It is really important that medications are clearly labelled when travelling overseas, particularly when going through customs into another country. It pays to read www.Smartraveller.gov.au re: drugs and medications. Some countries you go to can lead to the death penalty in extreme cases with illegal drugs. Even if you have legal medications, you must have them either in Webster packs or original boxes. Don’t have them loose or in pill boxes this will only cause problems at the airport. Also get a letter from doctor of all your medications
International Driver’s License:
Read www.smartraveller.com.au to see if you can use your Australian Driver’s License or Google. Don’t travel then assume you can use your Aussie Driver’s License in that country. We could use it in Vanuatu and South Africa. But when we went to Taiwan we could not hire a car because we did not have an international driver’s license. It is not expensive and lasts for 12 months and is another form of ID. All you need is passport photo size and go to your nearest state road & motorist association to purchase. For example in NSW it is NRMA. Go to the relevant state body in your state.
Passports and Documents:
Treat them as a precious commodity even more important than money. If you lose them it can become a nightmare and you will have to contact the nearest Australian Embassy in that country. If you have no passport it makes it impossible to travel between countries. It is good practise to make a hard copy and also store on computers or in the cloud as well. You never know when you may be asked. We went tandem paragliding in Taiwan and they wanted our passports. They were back at our accommodation but we produced digital copy in the cloud. This sufficed. Keep any photo ID, driver’s license or medication documents safe while travelling?
Locals expect that tourists won’t fully know or understand their cultures. If you go to the effort of knowing the culture the locals will appreciate and respect you more. For example in Taiwan we took off shoes and left outside and only wore indoor shoes. I got myself into trouble throwing in rubbish stinky tofu and chicken legs. When I realised I apologised.
Other than Google Translator, charades and pointing, sometimes I Googled photos of places that I wanted to go or food that I wanted to eat or train that I wanted to catch etc. A picture tells a thousand words when you can’t speak the language.
Be Thankful, Respectful and Not Angry:
It can be frustrating travelling sometimes and things don’t go according to plan. You will always have a better travel experience if you are thankful, respectful and not angry towards others. Locals will respond better and even go out of their way to look after you and help you. If you act superior and angry don’t expect to be helped unless it is part of their job. They will only help you because they have to not because they want to. Definitely won’t give you value extra service and will only give minimal service?