These travel tips will help you focus on the trip details now so you can drop everything and relax at your destination as you should.
Banish last-minute stress with smart planning!
Before you go
- Some destinations require a visa, so make sure your travel documents are complete beforehand
- Be a smart traveler and find out local tourist programs
- Save your embassy’s contact details on your phone
- Get in touch with contacts at your destination before you leave to plan meet-ups and get advice
- Find out about hotel amenities such as drinking water, transportation, curfews (if any) and nearby restaurants
- Leave a travel itinerary with family or friends, along with the hotel address and contact number for emergencies
- Notify your lodgings if you will be checking in late
- Print out your hotel address and name in local language (with directions if necessary) for the cab driver
- Inform your credit card company when and where you are travelling
- Review your flight details and check in ahead of time
- Check the weather and electrical outlets of your destination
- Study maps for general directions and orientation
- Research on local culture, etiquette and traditions to avoid offending anyone
- Lock and label your luggage with distinctive tags
- Roll your clothes instead of folding to prevent wrinkles and creases
At your destination
- Stick to bottled water or canned liquids
- Don’t wear flashy jewelry or bring all your money with you.
- Take advantage of free wi-fi at hotels and establishments
- Politely decline unwanted offers with “no” or “sorry”
- Bargain, but only when you are interested to buy
- Make a photocopy of your travel documents and keep a copy in your hotel
- Take a copy of your lodgings’ contact card just in case
- Explore the vicinity of your lodgings for nearby eateries
- Avoid dodgy alleys, grimy bars and suspicious lanes
- Be wary of approaching locals selling services that are suspiciously not from legitimate providers
- It’s good to make new friends, but never reveal your hotel or room number
- Always wear comfortable walking shoes
- Hydrate often
- Wear a smile
Top 10 travel tips to malaysia
- Since Malaysia is a tropical country, ensure that you bring light clothing, comfy shoes, insect repellent, plenty of sunscreen and most importantly, keep hydrating!
- Drug dealing, trafficking, etc. carries a heavy sentence. Read more on dangerous and prohibited items.
- Gambling is only permitted at Genting Highlands Casino and certain venues.
- To drive in Malaysia, you’ll need an International Drivers Permit (IDP) but it is recommended that you take taxis to move about as it is easier.
- You must have a certificate of inoculation for yellow-fever if you’re coming from affected countries. Vaccinations for cholera and small pox are not necessary.
- Blatant public displays of affection (PDA) are frowned upon.
- Always keep your belongings safely with you while you’re out and about.
- Important documents, etc. should be kept safely at your hotel safe-deposit box.
- Before buying a branded item at an individual shop, be careful of its authenticity as bootleg products are widely available.
- Tipping is not practiced or expected at eateries. It’s your prerogative if you do want to tip.
- Have loose change handy with you at all times for taxis, busses and trains.
- Also, when taking a taxi, insist on using the meter.