Oct, 24 || 1 Comment |
Traveling internationally can be one of the best experiences of your life. You will get to see places that most people dream of seeing, and you’ll be able to take in a wealth of other cultures and meet so many fantastic people.
While traveling out of the country can be a dream come true, it’s important to remember that this vacation is not like the other domestic vacations you will take. Traveling out of the country will require you to do more research and more planning. If you have traveling out of the country, be sure to use these tips to be more prepared.
Ensure your passport is up to date
Before you plan an international vacation, be sure that your passport is up to date. Getting a passport is time consuming, and if you don’t have one or if it’s expired, it could mean missing your trip. Always make sure this is one of the very first things you do before you plan an international vacation. This will ensure you have ample time to get your passport back before the trip begins (image by J Aaron Farr).
Get the right vaccinations
Illnesses and disease vary from country to country, so it’s important that you get yourself vaccinated before traveling. The Center for Disease Control will let you know which vaccinations are needed for international travel. Be sure to use this information and then call your general practitioner right away. Often times your general practitioner may not have that vaccination on hand, and they will need to get it for you, which could take a few days. You also need to know that some vaccinations come in stages, which means that you may need to get multiple shots months apart. It’s important to know this so that you give yourself enough time to receive the vaccinations before departing for your trip (image by Dr. R.Eysold).
Locate trusted medical professionals at your destination
Although you hope you don’t need a medical professional, it’s very important that you research the area before you go and locate trusted medical professionals that are nearby your destination. Accidents happen, and you don’t want to be traveling and in need of cosmetic dentistry or medical emergency without knowing where to go (or ending up in some sketchy “doctor’s office”).
Know some basic language
If the native language of the country you’re visiting isn’t English, be sure to brush up on some basic words and phrases before you go. For example, knowing how to ask where the bathroom is, where a police office is, where the hospital is, as well as basic please and thank you can make your trip more enjoyable. You’ll notice that natives are more willing to help you if they can understand you, and you’ll notice that you won’t get nearly as lost or confused if you can understand them too.
Be skeptical of everything
Yes, you’re supposed to have fun while on your international vacation, but you also have to remember that as a tourist, you stand out to criminals. This is why it’s important to always have your guard up and be skeptical of everything. Never give money to anyone you don’t know. Don’t allow yourself to get distracted by someone, as another person could be pick pocketing you while they do so. Use your best judgment to keep you safe while you travel.
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Feature image by Moyan Brenn