Are you planning to travel any time soon? Whether you’re going to study abroad, a business trip or just a well-deserved vacation with friends or family to a paradise beach, the time you spend preparing before getting on the plane or car will make a big difference in your experience.
Here are some steps that you should check off your list before traveling, so you can easily plan your trip and enjoy it to the fullest.
1) Important Documents
Check if you need a passport and/or visa to go to your destination. If you have them, are they up to date? or, do you need to renew them? Remember that these documents can take up to 3 months to be issued.
2) Travel Insurance
You may not always need travel insurance, however, you should always get one before traveling, no matter where you are going. Remember that QUESTRAVEL offers you an annual coverage for international travel.
3) Research and learn about your destination
Some cultures have strict dress codes, rules on public display of affection, and more, so be sure to keep these restrictions in mind before you pack. Also do not forget to practice important words in the language of your destination. Phrases like “Hello”, “Goodbye”, “Please”, “Thank you” and “How much does it cost?” could improve your experience.
4) Check the entertainment listings
No matter where you’re going, it’s always a good idea to check online the shows and event listings. The last thing you want is to end up in Las Vegas on the same weekend as a big show or in the middle of a city during a big sporting event.
5) Prioritize the things on your bucket list
For each destination; make a note (even if it’s just a mental note) of the main attractions you want to visit. Your itinerary may change, but having a clear idea before you arrive at a destination can really help with daily planning and budget planning.
6) Confirm your reservations
It never hurts to send a courteous and friendly email to your hotel and other tours/attractions to verify that they have received your reservation, before traveling.
7) Give yourself a budget
Traveling can be as expensive or as cheap as you like, but there will always be an expense when traveling the world. Calculate how much you will have to spend before and during the day of your flight or how much you will need during your trip. Once this is done, set a clear budget for each day and stick to it.
8) Pack smart
Research your destination in advance, find out what kind of items you should bring, put together your outfits so you don’t overpack or underpack, and find out what other things you can buy there at a cheaper price. Pack your bags early and leave extra room in your luggage for souvenirs!
9) Get cash
Before traveling, it’s always best to exchange some money in advance, so you don’t end up stranded at an airport or hotel without the local currency.
10) Make space on your devices & Share your experience
Backup your phone and camera memory to free up plenty of space for your trip. Do not forget to share those incredible moments with your friends and family either on your social networks or a simple blog.
Take the extra time to prepare and plan so you can maximize your time at your destination. Strolling down side streets and savoring local delicacies is so much more fun than worrying about your phone not connecting to a foreign network.