Check to see if you need a visa: Different countries have different entry and exit points, but most would require a visa.
Even if you’re just on vacation, a visa would be needed.
There are various visas for different purposes too, and different wait times.
Make sure to get this done right after your passport!
Bring extra money: Even if you’ve planned out your budget up to the very last cent, you never know what emergency might happen. Maybe you lose your bag of toiletries and need to buy replacements? Or you just saw a one-of-a-kind restaurant you can’t pass up on? Make sure you know how to access your money when you’re overseas. Check if you can use your credit or debit card or the costs for using an ATM. And to be doubly sure, overestimate your budget.
Get travel insurance: If you are readying yourself for the worst-case scenarios, travel insurance will save you from most instances.
A lot of stuff can happen on the road. Make sure you’re protected with travel insurance.
This will definitely keep some peace of mind, and as they say, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Do as much research as you can: This can range from everything there is to know about traveling or where you’re going.
It can be tempting (and quite the adventure) to just go somewhere and not plan everything.
But that’s something you can leave to when you’ve got a few travel experiences under your belt.
Having a base knowledge of what to do will undoubtedly save you time and effort.
And most importantly, save you the stress of not knowing what to do.
Researching your destination is also for the best.
You don’t have to try and see everything, but it’ll be good to know what’s waiting for you when you get there.
It’s also smart to look at how you can save money during your trip.
There’s a lot of good travel deals and discounts you can find online.
Look for official travel websites for travel passes.
Make sure to always verify that these sites are legitimate before finalizing anything.
Don’t overbook, but don’t underbook: It can be easy to get into the rabbit hole of over-preparing and just booking every little thing.
It’s safe to book for the essentials like accommodation and any special tours or events you really want to attend.
But don’t get too ahead of yourself and overbook.
Read about common travel scams or travel blogs from that destination.
You never know what you’re going to find in a whole new setting, so read up on what troubles you might encounter.
Most scammers will know to look for tourists to take advantage of, so be careful and always stay vigilant.
You can also read up on travel blogs and reviews.
Tip! Make sure not to wear anything too expensive on you or look too much like a tourist to avoid being an easy target.
Packing & airports
Pack light: Sometimes we can be over packers and pack for scenarios we aren’t even gonna be in.
The only thing that does is add weight to your luggage.
Don’t be too scared of the what-ifs.
What if you suddenly want to swim or hike and not have the appropriate clothes?
Don’t worry too much. Unless you’re traveling to somewhere really remote, you can buy most things when you get there.
Probably even for a lower price.
There’s also less stress when you’re not carrying your weight in clothes and toiletries.
Tip! You’ll also have more space for all that souvenir you’re taking home with you when you pack light.
Get to the airport early, familiarize yourself: It’s your first time flying out. Congrats on making it to the airport!
This is just your first foray into the world of air travel.
It can seem complicated at first, but it’s relatively easy once you get the hang of it.
But to do that, it’s better if you get to the airport early. There are two reasons for this:
Traffic may be hell where you’re from, and you might not know how to estimate the travel time to and from the airport yet. You can check your local travel blogs to see what time they recommend leaving your house.
Getting to the airport early can give you time to familiarize yourself with the place. Depending on where you’re going, you could encounter layovers or a number of other airports, so it’s best to get a head start and explore now.