07 Jun How to Prepare for a Trip Abroad
I’ve travelled in over 48 countries since 2008 and I know that in the excitement and anticipation of foreign travel, it’s easy to overlook the detail and it’s those little things which can turn out to be big things when you’re a thousand miles from home and you don’t speak the language. So, here’s a few tips that I’ve picked up the hard way so that you don’t have to.
- Be Sure And Pack Several Adaptor Plugs
You think you depend on your phone in your day to day life, well just wait until you go travelling. The smartphone makes everything so much easier: your travel documents, your tickets, your accommodation, your travel guide, your contact with home and you won’t have any of it if your battery’s flat. So, don’t forget your charger and don’t assume you’ll be able to pick up adaptor plugs at your destination, you probably won’t and even if you can they’ll be way expensive. And if you’re travelling through several countries make sure that you’ve got the right plugs.
- Check Your Passport Expiry Date
Some countries won’t let you enter if your passport expires in less than six months. Make sure that you renew in plenty of time. Summer is always busy for passport authorities and you need to allow plenty of time for delays and things going astray. If you’re travelling beyond Europe, make sure that you’ve also checked visa and vaccination requirements.
- Organise Your Money In Advance
It makes sense to travel with a small amount of local currency, don’t just assume you’ll be able to use a card or find a convenient cashpoint. Shop around for the best exchange rates at least a week in advance. If you travel a lot it is important to take a credit card with you that doesn’t charge you a lot of additional fees when used abroad, as some companies such as car hire require a credit card to confirm bookings. Compare credit cards to find out which one will be the best for your travels. Try and keep cards and cash separate so that if one goes missing you’ve always got back up.
- Research The Cost Of Your Data Roaming
Data roaming is incredibly useful when you’re travelling and if you’re in the EU you won’t have to pay additional charges, beyond that however it’s a different story so be sure and check if you can use your data roaming and how much you will be charged.
- Back Up Important Documents
It’s really convenient to have tickets and boarding passes etc. stored on your phone but what if your phone goes missing or the battery dies at a crucial moment? Make sure that you’ve always got paper copies stored in a waterproof sleeve. It works the other way as well: take photos of your passport and visas and store them on your phone; they’re not a substitute for the paper copies but they’ll help you get replacements much faster.