a better, more intelligent, educated and respectful image when you travel abroad.

Know the local geography

Planning a trip abroad? First order of business – get a map and study it. Have an idea of how the city and its environs are laid out. Know important sites and landmarks. Many good travel guides provide essential information on getting around. This can be especially important if the local language uses a non-western alphabet writing system. On a recent trip in Colombia my wife and I listened in amusement as a foreigner explained to his family the compass directions – incorrectly. He had the directions of north and south reversed despite having the Pacific Ocean sunset in plain view.

Dress moderately

Not enough can be said about paying attention to local dress code and customs. In many countries it is disrespectful for women to dress casually, showing bare skin or body parts, in public. Bare hairy chests or legs on display, even for men, can be considered offensive in many cultures. If you’re not sure what’s appropriate, ask discretely or check informative websites for information on local customs. A useable rule of thumb is no bare legs, torso, back or arms when in public places. Emulate the dress of the locals to be sure you’re being respectful of their cultural norms. Embera Indian women, normally topless in their culture, cover up with a colorful wrap when they visit non-Indian towns and villages along South America’s Pacific Coast so that they are respectful of the social norms of their neighbors. Embera men, with their normal thong loin cloths, wear T-shirts and pants outside their villages for the same reasons.

Watch what and how you speak

Your speech is reflective of who and what you are. It can be a useful tool for the melding of cultures or a battering ram of discontent. Don’t create resentment by continuous babbling about your “affluence”, power, business or social status. People don’t care to hear how “inferior” their way of life may appear to be to you.

In part 2 of this three-part series, we’ll look at what to say and how to say it when traveling abroad in: “Mind Your Manners When Traveling: Religion is Taboo, Politics are Out”.

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Prof. Larry M. Lynch is an English language teaching and learning expert author and university professor in Cali, Colombia. Now YOU too can live your dreams in paradise, find romance, high adventure and get paid while travelling for free.

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Things to Keep in Mind While Travelling Abroad

Travelling is undoubtedly the most fun experience in everyone’s life. Nothing beats the joy and fun of packing your bags and gearing up to go to a new place and getting to witness a whole new surrounding. It’s not just about the mesmerizing scenic beauty but getting to see a whole new culture, tasting new dishes and understanding the intriguing customs of the place. Interacting with the local also adds to the charm of seeing and exploring new places. It helps you learn a lot of new things about yourself that you were previously unaware of and helps you push boundaries. Travelling abroad is a vastly different experience as you get to visit a different nation and feel the vibrancy and culture of that place. Going abroad for the first time is something that everyone looks forward too and it is a lot of fun, though there are certain things that one must keep in mind and be careful about while planning a trip abroad:

Learn the basic Do’s and don’t’s of the culture:
Every place has a different culture and way of living and it is important that one gets acquainted with the basic rules and pattern that is followed in a foreign Place. A lot of things deemed acceptable by us may be frowned upon in a different culture. Also, it is important that one pays the necessary respect to the traditions of the place. This would not only help you to avoid a lot of mistakes that can turn your experience sour but also help you form a cordial relationship with the locals. Take interest in their way of life and try learning as much as you can, as it would add to your knowledge and help befriend a lot of interesting people.

Adhere to your own safety and be careful of your belongings:
Whether you are travelling alone or with friends and family, one cannot overlook this important aspect that safety is crucial. One needs to be aware of how safe the place that they are visiting is and this knowledge is far more necessary if you are a woman or travelling with female companions. Watching the news is a good way to know the crime rate of the place and do your own research to know which place is safer and which needs to be avoided. Also be aware of your belongings and make sure they are safe.Keep necessary documents with you at all time to avoid creating unnecessary problems.

Familiarise yourself with the local cuisines:
You wouldn’t want your trip abroad to be spoiled by stomach infections or any other gastric problem which is why it is important to know what the local cuisines are and which are the best places to try out local food. Eating street food may not be the best idea for many and it is also advisable to carry any medication that you may need.

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Why You Should Try To Work And Travel Abroad

Do you want to see the world? However, if you do not have the money to finance your trip what would you do? Why not try to work and travel abroad so you can finance your trip. Of course you would be expecting to work for months to even more than a year because of your job contract.

