Excitement often overwhelms every other emotion or worry while travelling internationally, especially if it’s your very first trip abroad. A well-planned trip will make sure you have the best experience in a foreign country. This blog post of tips for a trip abroad will help you plan for the best vacation possible.
You don’t need anyone to tell you to do a little research before choosing where to travel. Consult travel agencies in London UK about ticket prices and what your budget should be so you prepare that. When I was planning my Asian holiday cheap tickets to Bangkok from UK through a travel agency.
The most important thing before finally booking that flight is to try to find out the laws, rights, and situation of the city or country you are planning to travel to. This rule especially applies if you want to travel to a Middle Eastern country where there are restrictions on what women should wear, etc. Another thing you should look for is the general crime-rate of the place, such as if you are travelling to India, and also check the state of public transport, if it’s safe.
Don’t fall for tourist traps
Tourist traps are a way to get an unsuspecting tourist to pay more for average service or things. The best way to avoid getting stripped off is to not trust all that you see. Some tourist traps can be absolute scams, therefore, if you come across something that sounds too good to be true, run the opposite way. Try to not stand out too much like a tourist, like show off your phone or camera, or wear flashy clothes, which may try to coax you into paying more than the right amount. Confidence is the key to avoid unnecessary attention.
Get good travel insurance which will not only come handy in tough times while travelling but also give you peace of mind.
Consult your doctor
Consult your doctor and get the necessary vaccinations before you travel because some countries aren’t that safe to travel to in terms of health safety.
Always carry an extra copy of your passport
When you’re travelling abroad, the single most important item is your passport. Trust me, losing that is not something you’d enjoy. Similarly, taking it along everywhere is also not very smart. So keep the original copy safe somewhere in your luggage and bring along photocopies of your passport wherever you decide to visit.
Always consult with your bank
Next up on this list of tips for a trip abroad is all about the finances behind it. Always have your credit card and ATM with you at all times and make sure it works. Make sure you have an app that updates you about the correct exchange rate so those exchange rate banks don’t strip you off.
Try to use the local currency
It is very important to carry and use local currency, especially if you are on a budget. The credit and ATM card might come in handy in times of need, however, they will only charge you extra money.
Always check what is used in the country you are planning to travel to and keep track of the exchange rate. Don’t forget to download an app to update you of the exchange rate. This will update you of the exchange rate whenever you head to an exchange centre in the area.
Packing is probably one of the most important things you need to do before catching that flight. Make sure you carry these things with you while travelling abroad.
Download useful apps
Downloading useful apps will make sure you make the best of your time in another country. You can download Google map, which will tell you all about the roads, hotels, and landmarks to see in that place, Kindle app instead of taking along a book or two, or exchange rates app, etc.
Take a charger adapter
Some countries have different sockets than back at your home. If you want to charge your laptop or phone, bring along a travel adapter.
If you are travelling to a warmer city, pack some lighter clothes to deal with the hot sun. However, it is important that you dress moderately. This applies especially if you are planning to travel to a conservative or religious destination. Plus, there are certain family places where people might get offended with revealing clothes. Therefore, it is very important that you dress appropriately. Check local customs and standards, do your little research. Similarly, if you are travelling to a cooler destination, pack warm clothes such as coats, socks, mufflers, etc.
Check the weather and bring your clothes and other items according to it, like pack some sunscreen and a pair or two of shades if you are travelling to a hot country. And if it’s a colder place, pack some cold cream or a good moisturizer and warm clothes.
Always pack first aid items
Last up on this list of tips for a trip abroad is to ensure you are prepared for the worst. You might get an injury while travelling, or catch flu which is why you should always keep a pack of bandages in your travel bag along with basic medicines for a headache or nausea. Better to be prepared then seeking out a pharmacy in a foreign country when unwell!