3 Things to Double-Check When Traveling Internationally
You hear it all the time – many people end up disappointed or distraught after their trips to far-off destinations. I had a rough time traveling overseas for the first time, and the second, but you don’t have to go through the same difficulties I did. Once you learn what you must do for a pleasant trip, it gets much easier then!
Admittedly, I do run into a few bumps and holes while I travel still, but they are fewer now, and I have learned to deal better with them. All I do is take them as lessons and work on avoiding them as much as I can for my future journeys. Though I don’t make it so hard on myself for the mistakes and losses I have incurred along the way, there are a few things I wish I knew before I set off on my first international trip.
Update Your Passport And Visa
These are probably some of the most important documents to have before you travel. Even when you do have them, confirm that you need (or not) to update your passport with your U.S. State Department. Always make sure you give it at least six weeks for processing to avoid last minute rushes and delays.
For faster processing, you may have to spend some more money, and even then, give it about three weeks. Don’t forget about your license if you plan on driving around at your destination area. Confirm that your license is allowed or you may require an International Driver’s License.
While you’re at it, it may be wise to register with your embassy depending on your travel country. In case of an emergency, your government will reach you and get you to safety. You can also check for travel advisories and warnings.
Travel and Medical Insurance
Your medical insurance may not cover you once you travel overseas or in particular regions. If you are going far from home and at a high expense, you can get a travel insurance plan that can cover your health, luggage loss or trip cancellation. Some notary services open on Sunday, and you can have a quick look for any package that can suit your needs.
Cash or Credit?
It’s all smooth sailing until you get to your destination and suddenly purchases and payments aren’t so easy to carry out. I learned it the hard way when I had my credit cards shut down once I tried using them to pay for some bills. Before you travel, make sure you alert the bank of your travel plans so your credit cards won’t be denied at your new location.
Still, keep your bank’s contacts close, and carry an adequate amount of cash for any credit card problems that may arise. Do your research on the currency conversion rates at your travel destination and always keep some local currency at hand. You never know if you may need some urgent services or medical assistance that requires cash.