There are so many benefits that you can get out of working in another country. Let us talk about these one by one.

One good reason is for higher income. While it is not a guarantee that every job that you can get will be paying you good money, but the majority is and you will just have to look for all the good offers.

But maybe your main problem first would be where to look for these jobs abroad. You can begin right in your own place. Go online and search for jobs in another country that are also being offered to foreigners. There are websites that specialize on this service. For instance, if you want to go to Japan and work as a ski instructor then look for a website that is providing this service. From recruitment to getting you settled in your new job.

Now let us go back to a benefit that you will get when you work and travel abroad and that is you will have a better perspective of the world particularly of different cultures including the traditions of different races. Because this will widen your understanding of why people are different, of why they follow certain decisions as a group or as a nation, and also the many misunderstandings that other nationalities have for them.

It will also be your chance to be more independent, not that you can not do it in your own country but since you will be in unfamiliar territory all the the more that you will be feeling your independence. You will learn how to live on your own and also how you can take care of at least all of your basic needs.

You will also learn how to live and work with other people especially since they are of another background or nationality. Certainly there will be differences that you will have to be careful to understand so that you will not be hurting anyone’s feelings even if you do not mean it. It therefore takes much responsibility on your part to learn these differences and to prepare yourself for specific situations where your actions or words will be judged.

And finally, this is more for practical reason, you will be improving your resume by the time you will have to go back home. It will be a great addition to your work background to have an experience living and working with other people. This is especially important if you were able to work abroad in a field or position that is in line with your current career.

These are the typical reasons why it is a good thing for most people to experience to work and travel abroad. When an opportunity comes your way to work in another country, think about it as it will surely affect your life.

Advance Parole: Preventing Immigration Problems From Travelling Abroad

There are many ways to slip up during the immigration process. A person can file many documents and submit pages of evidence only to have their accepted filing rejected because they have abandoned it. This problem often arises when an alien leaves the country to go back home for an extended period of time. This article will discuss how certain types of aliens can preserve their status or pending applications, while travelling abroad.

What is Advance Parole?

Advance Parole (AP) is essentially permission which allows certain aliens to re-enter the US without a visa after traveling abroad. Aliens apply for AP before leaving the US and therefore should be planned in advance. If AP was not received prior to traveling abroad, the alien may not be permitted to re-enter the US upon their return without holding some type of visa.

What does Advance Parole Do?

The Advance Parole serves two functions. First, it allows an alien to re-enter the U.S. after traveling abroad without needing a visa to enter the US. Secondly, it preserves the alien’s pending I-485, Adjustment of Status, or certain protected status that the alien has filed. Likewise, if an alien has a pending I-485, Adjustment of Status, and then enters the US without AP (but instead with another visa), that pending I-485 or a protected status can be construed as abandoned. For example, an alien with a pending I-485 Adjustment of Status who leaves the U.S. and then re-enters on a non-immigrant visa such as F-1 will generally be considered to have abandoned his I-485. There is one exception to this rule regarding H-1 and L-1 holders.

How Does the Process Work?

For most cases, an interview will not be required for the Advance Parole application. USCIS mail the AP directly to the applicant or to their attorney after reviewing and approving the application. It has become increasingly common to interview however because of recently heightened security precautions.

Who Can Apply for Advance Parole?

Not all aliens may apply for Advance Parole. The following alien classes can apply however if they have:

– have a pending adjustment of status application;

– been admitted as a refugee or have been granted asylum;

– been granted benefits under the Family Unity Program;

– been granted Temporary Protected Status;

– have a pending asylum application; or

– have a personal emergency or bona fide reason to travel temporarily abroad.

Aliens in the US are not eligible for Advance Parole if they are:

– in the US without a valid immigration status;

– an exchange alien subject to the foreign residence requirement;

– the beneficiary of a private bill; or

– under removal proceedings.

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Cheap Travel Abroad – 9 Top Strategies to Get More For Your Money

Cheap travel abroad is not synonymous with inferior conditions. It is about having your cake and eating it to, by knowing what to look for in affordable alternatives. Take advantage of low-cost air fare, affordable lodging and inexpensive meals to double your opportunities for travel. That way you can travel whenever and wherever you want.

