What used to be exotic sites and dream travel destinations is a reality. With plane tickets being at their all-time low and with visas being less of a hassle, traveling is easier and cheaper than ever before. Yet, we tend to over plan some aspects of the journey while we forget about others and end up creating a fuss and a headache out of the few days off we get every year. If you find that your travels are stressful and that you are not as well-rested when you return home, follow these 10 things you should do before traveling abroad and make your next voyage lighter on both the head and the wallet.
A good travel plan will save you tons of headaches and a lot of worries. Consider all the aspects of your journey, from the destination to the paperwork you may or may need to do. You could be as bare or as detailed with your planning as you want to be, so you may just plan the five cities to visit in Spain this summer, or even include the best-hidden tourist spots in Malaga.
Ask About Additional Vaccination
Some countries may require additional vaccination even outside the pandemic. African countries generally require additional vaccines for Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B, Anthrax, Rabies, Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Cholera, and Meningitis. Once you have the shots, you should use some professional localization services to translate the vaccine confirmation to your destination language. Always ask before traveling, since some countries, like Kenya, can decline entry if you are not vaccinated.
Buy Tickets and Book Shuttles
Buying Tickets early enough will save you a lot of stress and a lot of money. Search online solutions, such as the Skyscanner for the cheapest ever tickets, and do not forget that flights on Tuesdays and Thursdays are considered to be the cheapest. Book your flight early enough and secure cheap prices and the best seats.
Print Tickets and All Your Documents
A paper ticket needs no battery, no Internet access, and cannot give up on you when you need it the most. Print your tickets and have them in a separate pouch from your cell phone and your wallet. Keeping them handy can come in handy.
Make Important Copies and Translate What You Need
You may need additional documents to cross borders. Countries generally require vaccination certificates and hotel booking confirmations. If your documents are in English, you may want to find the best online translation companies to work for and employ one of them to translate your documents. You do not want a border officer who doesn’t speak English not to validate your documents.
Run Your Errands
Nothing ruins a vacation as coming back home to find a cold house and no electricity. Pre-pay whichever bills you can to avoid this issue. You can also set up automatic payments in your local bank.
Prepare an Emergency Kit
A travel emergency kit should contain:
- All medication you take regularly,
- All medication you may need in an emergency: Ibuprofen, Laxatives and a wound-kit,
- Copies of all your documents and passports, and
- Extra chargers and a power pack.
Arrange a Drive to the Airport and Back
Ask a friend or a family member for help on the way to the airport and back. Leaving your car in an airport can cost you a fortune in parking. Ensure that the friend is available and confirm at least a week before your trip.
Download Google Maps Offline Maps
Wherever you travel, be prepared that you may not have Internet access. Download all the maps you may need in your Google Docs and avoid any time lost wandering through the maze of small streets in Rome.
Packing Light and Well can be a challenge. In general, you should try to reuse as many of your clothes as you can and make sure that you bring enough accessories to combine with your outfits. No need to pay excess baggage fees.
Traveling seems to be getting easier, with shorter wait times at airports and less paperwork to deal with. However, we all tend to forget that here and there, travel issues happen and that we should take good care to make our next journey our top journey. Follow our step-by-step travel recommendations for a more enjoyable trip.
Christian Duke dreams of opening a consultation service one day. He is an avid reader. His favorite destinations: Florida, the Bahamas, and Steam Shop.