Basics of Travel

Once your Sim family has leveled and advanced to the point that they have sufficient wealth and the ability to replace it (earn) you are ready to start traveling — which means picking up the phone and calling your Travel Agent! Initially your Sims can only make short trips, but eventually as you return and travel you will complete quests and activities that improve your visa for each location, earning extra time that you can spend there.

As a beginning traveler your most intelligent route is to do China first, and focus on acquiring the Martial Arts skill on your first trip, and then spend time leveling that before taking any other trips or trying to do adventures or explore Tombs because the ability to defend yourself from Mummy attacks is really important.

As you progress through the quests in China you will eventually flag one called Confounded Boulder (this is important) that, when completed, will leave you with a special tool as part of your reward called Pangu’s Axe — which not only clears rubble piles faster, but allows you to smash boulders — and since there are several Tombs that are basically blocked by boulders you really really need this — and that is one more reason why doing China first is a great idea.

On your first trip to Egypt you will want to make at least three purchases — the Photography Book and a good camera, and a scooter! Actually you can get the scooter wherever, so maybe just two major Egypt buys.

Once you have the Photography book you will want to sit your Sim down and have them read it until they gain Level 3 (the max the book can teach them), which will allow your Sim to access Black & White film, which you need to start meeting the first goals. After that your Sim can just work on their Photography as you like.

In addition to those purchases you also need to outfit yourself for Tomb exploring and adventuring, and that means at a minimum buying a tent or two and some rations and showers in a can type items!

Vacation travel is not something that you can do all the time — in fact whenever you return from a trip there is a forced downtime following each trip in which you cannot use the phone to arrange another trip. When you are focused upon completing adventures that can be rather annoying if you allow yourself to dwell upon it, but if you use the forced downtime as an opportunity to complete other pursuits — like leveling Photography, working on your collections, or even picking up a new skill like Fishing or Sports?

Remember that the entire point behind putting in the time to level-up your earning skills as a Bohemian Sim is so you can spend as much time as you like traveling, exploring Tombs, adventuring, doing missions, and adding to your collections! Keep your eye on the ball!

— Things that Come in Handy —

When you start delving into Tombs there is a specific set of kit that you will be glad that you have, in fact the basic adventuring kit should include the following items:

— A reasonable stack of High Quality Dried Foods

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— A reasonable stack of Shower in a Can

— A Snake Charming Basket (preferably upgraded in skill to a King Cobra)

— The best quality camera you can get and use

Basically you want your camera so you can shoot the rarer picture collection targets while you adventure in the Tombs, you want a Tent because it prevents you having to leave the Tomb in the middle of your delving to recover energy. The food is obvious — high-quality dried food will not spoil in your pack whereas other types of food will and you NEED to have food. Shower in a Can will keep your Sim’s mood from crashing due to being dirty and smelly, and Pangu’s Axe allows you to access areas blocked by boulders as well as clear rubble faster. Finally the Snake Charming Basket is a dual-purpose item — it allows you to boost your Sim’s Fun if it gets low since using the basket increases fun, but more important it is a cure for Mummy curses — assuming you have upgraded it and your skill in it is high.

Once you obtain the Snake Charming Basket you should be using it whenever you need to add fun as that way you will level it up quicker than you thought you could! Once your skill is high enough, if you end up getting cursed you can play with it until you kiss the snake (that breaks the curse).

That pretty much wraps up the basics, so now you just need to get your Sims set up with the right Rewards, get the above mentioned skills leveled, and start clearing Tombs!

Traveling

So, you fancy a bit of traveling, eh? Well, then the first step is to pick up the phone or get to a computer to start booking your trip.

There are three locations (or countries) that you can travel to: China, Egypt or France. To travel to these destinations, you can use the phone and click on the desired destination.

If you are traveling for the first time, you can only travel for 3 days. To travel longer you need Visa Points, which you can gain by doing adventures.

A taxi will arrive to pick you up and take you to your destination. Once the screen loads, you will be at the Base Camp of your destination.

NOTE: After arriving back from your destination, you have to wait at least 2 days to be able to travel again. If your sim has the Adventurous trait you can go on another vacation in less time than other sims.

Costs

Travel costs depend on the location you are going and how many days you are staying.

Trip Planner

When you decide to go on a trip, the trip planner is where you select where and with whom you want to travel. Your visa level affects where and for how long you can travel.

Visa Levels

To be able to stay more days on vacation, you need to earn more Visa Points. Visa Points can be gained after completing adventures.

TypeNumber of Days
No Visa Points3 Days
Visa Level 15 Days
Visa Level 27 Days
Visa Level 39 Days

To gain Visa Levels you need Visa Points which you will gain by completing various Adventures in the game. Maximum length of stay can also be increased by purchasing the ‘Prepared Traveler’ Lifetime Reward (10,000 points).

Locations

China (Shang Simla)

Shang Simla is located in China, home of martial arts. In China you can explore ancient Chinese areas, master Martial Arts, meditate in the serene environment and eat interesting cuisine.

Egypt (Al Simhara)

Al Simhara is located in Egypt and is the home of the pyramids. Here you can explore tombs, fight with mummies, visit the sphinx and explore the photography skill.

