10 Things You Must Do Before Traveling


Visiting places in the world that are a lot different from where you live could be very uncomfortable at first because a number of things change and you have to learn to adapt to them. But if you want to achieve a smooth, headache-free trip, you have to take care of essential tasks before leaving. Researching activities at your destination, managing your finances and all-round preparations make up the key. Don’t leave home without mastering the following 10 strategies to having a successful trip.


  1. Check-in with your Doctor and Insurance Carrier. Double check and make sure that you have all the proper vaccinations and that you have renewed all extremely important prescriptions. Also, ask you medical insurance provider if your policy applies across the ocean for emergencies. If it doesn’t, and you want to add extra coverage, think about/believe additional/helping insurance.


  1. Bring copies of your passport and leave copies with someone in your home country. If your passport gets stolen or lost you want to be sure that you can still get back into the country, or be able to prove your (living in a country you were born in or having the same rights in a country as someone who was born there). Leave a copy of your passport. For extra backup, leave a copy of your passport at home or with someone you trust. Think about/believe making an electronic copy you can store in your email account as well.


  1. Get guidebooks. Guidebooks usually include maps, keywords or phrases, and give you enough detail on certain sites that you won’t need to purchase the pamphlet at the venue. And download apps before you travel. Avoid downloading charges from your wireless carrier and get your apps before you leave.


  1. Register with your government office. If there’s a problem in the country, this will make it easier for your government to contact you and get you to safety.


  1. Look up the money-based (changing from one form, state, or state of mind to another) before you go. Finding out that one Danish Krone is equal to just 19 cents … bad surprise. Make sure you do your math before you travel to get a sense of where the (changing from one form, state, or state of mind to another) rate is at.


  1. Make sure your credit card will work in the country you’re visiting. (Related to Europe) banks have switched almost completely to the more secure chip-and-PIN technology, and fewer businesses in other countries are accepting the outdated magnetic strip cards.


  1. Go to a bank or Cash machine in the country you’re visiting. The (changing from one form, state, or state of mind to another) centers in the airport or around the city tend to be huge rip-offs. You won’t get charged as many fees at the Cash machine or the bank, and the (changing from one form, state, or state of mind to another) will be exact.


  1. Always have local cash. Not every place takes credit cards. Especially important places like trains or buses.


  1. Call your bank or credit card provider. Sometimes banks think that illegal dishonesty/stealing (by lying) may be happening if transactions are suddenly happening in Bali when you’re from Jersey, and they will turn off your card as a security measure.


  1. Check the country’s entrance/exit fees. Some countries require travelers to pay in order to enter or leave the country. These fees are not included in the price of your airline ticket, and can range from $25 to $200.

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