Think back to some of your favourite holidays. While it has to be said that spontaneity can make your trip more exciting and enjoyable, there are some things that cannot be brought to fruition without some careful planning. As well as planning all the obvious such as hotels, flights and particular activities (those that you cannot go without seeing/doing) there are other things to be considered too. The following 6 things to know before embarking for an international holiday are here to remind you about some of the other vital steps to take that will allow your holiday to go off without a hitch.
- Check your visas and passports
Something that you should keep an eye on before considering any form of travel is the expiration date of your passport as it is one of the most crucial pieces of paperwork you will need for any journey. Similarly some destinations also require you to have at least six months left on your passport before being allowed to travel.
Alongside this, it is important to check whether your travel destination requires you to have a visa for entry. When considering going to the United States of America, for example, you will need to apply for an ESTA visa before you are able to set foot in the country.
- Get vaccinated
Of course this depends on the place in the world that you are going to, but should always be check up on when you’re looking to go away to another part of the world. If you are unsure about what vaccinations are relevant to your trip then be sure to consult your doctors surgery or speak to your GP who will be able to help you.
- Check for weather and other warnings
Checking online guides for safe travels is something that is becoming increasingly important with recent influx in attacks happening in all parts of the world. While there shouldn’t be anything that scares you from travelling, there is something to be said about being mindful and informed about the potential threats associated with where you are heading to in the world.
- Create copies of your travel documents
Alongside taking all of your documents with you and close to hand, it is also worth taking some colour photocopies of your passport and photocopies of all other important documents and storing them in other bags and forms of luggage that you are taking as backups in the event that you should lose the originals.
- Explore the best health and travel insurance policies
Always tailor your health and travel according to where in the world you are travelling to and read the fine print to ensure you are going to be covered for the activities you are looking to do. If you are looking to try out some extreme sports etc., you will need to double check that any insurance policies you have cover what you are looking to do.
- Learn something
When travelling it’s important to be respectful to the culture of the country you are visiting and one easy way of doing this (as well as picking up some insightful culture tips about the place you are visiting) is by learning some of the key phrases of the country you are visiting. Learning things like ‘hello’ and ‘how much is this’ can really transform the way your trip runs as it will give you greater possibilities and things to explore if you are more confident with certain language matters.