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Air travel etiquette and cultural values

Back in March, I wrote an article titled “Why must that seat recline?” and my further travels have prompted me to rethink my views on the matter. This time I won’t be going on a rant like last time but more so I will talk about how this problem is viewed differently in a couple of other cultures.

Shortly after writing that article I went on my travels once more, this time opting for travel with a group tour on my adventures across Vietnam. Many of my companions in this tour group were American and Australian so this article will come based on the discussions that I have had with them. Now I’m not saying that all Americans and Australians will have this opinion but equally, I’m not saying that they don’t all have this opinion. I’d love to know your opinion on this matter related to air-travel etiquette, whether you feel strongly in one side other the other, it would be great to hear your thoughts.

Now let us get back on track.

In the previous post, I spoke about how there are a small number of people who like to recline their seats, causing inconvenience to the people behind. This is not just my opinion, although I do agree with this, the opinion is that of numerous different individuals. One thing that I did not take into account at that stage is that all of the individuals that I had spoken to were British. Could it be that the aversion to seat recliners is a view that is associated with British culture?

On speaking with my travel companions on this matter, I soon came to know that their views greatly differed to that of my own. The view that I had been given by some of those that I had been travelling with was essentially that of a domino effect – “If the person in front of you reclines their seat then you recline yours, and the person behind you will recline theirs”. This statement is all good in theory, but my response to this domino effect theory is that it assumes everyone is willing to recline their seat, and at a time that is convenient to the person who starts this chain reaction.

Picture this, You are asleep you could wake up to find the seat in front of you too close for comfort or even, you have food/drink on your table the items on your table may spill when the seat in front of you reclines. Would you like if this happened to you?

I guess there are two different viewpoints here

  1. Try not to inconvenience those behind you, which is the dominant view of those I had previously spoken to.
  2. If someone has taken an action, in order for you not to be inconvenienced, you should take that same action, and people behind you will have to make that same choice themselves.

Both views have their own merits and I guess there may not be one overall correct answer.

Heres some food for thought, go business/first class 😉 then you wont need to worry about any of this.

Ok ok, before you all shoot me for making you spend more money, let us bring this post to a close, see you all next time.

Before you go, don’t forget to send me your thoughts; do you think this is a view that is shaped by a person’s culture, or is just something that is based on personal opininon.

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And one more thing… First Aid Kit medication


Finally, I am going to talk about what medication I think you should have within your own bespoke first aid kit.

Prescription medication

If you are taking any prescription medication, then this should be at the top of your list. 

Are you taking any strong painkillers related to morphine or codeine? I would say try to get a letter from your Doctor, as regulations in some parts of the world can be very strict for these products. 

For most other medication, you would generally be ok providing you have a copy of your repeat prescription. In addition make sure the medication is in it’s original container with a dispensing label stuck on the pack showing it is for you. You don’t want to be caught off guard here…

With your prescription medication I will tell you one more thing, be sensible, know how long you are going to be away and make sure you have enough to see you though your trip and at least one week afterword.

If you are taking any regular prescription medication, do check if you will be ok to take anything from the list below.

Now for the rest of the meds…

Painkillers – Here you have a few options, most commonly paracetamol and ibuprofen. I’m sure you’ll have your own preference here, definitely do take something. 

Allergy tablets – In other words anti-histamines, such as loratadine. This will come in handy whether you have an allergy to something you’ve eaten, touched, or even an insect bite.

Allergy/bites cream – This is again an anti-histamine but in the cream form. If you have had a bite, then this may in fact be the better option

Antacids – My favourite here is Gaviscon double action, but whether you’ve over-eaten or you’ve gotten a bit too merry the night before, you won’t go wrong with antacids.

Anti-diarrhoea tablets – We’ve all heard of Delhi belly, but this doesn’t just happen in Delhi, it can happen anywhere, so to prevent yourself from being caught out, take some loperamide with you.

