Travelling abroad can be a daunting. We invest so much time and money planning our vacations and travel. We need to make sure we didn’t forget to pack anything; we need health and travel insurance, can’t forget to lock the door… and of course, did you remember to turn off the stoves at breakfast?
There’s so much to do and take care of before a trip.
We thought that we would help you out with this list of our Top 20 Tips Before International Travel.
1. Don’t forget to pack extra clothes in you carry-on. You don’t want to be stuck wearing your sweats for the next 2 days because the airline decide to lose your luggage.
2. Be sure to check you airline’s rules to avoid being stuck paying extra fees for checking luggage. Every airline has its own policy on luggage and carry-on. These can be quite expensive and a huge annoyance when all you want to do is get on the plane.
3. Pack a lunch. Airline food can be expensive and so can eating while travelling through a foreign country. Pack of few small snacks to bring with you so that you have something to eat on your adventure.
4. Don’t forget your travel adapter. Countries have different size plugs and the cell phone charge that you brought from home probably won’t fit.
5. Always check the voltage of your electronics. Some countries use different voltages also so even with an adapter, you still might not be able to use certain electronics.
6. Contact your cell phone provider before leaving. There is usually a charge but they will be able to activate your phone’s global capabilities, which could end up saving you hundreds of dollars in roaming charges.
Health and Safety
7. Call your insurance provider. Sometimes with private medical insurance, your policy might still apply to emergencies while overseas.
8. Make a visit to your doctor. Make sure that you are properly vaccinated and that any prescriptions are renewed.
9. Have a copies of your passport. It is a good idea to bring a few different copies of your passport. In the event that your passport gets lost or stolen, you’ll still be able to prove your citizenship and hopefully get back into the country.
10. Leave a copy of your passport at home. It’s also a good idea that you leave a copy of your passport at home or with someone you trust. You could even make a digital copy and store it in your email or on your phone.
11. Register with your embassy. In the rare event of a major problem in the country, being registered will make it easy for your government to contact you and get you back home.
12. Purchase guidebooks. Guides will usually have maps, key words and phrases in the local dialect and enough detail about your destination that you won’t need to buy guidebooks during your trip. There are also many digital guides and apps that you could download before your travels.
13. Buy tickets in advance. If you know where you will be going and what you want to visit and see, then it is wise to purchase your tickets well before your trip. This will allow you to find better deals directed towards you.
14. Look into local events while you’re visiting. Sometimes, you will find things to do last-minute and will also ensure that you do not miss out on any fun local experiences. This could also help you avoid behind surprised by cancellations or closures.
15. Research the local currency before leaving. It would be awful to fly all the way to Denmark only to find out that their currency is equal to only 20 cents. Look up the conversions before leaving to give you an idea of the going rates.
16. Contact your credit company. Most European banks have switch away from the outdated magnetic credit card to the more secure chip-and-PIN technology. Make sure that your card will work in the country that you’re visiting.
17. Avoid currency exchanges near airports or popular tourist attractions. These tend to be huge rip-offs and charge way more than the actual conversion rate. Local banks or ATMs are the best way to get cash when abroad. They don’t charge as many fees and the rate will be exact.
18. Always have local cash. Not every place takes credit cards. This is especially important if you’re catching trains or buses.
19. Call your bank or credit card provider. Sometimes banks think that fraud maybe occurring if transactions are suddenly happening in Bali when you’re from Toronto, and they will turn off your card as a security measure.
20. Check the country’s entrance/exit fees. Some countries require travelers to pay in order to enter or leave the country. These fees are not included in the price of your airline ticket, and can range from $25 to $200.
Do you have any travel tips?