Travelling around the world is one of the best things a person can do. Exploring new cultures, trying new foods, and meeting new people create memories that will last a lifetime. It is, however, important to plan ahead and do these six things before you set off on your adventure.
Consider Travel Insurance
Depending on where you are going in the world, you may want to consider long or short term travel insurance. Travelling is not always a perfect state of affairs and losing your baggage or having a flight delay can really set you back. With travel insurance, you pay a small fee up front and are covered in case something big happens. When buying travel insurance online, remember that it will help you relax knowing you are covered for the big, unexpected things.
Check about Cell Phone Service
While the travel insurance will take care of the unexpected things in travelling, you can prevent some surprises. For example, check to see if you will have cell service. Doing this before you go will save you a lot of trouble. If will not have cell service, look up where to buy a sim card or download a saved map to your hotel or first destination. Again, doing a little work beforehand will save you a lot of trouble.
Have all your Medications
When packing, make sure to have all your daily prescriptions and vitamins with you. I also always bring Band-Aids, Neosporin, anti-diarrhea medication, etc. just in case. Having a few basic meds in addition to what you normally take can prevent a trip to a doctor or pharmacy while abroad.
Check for Required Travel Documents
Some countries or destinations require that you have a visa or proof of certain vaccines before entering. Make sure you know what is required of you to enter the country and that your passport or identification cards will not expire during your trip. It is also important to check what the airport requirements are when travelling abroad as some require a visa even if you just have a layover in the airport.
Look for Any Travel Alerts
While looking up the required travel documents for your destinations, it’s usually a good idea to also look for any travel alerts. These can range from safety threats to disease outbreaks. Knowing ahead of time gives you time to assess the risks versus benefits of travelling or to take necessary precautions.
Remember to Have Fun!
While planning for worst-case scenarios or reading travel alerts, it can be a little intimidating. But remember that travelling is an adventure and that there was a reason you wanted to go to these destinations in the first place. Looking through a travel guide or website can help you plan your trip and get excited about it!