Please double check that you have adequate travel insurance and a valid passport before leaving home. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your travels. We strongly advise that you look into the visa requirements for the country you are visiting well in advance of your departure date. You can check what visas are required for your holiday with your local consulate/s.
We recommend you keep a copy of the itinerary with you at all times and leave a copy with your relatives or friends. The telephone number of a family member or friend who could be contacted in the unlikely event of an emergency should be left with your travel agent.
Please do not keep money, important documents, medicines and jewellery in your suitcase. You should carry such items with you, but not in the same place in the unlikely event of pick-pocketing. We recommend that you leave valuables at home and that you wear a ‘money belt’ while touring. On departure from hotels, check that you have all your personal belongings with you and that you have collected any items deposited in a safe deposit box.
At all times, please be as vigilant as you would be in any major city, especially in crowded places such as subways, squares or tourist attractions. Never leave your hand luggage unattended or out of sight in public areas, including airports, railway stations, hotel lobbies and dining rooms.
Keep a separate list of important numbers (passport, credit cards) in your luggage, together with photocopies of airline tickets and your passports.
Europe uses 24-hour clock (omitting a.m. and p.m.), e.g. 15.30 = 3:30 p.m. You will find that the dates, however, are written similar to Australia and New Zealand, e.g. 15th August = 15/08.
Voltage is mostly 220V, 50-cycle alternating current. Electrical outlets are round, two-pin. Before leaving home, you will need to purchase an international adapter so your plug will connect to the local electrical outlets. Adapter kits can be purchased before leaving home at most electrical stores.
Please be advised that tipping is customary in Europe. Please make a note of the below suggestions, so that you can budget accordingly.
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You will encounter uneven surfaces in many places, so please take care and watch your step. Due to the structure of old buildings, access to some establishments may not be suitable for wheelchairs, and facilities for the disabled may be limited. Many streets are cobblestone where rubber-soled walking shoes are highly recommended. We suggest that you wear a sunhat or cap, sunglasses and loose-fitting clothing and drink at least one litre of water a day.
If you travel with an open mind and respect local customs and culture, you should find it easy to adapt to your new surroundings.