If it looks too good to be true it probably is!

This page features some travel tips we would like to share with you!

*   Avoid travel agents because they earn commissions on their bookings and therefore will not always sell you the best bargains available.

*  Always ensure you have full travel insurance for the regions you are travelling to.

*  Photocopy all your travel documents and keep them separately.

Back up your computer to USB and keep it separately.

*   Register with all the sites offering bargains and check them out!  Keep in mind that they may not always be the BEST available bargains but you may be offered something great that suits your needs, so be open to opportunities.

Book the first night or two at your destinations for peace of mind.  If you are planning attending a WORLD event, eg Olympics, Wimbledon, Tour de France, book your accommodation WAY AHEAD!

*  Consider joining http://www.couchsurfers.org/  if the concept of being able to stay FREE with people from all over the world may interest you.  Have people stay with you from other countries so that you have a safe, friendly profile on the site.

*  Remember that the longer you stay in a place, the more you will get to know it and the cheaper it will become.

Bookmark all your favourite internet sites so you can find them again in the future.  For some of our favourites, check out our websites page: http://teachorbeach.com/?page_id=18

Be generous to other travellers and they may well return your generosity in the future.

Do not judge people by their appearance.  Some of the friendliest, most generous people may not look like you.

*  Don’t be afraid to ask for discount.

*  When you are staying in a place, check out all the bargains on offer, via internet, local press, wandering around, other travellers and locals.

Think outside the square!  (One of our favourite examples was when we avoided a $300 long term parking fee by booking our van in for a minor repair while we were swanning around Europe (from Canada!) for five weeks.

BEWARE OF SCAMMERS!  Tourists are an easy target.  If it seems too good to be true it usually is!  Don’t be rushed into signing anything: Google to check whether it’s a scam.  For an article on how we nearly got scammed, check out this article I wrote after a nasty experience at a resort in Thailand:  Phuket Scammers