Taking the time to clear your schedule and pack your bags for relaxation isn’t the only thing you have to worry about when planning a trip abroad. Thinking ahead is the difference between what could make or break a trip, but don’t panic. We’ve listed a few tips below for you to follow before you jump in the car or hop on that airplane and begin traveling around the world.
Make a List
Having that feeling that you forgot something as your plane is taking off for a destination overseas is probably one of the most nerve-racking feelings. Without a written or mental list, how will you know what you stuffed into your suitcase is what you really need or, even worse, if it is excluding anything? Making a list and then double checking it right before you begin traveling abroad will take the stress out of wondering if you forgot something, and it keeps you organized in the process.
Check the Weather
If you have ever ended up at the beach wearing jeans, or in the snow with shorts, then you know how crucial it is for you to know what the weather is like before you arrive at your destination. I’m sure you can image this, but vacationing in a rainy place can turn disastrous if you are walking around in soggy socks. Your best bet is to turn to a weather forecasting channel or phone app so you can guide your packing strategy and be prepared.
Square Your Finances Away
Not having money, or having money and not being able to convert it to the currency of the country that you are in can be a huge hassle. Plan ahead by checking where the ATM machines are at let your bank and credit card companies know about your travel plans. Most bank and credit card companies keep track of spending patterns so unusual spending like purchases far from where you live will raise suspicion and could lock your account.
Know the Customs/Some of the Language
Obviously the more you know the language of the country that you are going to, the easier it will to get around. Getting together with translation agencies for their services and learning about some of the customs of the place that you are traveling to can only help you out when navigating your trip abroad. You will end up avoiding so many awkward or dangerous situations just by knowing where to go, what to do, and how to act.
Before double checking the locks to your windows and doors, make sure you let someone else know that you are traveling abroad for safety reasons. Letting them know when you plan on leaving and when you are going to be back can save your life if something ever happened to you. But once you have everything done on your list and you finally get to your destination you can kick back, relax and enjoy your trip while remaining a smart traveler.