Tips for Travellers

Tips for Travellers that are not specific to locations or destinations. I.e. issues with luggage and security, small tips

Mosquito bites cause itching and discomfort, and in some cases carry diseases such as malaria.

How to avoid mosquito bites

Amid the buzzing hum of the relentless mosquito, it appears that our everyday habits may be making us more alluring to these pesky insects. In a surprising discovery, it appears that your favourite body wash may be your downfall when it comes to warding off mosquitoes.

Why paying for things abroad in home currency is a bad idea

International customers are increasingly exposed to dynamic currency conversion (DCC), that is, the option during checkout to proceed with a transaction in the home currency instead of a foreign currency.

Exorbitant fees

However, one study, cited by CNN, shows the average fee applied to this kind of conversion is a whopping 7.6%, more than double the cost of paying in the local currency (usually between 1.5% and 3%).

What exactly is meant by "Rebreather Friendly"?

“Rebreather Friendly” dive centres—what exactly does this mean? With emerging technologies becoming more mainstream in the diving world these days, more and more people are making investments in rebreathers. Everyone knows the advantages of these pieces of kit—extended dive time capabilities, reduced gas usage, quieter and less obtrusive to the aquatic world, etc. But are dive operators thinking along the same lines?

Beach scene on a sunny day
Being at or on the water can be great fun but be very wary of the amount of radiation you receive and mindful that the water will also reflect harmful UV rays.

Are You Confused About Risks of Tanning and Sunburns?

According to the survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adults, 63% of respondents reported getting a tan in 2021. Of the survey respondents who reported getting sunburned, 28% reported that their sunburn was severe enough that their clothes were uncomfortable. The top four places they were burned were their face (60%), arms (59%), shoulders (55%) and neck (41%).

Coral reef conservation can be expanded with the engagement of the tourism sector, and that doing so would be a benefit to the tourism industry
Coral reef conservation can be expanded with the engagement of the tourism sector, and that doing so would be a benefit to the tourism industry

Guide to Coral Reef Restoration for Tourists

The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is pleased to share the publication of a guide to coral reef restoration designed specifically for the tourism sector – the first-ever for the Caribbean region.

DAN Travelers Medical Guide Now Available

Created to help divers, boaters, and adventure travelers recognize and manage various travel-related illnesses and injuries, this digital guide explains common symptoms, illnesses, and treatments in an easy-to-understand manner. 

“DAN members are active explorers, and they know that traveling the world requires knowledge and preparation,” said DAN president and CEO Bill Ziefle. “This new edition of the Travelers Medical Guide was designed to help our members stay safe wherever they go.”

In some cases, camera strobes are sealed units that cannot be taken apart, which can pose a bit of a problem with over-zealous screeners. To this effect, some strobe manufacturers have issued a statement regarding the safety of bringing their units on planes. Print this statement out and bring it. In this case it has been attached to the strobe in question.

Travelling with Dive Equipment

Knives, spear-guns and other objects that can be used as weapons must, obviously, be checked. Any sharp objects packed in checked luggage should be securely wrapped to prevent injury to security screeners.