Travel Tips to remember before you hop onto your international flight
With Diwali in the rearview mirror, summer at its fag end, some of you may be planning trips abroad. But before you order yourself a cab or get chauffered and head to the airport, here are 10 things you should do.
List of Travel Tips Before You Start Your International Journey
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Before you head out to the airport, read these travel tips and thank us later.
—Have All Your Necessary Travel Documents in One Place:
Always ensure that you’ve your travel and other necessary documents in one place, preferably, in a separate bag. Keep this bag always close by so that when you need it, it is there. Keep copies of these documents at home. Necessary documents are Passport, Visa, entry permits, Driver’s license, photographs, Travel insurance copy, Student ID card and Copy of your E-Ticket. Write down a phone number or an email address on the folder that has your documents. Just in case you lose it, someone will be able to trace you quicker.
—Get a Travel Insurance:
Buy a Travel Insurance and check what it covers in case of any emergencies. You never know when your airline will misplace your bag or you are left stranded in a random city at a random airport. You’re susceptible to theft or robbery etc. Or you may lose your baggage. Travel Insurance comes in handy in such situations. Unless you love to waste money, you should invest in a travel insurance cover.
Flip through the pages of your passport to ensure there are more than 2 pages left for the entry and exit stamps. Your passport should have validity of at least a minimum of 6 months left from your exit date in the country. Not every country will ask for the 6-month validity left but better be safe than learn the hard way.
—Check about any Travel Warnings:
Check the news and embassy websites for any travel warnings or travel alerts. Travel warnings could be because of strikes, demonstrations, unstable governance, extenuating circumstances, frequent violence, disease outbreaks like H1N1 and terrorist attacks, or civil war. You should be fully aware of what is happening in the country you’re planning to visit. Never put yourself at risk if there is any travel related warning.
—Manage Your Money:
Always exchange Forex before you leave for your international trip. There are a plethora of blogs on travel which tell you otherwise. But that’s unwise. You always get the best exchange rates in your home country. It is highly advised to take your Forex in a travel card rather than cash. Don’t use your own international debit or credit card because of too many charges associated with them. Our advice is to take 80 percent Forex in a card and 20 percent in cash for any immediate expenses.
Invest very carefully in a phone plan. Check whether there are any cheap phone plans available or is it better to buy a local sim. Make sure you don’t get charged for any incoming calls and you have a fast internet data connection. Use Wi-Fi to call home through apps like Skype or Whatsapp.
World Health Organisation has listed the mandatory vaccines that you should get before you travel abroad. Also, check the embassy or government websites of the country you’re visiting for any requirement of vaccines.
—Research about the country you’re visiting:
Read & try to learn about the customs, culture, demographics, and etiquettes of the country you’re visiting. This will be very helpful as you don’t want to be left to face an awkward situation. Like for example, it is mandatory to leave a tip in the USA after your meal at a restaurant. Register with the local foreign registration office or your embassy when you land or via online. It will come very handy. You’ll receive warnings, alerts, notifications, and news about where you’re traveling. Or your family members can contact you if they are having difficulty getting in touch with you while abroad.
Pack light and wisely. Always pack the essential stuff first. Pack your clothes according to the weather of the country you’re visiting. Most Important travel tip— Buy an international charging adapter or invest in adapters or portable chargers that can be charged off of your laptop via USB.
Memorise these travel tips and head out to conquer the traveling world. Make memories and keep sharing these travel tips with others who are thinking of traveling in future.