Anti-diarrhoea antibiotics – Now one thing that you may not be aware of, you can actually buy antibiotics from traveller’s diarrhoea, but there’s a catch. There are specific pharmacies that operate a scheme where if you meet certain criteria then you can buy a course of antibiotics in anticipation of having diarrhoea on your travels, this is worth looking into.

Anti-malaria tablets – Hopefully you’ve checked if you need these for your next trip, you don’t need to go to the Doctor to get these any more, a large number of pharmacies do travel clinics to much it much easier to get a hold of these.

Mosquito repellent – Even if malaria isn’t an issue at your destination, you may still need mosquito repellent. In today’s world Zika is the big one that everyone is talking about and is an example of other diseases carried by mosquitos, so beware! When buying mosquito repellent, ensure you go for something with at least 50% DEET, a good example is Jungle Formula. If, however you don’t want to use DEET based products, there are natural alternatives, such as Incognito, I would suggest do your research before buying.

Sunscreen – Now you may think this is no biggie, but sunscreen is very important, whether you plan to do sunbathing or just go outside in a sunny climate. With a sunscreen make sure it’s something that has a 5* rating and has an SPF of at least 30.

Do you normally take anything else with you? I’d love to hear about it…

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First Aid Kit? Oh yes there’s more… Keep reading!

In my last post I spoke about what ready-made First Aid kits commonly contain.

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of buying ready-made First Aid kits as I feel there is a lot in there that I, as the average traveller do not need/use.


Here is a list of the items that I feel are essentials as part of a home-made First Aid kit.

Plasters/Band-aids – Yes number 1 on the list, in various shapes and sizes, you never know when you will need these, so it’s best to have at least a small number.

Sterile dressing – This is for the extra cautious traveller, maybe bring the odd one or two only, unless you’re planning to take part in some seriously hazardous work.

Micropore tape – To accompany the dressing

Scissors – In case you need to cut the dressing to size.

Bandage – Again for the more cautious traveller, a just in case item,

Safety pins – These can be used for fastening the bandage in place or even for various other problems, for example, a wardrobe malfunction, if you found yourself in the position where you ripped something, a safety pin can be a good short-term solution.

Antiseptic wipes/gel – It’s up to you what you prefer but you should have at least one or the other.

Condoms – Before you tell me this is not something to put in a first aid kit, we are talking about health and safety, and we want to make sure you are safe in all definitions of the word during your holiday. Don’t forget these.

These items are just some of the essentials, you may have others too but hold up, there’s still more. In my next post I will be talking about the medication that you should keep with you in your First Aid Kit.

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Travellers… You need a first aid kit!!!

With my next exciting adventure on the horizon, I have now started to think about what supplies I’ll need to take with me. One of these supplies will be a First Aid Kit, but there is so much to think about.

Whilst out exploring, whether it be in Asia, America, Europe or some other wonderous land, there is a chance that you may take a tumble, resulting in bumps and bruises. To help heal these boo boos, you want to make sure you have supplies, things that get you back to full power, A.K.A a First Aid Kit.

You’re probably thinking, “I’m invincible, I can handle anything”. To this all I can say is there is no harm in being prepared.

Lets begin… There are several ready-made First Aid Kits on the market. These kits range in size and price, typically containing plasters/band-aids, bandages, gauze, sterile dressings, micropore tape, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, scissors, insect bite (antihistamine) cream, saline, and paracetamol (painkiller). 

This is all good and well for those of you who want something ready made, but one thing to bear in mind is that these kits are often expensive, and a lot of the items go to waste. Don’t get me wrong these kits are good for those who are going off the grid… are you planning to disappear? Some adventures do take you off the beaten path… Yes in this case you may find one of these kits useful, well maybe one of the more comprehensive kits.

Let me tell you what my favourite part of these kits is… any guesses? My favourite part is the bag/pouch that these supplies come in… Later I’ll tell you what I would take with me.

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Flights Part 1… What to do???