Accommodations and Meals

Research cheap airfare. The airlines are scrambling for your business. Hold out for the lowest rates.
Check out hostels. They are cheaper than hotels and most come with free internet access.
Eat where the locals eat instead of at fancy restaurants. And eat your largest meal at lunch when prices are at their cheapest

Outdoor Activities

Instead of spending your time in a museum, go hiking or camping.
Travel to South and Central America where you can enjoy a gourmet meal for less than lunch at a fast food place back home.
Walk or rent a bike. This is the cheapest way to discover international destinations. It is good for the heart and the soul.

Cruising Tips for Cheap Travel Abroad

Find out about any added costs before booking.
Buy everything you need like sunscreen, mosquito repellent and bottled water before boarding. These items are much more expensive on the ship.
Keep ship tours to a minimum. Take a cab and do your own sightseeing. You will avoid the crowds and pocket plenty of savings.

Use these tips for cheap travel abroad to save a ton of money by staying at hostels instead of hotels and holding out for the lowest airline rates. And when going on a cruise find out about any added costs. They can add up. Knowing what to look for when traveling will save you enough money to come back and do it again. And again.

Mind Your Manners When Traveling Abroad Part 2: Religion is Taboo, Politics are Out

In part 1 of this three-part series we looked at some advice on how to foster a better, more intelligent, educated and respectful image when you travel abroad. In this article, part 2 of a three-part series, we’ll look at what to say and how to say it when traveling abroad.

Watch what and how you speak
Your speech is reflective of who and what you are. It can be a useful tool for the melding of cultures or a battering ram of discontent. Don’t create resentment by continuous babbling about your “affluence”, power, business or social status. People don’t care to hear how “inferior” their way of life may appear to be to you. Dale Carnegie in his classic book “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, said, “If you want to gather honey, don’t kick over the beehive”. While you’re at it, remember to lower your tone and volume. A loud, overbearing voice is considered to be inappropriate or boisterous in many cultures which favor a calmed, controlled form of speech. Control your tone. You want to avoid coming off as a braggart or imperialist.

Absolutely avoid the use of vulgarity, profanity, ethnic or stereotypical jokes of any kind. Refrain from any derogatory remarks or insults as well no matter how “harmless” you may think they might be. “Humor” can be a quick-sand-laden area for the business or casual traveler. Be wary of it.

Slow down

In France, people often eat half the food Americans do, and the French may take nearly twice as long to do it. Many Latin countries too, operate at a much more leisurely pace. True, life is short. But that doesn’t mean you should do everything at breakneck speed. “See 10 countries in only 14 days” the ads claim. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Americans, in particular, may eat, speak and even live at an accelerated rate, but many cultures do not. In France, to wolf down your food can be a great insult to the cook or family. In effect you might be saying something like, “The food was so bad that you hurried up and got rid of it so you could get away.” Slow down and enjoy the foreign cultural offerings. Smell the flowers. Taste the food. Chat leisurely with the locals. Really take some time to learn how others live. Remember, you can always “speed back up” when you get home.

Religion is Taboo, Politics are out

You know the old saw about avoiding religion and politics as conversation topics. Well it’s still true. Today, more than ever before, religion is not a suitable topic of conversation in public. It’s all too easy to stir up trouble much too quickly. To be on the “safe” side, avoid this topic with all but close associates. Another “land mine” topic area is politics. “Do you agree with what your president is doing?” These and other similar “hot button” questions will invariably come up. Avoid an argument at all costs. You can say that you don’t agree with their point of view without getting into dramatics or an unsightly “firefight”. Change the subject and move on. When I’m asked, “Do you agree to the extradition of drug traffickers from Colombia?”, I give a brief explanation of the effects of drug trafficking in major U.S. inner cities and move on to other topics before things ever get out of hand.

An excellent reference site with business and cultural information for 36 Countries is available online. If the country you’re interested in does not appear here try one of the other sites listed. In the final, part 3 of this series, we’ll go to some sites to see just how to get preview in-depth information on speech and conduct before traveling abroad in: “Mind Your Manners When Traveling Abroad Part 3: References for Business and Cultural Information”.

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Prof. Larry M. Lynch is an English language teaching and learning expert author and university professor in Cali, Colombia. Now YOU too can live your dreams in paradise, find romance, high adventure and get paid while travelling for free.

