Whether this is your first holiday abroad or you’re a travel veteran we’ve listed our top 18 tips that you should follow before you embark on your trip.
Health and Security Tips
- Get a check up with your Doctor: Depending on where you’re traveling to this can vary on how important it is for you, if you plan on hitting the Mediterranean you probably wont need to do this as much but if you’re going to somewhere a bit more tropical like Thailand its expected that you go get the necessary vaccinations before hand and make sure that you have all of your insurance documents sorted out before flying just in case.
- Take more than one copy of your passport: While it doesn’t happen often if you do end up losing it or your passport gets stolen its always good to have a copy on hand so you’re able to prove your citizenship. Obviously it can be faked but at least you have some evidence.
- Leave another copy at home: For extra safety you should leave a second copy of your passport with a friend or relative, you can even go as far as creating an electronic copy which can be saved to your phone or email account.
- Register with your countries embassy: If you ever come into any trouble when you’re abroad this will make it much easier if you need to get in contact with your government and help you get back safely.
- Check what the conversion rates are before traveling: Converting money can be a pain, especially when you want to get the most for your money. Unless you’ve got knowledge of the exchange markets this is a hard one to guess at but if you notice the currency unusually high compared to historic data then its best to change then and not wait around.
- Make sure they accept your debit or credit card: While the majority of European countries use Chip & Pin this may not be the same for everywhere in the world, so if you’re planning on visiting countries like Cuba its good to see whether or not you’d be better off taking cash.
- Change at a local bank: When traveling abroad its not always wise to convert all your money at once, this is because you can lose it in the run up. If this is something you do we advise you not to convert your cash at the airport, this is because they charge a commission meaning you’ll get less money. Head to a local bank or ATM machine where you will get the best rates.
- Keep cash on you at all times: Not all establishments will be able to process card payments so to save yourself getting stuck in this predicament make sure you always carry some cash around with you.
- Let your bank know you’re traveling: If you don’t tell your bank that you plan on traveling and they start to see purchases in foreign countries they may freeze your account in order to prevent fraud, so make sure before you go away that you notify your bank that you plan on traveling, nowadays you don’t even need to go into a store to do this and it can be done via internet banking.
- Entry/Exit Fees: There are some countries that will charge entry/exit fees in order to travel there such as turkey which chargers all foreigners a 15 Euro entry fee. These prices are not included in the original ticket cost and can range from £5 all the way up to £150 depending on where you travel to.
- Preemptively buy your tickets: If you’ve already planned where you want to go make sure you buy your tickets in advance as you’ll probably be able to benefit from early bird deals which could get you much more for your money.
- Pick up a guidebook: Guidebooks will contain all the information that a tourist will want when traveling to a certain destination such as key phrases that would be good to learn, attractions and restaurants. Nowadays you don’t even have to buy a hard book copy as there are so many mobile applications which will have all of the relevant information for you.
- Research whats going on: Especially true if you’re on a city break, take a look and see if there are any specific events that are occurring while you’re on holiday such as festivals, concerts, parties etc. You can then organise the rest of your trip around this.
- Research what converter you’ll need: Depending on the country you go to you’ll probably need to buy a convertor plug which will allow you to charge any electrical items that you plan on taking abroad with you.
- Check what voltage your electronic items use: Similar to the converter you’ll need to see if your electrical items match the voltage of the country that you’re going to and either buy a plug which will convert it accordingly.
- Go global: If you plan on using your phone abroad make sure you activate any global capabilities that it may have, not only will allow this to work in foreign countries but it will also reduce any roaming charges that you may incur.
Luggage & packing Tips
- Take an extra set of clothing with your hand luggage: always carry an extra set of clothes just in case the airline ends up losing your luggage so you’ve got something to change into.
- Check your hand luggage allowance: Its always a good idea to see how much you’re allowed to carry on with you before flying, in some cases you may even be able to travel without checking in a bag as it all fits in the hand luggage allowance.
So there you have it our top 18 tips when traveling internationally and remember if you ever get stuck you can claim flight delay compensation with the help of Flight Delay Specialists.