11 Things You Need to Do Before Going On Holiday
Holidays are supposed to be pleasurable. But you have no idea how stressful travelling abroad might be. You need to prepare and remember plenty of things! Sometimes, forgetting about one particular thing can ruin your entire trip. If you’re a first-timer, don’t worry. We’ve prepared a list for you. Just follow it, step by step, and you won’t forget anything important.
Copy your passport and check the expiry date
You never know what’s going to happen. Your passport might get lost or stolen, and then you won’t be able to leave the country. Copy your passport, and put the copies in various places (backpack, email, etc.), so you’re left with something to prove your citizenship. It won’t be enough at the airport, but an embassy will be able to help you quicker. Moreover, leave a copy with your family (so they can confirm information or help from your own country). The expiry date is very important. Some countries need your passport to be valid for three or six months after the date of your entrance. If yours expires soon, consider getting a new one; otherwise you won’t be let in.
Check if you need a visa or there is an entrance fee
As far as entry to the country is concerned, check if you need a visa. Check your embassy website for the appropriate regulations. Some visas can be bought at the airport or border, but others you need to get before the trip. Don’t forget to check the fees and currencies you need to pay in. Sometimes, it’s advisable to get a visa before leaving, simply because it’s cheaper. When applying for a visa, be sure to check if a free option is possible. Some countries allow tourists to stay for free for a specified time (mostly a week or two).
Check-in with a doctor and ask for vaccinations
Going to the other side of the world means completely different environmental conditions to what you’re used to. When visiting some exotic places, you’ll need to vaccinate yourself. Arrange an appointment with your doctor a month before the trip, because some vaccinations need a few doses to work.
You never know what’s going to happen, from flu to stomach problems. You don’t want to spend your vacation on the toilet or sweating out a fever in bed. It’s better to buy meds compatible with your body in your pharmacy than to try to find them abroad. If you need prescription medication (especially those in syringes), get a document from your doctor confirming that you need them. Otherwise, border control might take them away or accuse you of drug trafficking.
Check if your insurance policy applies abroad for emergency cases. If not, consider getting travel insurance. Hospitals can be really expensive, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Check the money conversion before you leave
The country you’re going to might be super cheap, or super expensive. Learn about the prices of common products, and don’t carry around all the money on you – leave some in the hotel safe. Remember that local stores, trains or buses won’t accept credit cards, so don’t rely on them too much.
Research and book your tickets in advance
You know you’re definitely going to certain places? Check for tickets online. You’ll be able to skip queues, pay less or find something really attractive you didn’t know about. Festivals, ceremonies, and celebrations are all worth attending.
Search and downloads maps
While you still have a stable connection, download offline maps. You really might need them, and there will be no service in the middle of nowhere.
Read about the country you’re going to
Culture, habits, food and behaviour are completely different everywhere. Do your research, or you might end up getting into trouble (or sometimes in prison for something really silly!). Learn what is considered rude and unacceptable, and how to say “thank you”, “sorry” and “please”. Politeness cost nothing.
Washing machines exist in hotels, and registered luggage is sometimes really expensive and might get lost during transfer. Then you can say “bye bye” to those overpriced trekking boots you’ve just bought. Avoid fees by carrying less stuff and getting everything on board where you can see it and monitor it.
Bring a charger adapter
Different countries have different plug sockets and voltages. You can easily get an all-in-one adapter that will plug your device into a wall socket in any country you go to. Remember, that it will be more expensive on the spot!
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