Having decided on where to go on your next adventure, are you going to fly like an eagle??? Well maybe not like an eagle, hopefully inside a plane? 

If you do then your next challenge will be getting the best value for money on your flight as there are a near infinite number of flights that you can choose from… Where on earth do you begin??? I don’t mean where on earth literally, that would be your home city, you know what I mean…

Now as always, I am going to ask you to make a decision. There are four questions that I am now going to throw at you:

1 – How much are you willing to spend on your flights? If you have a money tree growing in your back garden, then by all means, first class will give you the most luxurious time in flight. If however you feel more like you have a black hole in your pockets and your money doesn’t seem to hang around for very long, then you are more likely to vote for the economy cabin. Ok, we’ll say you’ve chosen economy, you still need to set yourself a budget for how much you are willing to spend. Do you know this figure?

2 – Are you taking a long haul or short haul flight? In other words is it going to be a 200 hour (yes I know a slight exaggeration) marathon flight, or a two hour flight to that place just down there.

3 – Are you more concerned with price or comfort? Is it value for money that you are looking for ? i.e. the cheapest flight available to your destination of choice, or are you looking for a journey where the economy cabin will give you a good nights sleep, FOOOOD, and a tonne of entertainment?

4 – How much baggage do you want to take – Are you a backpacker? Are you a fan of the traditional suitcase, or are you the extreme minimalist. This makes a big difference as if you are a budget flyer you often will only be able to take a small backpack/bag in the cabin without an extra charge, meanwhile. Backpack or suitcase makes a big difference as well with suitcases often being heavier than backpacks (because you can take more) and baggage allowance in general often being 20-30kg, varying between airlines, this is something you will need to consider.

It is essential for you to answer these four questions before booking your flight. All four questions don’t have a fixed answer but there is in fact a spectrum, how much money do you want to spend on travel? How far do you want to go? How important is the cost of the flight to you? How important is comfort to you in-flight? How many “essentials” do you want to take with you?

If you really want to do detailed research then I would suggest going to a website that I have recommended once before. This website will show you data on the airlines, seats, and feedback on various elements of these airlines… https://www.airlinequality.com.

No before you as I am not sponsored by this website, I just feel it gives you good information to help make your journey as comfortable as possible, yes comfort is something that I value…

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Why must that seat recline?

Last September I went on holiday and yes you could be forgiven for thinking “What’s the big deal about going on holiday?”. This holiday was in fact my first solo trip… eeek! Today’s post isn’t about the holiday, you’ll hear about that shortly. Instead this post is related to the journey leading up to the first destination… Hope you agree with what you read…

My holiday involved going halfway across the world, taking two flights, and more than 18 hours to complete… Why oh why can planes not go any faster?? I do have a habit of going off on a tangent, but back to the point.

Seats and reclining! Don’t be that person… This is not a post for those of you in front, but for those of you behind, my sympathies…

Yes I know what you’re thinking… “What on earth is this guy talking about…”.

Give me a moment, you will soon know what I am talking about.

With flights being one of the most common forms of long haul travel, I wouldn’t be surprised if you told me you used one airline or another during your last holiday. Tell me something… Are you a celebrity having booked a luxurious first class seat? Did you go on a work trip and have quite comfy business seats? Or are you like me and did you book economy seats in one of the many millions of airlines that are available today?

I’ll keep the focus of this post on economy seats. There is a lot to think about when booking your flight in relation to the seats alone; width, pitch, and even the number of seats in each row. Tell me, how many of you actually looked at this stuff when you last booked a flight. The reality is, when most people book a flight, they look at the price of the ticket and nothing else. I would recommend doing this research before your next flight, in particular seat width, pitch, and airline rating, I always check out https://www.airlinequality.com, try doing the same, you’ll find a tonne of useful information on that website.

