Here is a simple mantra of a good and memorable trip: Good Travel is the result of good planning. It is really exciting to have those tickets in your hands foryour dream getaway. All one starts doing is a dream about how it will go and how much fun it will be. However, there are some things to do to make your trip actually a good one. In addition to planning the basics of any trip like lodging, restaurants, activities, and so on- international trips asks for some extra work to be done. Here are some important tips to consider making your next international getaway a stress free experience.
Check for your passport and apply for any necessary visas.
Most countries require that your passport be valid for six months after your return date. If you get stuck in one of those countries, you’d want to make sure they will let you get away with no problems. Check your passport and see if you need to renew it or not.Packseparately a photocopy of the information page of your passport and the visa of your destination.
Get vaccination and fill prescriptions.
For maximum protection, you should get any shots required six weeks prior your departure date. Don’tforget to consult a travel medicine professional if you are traveling to a country where the disease is rampant. Pack photocopies of your prescriptions separately from your medicines, and note the generic drug name. Pack your medicines in its medicinebottles, in your carry-on bag. If you need to use syringes, make sure that you have a written letter from the doctor and declare your syringes legal before you go through security. Pack more than enough medicine to last your trip.
Call the issuers of the credit cards you will be taking with you shortly before you leave.
Inform them of the countries you will be traveling to. Otherwise, your credit card could be denied as the issuer, might find the international activity suspicious. Know how to contact your company when abroad. Visit an ATM as soon as you reach your destination and make a withdrawal in the local currency. If you are flying to a smaller airport in a developing country there is no guarantee that there will be an ATM. In these cases, purchase some local currency ahead of time.
Buy Travel Insurance.
If you have a Medicare Supplemental plans, then check with your policy provider if it includes overseas travel insurance as most of the plans does. If it doesn’t, and you want to add extra coverage consider travel insurance.
Just take your necessary electronic devices. Do not take valuables like jewelry with you as they could attract thieves. Before you leave, empty your wallet of all other credit cards that you don’t intend to use on your trip. Pack an extra pair of prescription glasses, if you are using one. Use closed baggage tags to label each bag. Label each tag with your name, address,and contact number.
A little bit of extra effort can make your trip a stress free one and really memorable. Bon Voyage.