8 Things to Consider When Planning International Travel
Guest author, Anthony Briggs, offers “8 Things to Consider When Planning International Travel“.
Imagine for a moment that you now have all the time in the world to start that goal of traveling to a country you’ve never had the chance to go to before. Exciting, isn’t it?
However, enthusiasm could only take you so far when faced with the fact that travelling abroad generally requires a bit more planning as opposed to domestic travel—a major reason why some people tend to quit pursuing their travel goals altogether.
Don’t let the sheer amount of preparation involved in going abroad stop you from fulfilling your dream of setting foot in a foreign country with these basic things you should do before your trip.
Some Basic Things to Do Before Traveling Abroad
Apply for a passport if you still don’t have one.
This should be the very first thing to carry out on your end if you’re really keen on starting that trip abroad as soon as possible. A passport under your name allows you to:
- Gain entry to your destination country, and
- Regain entry to the country where your passport was issued
- Your passport should remain valid for at least six months after entering a different country.
Decide on the perfect destination country.
While choosing which international country to go to is entirely your own choice, here are a few criteria you could use to make the country selection process a bit easier for you to do:
- Choose a country where you won’t have to drive a car too often.
- Find a country that has food you are genuinely interested to try.
- Avoid visiting a country during certain seasons when the volume of tourist arrivals is too high.
Check if any travel alerts or warnings have been issued in your destination country.
It’s always good to know before booking a flight if a travel alert or warning has been recently declared in your destination country. Whether you want to just temporarily set aside or completely avoid traveling to a country with an issued travel alert or warning is entirely up to you, but remember to proceed with caution in case you still want to push through.
Apply for a travel visa.
Sure, you might have your passport ready by now but it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re good to go hop on a plane, most especially not without a travel visa if your destination country requires one. A travel visa serves as a temporary authorization for you to officially enter your destination country. It usually comes in either:
- A stamp or sticker placed in your passport, or
- A document printed separately
You can skip this step if you have confirmed that entering your destination country wouldn’t require any visa at all.
Make your own itinerary.
While it would definitely require a lot of research on your part, an itinerary of your own makes for a more memorable travel experience. Instead of settling for packaged tours that might be offered to you once you set foot in your chosen country to visit, a personal itinerary lets you take charge of your own time and lets you immerse into the foreign country’s overall vibe more.
Budget your travel expenses.
A well-informed traveler knows how to spend his/her money wisely.
- Divide your estimated total travel expenses based on the number of items listed in your makeshift itinerary.
- Set aside a reasonable amount of pocket-money in case of emergencies.
Learn some basic phrases in your destination country’s local language.
Never assume that everyone in whichever country you plan on visiting knows how to speak English. Memorize select phrases in the foreign country’s native tongue that you can use for communicating with the locals there, whether it be asking for directions or getting to know their customs and traditions better.
You wouldn’t want your travel experience to be hampered by all the luggage that you could barely even lift. Put only the following essentials in a backpack that you can easily carry anywhere you go:
- Mobile phone
- Travel money
- Clean undergarments and clothes to last for the entire duration of your stay
Looking to travel to an international country isn’t as complicated as you might initially make it out to be, as long as you have accomplished the above list of 8 Things to Consider When Planning International Travel.
Anthony Briggs, author of “8 Things to Consider When Planning International Travel“, has worked with some of the major hotel chains in the world. He currently works for Tuki Retreat. He enjoys working in the hospitality industry and is dedicated to providing clients with the best accommodation experience available.