For more information on entering or advancing in the fascinating field of teaching English as a Foreign or Second Language send for his no-cost PDF Ebook, “If You Want to Teach English Abroad, Here’s What You Need to Know”, immediate delivery details and no-obligation information are available online now at: http://bettereflteacher.blogspot.com/

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Travel Abroad Volunteer Work Has Many Career Benefits

It seems that there are more and more people nowadays who seem to feel the need to seek out opportunities for travel abroad volunteer work. Such an adventure means that they will have quite a change in their lifestyle and will need to get used to new people, surroundings, customs and probably languages as well. Leaving a job or putting schooling on hold, as well as leaving behind beloved friends and family members, is all part of the deal when people have the courage to travel the path less taken.

Even with all of these major considerations and changes, venturing out on a volunteer work project abroad will more than likely turn out to be the experience of a lifetime for those who put their heart into their charity volunteer work overseas. Charity work abroad gives people unique opportunities to live and work in another land and experience the people and the culture, not as a tourist but on the same level that the local citizens live their daily lives. This in and of itself provides those who undertake overseas volunteer work with a unique perspective on the world and other countries that will be with them throughout their lives.

In addition to the experiences and perspectives that will endure in their memories, a person who embarks on travel abroad volunteer work will also expand their horizons by learning new languages, making new friends, and feeling like they have a second home in another part of the world. With all of this in mind, it is no wonder why international volunteer work is becoming a more popular pursuit for those who have the ability to get involved.

Choosing to participate in a volunteer work program abroad is a wonderful idea for a number of very positive reasons. On a more self-centered note, anyone who gives up their time and energy to offer their services and expertise to a voluntary charity organization will have a wonderful entry to include in their resume. At the same time, most administrators of charity work overseas programs are more than happy to write you a glowing letter of recommendation as a token of thanks for the services you rendered.

For those who are planning to go on to graduate school of some type after their overseas volunteer work, it can be noted that volunteer work is something that is well respected in school admissions offices. This one factor alone can be something on which your whole future hinges in the most positive of ways. There are many people who have returned from a break from schooling or a sabbatical from work where they took advantage of a volunteer work opportunity to find that their school or job prospects had improved greatly because of their desire to use their time serving other people.

There is really no lack of choices when it comes to travel abroad volunteer work opportunities in this day and age. No matter what your particular interests are or what type of charitable efforts you are most inclined to support, you will no doubt find options that will feel right for you. While rendering service of any type to any kind of voluntary charity organization is satisfying, working with a program that you have a special connection with will be even more gratifying.

5 Tips for Planning Travel Abroad

When you are traveling abroad you will undoubtedly find yourself dealing with a large number of companies that you are unfamiliar with, and whose policies and procedures are different from what you are used to.

One of your objectives when traveling abroad should be to minimize the opportunities for screw ups that might jeapordize your enjoyment and cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars more than you were counting on.

Here are some tips for when you are planning your next trip abroad.

1. Whenever possible, deal with people and businesses you know

Buying a cut rate vacation package from a company you have never dealt with before may seem smart at the time. But if you have no experience with the company, you really have no guarantee that everything promised in your travel package will actually come off as expected.

Talk to friends and relatives about travel companies they have dealt with. Look for reviews on the internet. Deal with companies who have been around for a while and are members of professional associations such as the American Society of Travel Agents, the National Tour Association or the United States Tour Operators Association.

2. Start planning well in advance

If you are planning a major vacation abroad start researching at least a year or two in advance. Search the internet for information about your destination. There are many travel sites devoted to providing information about special air flights, hotel rates, local customs, and things to see and do in the country you are planning to visit.

Hook up with one or two companies or travel agents that sound promising. Ask them for information, or ask to be put on their mailing list. Talk with them occasionally and follow their promotions. This will give you an idea of the type of service they provide and the costs involved. It will also help you to learn the vocabulary and give you a better idea of the proper questions to ask.

3. Be wary of telemarketers with travel deals

Telemarketers and vacation resellers are in the business of selling surplus travel and accommodation for other companies. They want to make the sale, and beyond that are not interested in your satisfaction, or whether you actually get the product you bargained for. Be aware that they have no responsibility to you after the sale has been made, and it might be difficult to get exactly what you thought you were getting from the company that is actually providing the service.

