Research before you go – Knowledge of the country or city you are travelling is essential. Make sure you are aware of what to expect when you arrive.
Travel Insurance – Make copies of your documents in case you need to prove who you are. Always check the details carefully, read the small print and make sure you are fully covered.
Local language – If travelling to a non-English speaking country, try to learn a few phrases. You will find you get a lot more respect from the locals.
Try your gear – Use your bag and walk in your shoes before you go. Get used to using your gear, so when you leave for your travelling adventure it feels familiar and comfortable.
Accommodation – Book your first night’s accommodation and know how to get there. This will make things easier and make you less of a target for opportunists.
Keeping people informed – Always let your friends know where you are going. They are less likely to worry if they are informed and can quickly raise the alarm in case of emergencies.
Follow your instincts – You will know if something feels right. Always listen to yourself and don’t be dragged with the crowd.