Whether you’re traveling internationally or traveling within the United States itself, you’re probably excited, but a little worried at the same time that you’ll leave some things undone, only to realize it after you leave and are well into your travels.
Luckily, this blog will tell you a few of the things that you need to take care of before you set out to travel the world.
Take Care of Stop Orders and Advance Payments
Depending on how long you’re going to be gone, you’ll want to stop delivery on any orders that usually come to your home. For example, if you’re a member of several subscription services, you don’t want those boxes piling up on your front doorstep while you’re away. They’re just letting intruders know that you’re not home. You also want to set up advance payments for things like electric bills, rent, and even your life insurance premium, so that they are paid while you’re gone as well. It’s easy to become forgetful when traveling, and you’d hate to come back home to find out you had no lights.
Contact the Kennel and House Sitter
When you book your travel arrangements and your trip is a go, you need to go ahead and book the time at your local kennel. You don’t want to be about to leave on your trip and then find out there’s no room for Fido at the kennel he usually stays at when you’re gone.
The same goes for hiring a house sitter if that’s what you’re going to do while you’re away. House sitters usually can’t take a job on short notice, so be sure to give yours plenty of warning.
Clean the Fridge
While it might seem like a no-brainer, forgetting to clean and empty the fridge is a very common thing for travelers. Anything that could be rotten when you get back should be trashed before you go unless you want a stinky mess to take care of when you walk in the door.
Search Out Your Hobbies Ahead of Time
Do a little research on your favorite hobbies before you travel. If you are an avoid outdoorsman or women you may have picked your destination based on nearby hikes or flower foraging. The same can be said for a tech geek who wants to travel to Toyoko or Hong Kong for the modern technological marvels. Regardless of your preferred activity do some research online to find out what spots you must visit with your time abroad.
Always Check the Weather
Even if your destination is known to have a certain type of weather, it’s still best to check the weather before you travel. You never know when a warm place will be having a cold spell or a cold place will be having a hot spell. If you know the forecast ahead of time, you can pack for that eventuality, instead of having to spend your first day in your chosen destination seeking out the appropriate clothing for the change in the weather.
Make Hotel Reservations Ahead of Time
You always want to make your hotel reservations ahead of time. The last thing you want is to land at the airport, rent a car, then find out you have to drive around for hours looking for a hotel because there’s a convention in town and everything is booked. Besides, you can get some pretty good discounts by reserving your accommodations ahead of time.
These are just a few of the things you need to take care of before you set out on your travels. From setting up advance payments for bills to making hotel reservations ahead of time, your travels will be much more fun if you’re prepared and everything is done before you get on the plane.