Are you finally allowed to travel again? This calls for a celebratory trip abroad, of course, while staying safe and smart. So, before you hit the road, you need to take care of some things. In case you forgot how to travel during this period of staying at home, here are a few must-do things before traveling abroad.
Check your passport
Before you embark, you need to make sure you have space in your passport for all those interesting stamps. If your passport is invalid, apply for a new one a few months before your trip, especially if you also need visas from embassies. Usually, you can get your passport pretty fast and without much fuss, but sometimes, bureaucracy gets in the way and you might need to wait longer, so have that in mind.
Apply for visa
Most countries today require a visa, so make sure to do your homework and see what kind of visa you need. Around 60% of all countries will ask for a visitor’s visa for any length of stay. However, longer periods (if you’re planning to study, intern or work in a foreign country) will require specialized student or worker visas.
Buy travel insurance
One should never leave their country without proper travel insurance. To stay safe and protected while on the road, good travel insurance will offer comprehensive international coverage. If you’re traveling with an organization, travel agencies usually offer useful insurance packages in case you don’t have your own coverage.
Prep your car
If you decide to skip planes and other types of public transport, you need to prep your car for a road trip. Make sure your car is in top shape by taking it to a mechanic for a test. Pay special attention to the condition of your tires and battery—you don’t want to get stuck on the side of the road. If you want to have a super special ride, you can improve your vehicle with some innovative aem induction systems that will improve your car’s performance and make your road trip more enjoyable. Also, see if you need any special driver’s license to operate your vehicle in a foreign country.
See your doctor
This step is especially important in today’s climate, so make sure you’re healthy and ready to go. If you’re staying for longer, visit your dentist as well, because there’s nothing worse than having a toothache far away from your loyal tooth technician. If the country you’re visiting requires vaccination, have your shots three months before your trip just to be sure your body is immune to local diseases.
Find a way to stay connected
No matter where you go, you need to have a way to stay in touch with your folks back home. While you can often run into free Wi-Fi, don’t risk it and get a new cell phone plan that will be active abroad. You can also do your research and find a place at your destination where you can buy a local SIM card. A new plan or a local SIM card will provide you with a reliable internet connection and a way to call home just to hear from your family.
Lear a few things about your destination
Different countries have different laws and social conventions, so if you want to stay safe and respectable to locals, do your homework and study your destination. If their culture is more traditional, you will need to pack accordingly or if locals have special greeting habits, you will know exactly what to do. Knowing a few phrases in the local language is also a good idea.
Traveling is one of the biggest joys in the world, so make sure to be perfectly prepared for your future trip. With these tips in mind, you’ll have an adventure of a lifetime and stay safe and sound while on the road.
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