See the World: Four Things You Need to Prepare Before Traveling Internationally
“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” –James Michener
Traveling internationally has always been something one gets excited about. You look forward to it for weeks and pretty psyched about visiting foreign lands, immersing yourself in a totally different culture, experiencing new climates and meeting locals. However, before you get too hyped up about your potential trip, know that a successful travel is the result of meticulous and good travel planning. In this regard, all of your trips should be adequately planned—regardless of whether you are heading to a foreign country or traveling domestically. Sure, there is always a little fun in a little spontaneity and hopping on a plane to make plans as you go never hurt anyone. However, if you are traveling abroad to a foreign place for the first time, planning is integral to ensure that you make the most out of your trip.
Not only does this ensure that you stay on budget, but it guarantees you an almost stree-free experience. In any case, before booking any hotel or even thinking about packing your streetwear clothing with you, here are some of the failsafe tips to ensure your international getaways are a success:
Check your passport and apply for any necessary visa
Although there is no need for you to memorize your passport’s expiration date, you should take a look at it months before your planed international travel. In general, your passport should be valid for at least six months entering any foreign. While some countries will allow you to enter with less, it is still best if you took the necessary precautions before traveling. If you see that its expiration date is fast coming up, renew your passport first before even thinking about that next foreign excursion. Visas, on the other hand, largely depend on what country you are going to and the application varies significantly from country to country. Brush up on your research first before applying for a visa.
Get vaccinated and stock up on medicine
As a precaution against a myriad of diseases, you may need to get vaccinated. Although this largely depends on where you are going, it pays to be forewarned. To know if you need to be vaccinated, check out comprehensive and up-to-date medical recommendations which incidentally would also list health advisories by country. Moreover, if you have regular maintenance meds, make sure to bring them with you and always have your prescription with you.
Prepare your finances
It is always ideal to have a little extra in terms of money if you are traveling abroad. This is to ensure that should any emergency occur, you are adequately covered. Before you travel internationally, check how much you have saved and call your bank and credit card providers and let them know where you will be. If these companies do not know where you are and would notice foreign charges, they might freeze your credit cards which can be rather annoying. Furthermore, be aware of the exchange rate—you do not want to needlessly spend and end up being shocked at your trips overall total expense.
Make copies of travel documents
Ensure that you have copies of any sensitive travel document such as your passport and the like. Have at least one color copy of your passport’s ID page that is stored elsewhere safe and separate from your passport. Incidentally, you should secure copies of any visas that would pertain to your current trip. Train ticket confirmations, hotel reservations and anything else that would relate to your travel should be copied as well. Store them in your smartphone as well as backup.
Ensure that you are well-prepared on your future travels for a better and stress-free experience with the said tips above.