When heading to a foreign country, then good travel planning is the key to success. After booking your flight and accommodation, there are still some things to consider to ensure a smooth-running travel experience. Here is the ultimate pre-travel list of things to do before you travel abroad!
1. Check the expiry date of your passport.
First things first: Check when your passport is expiring. There is nothing worse then playing your trip only to discover that your passport is not valid. Generally, your passport should be valid for about six months after your scheduled departure. However, some countries have different requirements.
2. Call your bank.
Let me tell you a story: About two years ago, I was on a shopping spree in London until my card was declined while I was trying to pay. Not fun! I realized that I had forgotten to inform my bank about my travel plans. I can tell you, that this has never happened again!
3. Apply for a visa, if necessary.
Tourist visas are needed for a lot of countries. The processes and visa costs vary for each country. As it can be a time-consuming task, you should get it done as early as possible. Have a look at your country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to determine, if a visa is required.
4. Check medical recommendations.
Check and see what kind of vaccinations and medications are required and recommended. Get vaccinated, if necessary and stock up on medicine (especially if you take any prescription medication!). Better safe than sorry!
5. Get necessary gear for your electronics.
If you’re bringing your camera, laptop or phone along with you, then you need to research what plugs your travel destination uses in order to charge your electronic goodies. Get the necessary adapter or an all-in-one adapter and you’re good to go.
6. Pack thoughtfully.
Have a look at your destination’s weather forecast and pack accordingly. Also, make sure that you pack according to the latest airline regulations. If you need some packing tips, you can read how to pack light and how to pack for longterm traveling.
7. Read up on the local currency.
Check not only what place are the best to exchange money, but also if you will be able to withdraw cash at an ATM and if your credit card will be accepted. In addition, it’s always a good idea to have some cash handy.
8. Inform yourself about potential travel warnings.
Before you travel abroad, make sure that you read about current events and potential travel warnings. It’s worth checking these kind of information, before booking and planning a trip and right before your departure.
9. Learn some basic phrases of the local language.
I think, it’s always nice to know at least the basics like ‘hello’, ‘thank you’ and ‘goodbye’. If you have special food preferences, you would also want to learn to communicate them correctly. It will not only make your life easier, but the locals will also appreciate it. And isn’t traveling all about learning?
10 Make copies of your travel documents.
Just in case that something might happen, make copies of your passport and other important travel documents and keep them safely stored and separate from the original ones. This way your are prepared, if you lose something.
What do you do before traveling abroad?