When planning a trip abroad, there are many things you need to do before you leave. There are so many, in fact, that you would need to read a book that lists everything for you. You can take the time to do this if you like, and if this is your first trip abroad, you can create your own checklist. This checklist should include the 8 essential “Things to do” before traveling abroad if you want to be properly prepared.
- Passport – You should start working on these months before you plan to travel. It may take a while to receive one, so you need to make sure you get it on time. Your best bet is to go to your local post office and fill out the required paperwork if they’re set up to do so. Follow their directions and pay the fees.
- Visa- In some regions of the world, you will need a visa. You can get them from your local embassy or online. You’ll want to apply early because it can take as long as a passport, and sometimes even more. Do the research you need to find out if you need it for your destination and any other areas you plan to visit during your vacation. You don’t want to end up in a foreign country and not be able to cross borders.
- Visit your doctor – Do more research and find out if you need any special vaccinations before traveling to your chosen country. Schedule a visit to the doctor and get one if necessary, as well as a basic checkup that will allow you to travel around the world. While you’re there, ask them if they have any tips that can help you stay healthy during your trip. Some areas of the world are not as developed as we are, so you should take care of your medical needs before you set out on your adventure.
- Get Travel Insurance – This is a step that many people choose to ignore, but keep in mind that it is never a good idea to skip this step. Go online to a comparison site and look for travel insurance options in Australia. You want to be protected from luggage loss, accidents, theft or if you end up stranded due to the covid-19 lockdown. Don’t wait until the last minute to get it because many have a waiting time before the kick takes effect. Contact your insurance company to find out so you can plan accordingly.
- Credit cards and cash Check what type of money your destination country accepts and convert the money to that particular currency. You should also talk to credit card companies to see if you can use their cards there. If not, leave them at home. If so, make sure you have a note on your account that tells you when and where you’re going. This will prevent your card from being blocked due to your card provider’s security measures.
- Phones and other electronics Your phones most likely won’t work where you’re going. You can purchase a SIM card that will allow you to use your device, or buy a prepaid phone in the country you are traveling to. Make sure you have proper service if you need to be able to check in…