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Admittedly not many people are born as savvy travellers, naturally it comes with experience and many inevitable mistakes until it becomes second nature to transition yourself from one culture to the next. Fortunately, Pheng Laogumnerd Travel offers some of the best insights into local cultures before your trip, and I’ve broken some of them down for you in this post!
Before you embark on your next adventure, make sure you are familiar with the laws and the host country’s customs because I can assure you that their laws will most likely differ to your own country. Always protect your luggage and possessions. Keep your money and phone tucked away at all times, especially in areas which have a reputation for pick pocketing- guide books, or one of the agents at Pheng Laogumnerd Travel can help you in that respect.
Part of staying safe in an unfamiliar environment is to dress appropriately for the location you are visiting and to also respect local religious customs, and often obvious demonstrations of wealth can make you more appealing as a target for theft. Pheng Laogumnerd Travel strongly advises that when you go out take only what you need, and try to keep the amount of cash you take out with you to a minimum, it’s worth having a backup debit or credit card on you or stored away in a safe just in case you get robbed or indeed lose your possessions, at least then you will have a backup and won’t be without your funds in a foreign country.
If you want to achieve your full ninja travel potential then Pheng Laogumnerd Travel recommends learning a few helpful phrases in the native country that you are visiting, you never know when they might come in handy, and the locals will be impressed that you are making such an effort, and it will make interacting with them easier. Don’t forget to haggle either, not only is it quite fun, but it is also a way of making sure you don’t have to pay the inflated price for being a foreigner which is never fun. Years from now you will want to look back on your adventures and re-live memories, so be sure to take lots of holiday snaps to document. Instead of going in with the attitude to visit as many parts of the country as possible in as little time as possible, you have to trust that you will travel again, slow down and enjoy the moment. Also, don’t try to pack too much, this is a common mistake that a lot of people make, you only need a few necessities and bear in mind you will most likely buy one or two souvenirs on your travels which is an extra thing to cart back with you on your return journey. Last but not least have fun, be open to trying new things, and as the French would say, Bon Voyage!