Now… Seats…

Let me tell you a story… As you already know I went on holiday last September. I took a flight. I did my research and ended up choosing Qatar as the airline that I travelled with, and of course, an economy seat. Anyone who has flown with any airline knows that there is a foldable mini table and a small LCD screen integrated into the back of the seat in front of you… Oh and the main topic of this post… these seats can recline.

I’m predicting two different responses from people who read this post. 

The first response will be “What’s the big deal?”, which will be from the following people:

1 – The recliners

2 – Those who don’t fly economy

3 – Those who don’t fly

The second response will be “OH HOW I HATE THOSE RECLINERS”, and this will be from:

1 – Everyone else in the economy cabin

You may be wondering whose perspective I’ll be coming from next, rest assured I belong to the “Everyone else in the economy cabin” group and I cannot stand reclined seats.

So back to last September… I generally opt for window seats as I enjoy looking outside the window and seeing the clouds go by, I don’t know I guess it appeals to the little kid in me.

All is fine and dandy until the guy in front of me decides to recline his seat… The only question I have here is “Why?”, I can not see why anyone would need to recline such seats. Imagine this scenario, you’re at work, sitting on a standard seat for hours on end, do you recline those seats? No, you wouldn’t, but you do on an aeroplane, purely because you can, and you want an experience that’s above the basic economy experience. You might think “Why shouldn’t I recline my seat? I want to be comfortable”, but I think you’ve forgotten something… There is someone sitting behind you!!!

Now back to my story… There I was sitting at my window seat, and a few hours in, I believe it was dark outside now, the person sitting in front of me decided to recline his seat. The first thought that went through my head was “Woah!!”. Within the “recliners there are a subset, those people who recline their seat slightly, and those who go all the way. I must admit I don’t mind those who recline their seat slightly, its tolerable. Those people who want to go all the way down are the people who I find very hard to tolerate. 

There are two main reasons why people behind don’t like reclined seats. The first reason is if the seat comes all the way down, the seat gets quite close to your face, into your personal space, and it can feel quite claustrophobic in this scenario. The second reason will affect the taller passengers more, but may have an impact on everyone, when the seat comes down you may find your knees feel the squeeze. For me both of these reasons had an equally large impact and it led to some drastic action on my part. Before I carry on, I have to say don’t judge, I’m sure you all have done something like this at some stage. So here I go, as the seat went beyond a tolerable level, I intentionally used my knees to stop it going any further. I know this may be controversial for some of you, and especially for the recliners themselves, but the recliners need to understand that they need to be considerate to the people behind them as they may face the same inconvenience from in front of them at some stage in the future.

So what has been the effect of this on me… I have stopped selecting window seats and have been opting for aisle seats going forward. I feel the advantage of this is that if the person in front of me does decide to fully recline, at least I can stick my head out into the aisle, thereby preventing that sense of claustrophobia and invasion of personal space.

Recliners…I tell you this, think of your fellow man and woman, don’t be that person… don’t recline!!!

If you’re a traveller you must have flown on at least some of your travels. Along the way I’m sure you  have used economy seats on the flight at some stage. Did you have anyone sitting in front of you? Did  that person recline their seat when you were trying to get comfortable in your seat? This is what my post is  about. Which group do you fall into???

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Transport… getting from A to B… wait what about C to D???

The moment has arrived… your flight has landed… What’s that I hear you saying? “The turbulence shook me up a little”, don’t worry, some flights can be a little bumpy, but you’re here, you’ve arrived, and you’re ready to dive into your next adventure… after a little snooze.

So your first challenge on your trip… get out of the obstacle course known as “The Airport” and make your way to your hotel.

Yes yes, you want to know how, I’m getting to that bit…

Ok, our options in general are airport transfer, cab, train, or bus.

Let me go through these one by one…

Airport transfer – Potentially one of the more expensive options, although this relies on you being organised and booking ahead of your arrival. With this option you need to book your airport transfer with your hotel before you start your journey, although, this assumes you’re staying in a hotel, you may have chosen to go for something a little more rural. So thinking about this option? Do you want to walk out of your flight to see a driver holding up a piece of paper with your name on it? Sounds fancy I know.

