If you’ve booked an international vacation – congratulations! There are few things more exciting than flying to a far-off country to experience new sights and cultures. But as the date of your trip draws closer, you’re probably going to be feeling anxious about all the things you need to do. From packing to making arrangements for work and your home while you’re gone, your calendar is most likely filled to the brim. Not to worry though, this blog has some essential tips to get you back on track. If you’re feeling lost or you’re not sure if your to-do list has everything on it, make sure you add the following:
It doesn’t matter where you’re traveling, International health insurance is an absolute must. Nobody thinks that anything will go wrong while they’re away, but the funny thing about accidents is that we don’t know they’re going to happen before they do. Whether it’s tripping and falling or getting an upset stomach, it’s good to know that whatever happens, your insurance provider will be there to cover the cost. And don’t forget, the right insurance package will help you get home if your flights are canceled as well as cover costs for lost baggage.
Have you checked with your doctor if you need any vaccinations before going on vacation? If not, make that your number one priority. Even if the country you’re going to doesn’t have a reputation for various diseases, you never know what viruses you aren’t used to could be waiting at the other end of your flight. You need to leave plenty of time to get your vaccinations as they could take a few weeks to take effect, so book your appointment today.
Check your documents
It’s easy to assume your passport and visas are all up-to-date, but the last thing you want is to turn up at the airport and discover you can’t board your plane. Make sure everything is organized weeks before you’re due to leave, as these things can take time, especially if a lot of people are trying to go away at the same time. It’s also worth investing in an organizer to keep all your documents safe and sound. This way you’ll be less likely to misplace anything while you’re out enjoying yourself.
Brush up your language skills
If you’re traveling somewhere with a different language, you’re going to want to know a few phrases to see you through your holiday. Take along a phrasebook and try to learn some basics ahead of time. It’s always useful to be able to recognize your favorite foods (or ingredients you’re allergic to) and say things like ‘thank you’ and ‘goodbye’. Even though many of the locals will probably speak English, you don’t want to be left in a difficult situation with absolutely no idea how to ask for directions.
International travel can be daunting, but it will be one of the most amazing experiences of your life.