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Many people travel overseas either on a personal holiday trip or on a business trip. Let it be a short travel or a long trip. It is necessary to prepare in advance to be comfortable and affordable.
You need to ensure the following before proceeding on an international trip:
1. Research The Destination And Book Tickets And Accommodation.
It is very important to know whether the overseas destination is safe for travel with friends and family.
Does your government have issued any travel advisory to that destination? If it is not safe to visit that destination, you can change travel to another best place across the world for your holidays.
You can search online for best places to visit at the destination.
After finding out the best places to visit, find a suitable hotel for you and friends at affordable rates. You can also know about the amenities like the high-speed internet for business, hot and cold water, TV, Fridge, swimming pool, restaurant, phone, and laundry, etc.
It is better to choose a combo deal to save money on international travel.
For instance, you can book a flight ticket, hotel room, and taxi service in a single deal at reduced rates. Searching online will help to land on best deals for your holidays. It is also advised to book deals in advance to land on best deals.
Next thing to consider is travel insurance. It is suggested to choose the best all-inclusive travel insurance at reduced rates. It should cater for missed flights, missed hotel accommodation due to the late arrival of flights, and lost baggage etc.
2. Arrange Local Currency At Destination.
You can arrange local currency at the destination with the help of travel agency or hotel staff. You can also look for nearby ATMs to withdraw cash in local currency at a destination.
You need to inform your bank in advance to enable withdrawal facility on your credit card at the destination. You can travel with an international debit card by ensuring sufficient funds in your account.
3. Check Expiration Date Of Your Passport.
It is necessary to extend the passport if the validity is less than six months. It is also necessary to get visitor’s visa or business visa at least one month before your travel.
4. Protect Your Home While On International Travel.
You need to look for someone to safeguard your home.
You can also ask neighbors to take care of your home during your absence. Or even inform the local law enforcement authorities to look after your house when you are on an international trip.
You can park all of your valuables in a storage facility in your city. You will have to pay a small fee for the facility, but your valuables will be in safe custody.
Furthermore, you can keep your pets in a kennel. It saves changing fee during travel.
5. Inform The Delivery Boys In Advance.
You need to make arrangements to receive parcels and letters during your absence. Reach the mail service and make arrangements to retain the letters and parcels till you reach home.
Additionally, inform the delivery boys in advance to stop delivery of newspapers, periodicals and other essential home supplies.
It is also suggested to make payment for electricity, telephone, gas etc in advance. It prevents disconnection of the service and supplies will be available when you reach home.
6. Keep Mobile Phones And Hands-Free Kits Ready And Take Care Of Your Electronic Devices.
You need to carry the international Mobile SIMs to talk back to your home, friends, and office etc.
In some of the countries, you are not allowed to use the mobile when driving. You can carry Bluetooth headset or earphone and keep the mobile in carry bag. It allows seamless talking while driving at the destination.
Ensure sufficient funds in your mobile for uninterrupted talking. Or use the local Internet kiosks to talk to your home at reduced rates using VoIP or messenger services like Skype.
It is suggested to carry solar powered devices to charge even if the supply is not available. You may not find charging points in remote locations.
7. Carry Travel Charger With Right Plugs For Your Laptop.
The supply voltages vary in countries worldwide.
For instance, the supply voltage in India is 230VAC. If you are from Europe, you need to carry a suitable charger or adapter to use the laptop on 230VAC.
Similarly, Indians traveling to Europe need to carry travel adapter to work with 110V. Therefore, it is suggested to check the supply voltages at the destination and carry the suitable adapters to prevent difficulties at the destination.
8. Check Weather Conditions At The Destination.
It is necessary to find the best time to travel to enjoy your holidays at the destination.
For example, you can enjoy a pleasant weather say from March to June. It is suggested to plan after checking the weather conditions at the destination.
You need to carry the appropriate clothes for your international travel. It is advised to buy right clothes if you are heading to a nation where you will experience severe cold. It is also suggested to carry essentials like medicines, herbal remedies, and packed foods, drinks etc for immediate survival in case of an emergency.
Visit a local healthcare unit to get the vaccination to prevent any infections or health disorders in a destination country.
However, you should not carry certain items to some destinations. It is advised to check the website of the destination to know about the restricted items.
If you are traveling to remote areas, you need to inform the government in advance to extend necessary help in case of an emergency.
In addition, carry copies of visa and passport in a separate bag for emergency needs. You can also buy guide books to travel safely at the destination. It provides details about local transportation, fees at zoo, parks, bread and breakfast accommodation, and more.
Bonus tip: Don’t forget about travel insurance
I’d recommend one from WorldNomads.
WorldNomads.com is backed by a suite of strong, secure, specialist travel insurers who provide you with great cover, 24-hour emergency assistance and the highest levels of support and claims management when you need it most.
Had a change of plans? You can buy more cover or claim online while you are still away. You can even buy a World Nomads policy if you’re already traveling.
From skiing and snowboarding in New Zealand to whitewater rafting in Colorado, WorldNomads.com covers a range of adventure activities, giving you peace of mind to get the most from your travels.
What have you planned about your next international trip? And how can you prepare in advance to make sure you’re safe and have a good time?