Cab from the airport – There are a lot of cabs “hanging around” outside the airport, and many companies in all shapes and sizes having set up shop within the airport. These cabs can be both official and unofficial and depending on the destination, there are specific characteristics that official cabs have, this is where I am going to say one thing… do your research. I always say go for the official cabs, it may be a little more expensive, but it is the safer option. This option is often cheaper than doing an airport transfer but I have one question for you about this option and all other options below… Do you have local currency to pay for the cab? Oops… go and check if the company will take whatever currency you have? If not then go get some currency converted… quick…

Train – This option depends on where you are in the world. If there is a train that goes from the airport to near your hotel, woohoo, that is an ideal scenario for quick and easy transfer but this option is not always available.

Bus – Perhaps the cheapest of all these option, and is truly the best option if you are travelling on a shoestring, is this you? A bus has never been my favourite mode of transport but hey, sometimes it is the best option, so I say again, do your research. You do have an advantage with the bus in that it will often stop at several places, but just make sure it is going in the direction of your hotel.

On your first day, my suggestion would be pick the option that is the easiest and gets you to your hotel the quickest. Once at the hotel, have a short (or long) break, and then think of onward travel, when there may be even more options.

For onward travel, I’ve found using a shuttle/minibus is often a good option, and there are many reputable companies that you can find in many destinations, but if there are atleast 3-4 of you, and if you are travelling a long distance, go for a private shuttle, its just more comfortable.

What do you think???

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Flights Part 2… How to book???

You’re sat there, scratching your head, making your decisions with the following results:

  • Destination… Check
  • Dates… Check
  • Budget… Check
  • Comfort… Check
  • Airline… Check… Sort of… You’ll have an inkling…

Now I’m sure you want to get the deed done, you want to find flights to your next adventure, ok we are getting to that bit now…

Tell me something, how do you normally book your flights? I have a few ways that you can find a flight… keep reading…

1 – The “old fashioned” way via a Travel Agent – You may already be aware of this method, you go to a travel agent on your local high street, tell them where, when, for how long, and you’ll be given the cheapest flight for those dates. In this scenario you can either accept this flight or ask further questions, sometimes this really is the best option as travel agents sometimes have special deals with some airlines so make sure you at least enquiry through this route. 

2 – The “modern” way, in other words using a price comparison website – This is similar to what a travel agents do for you but the “power” is now in your hands. When you go to such websites, you need to enter your travel destination(s) and dates, and you are shown a long list of airlines, departure/arrival dates, and most importantly for some, a range of prices. There are a couple of advantages to this method as follows:

  • As with travel agents price comparison websites sometimes have special deals.
  • You can choose multiple destinations, flying in and out from different places.
  • You can select only airlines that you are willing to use and screen out those that you don’t line.

Here are a few price comparison websites that I use and that you may find useful:

3 – “Go direct” to the airline(s) of your choice – Sometimes it really is about going direct. Your next option is go to your airline of choice’s website site and compare these separately to the price comparison websites. I find this varies from region to region, for example, for travelling to Asia, I prefer using Qatar or Emirates, this is just me, you may have different preferences, but I would always check their websites separately as well as going through price comparison websites. Of course if your preference is budget airlines, Easyjet to many destinations and are worth looking at as well.

Finding flights is not the easiest of tasks but I hope the information that I have given you helps to find your perfect set of flights.

On a final note, food for thought, if you are going travelling and will be going to multiple destinations, you don’t have to book a muti-destination flight. I feel your eye opening wider and your attention peaking. Yes you don’t have to do this multi-destination business, why not try to book multiple individual single flights, you may find this a cheaper option giving you exactly the same flight as you would have via the multi-destination option. Think about it, try it, book it, and let me know how your booking experience was….

Today’s traveller, signing out….

