Your trip beings long before your leave for the airport, or even book your flight. Here are a few (10 to be specific) things to do before you begin planning your getaway and a few additional tips to help you once you’ve reached your destination. Over coming weeks, we’ll be expanding on some of these travel tips in depth.
1. Know your destination
This might seem obvious, but know where you’re going. This will go a long way in determining what you’ll need for your trip.
Take a moment to research local laws and customs.
If you’re unfamiliar with the language, learn a few basic phrases and words. Also, consider investing in a decent phrasebook.
2. Know your medical needs
Take a moment to answer these questions:
• Do I know what to do in case of a medical emergency abroad?
• Do I have enough of my prescriptions to last the duration of my trip?
• Does my US health insurance policy cover me while I’m in a foreign country?
• Do I need any vaccinations or immunizations for my trip?
3. Protect your trip
This one ties in with Travel Tip #2. Travel involves risk to you and your property. Travel insurance from G1G is a way to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your belongings against unforeseen and unexpected risks while you are away from home. The right travel insurance policy can also safeguard your trip costs against any cancellations, interruptions and other unexpected issues that may arise.
A quality travel insurance policy is a way to obtain peace of mind before you embark on a journey.
4. Make sure your travel documents are in order and are up to date!Make sure your passport and travel documents are current. Also, be aware of visa requirements your destination might have. Some countries, such as those of the Schengen Area, have special insurance requirements – be sure you meet too, if applicable. Photocopy all of your travel documents! This one is simple enough: make a photocopy of your passport, travel itinerary, and other documents. Take those copies with you, and keep them safe and (separate) from your originals. Should something happen to your originals, these copies will make getting replacement documents that much easier. Consider scanning and emailing copies to yourself as well, in case you need to access them remotely.5. Pack smartOur first travel tip, “know your destination”, is useful here. Keep in mind the climate you’re traveling to, and consider types of activities you’ll be doing on your trip. These two factors will go a long way in letting you know what you’ll need.Ask yourself this question when considering something to put in your suitcase, “do I want it or need it?” 6. Make a budgetTake some time before you depart to make a budget. Roughly know how much you’re willing to spend on hotels, food, drink, souvenirs, and other expenses. This will make for fewer unwelcome surprises.7. Arrive early When your travel day finally comes, don’t leave for the airport an hour before your flight! Line are inevitable at the airport and should be adjusted for in travel time. Consider getting to the airport 2 hours before departure for domestic and 3 hours for international flights. This will give you more than enough time to take care of everything you need to at the airport.8. Keep track of your possessionsThis one seems obvious enough, but it’s an important one to be reminded of. Consider these few tips:• Carry your wallet in your front pocket or in your interior coat pocket. • Do not leave valuables in your rental car.• Use your hotel’s room safe, if available, for your credit cards and travel documents.• Never leave your bags or possessions unattended at the airport.9. Write stuff down It can be tricky trying to remember things in a new place, especially if you’re fresh off a flight half-across the world. Consider keeping a small pad and pen in your pocket to jot down important things, such as useful phrases, directions, or other helpful notes.10. Take it easy Traveling can be stressful, but that doesn’t mean it should be. Remember to leave your everyday worries at home, they’ll still be there when you get back!