Travelling is an amazing experience. You get the opportunity to visit various countries and experience their customs and cultures. Plus, you are socialising and meeting new people from around the globe. And, while you are doing that, you don’t work for three to six months. It is a dream. But, it isn’t as simple as booking your flights and jumping on a plane to the first destination that comes to mind. Travelling is a potentially dangerous experience if things start to unravel, so you need to be prepared for any problem that arises. Check out these handy travelling tips that should help you avoid any trouble when you are abroad.
Get The Right Visa
Make sure you have the right visa beforehand. Numerous countries around the world do not take kindly to foreign ‘aliens’ and immigrants overstaying their welcome. You won’t just get a slap on the wrists; you could end up in jail. As long as you have the right visa, and you leave the country or renew it before it expires, everything will run smoothly.
Take Photocopies Of Everything
You need to photocopy any identification or relevant piece of documentation. You won’t be the first person to lose your passport or have it stolen, so make sure you have a backup plan in case the worst does happen. Some countries will let you travel with a photocopy of your passport or driving licence as long as you have a secondary piece of identification. Also, your government or consulate might need proof of your identification. For example, to apply for a new, US passport online you need to provide proof of US citizenship. If you have a photocopy, you can simply send off the copy and wait for their reply.
Learn About Local Laws And Customs
There are places across the globe that are not as liberal as your hometown. It doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t visit them; it just means you need to be mentally prepared. Research what you can and cannot do before you go. Have you read the story about the tourists who stripped off on a Malaysian mountain? It might seem like a bit of fun, but the people involved were accused of starting an earthquake, that killed 18 people, after angering the Gods. The moral of the story is different countries have strange beliefs, and you are subject to these beliefs while you are in the country.
Get The Relevant Vaccinations
Your body has evolved to bacteria and viruses that are common on your continent or country. So, diseases from other continents can be extremely harmful to your body. Vaccinations are essential, therefore, to prevent your body from contracting life-threatening illnesses. Most of them are simple and free, so there is no excuse.
In case anything does happen to you, God forbid, make sure you have cover to get you home and to get you the best medical care. If you don’t have insurance, it could cost your family thousands to get you back. If they don’t have the money, you could spend a considerable amount of time in a foreign country recuperating.
Before you travel, organise your itinerary, and everything should run as smoothly as any trip abroad can.