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Money, money, money… oh and travel too…

Money… Ok now that I have your attention…

Let me guess, you’ve booked your next adventure, it’s approaching quickly, next month… next week… tomorrow?

If your adventure starts tomorrow what are you doing reading this blog? Your backpack is still half empty, hurry up and finish packing!!!

On a serious note picture this… your next holiday is booked and you are thinking “What should I do about keeping money with me on holiday?” This is where I can give you some tips… Have you had your caffeine fix? Ready to pay attention?

Now when money is involved there have historically been two different options… can you guess what they are? Yes you’re right, its cash and travellers cheques. These two have been around for donkey’s years so you could be forgiven for thinking this is where the buck stops… 

Oh but there are many more options… with the advent of the modern age and digitisation of the economy we were introduced to card based transactions, these cards are not just for use at home, they can be used abroad during your many many adventures as well…

To simplify things these are the options that you have, all of which I will be talking about:

1 – Cash

2 – Travellers cheques

3 – Cards 

To start with there is and will always be (possibly), the all mighty cash. I will always recommend someone to keep 3 different types of cash on them:

1 – Your home currency – This one is purely a backup of a backup and hide it so temptation doesn’t find it. The reason I say take some of this with you is because you don’t want to end up in the situation where you have run out of cash, as you typically do on your journey back home, and you don’t have any way of getting a cab. You want your journey back to be as stress free as possible.

2 – Destination local currency – This one is so in particular on arrival at your destination airport, you don’t have to stress about trying to find somewhere to convert your money to local currency and at the very least you can grab a cab and get to your first true destination. Now this format of currency is one that you may want to bring more of but it is dependant on exchange rate. If the exchange rate is greatly variable at the time of your holiday, you may not want to take a lot of local currency with you. In addition if you are going to a small country with more rural than urban areas, their local currency may not be available in your home country readily and as a result it may prove difficult to obtain a large amount or any amount of this currency. I personally say you should have some of this, I would try and source enough to cover at least half of my holiday in local currency.

3 – US Dollar $ – Now this one is the saviour (sort of). As I said above your destination’s home currency may not be available in your home country, but the US Dollar will almost certainly be available as it is one of the few currencies that almost all countries will accept, at least in the larger institutions. With the US Dollar you have two options, the first of which is to use this as an intermediary currency that you can exchange into your destination’s local currency at your destination, this depends on how readily your home currency is available as an exchange currency across the world. The second option is to use the US Dollar as your currency of choice whilst on holiday, which is accepted practice in a number of countries as I have seen in Cambodia and Costa Rica. You have to be aware of one thing though, if you use the US Dollar as your currency of choice, at least in the smaller institutions at your destination i.e. markets, the exchange rate that they give you may mean that the product/service that you purchase would work out to be a lot more expensive than it would in the local currency. The most savvy way to pay whilst abroad is to use the local currency.

Does this give you an idea how the value of having cash? Do bear in mind that in the more rural countries, the facility may not be available to use any other means of payment other than cash. This is true at least in a proportion of the destinations, and in particular those that are off the beaten path…

Travellers cheques… You may be fond if this if you remember a time before the world was conquered but the all powerful card!!! Millennials may be stumped with confusion here…. Ok listen up millennials, time for a history lesson… Travellers cheques are essentially like buying a Love2Shop voucher in your home currency, that is backed by the issuing bank because you’ve already paid for it. You would take it to a bank or other institution abroad where it would be converted to local currency cash but ID would need to be provided as it would be in a set person’s name. The benefit was that if the traveller’s cheques were stollen, they could be cancelled meaning you don’t lose you money, where as if you had cash it would be lost.

All joking aside, travellers cheques were once a gold standard method of taking money with you on your travels, but now like with all other forms of cheque, their use has declined. If you are comfortable with these, you can still use them but these may not be accepted in many places aside from large institutions such as major banks at your destination.

