Forewarned is forearmed. Before starting a journey, it’s better to learn about the specifics of the country you are going to visit in advance. Otherwise, you may end up having both small and big troubles.
For example, you can get attacked by chuggers in Great Britain, you should look carefully under your feet in Indonesia in order to not end up in jail, and stay extremely aware in Australia because dangers are not only underfoot, but literally over your head.
Apegeo collected several useful pieces of advice that can help you save money and nerves in your travels abroad.
1. Don’t count on Google Maps in South Korea.
Alas, Google Maps won’t help you build your route when traveling in South Korea. The government of this country won’t give rights to Google for using their cartographic data because of national security considerations. That’s why before starting a journey in South Korea, you should install a local navigation app. The most popular one is NAVER Map and it’s available in both Korean and English.
2. You may run into overly persistent donation collectors in Great Britain.
Chugger, the special word for these people, was formed by combining the words “charity” and “mugger.” These guys act quite persistently: they “attack” passers-by, greet them cheerfully, and then convincingly ask them to donate a couple of pounds for a good cause. Also, they often ask people to fill out a survey and donate money on a monthly basis.
The method works — some passers-by give money just to get rid of the chuggers. If you don’t want to give any money, it’s better to not start a conversation with these street fundraisers — it should be a voluntary act after all. In general, British people don’t like chuggers for their intrusiveness, but they still treat them patiently considering their activity as one of the ways of doing charity.
3. It’s forbidden to eat or drink on public transportation in Singapore.