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France (Champs Les Sims)

Champs Les Sims is located in France, the most romantic country ever. Here you can zoom around the town on your scooter, make nectar at the nectary, enjoy fine cuisine in the cafe or find the love of your life!

On Arrival

Once your sims have arrived at their destinations, you can find lots of things to do. You can go on adventures, explore different locations (such as Buildings, Museums and Parks), or go to the market place and buy souvenirs and relics.

You can also purchase items you may need for exploring the tombs and cauldrons. You can visit the Martial Arts Academy to study the ways of martial arts. Or, you can simply just meet the locals around the neighborhood for a friendly chat.

Base Camp

The Base Camp is your Sim’s temporary home. Each world’s base camp has all the things your Sims need (bathroom, kitchen, and a place to rest) to stay happy and healthy while on vacation. Though each base camp is different they all give you a decent place to sleep. Remember, you’re not the only sim on the base camp, other vacationing sims are there for you to mingle with and make friends. Who knows, you might just meet your special someone!

The Adventure Board

Fancy a bit of adventure? Then check out the adventure board located in your base camp! Feel free to check the adventure board daily for information on tours, exhibits and other things to do when your sim is enjoying their time away.

Returning Home

Your sims will automatically go home after your vacation days have expired. You can also have them go home prematurely, by opening the inventory menu, and then the phone. There should be a “return home” button. After clicking on it, a menu will appear asking which sims are going home. You can choose from only one sim, to all the sims on vacation. If you choose to leave some behind, you will continue to control them until there are no more sims on vacation. Once you have no more sims on vacation, your city (Sunset Valley or Riverview) will be loaded and your sims will be at home. For the next few days, they will have the “Visited (China (Shang Simla), Egypt (Al Simhara), or France (Champs Les Sims)) moodlet. You sims can not go on another vacation while they have this moodlet.

Traveling

So, you fancy a bit of traveling, eh? Well, then the first step is to pick up the phone or get to a computer to start booking your trip.

There are three locations (or countries) that you can travel to: China, Egypt or France. To travel to these destinations, you can use the phone and click on the desired destination.

If you are traveling for the first time, you can only travel for 3 days. To travel longer you need Visa Points, which you can gain by doing adventures.

A taxi will arrive to pick you up and take you to your destination. Once the screen loads, you will be at the Base Camp of your destination.

NOTE: After arriving back from your destination, you have to wait at least 2 days to be able to travel again. If your sim has the Adventurous trait you can go on another vacation in less time than other sims.

Costs

Travel costs depend on the location you are going and how many days you are staying.

Trip Planner

When you decide to go on a trip, the trip planner is where you select where and with whom you want to travel. Your visa level affects where and for how long you can travel.

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Visa Levels

To be able to stay more days on vacation, you need to earn more Visa Points. Visa Points can be gained after completing adventures.

TypeNumber of Days
No Visa Points3 Days
Visa Level 15 Days
Visa Level 27 Days
Visa Level 39 Days

To gain Visa Levels you need Visa Points which you will gain by completing various Adventures in the game. Maximum length of stay can also be increased by purchasing the ‘Prepared Traveler’ Lifetime Reward (10,000 points).

Locations

China (Shang Simla)

Shang Simla is located in China, home of martial arts. In China you can explore ancient Chinese areas, master Martial Arts, meditate in the serene environment and eat interesting cuisine.

Egypt (Al Simhara)

Al Simhara is located in Egypt and is the home of the pyramids. Here you can explore tombs, fight with mummies, visit the sphinx and explore the photography skill.

France (Champs Les Sims)

Champs Les Sims is located in France, the most romantic country ever. Here you can zoom around the town on your scooter, make nectar at the nectary, enjoy fine cuisine in the cafe or find the love of your life!

On Arrival

Once your sims have arrived at their destinations, you can find lots of things to do. You can go on adventures, explore different locations (such as Buildings, Museums and Parks), or go to the market place and buy souvenirs and relics.

You can also purchase items you may need for exploring the tombs and cauldrons. You can visit the Martial Arts Academy to study the ways of martial arts. Or, you can simply just meet the locals around the neighborhood for a friendly chat.

Base Camp

The Base Camp is your Sim’s temporary home. Each world’s base camp has all the things your Sims need (bathroom, kitchen, and a place to rest) to stay happy and healthy while on vacation. Though each base camp is different they all give you a decent place to sleep. Remember, you’re not the only sim on the base camp, other vacationing sims are there for you to mingle with and make friends. Who knows, you might just meet your special someone!

The Adventure Board

Fancy a bit of adventure? Then check out the adventure board located in your base camp! Feel free to check the adventure board daily for information on tours, exhibits and other things to do when your sim is enjoying their time away.

Returning Home

Your sims will automatically go home after your vacation days have expired. You can also have them go home prematurely, by opening the inventory menu, and then the phone. There should be a “return home” button. After clicking on it, a menu will appear asking which sims are going home. You can choose from only one sim, to all the sims on vacation. If you choose to leave some behind, you will continue to control them until there are no more sims on vacation. Once you have no more sims on vacation, your city (Sunset Valley or Riverview) will be loaded and your sims will be at home. For the next few days, they will have the “Visited (China (Shang Simla), Egypt (Al Simhara), or France (Champs Les Sims)) moodlet. You sims can not go on another vacation while they have this moodlet.

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