What you need to know before you go - part 1

by Travelbag on 01 July 2016, 15:07PM

Do you love being super organised so you can travel with ease and don’t forget key things? Well you’re not the only one. From knowing how to say ‘Hello’, to national dishes your taste buds must experience, these useful facts about locations all over the world, will give you a head start and you’ll be looking just like a local…well, prepared anyway! 


Thailand

Thailand tuk tuk

Tuk-tuks are a great way to explore your area in a traditional, accessible and inexpensive style, just make sure you keep all your limbs inside the vehicle! 

If food is a big part of your trip then…there’s one Thai dish you need to try, it is the Tom Yam Goong soup. Packed full of flavour, the spicy, sour and fragrant soup is the ideal starter.

If you love a good old chinwag with the locals, but don’t speak Thai, there’s no need to worry because in Bangkok, English is widely spoken. 

Thailand's markets

Everyone’s a lover of a bargain and new garments, so whilst you’re in Thailand you can have a dress or suit tailor-made for you, for a fraction of the price you’d pay at home.

Keep in mind that you cannot drink in public parks and temples, (or places of worship) as it’s illegal.

To show respect to the local people, greet them with the Wai (placing hands palms together at your chest and bowing your head.)

 

Dubai

Dubai's metro

Transport in Dubai is superb, if you’re catching a taxi or using the Metro, both services are frequent and good value for money. So visiting everywhere on your list can be done with ease.

We think that knowing the very basics of the language makes for a great first impression - saying hello in Dubai (Arabic) is ‘marhabaan’.

We all dread that last-minute rummage for plug adapters, but you won’t need to do that in Dubai as they have the same three-pinned plug sockets as us. (Double check with your hotel/accommodation before you travel)

Dubai's skyline

If you’re going out for a meal, pick your restaurant and make a reservation in advance, as Dubai restaurants can get very busy, especially in the evenings!

Dubai’s weather is great even in the winter months; it is milder but still the average temperature ranges from around 20 degrees centigrade to mid 30s. 

Try to avoid overtly revealing clothing like mini skirts and try to dress a little more conservatively. 


New Zealand

New Zealand holidays

You will witness astounding views and scenery, so allow lots of time for photos and make sure your camera/phone has lots of storage space.

If you rely on a fresh strong coffee to wake you up in the morning, you’ll be thrilled to know New Zealand is jam-packed with coffee shops, so you can get one on almost every corner.

When you’re out and about, knowing how to use a little bit of Maori will make you look like a top tourist! ‘Thank You’ is whakawhetai koe and ‘You’re Welcome’ is kei mai koutou.

New Zealand holidays

Tap water is safe to drink in New Zealand. This is a super handy tip to know, so you won’t waste any money on bottled water and will more to spend on your daily adventures.

Check before you go when the local or national rugby games are taking place. You can mingle with the locals and enjoy the electrifying atmosphere.

To be truly prepared, make sure to pack a range of clothing, as the weather may shift from time to time.


Find this useful? Well keep your eyes peeled for part 2, which features the USA, rest of Asia and the Caribbean. Remember you can always ask our Travel Experts for their top tips on each destination too. Find your local Travel Expert here
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