Things You Must Do Before Travelling Overseas
Aspects to Consider When Planning Your Trip Abroad
It is quite natural for you to feel excited and anxious at the same time, especially if this is your first time travelling abroad. While there are many aspects to consider, the most essential thing is to remember to have fun. Here are a few things you can do to make your travel a better experience:
Google the Destination: There is so much information about everything on the Internet. Read about the destination in general and check out some images as well to know what to expect. Get information about sightseeing, including the places you should visit and how to access them. You can take a print out of the map and mark out place you want to visit and even the hotel where you would be staying. Don’t forget to get a list of famous restaurants in the area. You may even like to find out about the dos and don’ts of the destination, especially if it is culturally very different from what you are accustomed to.
Take Travel Insurance: Many of us feel that this is a useless expense. However, it is not uncommon for flights to get delayed, airlines to lose your luggage or even falling ill after eating something new. Insurance will cover for all these contingencies. What if your bag gets stolen? It may have less expensive things like your phone laptop charger or laptop battery, but could have essential travel documents. You would not want to spend precious foreign currency on things like that. If you have travel insurance, the financials will be taken care of.
Make a Separate List of the Not-So-Obvious Things: Most of us make a list of all the things we need to pack. This list typically contains items like slippers, socks, toothbrush, clothes and jackets. However, there are a few things that we tend to overlook. This may include your hands-free device. You may think you would not need it, but you could be consulting a map while talking on the phone and your hands-free device may prove very useful. Similarly, a spare laptop battery always comes in handy. If you are going on vacation, you may not want to look at your phone messages or emails on your computer. However, these devices are useful for staying connected and adding convenience.
Manage Your Money: You don’t have to carry all the money you would need during your stay. However, you should have some local currency before you step out of the airport at your destination. So, find out whether your arrival airport has an ATM. Also, locate the closest ATM to your hotel. Even if your hotel has the facility to exchange currency, it may not offer you the best rates. You can also consider carrying some traveller’s cheques, which is a safe way to carry money.
When you’re done packing everything, from insurance papers to your laptop battery, don’t forget to change your status on Facebook!
Things You Must Do Before Travelling Overseas Reviewed by Khalid Shaikh on June 23, 2014 Rating: