If you are like me and have never traveled out of the United States, don't you think it's time to start planning an international travel trip to knock some of those things off your bucket list? I have several destinations that at some point in my life I want to travel to, so I am making plans now on what to do.
Here are 5 of the best tips you can do for yourself if you are planning a trip outside of the U.S.
5 Tips to Preparing Yourself For International Travel
1. Research your destination
It doesn't matter whether the destination is brand new to you or you've previously visited before. The best thing you can do for yourself is to research your destination.
While not an exhaustive list, you should research the country's cultural mannerisms, primary language spoken, weather, and local laws. It's a lot to take in, but it's worth it. You don't want to end up in an awkward position where you're struggling to simply ask, “Where's the bathroom?”
2. Check the visa requirements
As US citizens, there are quite a few countries we can visit without a visa. If you’re unsure about whether you’ll need one, check the visa requirements well in advance.
Find the official government immigration office for the country you wish to visit and search for visa requirements. If you do need a visa to enter, you should also be able to find all the information you’ll need here. You may even be able to apply for your visa online.
3. Make sure your passport is up-to-date
Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’re in the clear because your passport expires a week after your return flight. Most countries require that you travel with a passport that will be valid for months after your trip.
This will cover you in the event you extend your trip for whatever reason. Check the requirements with your desired country of travel.
4. Consider travel insurance
Travel insurance can really cover you in the event you need to cancel your trip. For example, if you get sick, you’ll certainly want a full refund.
And even though many airlines have relaxed their cancellation policies, this doesn't affect hotel stays. Travel insurance should cover all aspects of your trip. Just be sure to read the policy before you commit to anything.
5. Stay updated on current events
Even after you book your international travel, you should keep an eye on the news. You should be aware of any major changes or updates in travel for your destination.
The world changes rapidly, and it’s wise to keep up with current events. It’s better to know if there’s a travel restriction before you board the plane than when you land.
This may sound cliche, but there really has never been a more exciting time to travel overseas. I’m sure many of us are ready for some serious adventure. I know I am! I have been stuck at home way too long lately and I am dying to get out and explore the world.
Make sure the adventure is the good kind. Be sure to dot your i’s and cross your t’s before you go. And then, get ready to have the time of your life!