Being in a foreign country can be eye-opening and invigorating. International vacations usually tend to be longer than domestic ones, which means you need to make sure you are well prepared for it. The trip itself will teach you some little secrets, like making sure you find a map at the airport before you leave, etc.
If you are traveling internationally soon, be sure to read these smart travel tips. They will make traveling abroad easier, efficient, cheaper and of course stress-free.
BEFORE YOU TRAVEL, PLAN AHEAD
- Have dental and medical check-ups before your trip and check to see if you need some extra vaccinations or immunizations for the place you are visiting. Some vaccines don’t reach the highest protection until about six weeks after you get the shots, so make sure to see your doctor at least six weeks before your trip. Find out about medicines you might need to take with you for prevention or for health problems that might occur during your stay.
- Take a first-aid kit. You can customize your kit, you don’t have to bring everything with you. Here are some items that you may need: cough and cold medicines, pain medicines, an over-the-counter medicine for upset stomach, medicine for diarrhea, scissors, thermometer, pocket knife, nail clippers, tweezers and a mirror.
- Find out what your health insurance will pay for if you see a doctor while you are traveling.
International travel is very exciting and fun, but every adventurer should be aware of certain things that may happen and that can ruin the trip. From poor water quality, to bad Internet connection to vaccinations, there are many things to consider.
- Hotel business card.
When you arrive at the hotel, take a hotel business card from the front desk first. So, if you ever get lost, you will have the name and the address of the hotel written in the local language.
- Google Maps.
If you don’t have a good sense of directions, you will definitely need a map. While you are in the hotel, you can use the Wi-Fi to plot out a few routes you plan to walk that day. Then take a screenshot of every map. Later, you can find the photo and follow the path.
- Data roaming.
To avoid international data roaming you need to set up your cell phone. The biggest costs can come from this.
- The six month passport rule.
If you are from U.S you already know that the country let s you use the passport up to the date inside the cover. However, that’s not allowed in other countries and some will deny your entry if the passport expired in less than 6 months. That’s because that country wants to ensure that you have a valid passport to travel back to the U.S if you get stuck overseas longer than planned. To avoid this, I advise you to renew your passport.
- Getting cash.
The easiest way to get cash is using an ATM. But, the truth is that many U.S banks charge steep fees if the ATM is out of network. To pay that fee once, you can take out a large amount of cash at the airport. However it is never advisable to have lots of money in your pockets while traveling, so see what method works the best in the country you are traveling to.