Welcome to our travel tips page. Let’s get ready for your trip
Start with your holiday package by choosing a guided tour package. It’s the best way to travel with family because all the details are pre-planned for you. This is especially important if you are not keen on researching destinations yourself.
For those who do pre-plan, take some time to create a complete itinerary following some research on the destination you are visiting. Pay special attention to special festivals, weather, and political climate when you are working on the itinerary. This provides space for back up plans in case of unforeseen travel problems.
The itinerary also ensures that everything is planned based on what you/ your family wants to see and experience. Just make sure all the activities are something worth trying and gives you and your fellow travellers a new dimension of the places visited.
If you are traveling on a budget then you should plan with flight, ground arrangements, passport, visa, meals, transport, shopping and contingency cash for emergency.
Make sure you apply for vacation days which include a day’s rest after your return to cope with fatigue or jet lag if you’re flying. Furthermore ensure all your travel documents are confirmed 3-4 working days before the travel date to ensure any last minute changes can still be accommodated.
As for packing, it is essential to pack what you need with consideration for the shopping you plan to do at your holiday destination. If you’re travelling with family and kids, ensure the needs of the elders and children are itemized and packed to avoid discomfort or tantrums.
Most importantly, it is vital to inform your close relatives/ friends of your travel. It would be good to arrange for house/ pet sitting while you’re away. Lastly, call your bank and let them know that you are travelling and there will be large amount of purchases with the debit or credit card.
You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while travelling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. Latest updates on vaccinations can be obtained from your local clinic or hospital.
Please take note that visa requirements for certain countries may change from time to time. It is advisable that you check with your travel agent or directly with destination country’s Embassy or High Commission in Malaysia before booking a holiday.
Whether your destination is domestic or international, we recommend that you consider purchasing travel protection. Consider the unexpected:
· What if you can’t leave home due to an accident, unforeseen sickness or natural disaster?
· Where would you go if you were injured while traveling in a foreign country?
· What would you do without clothing and medications if your bags were lost?
· What if you miss a connecting flight and become delayed for a long time?
For your convenience, we offer travel protection through Travelex Insurance Services. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, visit travelexinsurance.com or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 05-1749.
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On your travel day, make a list of the things that you need to bring along- luggage, passport and tickets. Also, mark all your bags inside and out with your name and address – both home address and your holiday address. To be on the safe side, weigh your bags to ensure you don’t exceed the baggage requirements of the airline.
You do know that it is possible to travel with hand-luggage only, right? But make sure you know the airline rules for carrying liquids, otherwise you may have to remove them at the security checkpoint! To handle jet lag, stay hydrated by drinking lots of plain water during the flight. Avoid tea and coffee. Alcohol should consumed only in moderation, if at all.
Gather required documents before your flight as you are responsible to present as required, documents by the relevant authorities at all entry and exit lanes, health and other documents required by law, regulations, order, demands or requirements of the countries flown from, into or over.
Self-check-in is free, simple & quick! It will save your time at airport! Otherwise, counter check-in opens 3 hours before the scheduled time of departure and closes 1 hour before the scheduled time of departure. Note: Check-in deadlines may vary at different airports and for particular flights. Airport has long queues due to complex security checks. We suggest that you check-in early and proceed immediately to the departure gate or you may risk being left behind in security.
Pre-book your checked baggage to save money and time. Each piece/item of checked baggage has to weigh less than 30kg. Guests may not combine their checked baggage weight with other guests unless travelling in the same booking.
For, baggage drop counter, it opens 3 hours before the scheduled time of departure and closes 45 minutes before the scheduled time of departure. Guests are required to hold a boarding pass to use our baggage drop counters.
Bringing liquids are subject to the prevalent applicable local laws and regulations guests may take liquids on board in their cabin baggage with a maximum volume of 100 ml. The items must be placed in a transparent, re-sealable plastic bag.
For boarding time, guests are required to be at the boarding gate at least 20 minutes before the scheduled time of departure or you will be denied boarding.
- Ensure you have a reliable GPS system and location maps in the car. Sometimes, you can’t rely totally on GPS and the local location maps come in handy.
- Pack enough liquids/water and snacks in the car as some stretches are long and do not have halfway stops.
- Try to reach your destination before dark as most stretches are either forests or farms where street lights are minimal in the countryside.
- Plan some games, pack short story books or sing along rhymes if you travel with kids.
- Umbrellas are great in case there are light drizzles or rain.
- Always ensure your tank is full and refill before it reaches quarter tank as it is not easy to find another petrol station nearby. You never know if you have gotten on the wrong track/trail or got lost.
- Buy insurance coverage for the driver and passengers.
When you are overseas/ holiday destination, do call your close relatives/ friends to let them know you have arrived safely and keep them updated of where you are if you are moving around. Make sure to always keep your luggage locked when leaving them behind in the hotel. Carry your passport with you and ensure you don’t carry excessive cash that might attract attention. If you are taking a self drive holiday, make sure you collect the car from the airport and get a GPS.
When you are abroad and if you want to try something local, make sure it is a recommendation from a trustworthy source. To make life easier, get a local map and identify the tourist info centres. Moreover for safety precautions, avoid walking alone at night or in dark areas and beware of pickpockets whose modus operandi is by distracting you. Also, if you drive, follow the local traffic rules and avoid driving at night.
Before your return flight, do confirm your flight details in case of delays or cancellations. It is best to ensure that you have all travel documents prepared and easily accessible for check in. Always plan your packing and don’t do too much last minute shopping that can’t fit your luggage. Keep track with the luggage requirements of the country you’re visiting in mind.
Do not forget to remind your close relatives/ friends of your return and make arrangements for an airport pick up. Keep track of all your valuables and make sure that they are in your hand- wallet, passport, camera, watch, jewellery.
Last but not least, make sure you are at the airport two hours (or 3-4 hours in some countries) earlier to avoid missing the flight.
There are certain things you should always do to safeguard your health when you travel.
- CHECK YOURSELF — Talk to your doctor and get a thorough check-up. Tell your physician where and when you plan to go, what you expect to be doing and how long you plan to be there.
- PREPARE YOURSELF — If you keep yourself in top shape, great. If not, talk to your doctor about an exercise and diet regimen to get you ready for your trip, then get busy. You’ll enjoy your trip a lot more — and be better able to handle the long flights to and from your destination.* With your doctor’s advice, make up a little kit for yourself and keep it handy. An over-the-counter medication for stomach upset (your doctor may prescribe you a powerful antibiotic for really bad intestinal bugs). Disinfectant wipes. Eye drops. Anything else? Ask your doctor for recommendations.* If you take prescription medicines, make sure you have enough to last the duration of your trip. When packing, keep them in their regular prescription bottles (pills in unmarked containers can make authorities suspicious, which could mean big hassles for you). Have copies of your prescriptions on hand — or have ready access to them from your doctor back home — in case you lose your meds while on your trip.
- PROTECT YOURSELF — With sanitation — wash your hands often. A good 20 seconds with soap and water is best, a good hand sanitizer (minimum alcohol content 60 percent) if that’s not an option, alcohol-free sanitizer if there’s just nothing else.– With insect defense — protect yourself against biting bugs. Flies, ticks and above all, mosquitoes. For most, that means a reliable repellent, either based on DEET or Picaridin. Learn how to dress in ways that don’t make you attractive to little biters. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a good resource for this.
- — With good judgment — Like street food? Don’t just watch what’s cooking, but also who’s cooking it. If things don’t look sanitary, hard pass. Your stomach will thank you.