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Overseas AdviceTravelling overseas for Schoolies?

Here are some tips to set you up for a win.

The same froggers that are keeping you safe in 15 locations around Australia are also there to help you in Bali, Fiji and Vanuatu!

While travelling overseas for Schoolies Week can be a great way for you to celebrate the end of school, it's really important to remember that travelling overseas can also be risky. The health systems and emergency response teams you find overseas may not be as available or with the same technologies as they are here in Australia, so it’s best to be prepared. 

See below for some tips on travelling overseas, courtesy of Smartraveller.

#Top Tips when travelling overseas


Pick a Hassle-Free Destination

Before you choose where to go, check out Smartraveller - the Australian Government's travel advice site. You'll find useful information on the safety and security situations in over 160 countries (and it's updated all the time so you can be sure you're getting the latest advice). You can also subscribe online and get automatic updates straight to your inbox!


Take Out Travel Insurance

No matter how prepared you are, there are always things that can go wrong when travelling overseas. To deal with this before it happens, get comprehensive travel insurance to save yourself from the additional costs (and problems) you might run into on your trip. Also, make sure your travel insurance covers you for any activities you plan to participate in and is valid for the entire trip.

If you intend to hire cars, motorcycles, jet skis or any other motorised vehicle, talk to your travel insurer to check if it is covered by your insurance policy and seek advice on any restrictions that may apply (such as insurance cover if you don't wear a helmet or are not licensed to ride a motorcycle in Australia). Check Smartraveller for advice on making sure you're covered.


Register Your Travel Plans

Once you have locked in your travel plans, register your details at Smartraveller. It’s quick, free and Smartraveller will know where you are and how to contact you if something goes wrong - like a natural disaster or family emergency. You can even register a group. Check out more below.


Make Copies of Your Travel Documents

Losing important documents in a foreign country can be an ordeal, so it’s also smart to make copies of your passport details, insurance policy, visas and credit card numbers. Carry one copy in a separate place to the originals and leave a copy with someone at home. Having access to copies of your documents will assist in getting replacements and make your life much easier should something go wrong.


Obey the Laws of the Country You're Visiting

While you're in another country, you must obey the laws even if they seem harsh or unfair by Australian standards. Even small quantities of 'soft drugs' can attract jail sentences or heavy fines and don't expect to be treated differently by the locals just because you're Australian. The Smartraveller website has plenty of information about local laws and customs so you're not caught out overseas.


Know Your Alcohol Limits

When you are drunk your judgment is affected, and you are more likely to take risks and make dangerous decisions. Limit your intake of alcohol so that you remain aware of your surroundings. Don’t leave your friends alone, keep in regular contact with each other, and be aware of where people in your group are.

The strength of alcoholic drinks may differ from Australia and the alcohol content of drinks is not always marked or accurate. There have been cases of methanol poisoning in Indonesia, most notably in Bali and Lombok, from alcoholic drinks adulterated with harmful substances, particularly methanol. You should consider the risks when consuming alcoholic beverages in Indonesia, particularly cocktails and other drinks made with spirits.

Get up to speed with the risks of methanol poisoning below.


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