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Most of the hotels that we use have a laundry service and, generally speaking, it is not too expensive. Tours often spend two or more days in the same town allowing plenty of time for laundry. You will find it more convenient to travel light and have your clothes laundered (or wash them yourself) than to bring too many. When you are packed and all ready to depart on holiday, you should discard half your luggage.

Special Permits, Video Cameras & Film At some historical sites there is a charge for taking your camera ‘on site’ and others prohibit cameras altogether. Often flash photography is prohibited (even if you have bought a permit) so you may wish to bring a supply of fast film. Rules for video cameras are usually more restrictive than for still cameras. Video cameras must be declared to customs on arrival into many countries and special permits are often necessary for use at historical sites. The availability and quality of camera film will vary considerably in different countries. For more details about permits, traveling with video cameras and the availability of film please see the relevant Country fact file.

Local Sensitivities
Most travelers want to take photographs and most people will love having their picture taken. You should, however, be respectful of people’s privacy and cultural differences. If somebody objects to having their picture taken you should always abide by their wishes. If in doubt as to whether you should photograph someone or something consult your Tour Leader.

Forbidden Photos
It may sound obvious, but do not take photographs of (or near) any military installations, military personnel or airports during your travels as you could get yourself into serious trouble.

Camera Care
It is advisable to keep your camera and lenses in a bag or case that will protect them from dust. Don’t forget to take out adequate insurance for your camera equipment – if your camera is a good one, it is unlikely that your standard travel insurance will cover its value. Specific camera insurance is often prohibitively expensive so a more viable option is to make sure that it (and any other valuables) are covered under your home contents insurance policy.

As most, if not all, of your transport and accommodation arrangements will be taken care of during the course of your tour, we recommend that you choose a guidebook with a good historical content such as a Footprint Guide. This will supplement the information that your Tour Leader provides and can help you gain an even greater understanding of your destination. If you are spending time traveling on your own before or after your tour, you may wish to bring along a guidebook that also has more practical information on accommodation, eating out, transportation etc. For this purpose we recommend a Rough Guide.

Background Reading
As well as guidebooks there are some terrific travelogues, historical accounts and historical fiction. Many of these make excellent reading at any time but are even more fascinating if you happen to be traveling through the country in question. Most good book shops have a section dedicated to travel writing.

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Emergency Contact
If someone wants to contact you whilst you are on tour, the best way is for them to contact your booking agent, who can then pass on a message. If your booking agent is closed and someone needs to make contact with you urgently, they should telephone our regional office in the area in which you are traveling. These contact details are shown on each Country fact file. We recommend that you leave a copy of your Trip and Country Dossiers and details of your booking agent with someone at home.

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