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Don’t Forget These Important Steps When Planning to Travel Internationally

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Published on: Sep 2, 2015 @ 16:00

Don’t Forget These Important Steps When Planning to Travel Internationally

Traveling outside of your native country can be exciting, but definitely requires a lot of planning and preparation. While you’re probably visualizing yourself in a foreign country taking in a foreign culture, there are a few things you’ll want to do to make sure your trip goes off without a hitch. Aside from booking the flight, hotel, and rental car service for the trip, you’re going to need to do a bit of research to ensure that you have the best time on your getaway. Below are a few steps that you should follow before heading out of the country:

1.  Plan Well in Advance

The best advice you can receive for any type of trip would be to plan it well in advance. However, when it comes to planning an international trip, you really want to keep the procrastination to a minimum. As there are so many things you must do ahead of time, you want to make sure that you’ve dotted all your i’s and crossed all your t’s. For instance, you’ll want to start booking hotels well in advance to ensure that you have the proper accommodations when you arrive. Researching various hotel options and choosing one that fits within your budget can take some time. The same goes for booking flights and car rental services if you intend to drive.

2.  Make Sure You’ve Got Your Passport and Visa

You’re not allowed to visit other countries without the proper traveling paperwork. This will definitely include your US passport along with any visas that may be required. If you have a passport already, you’ll want to check the expiration date to make sure that it is still valid. It can take several weeks to apply for a new one which is why you’ll want to start checking this out early on.

Some nations also require that you have a tourist visa on hand as well. You’ll need to do some research to determine what the application process is for getting a visa as it will vary by country. Applying will also be an investment you’ll need to consider as it will take time and a considerable amount of money.

3.  Ask Your Doctor About Vaccinations

Depending on the country you intend to travel to, you may be required to get vaccinated to prevent certain diseases. You can generally find information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website on which vaccinations or medications may be required before traveling to a certain country. For those with preexisting medical conditions, it may also be a good time to ask your doctor about filling the prescriptions so that you have them with you during your travels.

4.  Make Sure There are No Advisories

Before you embark on your vacation or decide to start booking hotels, it is a good idea to check to see if there are any travel alerts or warnings to the destination you’re traveling to. It’s a good idea to check this out before you start planning your trip as the level of alert or warning may change your mind about the destination you’re traveling to.

5.  Don’t Forget the Finances

To prevent your credit card accounts from being frozen for suspicious activities, it is a good idea to give your credit card companies a call and let them know you’ll be out of the country. You also want to do a bit of research on the exchange rates in the country you’re traveling to so you know exactly what you’ll be spending on merchandise.

6.  Obtain an International Driving Permit

In most countries, your US drivers license and insurance are not recognized, meaning that if you’re going to be using a rental car, you’re going to need to obtain an international driving permit. This will help you to familiarize yourself with the differences in driving as well as the laws in the foreign country. You may also need to contact the country’s foreign embassy to find out what the rules and regulations may be as they pertain to driving.

7.  Brush Up on Your Foreign Language Skills

When you’re in a country that you’re not familiar with, you want to learn a few key phrases so that you can communicate with the locals and get around easily. You want to learn important phrases such as how to greet them and ask basic questions. There are also lots of cheat sheets online that you could print out and keep with you in case you get tongue tied.

8.  Make Copies of Everything

To be proactive in the event that your travel documents should become lost or stolen, it is a good idea to make a copy of everything. This includes your passport, visa, driver’s permit, hotel receipt copies, and whatever else you might be taking along with you on your trip.

Traveling abroad can be such a great adventure as long as you’ve done all the proper planning and preparations. All of the above mentioned steps are important to ensure that you’re able to enter the country and experience all it has to offer without any problems. After you’ve ensured you’ve taken care of all the above tips, all that’s left to do is pack for your trip and get ready to have an awesome time exploring new territory.

 

Planning a Vacation with Your Pet? Get It Insured First!

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Travel Tip Troopers,

You’ve been waiting for the holidays to begin. It seems like ages already that you planned to visit Europe or further with your furry friend, excited that pet passports and relaxed rules in the respective country allowed that. So, did you, in your excitement, overlooked facts such as dogs jetting off without insurance are liable to give their owners skyrocketing vet bills?

Have you considered the possibility that your beloved companion can fall ill, hurt someone else, or suffer from injury itself? Take France, for instance. Did you know you will be charged a hefty amount of £3,500 if the animal had a car accident and had to undergo surgery? And just as it’s with human, your pet are prone to bad stomach and inflamed thyroid too, conditions that are expensive to treat.

Further, not all insurance policies are the same on this account, something that individuals like Louis Habash are quick to take note of and point out. It is imperative that you check the insurance policy before you decide to take your cat or dog with you. Even as insurers claim to cover pets abroad, doing so will give you a better idea of what exactly their policy includes. You honestly don’t want to rush to the hospital only to discover the policy was limited to a certain payout and that you had to fund the rest of the treatment cost.

Whether it covers the routine checkup like teeth cleaning and vaccinations or also includes accidental coverage in the package, pet insurance is beneficial if you want to ensure the holiday proceeds along smoothly and have the family fun you wanted. Some policies even compensate if your plans have been disturbed by the accident or illness.

However, Louis Habash feels this is not the only thing pet owners looking up pet-friendly destinations should have in mind. While nothing beats the general check-up and bringing it up to date with specific treatments to see they are deemed fit to travel, you will find the following checklist pretty useful as well.

  • Refrain from feeding your pet two hours before you have to leave and just to be on the safe side, encourage them to go before driving away from home

  • It’s a healthy practice to use an approved cage/crate or a harness for your pet when you put it inside the car to keep it safe

  • Avoid leaving it unattended in your closed car

  • Try to schedule your journey in a way that lets you stop for break two hours or so to let it out, cool down, be fed, or simply to stretch; it’s better if you had taken them on short trips before as well so they are accustomed to it

  • Keep its recent photo with you and updating its ID tag is yet another precautionary measure to practice without feeling guilty about it

  • If you are travelling by air, you should discuss with the vet or pet consultants how to help it cope with stress and feel comfortable especially if you know they are nervous around loud noises; tranquilizers are usually not encouraged

Washington DC Keep it classy!

I really liked Washington DC. I mean, what is there NOT to like? The place is OOZING with history. But by the end of our road trip, I just felt this gaping hole without Shaun. These were places we said we would explore together – just like Chicago. We were looking forward to being museum nuts together. We were going to take silly pictures in front of monuments together.

An Interview With Dave And Deb Of ThePlanetD – Canada’s Adventure Couple

For Canada’s Adventure Couple, Dave and Deb, travel is their full-time gig.  As most of us would say, “they’re living the dream.”  Which is true, they really are.  The couple, who both used to work in the film industry, became inspired by travel during their trip to Thailand back in 2000.  From then on, travel defined them more than their careers, and they searched for ways to turn their passion into a lifestyle.  Since their first trip to Thailand, they have climbed, paddled, hiked and biked their way through 5 continents doing everything from cycling across Africa, to driving across Mongolia. Not to mention, their adventure travel blog is on top of the charts, and I can truly say the couple inspire me each and every day.

Tushita Meditation Centre – McLeod Ganj, India

While exploring India for three months on my own, I made a last minute decision to take a trip to McLeod Ganj where I spent a couple of weeks studying Buddhism and Tibetan history.  The first week of my stay in Mcleod Ganj was spent at the Tushita Meditation Centre for the study and practice of Buddhism from the Tibetan Mahayana tradition.

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