6 Things to Consider Before Going Abroad

Whether you are planning on going abroad for three months or three years, there are several factors to keep in mind before taking off for your life’s next big adventure. We have put together a list of six things to consider before you depart on your epic adventure.

Health

Take the time to consider all your vaccination and medication needs. Visit your doctor or a travel clinic before you leave to make sure your medication and immunizations are up to date. Keep in mind that some immunizations take longer to be effective so plan accordingly. If you routinely take prescription drugs be sure to stock up for the duration of your trip (if possible). Prescriptions should be properly labeled to prevent any misconceptions by customs.

Money

Notify your current bank and credit card company about your travel plans and set up your online banking to keep track of your spending. There are always unexpected expenses when traveling, so remember to bring extra cash.

Most international travelers use ATM/debit machines to take out cash in the local currency, but keep in mind service fees and exchange rates.

Documentation

Get all your travel documentations in order before you leave. Check that your passport is current and won’t expire during your trip. Keep in mind some destinations require your passport be valid for at least 6 months after your entry date. Also check that you have enough blank pages in your passport for visa and stamps. Check what identification is required for the countries you are traveling to and remember that some countries have a longer processing time for visas than others.

Bring photocopies of your passport and leave a copy at home with someone you trust. If you are traveling to a foreign country for an extended period of time, register with the embassy to ensure you can safely get home should anything happen.

Going Abroad Travel Plans

If you embark on an adventure that will take you all over the world, make sure to have your complete travel plans in order. It may be difficult to access the internet while traveling so bring printed copies of your accommodation and transportation details or save them to your phone. Planning ahead of time will ensure you know what to expect when you arrive and will make your trip more enjoyable.

Packing

Try to pack lightly and only bring your essentials. Consider all the places you will be going and remember that you will be responsible for transporting all of your own luggage. Take note of luggage size and weight limits, and then decide what you really need to bring. If you aren’t traveling to remote locations, some items can be purchased in your destination country rather than cramming them into a suitcase or backpack. Remember to pack a set of clothes and some toiletries in your carry-on should your luggage get lost.

Culture

Do your research on the culture and language of your destination country. Make sure you are aware of any local customs as they may require you to act differently than you do at home. Take time to learn the language and or simple phrases to help get you by. Locals will appreciate your effort in trying to learn their language.

Every country is unique and has its own travel requirements. Be prepared so that you can fully enjoy your time when you are going abroad. Make sure you have travel insurance before you leave to cover you and your trip should a problem arise. If you’re not sure about what coverage you might need, contact your nearest Sussex Insurance location.