Now we step forth into the modern era… And again… Multiple options… Decisions decisions, where does it end? Don’t worry this is the last option that I will be talking about so here goes…

With cards now there are three different options; credit card, debit card and a pre-paid travel card. Here you can also include options like ApplePay, although used widely in the developed economies, may not be so readily used in other countries. With these options there a millions of different cards you can choose depending on your home country so this is where I will have to leave the research in your hand.

Here is a link for those of you who are in the UK, this is a site that I use a fair bit and you may find useful as well https://travelmoney.moneysavingexpert.com/

One thing that I can say however, is that VISA and Mastercard are generally accepted in most countries and although you may get a better deal on some less well known card companies, VISA and Mastercard are usually a safe bet.

Oh don’t forget, before you take your card with you, let your bank know where you are going, you don’t want to find you’re on holiday trying to use your card and turns out it’s declined.

There are two things that you want to check, regardless of whether the card the you chose to use is a credit, debit or prepaid card.

1 – Fees on use – Make sure the card you use has no fees on purchases and withdrawals as this would be throwing money away, quite literally. Do however bear in mind that in a lot of countries ATM machines do apply a small charge to withdrawals regardless of which card you use.

2 – Exchange rate – This one will require a fair bit of research. Using comparison websites will help you with this but it may still be a tricky one to get your head around. Many websites do quote their exchange rates regardless of the type of card and you’ll soon start to see a trend so try to shop around. This will also impact you whilst withdrawing money from an ATM so try to withdraw in local currency as your card provider will work out the exchange rate that way.

I hope this has helped and if you need any more information please to let me know.

Here is a curveball for you now, particularly for those of who living in the post modern futuristic era… You know what I mean… Yes Cryptocurrency… I know I know, this is a controversial topic and this would start up a debate in itself, but there are countries across the world where Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ripple are being used at ATM machines, this could be an idea for those of you who like to try new things and are not afraid to take risks. Maybe you have already tried this, let me know of your experiences…

I’d love to hear what options you have decided to go with.

You're all excited, you've booked your holiday, you've got time off work, but wait, what about money??? No no, your local currency won't do, well not for the most of us, this post will tell you what you should know about travel money, what are the options? how much do you know? I want to hear from you!
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Wait… Stop… Who pays how much???

Have you ever found yourself asking this question “Who pays how much?”

Ok so picture this… You are on holiday with your friends, you pay for a cab to the hotel, one friend pays for snacks, while another pays for an activity that you do later in the day. You decide to “sort it out” later and when later comes you all end up faffing about with your calculators out trying to figure out who owes what to whom.

Let me tell you a story… On my last trip I found myself in a the following scenario. I was on holiday with two friends. We started off splitting costs evenly but found ourselves in the scenario where one person would cover the cost of an entire activity and then we would put our heads together at the end of the day to pay that person back. Now one day, we were at Soda Viquez, an unmissable restaurant in La Fortuna, and we were seated next to another small group having the same dilemma of how to split their costs. Thats when I heard one of them talk about Splitwise.

For those of you who have never heard of Splitwise, it’s an app that you can download to your phone. Once downloaded and set up, you can connect with friends, add expenses in various/multiple currencies, and Splitwise will do all the calculations for you saving that headache of doing the sums. The good thing about this app is not just that this app will do the maths, you can also tell it that only two out of three people contributed to a cost, then it’ll work out what the third person owes, quite handy if you ask me.

For all those accountants out there, yes you know who I mean, Splitwise also gives you a spreadsheet with a running tally of expenses, feel free to print and file this for your records….

I’m a fan of Splitwise and I’ll tell you one thing, you don’t have to wait until you go on holiday use this app, you can use it for any group activity… Are you planning to go to an escape room tomorrow? Are you due to go for drinks over the weekend? Have you bought a present and you need to share the cost with colleagues? Theres an endless number of uses to this app, how do you plan to make use of it? Let me know…

On that thought, I’m Today’s traveller and I’ll be back with another strange and entertaining post soon…