What you should know when travelling abroad

5 October 2016 (14:17:03)

We are opening a series of posts about foreign travels and things you should take into consideration upon setting off on your journey. And we'd like to start with some general recommendations. Here is our check list.

Time difference

First of all, keep in mind time difference. There are 24 time zones in the world and some countries operate in several zones at once. For example, Russia has 11 time zones (that's the biggest number!) while the US have 5. Mind you, transport schedules and tickets show departure/arrival time in local time only. So pay attention and keep track of time. Our in-app time converter can help you with it.


Next in our list but probably #1 in importance is money. When you travel abroad you mostly pay in local currency. Try to learn beforehand what currency is used in the country you are visiting and its exchange rate. Do not carry all the money on you. However, it is advisable to have some cash.


Good travelling requires sufficient planning. To make the most of your time abroad we recommend to get some information about transport and ways to get around. Usually information about available types of transport as well as schedules and ticket prices could be found in travel guides and tourist brochures or on official websites.

Tip: read some internet forums and blog posts about the place you're visiting. They always have plenty of useful information. By the way, there might be some unusual types of local transport. For instance, every visitor should take a trip in a Venetian gondola or a chinese rickshaw. If you happen to visit India or Sri Lanka, local tuktuks may prove to be the most convenient way to get around. They are cheap and noisy but could get even into the narrowest streets.


When planning your journey, always check the weather forecast for your destination. It is such a disappointment to find yourself under a chilly rain wearing only a swimsuit.


Geographical features of the place you are visiting could also play an important role in your travelling experience. Check in advance if the place is prone to any natural disasters like earthquakes or floods and take necessary safety precautions. Additionally, some regions of the world have serious seasonal changes in the weather. Most of Southeast Asia experience monsoons while Africa is known for its draughts.

Customs and traditions

Next, get some general information about the country you're visiting, its customs and traditions. Knowing some cultural details could save you minutes of shame and confusion. For example, in Japan people do not shake hands but bow to each other. Women are advised to think carefully about clothing choices when going to Arab countries. You should also take into consideration religious beliefs. For example, most people in Israel observe Shabbat, so they don't work on Saturdays and lots of businesses are closed that day.

Health care

One of the most important things to learn about is health care. We strongly recommend to get a tourist health insurance. Additionally, it is good to know where the closest hospital is and where you can get help of doctors who speak your language. Also check if you need to get vaccinated before setting off on your journey. And of course you should follow some ground hygiene rules - better drink bottled water and always wash your hands!


When travelling abroad we usually want to try local cuisine. Food gives us a better understanding of local culture and customs. Plan ahead (if possible) where you will eat.

Tip: try to find a non-touristy place. Watch the locals closely and see what places they prefer. Keep in mind that food and some dishes may differ greatly from those you are used to. For example, asian food is said to be extremely hot and spicy. Try to be careful in your gastronomic adventures.


Electricity and voltage are two more - quite unobvious - points to consider. Experienced travellers would know that socket types and voltage in them vary across the globe. European computers and other appliances might not work well in the US for instance. We recommend to have several adapters in your bag.


Also when staying in a hotel check if they have a wi-fi connection and how much it is. Although we are used to wireless Internet, it might not be free or available at the place of your destination.


Shopping is an important part of travelling. We advise to find out some good places to shop beforehand. And keep in mind that clothes sizes could differ from those in your country of residence. Our #TouristTools app and its size converter could help you find the right size.

Another point concerning shopping: check what is allowed to bring into and out of the country you're going to. It is best to clear the customs without problems and not to spoil you travelling experience.

This is a long list of tips and recommendations. But, as we've said above, good travelling requires good planning.

Find Your Cloth Size

17 August 2016 (01:46:54)

We travel the world at jet speed. We’ve got used to do our shopping in Paris or Milan one day and in New York or Los Angeles next day. Shopping for clothes has become easy no matter if you are after some casual every day wear or looking for some exclusive pieces. However, there seems to be one little problem: clothing sizes differ too much. Size systems vary from country to country, from brand to brand.

Please, note that there is no international standard for men’s or women’s clothes sizing.

