There’s a lot to think about when planning a trip. Unfortunately, we know all to well that it’s easy to spend too much time preparing the perfect sightseeing attire and not enough time planning the elements that could make or break your entire experience. Luckily, your pre-departure planning doesn’t have to be overwhelming; here is a checklist to get you started:
If you’re traveling abroad, be sure to head to your local health clinic or regular doctor first. You’ll want to make sure you are all topped up on the vaccines and boosters required for your destination. If you tell your doctor where you are headed, they will know what you need. Vaccines can be pricy, but they are worth the investment. A virus is the last kind of souvenir you want to take home from your trip.
Never travel without travel insurance—it’s just not worth the risk. Often your home health care provider won’t cover you if abroad. Should the unexpected arise, you don’t want to be worried about how to pay for it. Additionally, travel insurance often covers things like theft, emergency evacuation, trip cancelation, and more. Always travel with the best travel insurance to insure your safety abroad.
After a whirlwind day of shopping and sightseeing, you head to the ATM before dinner. Expecting to see the normal withdrawal, you find your card has been put on hold. Looks like you’re going to be late for dinner! Although an easy mishap to avoid, we constantly find ourselves forgetting to inform our bank about our travels. Even if you don’t plan on using your credit or debit cards abroad, it is best to tell the bank to expect purchases from the specific destination you will be traveling to. Just keep an eye on the cards so they don’t end up in the wrong hands!
While not mandatory, a ‘smart’ device will make traveling much easier—especially if traveling with children or in a country where you don’t know the local language. We suggest traveling with an iPad or iPhone and purchasing a local SIM card with a 3G plan upon arrival. Be sure to download a translation app and a Google map app.