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Travel Tips


The holidays are time for travel but be sure to stay secure as cyber criminals’ use holiday season to mask their attempts at stealing your personal and electronic information and devices. Whether you are travelling for pleasure or business, you need to protect your electronic devices from unauthorized users and scammers.

Check out these easy strategies to keep all your electronic devices secure from intruders:

Before Travel:

  • Carry the minimum amount of sensitive data and devices: take only those documents, devices and information that will be needed for the trip. Avoid carrying your work laptops and devices for a pleasure trip.

Note: Remove saved passwords from your devices and browsers


  • Ensure your devices have current safeguards in place: make sure all your personal devices have the latest security and patches from their respective Apple, Android, or Blackberry operating systems.
  • Ensure you have password protection on mobile devices: use secured passwords that are easy to remember but difficult to guess. Change your passwords often. Change the password especially after coming back from the trip, incase the password was decoded without your knowledge.

Note: In some countries, border officials can ask you to enter your PIN or password to see if your devices contain inappropriate content or not


  • Back up and encrypt sensitive data: if your device offers the option to encrypt the files then encrypt all the sensitive information before storing it on your electronic device. Do remember all your passwords for the encrypted data as without the password you may lose the encrypted data. The advantage of encryption is that even if unauthorized people get physical access of the device, they cannot access the encrypted information stored on it.

 Note: Some countries have laws that limit the use and presence of encrypted software.


  • Consider setting up two-step verification for your most important accounts. This requires you to enter not just a password but a second code whenever you log in using an unfamiliar computer.

During Travel:

  • Never leave your device unattended: keep your devices with you all the time. Never ever leave any sensitive information unattended. Always keep your electronic devices with you or in your cabin baggage. Avoid using your devices in public. Remember, even hotel rooms and safe are not secure.
  • Consider all communications are being monitored: Always keep in mind to not to do any confidential conversation in public. When travelling, all communication should be considered as being monitored all the time by foreign government.

 Note: Some countries have legal rights to monitor the information you transmit over their networks


  • Do not open files from unknown source: always verify the email sender before opening an attachment or any other file. Use only secured internet connections. Protect yourself from “shoulder surfers” and “peepers”.
  • Confirm the name of Internet connection before you logon: always confirm the name of the Internet Connection from reliable sources specifically in case of free Wi-Fi. It is easy to establish trustworthy looking Wi-Fi access point (it is as simple as tweaking the name of a trusted network) to steal the personal information and identities.
  • Disable Wireless (Wi-Fi, Infra-Red, and Bluetooth) connections from your devices when not in use
  • Avoid using Internet café kiosks and other public Internet access points: Even the services available at hotels or airports are not 100% safe. They may contain malicious software or hardware to capture your password(s) or card number(s).

Note: Do not enter your personal info such as password or card number when using Internet Café Kiosks or other public Internet access point.
Use the option of opening an “incognito” or “private” browser window.


  • Avoid connecting untrusted or unknown digital devices such as USB keys, media cards and USB chargers to your own devices. Avoid connecting your USB keys, etc. to untrusted devices.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and who might be able to view your screen/keyboard especially in public areas (e.g. shield passwords from view)

Happy and Safe Travel!



  • Carry your Guzzle Buddy

Drink lots n lots of water when travelling. Keep your body hydrated to reduce the jet lag effects as well as to avoid having dry, parched skin. (all thanks to cabin air pressure).

Carry your ‘guzzle buddy’ – your ‘water bottle’ when travelling.

Before security empty it and refill it later on. This will help you in not only keeping yourself hydrated and feeling great but also save your wallets from purchase of &5 water-bottles.

Remember: The Guzzle Buddy is the perfect gift for your face and body


  • Wear a Nude Nail Polish

Life is too short to wear boring nail polish. Right???

I do not like plain nails but at the same time who wants chipped cracked nail polish at the end of 15 hour flight.

To ensure that the nail polish does not look cracked and tacky, paint your nails with a sheer or nude –toned polish when travelling. On reaching your destination, start your nail vacation and complement your look each day every day.