Although this might sound quite disappointing, do not be discouraged. People manage to buy their clothes and you could too! There are just some points to bear in mind while doing shopping abroad.

Here is what we have learned over the years:

First of all, you should know your size (in your country of origin) and your measurements. Once you know that you could always choose apparel that fits you perfectly. Clothes manufacturers still put those magic numbers on tags in centimeters or inches.

You should be “culturally aware”. Remember that standard S/M/L/XL sizes that we are all so used to may run a bit bigger or smaller depending on what country you shop in. For instance, clothing bought in China, Korea or Thailand tends to be a little shorter and generally smaller than its European counterpart. On the other hand, American size M could fit a person who usually wears size L.
Another phenomenon to consider is “vanity sizing”. Some manufacturers mark their clothes with smaller sizes to make it more appealing to buyers. That is the reason why the United States and some other countries have XXS and 00. Unfortunately, there is no way to find out about this beforehand. The only solution here is to try on an item of clothing in different sizes.

You should also remember what fit you prefer in clothes. If you like things to look oversize on you, you might opt for a bigger size. Vice versa, if you prefer a slim fit, shop for smaller sizes.

Last extra point: do not forget about shrinkage – some fabrics shrink after washing.

Luckily, today you could use a size converter to help you find the right size. Just keep in mind that every person is different; size charts and converters are merely your guides in the world of apparel.

Shopping plays a great role in our lives.

11 July 2016 (17:12:55)

Shopping plays a great role in our lives. We shop every day. Even those who hate shopping have to do it. 

More and more people travel around the world hunting for sales and deals on brands they love. Online shopping grows by leaps and bounds. Virtual and real stores offer clothes, footwear and accessories for every taste and budget.

Although today we are all used to buying, you might need a little trick when shopping in an unfamiliar environment. The trick is in buying the right size. Clothes and shoe sizes differ from country to country. Common European size 36 turns into British 2 or 4. If you wear 7.5 shoes in the United States you need size 38 in Italy. And we have not got to lingerie yet. Additionally, you have to take into account if a piece of clothing is true to size or have an easy fit, etc. How not to get lost in this mad world of sizes?

Fortunately, we know the answer! Our magical Tourist Tools app will help you. In-built size converter will forever sole a problem of finding the right size for you. Japan and Korea, Russia and France, Brazil and Mexico, or any other country. We know everything about sizes and share our knowledge with you.

Size, Unit, Time Converter and Packing Lists

28 June 2016 (01:17:49)

Have you ever tried to choose clothes for family or yourself in a foreign country?

Or learn the time in your native city when you are miles away on another continent? Especially, when you’ve agreed an international phone call, your partner suggests their time and you have no idea what time it will be at your place?

Is it difficult for you to buy goods that have their volume, weight or size in unfamiliar units? Or to choose comfortable clothes when a thermometer shows strange readings?

Our application will help you solve these problems. Using it you can:

  • Buy clothes of the right size;
  • Agree a time of call or meeting that is comfortable for you;
  • Save money buying the right volume, weight or size;
  • Choose comfortable clothes when travelling abroad;
  • Not to forget anything when leaving.

Our application has the following sections:

Size Converter

Here you can convert sizes of any countries. You want to buy some shoes for your loved one in Italy? No problem! You just have to know her footwear size in your native country. Japan and Korea, Russia and France, Brazil and Mexico. We know everything about sizes and share our knowledge with you.

Time Converter

It will help learn the time in any city. Imagine you have a meeting or you want to call your family or friends at 10 AM Hong Kong time. And you live in Dallas, TX. You do not have to count what time it will be here; our application will do it for you. You can choose several cities, and we will calculate time in every one of them. Additionally, the application could automatically add the city you are in to the list.

Unit Converter

This section is vital for travelers. Pint into litres, pounds into kilos, miles into kilometers, Celsius into Fahrenheit and vice versa. It has everything you need to know about measures abroad.

Packing List

We will help you not to forget anything when packing. You won’t forget where everything is and what it looks like. Our application allows you to make a photo of the things you take with you.