After dreaming about your holiday for ages, you’ve finally booked that ticket. It’s time to get excited about your upcoming adventures! While you gear up mentally for the amazing experiences to come, it’s important to take care of some preparations to help your trip go as smoothly as possible. These tips will help you prepare to take off, so you can begin your journey stress-free:
Buy Travel Insurance
To travel worry-free, purchase a multi-trip travel insurance plan to prepare for any sort of unexpected situations that might arise. If you experience robbery, personal injury or illness, or if the airline loses your bags, your insurance plan will cover the costs. Check out the different coverage options to find out what’s best for you with your travel plans.
Prepare your Finances
Bring along a valid debit and credit card when you travel, and call your bank in advance to let them know you’ll be traveling. If they see activity coming from another country, they could see it as suspicious and put a hold on your account. Also, make sure you travel with enough money in your account to cover everything you might need along with extra for emergencies. And understand a bit about the local currency before you go, to avoid getting ripped off by locals trying to take advantage of you as a tourist.
There are many cheap options for accommodations out there, especially if you do adequate research beforehand. Check out couchsurfing.com to connect with locals offering up a free bed or couch to travelers; it’s a great way to experience the local scene as well as make great connections. If you’re short on time, airbnb.com is a great site to check out. Here, locals offer up rooms or even an entire house or apartment for a fixed rate, which is usually much cheaper than a hotel.
Prepare Your Visas
It’s essential to understand the visa requirements for any country you plan to visit. If you’ll be traveling abroad to multiple countries, visa issues can get tricky so make sure you research everything beforehand. If you’re an American traveling to Europe, or visa versa, you can stay for three months on a simple tourist visa. But the rules vary for other countries so make sure you understand these before you go.