Travel Tips

Welcome to our travel tips page. Here you’ll find useful information to help get you prepared before setting off your adventure.

Start with your holiday package by choosing the tour package that suites your needs and the amount of time you have free to travel. While many like to travel independently, when travelling with friends and family, it is not always easy to do so. Also, if limited for time and not having the language of the country you are visiting, a group tour with Nomad Travel is a great way to travel with family because all the details are taken care of for you.

For those who do pre-plan, take some time to create a complete itinerary following some research on the destination you are visiting. Pay special attention to special festivals, weather, and political climate when you are working on the itinerary. This provides space for back up plans in case of unforeseen travel problems.

The itinerary also ensures that everything is planned based on what you/ your family wants to see and experience. Just make sure all the activities are something worth trying and gives you and your fellow travellers a new dimension of the places visited.

We would love to share our insights and experience and help you create a custom itinerary for your group or family. Just reach out and we can work with you to ensure your holiday is as smooth and enjoyable as can be in the time and budget you have available.

For packing, it is essential to pack what you need with consideration for the shopping you plan to do at your holiday destination. If you’re travelling with family and kids, ensure the needs of the elders and children are itemized and packed to avoid discomfort or potential tantrums.

Inform your close relatives/ friends of your travel, perhaps providing them with a copy of your itinerary. It would be good to call your bank and let them know that you are travelling and there will be purchases with the debit or credit card. That way the bank security team dont suddenly block your card while you are trying to grab that bargain overseas.

As a precaustion, it is also a good idea to leave a photocopy of you passport, drivers license and credit cards with a trusted family member in case of the unforseen loss of these items.

You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while travelling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. Latest updates on vaccinations can be obtained from your local clinic or hospital.

Any medication and vaccinations required will be your responsibility to obtain after speaking to your treating health practitioner.

Please take note that visa requirements for certain countries may change from time to time. It is advisable that you check with your travel agent or if booking directly with us, we can advise, otherwise contact the Embassy or High Commission in your local city for the country you are intending to visit before confirming your booking.

See also the Important and Essential notes listed with each tour.

Most countries do not have medical arrangements that covers foreign travellers for medical needs. As such Travel Insurance is compulsory for all guest booking tours with Nomad Travel.

Nomad Travel tours are priced very competatively. In order to keep our pricing as low as they are, once bookings are made, deposits and purchased are made in the country of destination. As a result cancellation policies apply to all tours. Please ensure your travel insurance covers you for any cancellation fees as a result of cancelling your booking prior to travel.

You should also ensure that your travel insurance includes but is not limited to:

  • Personal Accident
  • Medical Expenses
  • Loss of Luggage & Personal Effect
  • Loss of Travel Documents
  • Baggage Delay
  • Travel Delay
  • Missed Departure
  • Flight Overbooked
  • Hijack Inconvenience
  • Travel Cancellation
  • Loss of Money/ Valuables

….and other types of coverage as well.

Here are other examples that might NOT be covered in travel insurance:

  • Declared or undeclared war or any act of war, invasion, act of foreign enemy, and other war terms
  • Loss or destruction of goods due to radiation
  • Suicide/Self harm/ or any intentional acts by the insured person that provoked homicide or assault personnel or military personnel of any country or international authority, whether full-time service or as a volunteer
  • The Insured Person engaging in, practising for or taking part in training in any speed contest, any professional competition or sports, and participating in Hazardous adventure

For more information on the inclusions & exclusions of travel insurance coverage, contact your insurance provider.

Prior to the commencement of the tour and once your booking is confirmed, you will receive from Nomad Travel all the relevant travel booking confirmations for your records, On your travel day, make a list of the things that you need to bring along- luggage, passport and tickets. Also, mark all your bags inside and out with your name and address – both home address and your hotel address for the arrival city. To be on the safe side, weigh your bags to ensure you don’t exceed the baggage requirements of the airline. Travel insurance is becoming a must, so do ensure it is current because you do not have to worry if your bags are lost or if your flight has been cancelled or even if your passport and wallet is stolen. It is always best to get yourself and your family covered as although rare, mishaps can happen when travelling.

The less you can pack for your trip the easier it will be for you at all the transfer locations. You will be responsible for carrying and transporting your luggage to and from the various transport hubs to the tour vehicals. The lighter the better, it also leaves more room for shopping 🙂

To reduce jetlag and ensure you are ready to go as soon as we arrive at our destination, we recommend you dont drink too much tea or coffee, dont eat too much before the flight and stay hydrated by drinking lots of plain water during the flight.

Please ensure you leave enough time to get to the airport at the start of the tour.

During the tour, we will advise of the pick up times at hotels for transfer to trains or airports. It is important that you ensure you are ready to leave with the group at the specified time so as not to delay or inconvenience others.

As there will likely be others travelling in the tour, should you be very late to miss the pick up time, the tour will continue and you will need to catch up with the rest of the tour. This can add further expense and a lot of frustration and inconvenience for yourself.

When you are overseas/ holiday destination, do call your close relatives/ friends to let them know you have arrived safely and keep them updated of where you are, they will love to hear of your adventures. Make sure to always keep your luggage locked when leaving them behind in the hotel. Carry your passport with you and ensure you don’t carry excessive cash that might attract attention.

When you are abroad and if you want to try something local, make sure it is a recommendation from a trustworthy source. To make life easier, Nomad Travel have set up these tours for you. While you have free time in all locations, avoid walking alone late at night or in dark areas and beware of pickpockets whose modus operandi is by distracting you. Jordan and China are quite safe for tourist, but it pays to be aware.

Do not forget to remind your close relatives/ friends of your return and make arrangements for an airport pick up. Keep track of all your valuables and make sure that they are in your hand- wallet, passport, camera, watch, jewellery. Although we will certainly do our best to assist, Nomad Travel is not responsible or able to ensure anything left behind can be recovered.

Last but not least, as another reminder, make sure you are ready to leave with the group at the specified times at the airport or train stations, especially in China, there can be large crowds resulting in long lines for check in and boarding. To provide some perspective, some major city train stations in the larger Chinese cities are almost about the size of Wembly Stadium in London or even the MCG in Melbourne!