The first International Trip is always exciting & makes you feel overwhelmed but it also comes with a lot of planning & execution. There is always a list of things that you have to do before you get on board that dream vacation of yours. But the question here is where do we start?
The essential thing before you plan on taking your first international trip is to research; up, down, left, right & center about the destination, places to see, things to do, etc., on a written document. After you have planned out where to go, the process of documentation, packing, accommodations, etc., starts.
We have listed out some of the travel essentials tips that you should keep in mind before finalizing your vacation aboard.
Travel Documents & Visa
Check your passports, and make sure it has at least six months validity from your planned date of return. Most countries have a minimum requirement of at least six month’s validity of your passport. Next, are Visa requirements for the country of visit. Check out the exact eligibility and document requirements and time required to process a tourist visa and make sure you apply with enough time in hand.
Travel Insurance is one of the most essential & a smart thing to do when you are traveling internationally. Travel insurance is usually between 4-10 % of the cost of your travel but if you book your travel insurance along with all the other formalities, you might be able to get the best deal. Also, make sure to get the photocopies of all the documents in advance.
Staying connected with your loved ones are essential no matter wherever you travel. So when you travel internationally, opt for international calling card, which makes it easy for you to be connected according to the local rate & data usage. You can also purchase the local SIM cards from airports, train stations or any nearby cell phone stores for a nominal fee. Opt for a plan with more data, as you can use voice calling apps to communicate cheaper.
Depending on your travel preference; solo, group or with family, make sure you find the right kind of accommodation in advance. It can be a luxurious hotel or a modest hostel or any homestay. Make sure to research & pick a place that has good reviews and is close to things you want to do while you’re in the city. Trust a good travel advisor to get you the best stay options at the best price.
It is always advised & a wise decision to order local currency of the country where you are traveling through your banks before your trip. Converting your money into local currency beforehand saves you time & money. Also, you should contact your bank before you head out for a vacation so that they won’t interpret any foreign transactions as fraudulent & block your card.
Before you get all excited about your first international trip, make sure you visit your doctor and inform them about your travel plan. This is important so that the doctor can check any additional vaccination or preventive medication is required or not.
Add some smarts to your smartphone
When you travel abroad, it is a good idea to download maps, or travel applications, which makes your traveling or strolling in the city hassle-free. Also, you can use translation apps to learn a few local words to communicate with the local residents.
Lastly, always be prepared for jet lag. Long flights are never easy and make you feel tired. Make your mindset that you are ought to feel tired. But you can go for a walk, spend some time in the sun as this can help you out with your jet lag.
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Watch out for some more #TravelEssentials tips coming up in our next blog.