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Communication Tips for Travellers September 27 2017, 0 Comments
Communicating with other people while you are travelling is an essential part of your journey. It helps you get by when you’re lost or need help in finding your hotel, and simply adds new impressions and valuable experiences. However, meeting new people when you travel, either other fellow travelers, or locals at your travel destination, may not always be easy. Even if you are not too shy and have no problem starting a conversation, there is always a language or cultural barrier that you need to overcome.
Here are a few tips on how to successfully communicate with local people on any topic.
Top Tips on Communication While Travelling
Yes, talking to locals while travelling may require you to step out of your comfort zone. But it is worth it. The thrill of being understood and liked in another part of the world can hardly be compared to any other travel experience, and you will appreciate the memories you’ll ultimately get.
Safety Tips for Young Solo Travelers August 31 2017, 0 Comments
This article originally appeared in the Independent SA.
As the popular saying goes: "In the School of Life, travel is the best teacher".
Some of the world's more seasoned travelers have also said that the best way to challenge yourself and see the world while you're at it; travel solo. While all of this sounds great on paper, practically, it may not work out this way.
The world can be a very dangerous place, especially if you're in another country, know no one there, cannot speak the language and find yourself in an emergency, this can be a harrowing experience. This is why every traveler must take the necessary precautions and prepare properly.
Youth oriented travel agency "Contiki" specialises in curating experiences across various parts of the world. According to Kelly Jackson, general manager for Contiki, a lot goes into ensuring that the trips are safe even for young people that come alone, but want the experience.
"The safety of our guests is always comes first. Being part of The Travel Corporation family of brands, and being a family-owned business, means that we operate with a ‘family first’ mentality. Just as you would go above and beyond for your nearest and dearest, doing anything to ensure their safety and happiness, that’s how we feel about our travellers.
"Sometimes incidents that occur that cannot be planned for. In 2016, the Calais ferry strikes meant that hundreds of Contiki travellers were unable to get either to Paris, or back to London. Yet whilst other companies left their travellers stranded, we don’t work like that" Jackson said.
For young solo travellers, Jackson had the following tips:
- Always let your friends or family know your trip plans. At Contiki we provide our travellers with a duplicate list of hotels for this reason. Parents and friends can contact the hotels at any time to stay in touch.
- There are Pickpockets everywhere. Pick pocketing and theft happen in every country around the world so just be sensible about this. People are naturally security conscious so don’t let this habit lapse when you’re travelling. Keep locks on your luggage and don’t carry too much cash on you (or your passport) when you’re out sightseeing.
- Know how to contact local authorities in case of an emergency, and have the means at your disposal to contact them. Get yourself a local SIM card and stay in touch.
Jessica Clarke brand manager of Busabout, an alternative travel company said it is important to keep alert when traveling.
“Never let your usual sensibilities desert you. Keep your guard up in public places, be aware of pick pockets, know how to contact the Embassy, let family have a copy of your itinerary and be contactable – even if it’s only on Facebook,” Clarke said.
Here's to your next solo trip. And always remember: SAFETY FIRST.
Top Pickpocket Locations? The London Underground! July 17 2017, 0 Comments
The London Undergound: for tourists, a must try experience widely featured as part of London and the U.K's unique culture. For Londoners, a love hate relationship. They love the convenience of being able to cheaply hop on and off regular trains spanning the entire breadth of the city yet hate the hustle and bustle, the cramped platforms and even more cramped trains and for some platforms, then there's the pickpockets....
UK insurance company Row has compiled a report outlining three of London's underground and over ground train platforms as the absolute worst for pickpockets and theft in the whole of the UK. More specifically, gadget theft.
The firm said that no less than 85 per cent of UK gadget pickpocket claims this year have cited Bank station as the location for the stolen item, followed by Victoria and Kings Cross.
The insurance company also reported Bangkok, Sydney and Barcelona as the top international locations for claims of stolen gadgets such as phones, cameras and tablets.
The firm has compiled a list of must-dos to avoid being pickpocketed, including carrying devices in zipped bags when not in use, keeping said bag in front of your body, taking cheaper devices on travels, and limiting the use of gadgets in busy places.
The company also – unsurprisingly – advises travelers to get their devices insured, citing deals from as little as 10p per month to cover the new Nokia 3310.
So keep your eyes on your valuables Clever Traveler's! One thing this insurance company wont be directing their claimants and customers to do is protect themselves from being pickpocketed in the first place rather than relying on a dubious insurance claim to return your lost goods. We're in the business of prevention! Pick up some Clever Travel Companion pickpocket proof gear today and make sure you don't fall victim!
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