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Always keep backup copies of your travel documents when traveling overseas in case of loss or damage. Three things you can do:
1. Take photocopies and keep them in a separate place
2. Leave copies with relatives
3. Keep a backup (encrypted) on a secure backup site online.   [guest]

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Email whilst travelling: It's generally much preferable to use email software on your own netbook or laptop than to use webmail. But the problem comes when sending email, because when you are connecting to the internet via an ISP which is not your own you will usually be blocked from sending email (port 25 is blocked). In this case there are several possible solutions:
1. Using Gmail. Use your Gmail account, if you have one, to send email. You will need to configure the outgoing mail settings in your email software. [see your gmail account - settings - POP settings]. An advantage of using Gmail is that it uses SSL encryption which can protect your email password.
2. Use your own website account. If you have your own website domain and webspace you can use that account to send email, provided your SMTP server can use a port other than 25.
3. Use a commercial service like "Dyndns outbound" or "Smtp2go" to send mail.   thesource (349)

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Travel lightly. The less you carry, the easier you move.   kellyjones00 (593)

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Search engines: When booking flights, use search engines such as sidestep.com or travelocity.com, and when they find the flight you want, go to the actual airline's home page to book the flight, to save a few dollars more.   [guest]

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Fly less!: Planes produce enormous quantities of greenhouse gas emissions. When looking at cheap flights consider the environmental cost as well as the financial.   Kevin Solway (172)

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Waterproof map cases are a great way to store any important documents while traveling (tickets, passports, itineraries, photos of loved ones etc.).   Spud (21)

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Take a compass with you: A simple compass will help you to orient yourself when you find yourself in an unfamiliar location.   thesource (349)

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GPS Units are now quite affordable, and are a bonus no matter what kind of traveling you are doing.   thesource (349)

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Netbooks or tablets: These small laptops, with built-in wireless internet access, are great for travelers. The addition of a prepaid USB key can provide access to the internet through the mobile phone network when you can't find any other available wireless networks.   thesource (349)

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Avoid losing your wallet to pickpockets: Smart travelers carry a cheap wallet with no money in a visible pocket to trick pick-pockets, and keep their real wallet hidden.   thesource (349)

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Using your analog watch as a compass:

* In the northern hemisphere, hold the watch horizontal and point the hour hand in the direction of the sun. Bisect the angle between the hour hand and the twelve o'clock mark to get the north-south line. North will be the direction further from the sun.

* In the southern hemisphere, hold the watch horizontal and point the twelve o'clock mark in the direction of the sun. Bisect the angle between the hour hand and the twelve o'clock mark to get the north-south line. North will be the direction closer to the sun.   thesource (349)

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