DBT Corporate Travel Information - Travel
At your destination
* In hotels, don't be shy to ask for rooms
with a view or upgrades.
* Be sure to always hand over your Frequent
Flyer card at Check-in. Most hotels these days credit you
with Airline or Hotel frequent flyer points for your loyalty.
* When travelling through countries with
different cultures to ours (eg Muslim and Asian countries)
do a bit of research before you leave. Learn what is proper
and improper, dress codes, manners, etc. Remember, some
things may be okay for men but not women.
* When in Muslim and some Asian and Pacific Island countries,
women should dress modestly. Don't wear mini skirts, brief
shorts or bikini tops in public. High collars, long sleeves
and pants or skirts below the knee will save you embarrassment
and possibly unwelcome attention.
* In Asian countries only use your right
hand for eating. The left hand is used for toilet functions.
* In many South Pacific countries Sunday
really is the Sabbath. There are no shops open, no public
transport and no vehicle hire companies open. This is the
day you stay in your hotel, lounge by the pool, swim in
the sea and have a meal in its restaurant (which will be
* Try not to travel or change cities on a
Sunday. Trains are infrequent or destinations limited and
many stores and businesses won't be open or close early.
* Taking a bus tour when you first arrive
in a new city is a great idea. It gives you a chance to
get an overview of the city and determine what you want
to go back and spend time visiting.
* Public libraries and visitor centres are
good for local news and events newspapers might not carry.
They often have fliers and brochures about what's going
* Don't change your money in the street or
with a back-street dealer. Avoid rip-offs and scams, go
to a bank or a registered exchange shop.
* When you first get to another country look
for the post office or a stamp machine - usually near the
railway station or in the airport. Buy enough stamps to
send one postcard home a day. Left over stamps make nice
souvenirs or gifts for a stamp collector or can sometimes
be sold to fellow travellers. The postcards can then be
sent at your convenience as you travel.
* For those who don't like taking photographs,
buy postcards, making a quick note on it's significance
to your visit. Mail the card to yourself. When you get home
you'll have a mailbox full of memories.
* Try not to stick out like a sore thumb.
If you're renting a car, ask for a nondescript vehicle in
a dark neutral colour. Dress like the natives. Some brand
name clothes with logos may be cool and in style where you
are from, but in exotic destinations they will scream tourist!
* Keep your watch out of sight under your
sleeve or in your pocket if you are wearing something sleeveless.
Don't wear gold chains around your neck or gaudy rings on
* Reverse your backpack so the zippered compartments
are against your back and not ready to be unzipped. When
you are sightseeing only carry in your backpack what you
can easily replace.
* For a more memorable travel experience
try to immerse yourself in the local culture. Break away
from the tour group and talk one-on-one with the locals.
Take local transport (ask hotel staff about after-dark safety),
shop at grocery stores and the outdoor markets. Befriend
hotel staff, learn their names and ask them what the locals
do for entertainment.
* Attend cultural events - a soccer game,
bullfight, concert, opera or dance performance. Eat and
drink where the locals do - get recommendations from hotel
staff. Get off the beaten tourist path, if only for an afternoon.
Take a bus or train out of the city and visit the countryside
or small village. Carry photos of your life at home - family,
pets, home, hobbies, friends and postcards of your city.
People you meet will be just as curious about you as you
are about them.
* Rely on local advice as to where you can
safely go. If the locals say an area isn't safe, they should
* Don't go out after dark unless the street
is well lit and busy with pedestrians.
* When renting a car ask for two sets of
keys. It can be a full day out of your schedule while you
get them replaced if you lose your only set at the beach.
If the firm won't give you an extra set, get one made at
a hardware store.
* When travelling in a taxi, note the number
and look at the picture ID of the driver as you step in.
Leave the door open while you are getting your bags out
of the boot - that way the taxi can't drive off before you've
made sure you haven't left anything behind.
* Carry spare change for vending machines,
quick phone calls or laundry machines. You won't have to
go searching for someone to give you change saving a lot
of time and hassle.
* Always look under the bed before checking
out of a room - especially when travelling with children.
Books, shoes, underwear (even wallets) can slide under beds.
* Under-plan activities and destinations
for your journey. It's often better to have just one destination
a week and only two or three scheduled tours or events.
Then you can really experience the beauties and cultures
the place has to offer and it leaves you space for interesting
opportunities that may crop up.
Be street wise
* Don't pat street animals.
* Use your own judgement whether to give
beggars your spare change.
* Don't give children money. (If you must
give something, give pens or pins in exchange for something
the children have, like crafts.)
* Pay attention when someone on a bike is
approaching. In Bali carry your bag in the hand on the inside
of the pavement. Don't walk close to the curb. Don't make
eye contact with gangs. They'll try to intimidate you.
* Follow your instincts, if you sense danger,
* Don't give out your hotel or room number
to people you just meet.
* Don't give out too much personal information
- like who you are travelling with.
* When leaving the hotel, take matches or
stationery with the hotel name and address on it. If you
don't speak the language, just show them to the cab driver
and there won't be any mistake as to where you are staying.
* Foreign toilets are rarely as hygienic
as ours. Europe and Asia especially can have "interesting"
toilets (or none at all). Look for the nearest McDonalds.
They all have cleanish toilets with soap (and they're free).
* Carry cash and cards in a wallet or money
clip in a front pocket. Keep small change and small bills
in a change purse and use that when paying for purchases.
* Don't feel you must barter. In Bali it's
almost compulsory but in the Cook Islands it's insensitive.
But if you like bartering, begin by offering half of the
* Get in the habit of drinking bottled water
- check the bottle seal is intact.
* Don't eat any type of food where sanitation
looks questionable, like at some road stands with no refrigeration.
* Have disinfectant tissues handy and wipe
your hands frequently.
* Eat only cooked food in restaurants unless
your tour guide says otherwise. Make sure the food is still
hot (heat kills germs).
* In Third World countries don't eat raw
salads (they may have been washed in contaminated water)
and don't put ice in your drinks.