If you have an international tripped planned, then you will need to be highly organised as good travel is the result of good planning. This applies to any trip you plan from a holiday to a gap year. In the midst of all the excitement once you have booked your trip it can be difficult to stop fantasizing and sort out what needs to be done especially if you have never been. In additional to the planning, any international trip will include research on what you need before you jet away. Fortunately here are some things you need to think about before leaving.
If you have booked a trip away you will need to check whether your passport is still valid and if it isn’t you will need to ensure it has been renewed before your getaway. Before even booking an international trip it is best to check your passport as generally speaking you want your passport to be valid for at least six months after entering a foreign country, especially places like American, though some nations will let you get away with less.
Though not a universal requirement, tourist Visas are needed to visit many nations around the world and the process will vary from country to country.
If you are visiting America look into getting an ESTA visa which you can read more here, this enables you to travel the country for 90 days or less. It is important to note that applying for a Visa can be rather costly and time-consuming so get it out of the way as soon as possible. Another handy tip is to make photo copies of your documents, including your passport, Visa, tickets and hotel reservations and keep them separately in case you misplace the originals.
This depends heavily on where you might be going. You may need to get special vaccines or medications as a precaution against various diseases. In addition to vaccines and medications you may need, if you routinely take any prescription medication, make sure you have enough to cover the duration of your travels as you wouldn’t want to run out while you’re away. If you are planning to travel to any remote regions it is wise to take a first aid kit of general medicine like paracetamol, aspirin, Imodium and anything else that may not be easy to find.
Prepare Your Finances
Before you make your international trip inform your bank and credit card providers to let them know you will be away. If the companies notice foreign charges they may freeze your account and card for security reasons which may cause problems for you. Also be aware of the exchange rate and know how much things generally cost wherever you’re going as you will want to make sure you have enough money to see you through your trip.
If you plan to go travelling or even away on holiday you will need to invest in health and travel insurance. There are plenty of different companies that offer short-term polices which will cover you while you’re away, just in case something was to happen. Travel insurance can refund you any money if your trip has been cancelled, postponed or even cut short for various reasons.