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    5 Things Once Upon A Time Taught Me About Travel

    Who of us hasn’t grown up listening to traditional fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White or Rumpelstiltskin? If no other reason existed, that’d be enough to make Once Upon A Time a big hit with grown ups and kids alike. After all, before we were off travelling with a car hire in France, or flying across Europe or going on cruises through the Atlantic, before all that we travelled through the stories our parents and grandparents told us. Bringing the world of travel and fairy tales together, here are 5 things Once Upon a Time taught me about travel.

    Don’t tell your name to Rumpelstiltskin – Your identity is your biggest asset. When travelling, make sure you keep a copy of your documents – your passport, your ID card, your credit card – somewhere safe. A physical copy is a possibility, but you can just as easily – and perhaps more conveniently – scan your documents and e-mail them to yourself. That way you don’t have to worry about losing them and they’ll always be at hand when needed.

    Don’t eat the poisoned Apple – We travel because we want to see new places, and experience new cultures, and food is a big part of it. However, your head and your stomach don’t always see eye to eye. Don’t be too adventurous with new things straight away, ease yourself into a new environment. And just in case, be sure to pack some medicine to take with you – just make sure everything you take is allowed in the country you’re travelling to.

    Don’t drive the yellow Volkswagen – Emma Swan would be far less conspicuous if she didn’t drive a car so painfully… yellow. The less you stand out as a tourist, the better. Don’t forget that it’s easier for pickpockets and people of evil intent to target tourists. When booking a car hire in Malaga, Alicante or any other tourist location, be sure not to choose a flashy vehicle. Also, ask the desk if you can remove the stickers identifying the car as a rental.

    Don’t trust Little Red Riding Hood – Travelling is also a great way to meet new people, and make new friendships that can sometimes last a lifetime. However, it’s always important to be cautious, and remember that strangers – however friendly and nonthreatening they may look – are just that: strangers. Be friendly, but also be safe. In unfamiliar surroundings it never hurts to be too careful.

    Don’t upset the Evil Queen – Different countries have different laws and a different cultures and travellers always must try to behave in such a way that they don’t get in trouble with the locals or with the local authorities. So always try to be respectful, dress appropriately and be aware of the ways in which local legislation differs from your home country.

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