So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and see the world. And while you may be a ball of jittery excitement, there are some important things that you need to do before you travel to another country. Calm down, take a deep breath, and delve into the following list of must-do essentials before you sight-see the globe.
Research Culture, Languages, and Safety Regulations, Then React and Respect Accordingly
Different cultures have varying beliefs; ergo, there are many safety regulations put in place for tourists to destinations that are new to them. Research these regulations, as well as the cultures and languages of the area. Strive to know what to expect before you get there and react accordingly. You should always treat locals and the land with respect when you travel somewhere new—just like you would want the same from anyone visiting where you live.
Tell People, Register Your Trip, and Make Your Schedule Known to Friends
Unfortunately, bad things can happen anywhere, regardless of if you’re just passing through or residing there long-term. Ergo, you should always tell someone where you are and where you intend to be.
Provide friends and loved ones with an itinerary of your trip, your cellphone number, and several ways to reach you to check up on you. You should also register your trip with an airline or other travel service in case anyone needs to verify that you reached your destination without incident.
Get Vaccinations, Fill Your Meds, and Snag Proper Documentation
Documentation and vaccinations are often required before you travel outside of your own country. Make sure you get all of your legal ducks in a row before you book travels elsewhere. It could take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months for proper documentation and vaccinations to line up.
You should also fill up any medications you may need while you’re away. Let airlines and travel services know about your meds and conditions, because they will likely need to verify at customs and check-ins.
Set an Organized Travel Budget with Enough Leeway for Changes and Unexpected Events
Set a travel budget for wherever you are headed—then add around three-hundred extra dollars for unexpected expenses. Take travel expenses, food, and attractions, like amateur resort photography or horseback riding along seashores, to heart, but don’t make the mistake of traveling with just your set budget. You will need extras for anything that might arise during your stay.