An overseas trip is one of the most exciting things anyone can do, but if you want to have a truly relaxing time (and time building up to the vacation) it’s important that you have your ducks in a row. Like most good things in life, international travel takes some planning and effort before you can sit back and enjoy yourself.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, here are four things you can start planning and organising well ahead of your actual holiday. Start preparing now to avoid chaos at the last minute!
The most important thing to handle is your documentation, and this is something to consider months ahead of a trip. Ensuring that your passports are valid, and even more importantly, applying for a Visa, should be step number one. You’ll also need to book your flight tickets and even accommodation to make sure it’s all in order.
Make sure you have all the essential documents needed for international travel and double check that everything is up to date.
Once you arrive, you’re going to need a way to get from point A to point B for the duration of your trip. Decide ahead of time how you plan on doing this. Will you use ride-sharing services, public transport, or rent a car for the trip?
If you wish to road trip around your destination of choice, you could rent a car or even use your own. For this, you’ll need to research the best auto transport companies to get your vehicle there and back safely.
Make sure you know exactly how you’ll be getting around and what your budget is for transport.
When you’re travelling abroad, you’ll need to figure out your finances. Nope, this doesn’t mean budgeting but rather deciding how you’ll get your money overseas in order to be able to spend it.
Decide on whether or not you’ll be getting an international credit card or converting your money into the local currency. Will you be working with cash or a card? How much will you be taking over and how much will it cost to convert it? Knowing all of this ahead of time will save you a serious headache when it comes closer to holiday time.
Finally, you need to think about getting insured. Insurance is an important part of protecting your health and wealth when you’re travelling. While it’s an extra expense that you might not want to include in your budget, it’s an invaluable layer of protection and will give you peace of mind on your travels – and who doesn’t want that?
Invest in travel insurance to protect you and your belongings in a more material sense, but don’t forget to consider international health insurance too. Health emergencies can happen anywhere in the world, but if you’re not in your home country, your health insurance is not likely to cover whatever is going on.
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John Moran is an American who enjoys the fine art of living well. His interests include anything wine, food or nature related especially when enjoyed with friends and family.
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