  • Hands Free Face

Remember Mimosa Pudica: plant that folds its leaves when touched.

Treat your face like Mimosa Pudica and avoid putting your hands on your face. In the hustle bustle of travel, our hands get bacteria from innumerous sources and these are passed to our face by constant touching.

Last thing we want is outbreak of pimples upon arrival – these red bumps are more deadly than the speed breakers!!

  • Moisturize for that great look

Apply a heavy moisturizer on your face, the night before the travel for increased hydration and supple skin. This will help in keeping flaky and dry skin at the bay. Slather your face with a good moisturizer not with the lotion.

  • Oil free cleansing wipes

Tired of sitting for hours – perk up your face by cleaning it gently with oil free wipes. Your face will be refreshed and grateful to you.

  • Carry on Dry Shampoo

Often long flights make our hair to look dull, greasy and lifeless. Hair looks so limp and plain dead. Carry dry shampoo and upon arrival, put your hair upside down and use dry shampoo for luscious clean locks.

Tip: Apply dry shampoo before an overnight flight to stop greasy hair before it even begins.

  • Carry Lip Balm

Lips get too dry and chapped during long travel times. Carry that little lip balm always. But what if you just lost it???

Then ask the flight attendant for butter cube- butter will moisten your lips back to their glory (Voila)!!

So true: “There should be a reward for someone who finishes their chapstick before losing it”!!

Final and foremost tip before all you beauties,

Light up your face in less than 5 seconds: apply a light shimmery powder on your face followed with a light blush and lip color. Trust me no one will ever guess, you just got off a 20 hour flight!!

Follow these tips and have a relaxed fun filled vacation without worrying about, patched dry skin, dull hair, and exhausted body.
Bon Voyage!!






Need to escape bone chilling winters of northern hemisphere, longing to experience tropical summers. Easy! Head to Australia.

Below are few tips for a hassle free and cost effective summer trip to Australia

  • High SPF sunscreen, hat and sunglasses are must for protection against strong sun and scorching heat in the Ozone depleting environment
  • Carry windcheaters, preferably water proof with hood since evening can be much cooler
  • Summers can be very wet, carry umbrellas
  • Flip-flops and slip on shoes will be much more convenient during summer season
  • If on medication, do carry doctor’s prescription along with medicines. It is advisable to carry basic medicines and the prescription


  • If a vegetarian, then finding the food of your choice can be an issue. Fries or cheese pizza will the most common available options. Carry some healthy snacks all the time – energy bars, nuts, fruits to keep yourself full and going
  • Always carry water. Buying bottled water every time is expensive, instead buy a pack of 500ml bottles from stores like Coles and carry 2-3 bottles every time you go out. Beer is cheaper than water


  • When venturing out, carry a multi-purpose backpack to keep your cameras, mobiles, wallets, water bottles, snacks and sunscreen.
  • Carry electric converter for Type 1 socket. The plugs have two flat metal pins, forming an inverted ‘V’ shape, and occasionally a third pin in the center (


  • The emergency number for police, ambulance and fire brigade is 000


  • Claim a refund of the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalization tax (WET) that you pay on goods you buy in Australia, within 60 days of travel. The refund only applies to goods you take with you as hand luggage or wear on to the aircraft or ship when you leave the country. Tourist Refund Scheme facilities are located in the departure area of international terminals
  • Credit cards such as American Express, Bankcard, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa, UnionPay and JCB are accepted in Australia. VISA or MasterCard can be used everywhere credit cards are accepted. American Express and Diners Club are accepted at major supermarket and department store chains and many tourist destinations. A good tip is to carry multiple credit cards and a little cash. Merchants may impose credit card surcharges in some places.
  • Traveller’s cheques are not widely accepted in Australia. If you do purchase traveller’s cheques, it is best to buy them in Australian dollars as smaller shops, restaurants and other businesses are unlikely to know what the exchange rate is if you present a cheque in a different currency such as US dollars or British pounds


  • Tipping is voluntary, there is no pressure to tip

Enjoy your trip!

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