After years of travel, these are the 10 basic rules of travel I’ve developed. I will be telling you the same, if you go to Chicago, Paris, New York, Egypt, Japan or Santiago– no difference.
- Be a smart traveler: Do not get into dark alleys, be aware of your surroundings, travel light, trust your instincts. .
- When in-transit, keep your passport inside ZipBag on your money belt. Also keep 40 or 50 US dollars with it ( remember to take money out of passport when handing passport to border official or officer).
- Carry only a small purse or backpack with stuff you do not care if someone runs with it.
- Keep spending money handy – in purse or pants – also useful in case you need to “give to somebody”
- When in doubt, pause and say to yourself, what would an Aussie do? ( they are the most fun and wise travelers I’ve encountered)
- Hotel may request your passport for safe keeping – DO NOT forget it when you check out.
- Eat well. drink bottled water ( watch your open drinks.)
- Do not rush. Enjoy the little things.
- Be prepared for the unexpected- especially in South America.- if it happens, do not worry too much about it. It will all work out 🙂 (Stuck at the bottom of an active volcano – someone will appear to help out of nowhere)
- Most people are good. Make friends, interact, have fun. However, trust only a few!