Traveling to a new country can be both eye-opening and invigorating. It could be a business trip or a long-awaited vacation but there are some things that you should worry about. Regardless of the kind of trip you are taking, here are some tips to make your international travel easier, safer and more cost effective:
Health and Security
This is something that you cannot ignore. Before you travel to a different part of the world, ensure that you have checked with your doctor and have all the necessary vaccinations. You should also check with your insurance agent about the policies that can be applicable overseas. You might, in some cases, want to add some extra coverage. Further,
ü Have copies of your passport ready, in case you lose them.
ü Leave a copy of your passport back home. Consider keeping an electronic copy that can be accessed from anywhere and at any time.
ü Register with your embassy to make things easier when your safety could become a concern.
It takes some amount of time to adapt to the currency and exchange rates in a foreign country. It is better to be aware of the amount (in your currency) you are paying for and not walk into surprises. 1 euro might sound like a small amount however for an American traveler, it’s a bit over a dollar. Knowing the currency rate and the expenses will also help you prepare better for your overseas travel. On top of this, ensure:
ü That your credit card is valid in the foreign country.
ü You know where to get the best conversion rate (the money exchangers charging the lowest commissions).
ü Have local cash handy.
ü Check the country’s exit/entrance fees
Depending on the kind of overseas vacation you are planning, it is necessary that you have complete details of the itinerary. For instance, it is best to be sure where to go next or the timing of events you want to attend. Local research allows you to be prepared and you will always land on deals that save you money.
ü Get a guidebook / map
ü Download GPS data for online/offline navigation
ü Check out some blogs from travelers who have been to the place in the past
The smartphone has made our world a lot easier and convenient. It can be a savior in all kinds of situations, be it to find the hotel you booked or advise you on the best food restaurant around. Consequently, you must ensure that your gadgets are always in place.
ü Carry an international adapter. It will not only save your gadgets from voltage limitations but also allow you to charge anywhere.
ü Activate the roaming capability of your phone.
ü Download Viber Out for cheap international calling. The roaming charges on normal network calls can be too expensive to bear.
ü Make sure that your laptops and cameras are well protected.
Lastly, international travel is all about how open you are to opportunities. If you are able to adapt well, your vacation can be a great one. Research, knowledge and preparedness are the key to a successful and fun vacation.