Many resellers will use ads in the newspaper or on the internet, or will send unsolicited faxes that offer cut rate vacations. Without some background on the company offering these “deals” you have no way of knowing if they are legitimate. The fact is the “deals” often contain hidden costs or they may require you to attend a sales presentation to qualify for the discount.

Certain practices used by these companies are dead giveaways that there is something fishy about their service. For instance don’t deal with a company that wants to send a courier for your payment or asks you to send money by overnight delivery. Even giving your credit card information to such a company is very risky. So the best policy is not to deal with companies you don’t know or don’t have good reason to trust.

4. Don’t pay until you have verified details of your travel package

One important advantage of dealing with a travel agent or tour operator that you know and trust is that they can make most arrangements without full payment from you. This allows you to withhold a substantial part of your payment until you see the complete details of your trip. If your agent is booking flights, hotels or cruises for you they should be able to provide, in writing, a complete itinerary with names, addresses and telephone numbers so you can verify the bookings. Your agent or tour operator should also provide complete cancellation and refund policies.

If you deal with cut rate tour resellers it may be difficult to get these details, and you will probably be required to pay the full cost in advance. Nine times out of ten they will say “We need full payment to hold your spot and guarantee these low prices.” But once you have given them your payment you have very little leverage. If it turns out that you are not satisfied with some of the arrangements they will simply say “You get what you pay for.”

5. Never give out your credit card information on the phone to strangers

Most people who think paying online is risky are only too happy to give out their credit card information on the telephone to individuals they know nothing about. It is true that there are safety mechanisms built into the credit card system. But it is also true that someone who has your credit card information can do serious damage to you in a very short time. And even if you can eventually straighten out the mess, you will have been seriously inconvenienced in the meantime.

The general rule is that you should not give out credit card information to companies you are not familiar with. This means that if you are buying travel services from someone on the other end of your telephone you should not be prepared to pay by credit card.

Of course that presents a problem, since the alternative would be to send a check or money order, and they may not be prepared to wait a few days to receive it. That is good enough reason to look for a different service provider.

Your First Travel Abroad Packing Checklist

Your first travel abroad for an island vacation needs to be well prepared to guarantee you the success. Apart from your choice of island for your travel destination you need to prepare a number of things.

Some are essential for your safe travel. Other items and things to remember might just help you to get the most out of your first travel abroad.

But first – do not forget the packing checklist:

Print and keep the packing checklist and bring it with you to the island – check off the list at home to remember everything. Use it again when your stay abroad is coming to an end and you prepare for leaving the island. This is my best island vacation tips today.

___ Travel tickets

___ Passport – and valid in long time enough

___ Photocopies of your passport as backup and kept separately

___ Travel payment documentation

___ Hotel vouchers or the like

___ Local money for the island and may be transition countries

___ Some back up money in your own currency

___ Visa or other needed admission document to the country of the island

___ Needed vaccinations and proper documentation

___ Travel insurance – make sure it covers all risks of health hazards

___ A hard suitcase with code lock or other save lock

___ Leave your itinerary and information about addresses where you stay at the island to people you trust (family or a friend)

___ Bring your driving license – an international diving license if you expect to drive on the island

___ List of phone numbers and addresses on paper – your mobile phone list isn’t enough if you loose it.

___ List of phone numbers for reporting problems with your credit cards on your travel

___ Your prescription medicine

___ Medicine to prevent seasickness or the like

___ Some emergency medicine and tools if you get problems with your stomach or infections.

___ List of addresses you want to send postcards from the island for friends and family

___ List of emails you might need during your island vacation

___ Insect repellent

___ Sun lotion to prevent sunburn – often a big problem during an island vacation.

___ Cloths for the relevant kinds of weather conditions – often a big difference of the temperature from midday to late night on an island.

___ Equipment and cloths for the different kinds of activities you expect to take part in: swimming, going to the beach, snorkeling, running, partying etc..

___ A notebook – you will often like to make some notes of people you meet during vacation etc.

A good up-to-date guidebook about the island with travel tips. Find lists of many good travel guidebooks at IslandVacationTips.com below.

Such a travel checklist is partly a personal choice, partly an essential list of items to include in every packaging checklist.