You are excited to visit an exotic locale for your upcoming tour. But to have a stress-free and happy time, it is wise to invest some time upfront to make sure you have covered your bases. To help alleviate a lot of stress and last-minute running around, we created this pre-travel checklist.
Here are 10 things you should plan to do before travel. Also, you can read up the safety travel tips you need to follow after lockdown.
Check Your Passport and Visa
It is compulsory in many countries that your passport should be valid for six months after your return date. Most State departments recommend that you should renew your passport no less than nine months before it is set to expire.
In case you plan to rent a car or drive at your destination, try to check whether an international driver’s license is needed or if your country license will suffice.
Manage Your Cash Flow
If you are traveling domestically, make sure to have enough cash with you. This way, you will not arrive short on money and have to search for an ATM immediately. Additionally, you will be able to save on ATM fees at a machine run by someone other than your bank.
In case you are traveling overseas, the most economical option is to visit ATM as soon as you arrive at your destination and make a withdrawal in the local currency.
If you are planning your tour for a long duration, it is better to do some saving in advance and avoid unnecessary spending.
Check the Weather
Weather is one of the most important factors that affect your trip positively or negatively. Of course, wherever you are going, you know about the regular weather at this particular time.
But there is always an expectation of prevailing weather patterns, mainly during transitional seasons. Have look at the weather forecast, make your packing strategy, and make a prepared tour.
Purchase Health and Travel Insurance
Before you travel, make sure you have health and travel insurance. If you are going for international tour, see if your insurance includes international coverage.
If not, think of buying a short-term policy that will cover you while you are abroad, in case something should happen.
Policies and coverage can vary from company to company, but the basic idea is that you can have your money refunded if you trip has to be postponed, cancelled or cut short for any reason.
Book Your Accommodation in Advance
If you are planning to travel next month and have a fixed schedule, it is better to book accommodation for the duration of your trip. It would give you a piece of mind.
If you trip is longer than book your first few days. That will ensure you have a place to go on arrival. Thereafter, you can take advice for your hotel to do booking for other days.
Stay Prepared for Your First Day
See, the first day of your trip would be quite tiring, it is often lost to logistics and unfamiliar surroundings. First you would haul yourself and your stuff to a resting place. Then you will have to find out exactly where you are, which places are nearby and how you can use this time best. Planning ahead would help you make the most of that first confusing day.
Gain some knowledge
When you are going to any particular place where the language, dress and other things are quite different. It is better to do some research about that place. Learn how to say simple phrases in their language like thank you and sorry. It would be quite helpful for you.
Do Your Packing Properly
Apart from your electronic devices, do bring valuables with you like expensive jewellery and other items. Because these products will attract thieves who are experts at targeting tourists.
If you do bring valuables, travel with them in your carry-on, or it is better to keep them locked up in the hotel safe.
Use closed baggage tags to label your every bag. Put your name, contact number and address on your luggage.
Don’t forget your Credit Card
Credit cards are great option when you are travelling. They do not only help you during financial scarcity but you can earn points while you travel.
So check with your bank about the best offering available in the card. If you have not taken any credit card, apply it for now.
Always Carry a Survival Kit
While doing a lot of planning, we often forget small but vital things. Have a survival kit with you that contain headphones, sleep aid, eye mask, earplugs, hand sanitizer, prescription medications if you are taking any
These are 10 things you should plan to do before travel. Keep doing your research, because the more prepared you would be, the more you will enjoy and benefit from the journey.
Puja Bhardwaj is the managing editor at Startup City Magazine. She sees herself as a student of leadership always working to better herself and her team. Her passion for empowering women inspired her to start her own blogging site- Female Insight. Here, she covers all aspects of a women life. With more than 4 years of editorial and inbound writing experience, Puja is obsessed with innovating new ways of creating amazing content that’s absurdly useful and effective. She is driven by a desire to inspire and develop others.
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