Helpful tips before travelling abroad
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- Published on Wednesday, 07 July 2021 11:36
- Last Updated on 07 July 2021
- Monica Costa
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Moving in and out of your country is a great experience. You might decide to travel with your friends or family or alone, but the experience is one to live for either way. Before going abroad, there are a few things you need to check.
If you are travelling abroad for work, it would be wise to confirm with your company the trip details. Also, inform your family before leaving the country and make arrangements on how the daily operation will go smoothly without a hiccup.
There is a checklist of the things you need before crossing the border. Keep reading to learn what you might need on your trip.
You will need to confirm with the concerned organisation for the decision to move out of the borders. Also, the country you are visiting should approve of your plans. Before getting approval to visit a country, your details undergo reviewing through a verification system like the ESTA, and they’ll inform you if you can tour the country.
To avoid any inconveniences, you should sign up and get an ESTA here. The earlier, the better. It can be frustrating to have to go back home because of a simple process like this one.
When travelling abroad, ensure you register with your embassy. So in case of an emergency, this will make it easier for your government to reach out to you and get you to safety. Moreover, it would be wise to have more than one copy of your passport. You can leave one with a trusted friend and take the other copy with you.
You should also avoid going to places infamous for illegal activities. There are higher chances that you may get hurt in the course of your trip. Regardless of your mission to a particular state, your safety should always come first.
Before leaving your country, you should ensure you are healthy enough to travel. If, for example, you have been in an accident recently, you should first wait to completely heal so that you can start moving out of the state.
It would be best to visit your doctor to run a complete body checkup. Sometimes you may think you are okay only to find out later that you had some serious underlying issues. Healthcare services may be more costly abroad; you should go to a health centre you are familiar with within your country.
The currency you will use is likely to change when you go abroad. Therefore, it would be wise if you arrange to convert your cash when in your country. Most people complain that converting your money at airports is a costly process. Instead, visit your bank to see the conversion rates and have them do it for you.
Depending on the amount of time you will spend abroad, you should convert enough money to cater to your stay. You should also carry cash in your state’s currency if you need it for something quick when you get back.
If you are planning on using debit cards or credit cards, first confirm if the country you are visiting allows their use. The process of having to get money transferred from one bank to another can be long and frustrating. Sometimes, some banks may take a couple of days to get you your money.
You should always have a budget for your trip. Plan on the activities you are going to do and delegate money for them. If you don’t plan for something in your budget, you should avoid it when you get to your destination. For example, if you didn’t plan to buy new clothes, don’t go buying them.
You should have a safe place to store your electric gadgets. If you leave them carelessly, they are likely to get stolen, and no one may take the responsibility to compensate you for your carelessness.
Always keep your phones or laptops close to you at all times, especially if you are travelling for business. You should not leave them to anyone to look after them if they are not with you on the trip. It would be wise to delegate duties like these among yourselves if you are travelling as a group.
Furthermore, you should carry extra batteries and chargers for your devices if you can. So, it becomes easier to inform your loved ones or friends in cases of emergencies since your devices will be reachable.
Take time to research the place you are visiting, the activities, the reviews and the charges. Doing this will give you the chance to learn from other people’s experiences. It would help if you steered away from places with poor ratings, as this will be a waste of time and money.
It would be best if you also researched people’s cultures. Get to know what they eat, how they dress and how they carry out celebrations. So when you visit the place, you will be familiar with it, and you can enjoy the experience in person.
Also, get to know the prices of different activities on your trip. You can get this information from social media platforms like YouTube, where people talk about their experiences travelling to various destinations.
It would be best to pack enough clothes for the stay abroad. Pack for the weather in the place. That is why it is essential to carry out your research before booking your stay in a particular country.
It would help if you neatly folded up your clothes that way, they’ll take up less space and you’ll have less luggage. But, on the other hand, it can be pretty strenuous moving around with several bags in your hands. Moreover, it would be best to carry at least one extra pair of clothes in an emergency.
Pack all your items according to the make. For example, pack all your trousers together and your electronics in a separate space. You can also hide some money in the pockets of your clothes for emergency purposes. It would be wise to prepare for any situation.
It would be great if you always planned for all kinds of situations when travelling. However, remember to be cautious to avoid any inconveniences. Follow these helpful tips to ensure you have a fun and safe stay when you travel abroad.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums