Travel can be a wonderful experience that broadens your horizons and give you wonderful memories of a lifetime. It can also become a nightmare if you are ill-prepared. In this article I’ll provide some advice for travellers.
Making Sure You’re Ready
There are a variety of things you need to check before you head off to your destination. Domestic travel is not as complicated as interntational travel. If you are going abroad you need to be aware of the following:
- Does your destination require a visa?
- Is your passport valid? Can you apply for one on time?
- Are your shots up to date?
- Is it safe to travel?
Does your destination require a visa?
Just because you can buy a ticket to your destination doesn’t mean you can get into the country. It is always good to check with your travel agent since they may not always tell you upfront. You can also check with the country’s embassy for requirements. Some countries require a fee for visa applications and may take some time. You always want to make sure because some countries also place restrictions and conditions regarding who can enter the country.
Is your passport valid? Can you apply for one on time?
Sometimes having a valid passport is not enough. Some countries require that you have a certain number of months left in your passport (usually 6 months at most).
Are your shots up to date?
Some countries require you to get vaccine shots before you travel. Be sure your shots are up to date for your own well being. You can check with a family practitioner as well.
Is it safe to travel?
Just because a country is enticing from a cultural standpoint doesn’t mean you’ll have the best of times. The fact is some countries are dangerous especially if you are a citizen of a Western country. Check the U.S. Department of State’s travel information or other websites to ensure that you are safe travelling there. It’s also good to research the experience of others that may have written about their experiences on the internet.
Airfare and Mileage
Airfare is highly variable depending on the destination and time of the year. There are also many discounts available if you research for bargains. You also want to make sure that you can consolidate your mileage as much as possible so that you can cash them in for future trips. The more mileage is spread out the harder it is to earn a free trip.
Finding the Right Hotel
You want to make sure to find the right hotel. It’s not always a good idea to book the cheapest hotels available when travelling abroad, especially when you’re going to a less wealthy country. Safer hotels will naturally cost more money but it is much more better than becoming a victim for the sake of saving a couple dollars. The right hotel might also depend on the types of belongings you take with you. If you’re travelling with electronics you want to make sure the hotel has the right facilities to protect your belongings.
It is also always a good idea to read up on any reviews available on the internet. Always try to balance pricing with safety.