Being a completely new, different, and foreign, international tour is definitely exciting but can also be a bit scary, confusing. Although you can’t plan for everything, keeping a few important things in mind will make your travels much easier. Here are some useful travel tips and tricks for an international traveler to avoid mistakes and to travel more smoothly.
Get your passport
Don’t book a flight or make any arrangements that can’t be changed until you get your passport. If you are planning to make many more trips worldwide, then it’ll be wiser to get a global entry. It’s very easy to apply online and there are several ways to score it for free.
Check about visa
As you book your trip, make sure you check to see whether or not you’ll need a visa to travel.
Search for travel insurance
A medical emergency can wipe out your savings or even worse. The use of travel insurance can help you out.
Inquiry about transport cost
Ask about the price before you go for any public transportation. If you are on a tight budget, look at overseas airlines’ sites in their home countries. Sometimes it may help you to have an inexpensive one.
Try to book the flights, hotel rooms, etc. as early as possible. For the most part, the earlier you book, the better price you will get. Booking in advance you’ll be able to skip more lines and find more deals targeted toward you.
Take photocopies of important documents
Keep a copy of your passport and other important documents in a separate bag from your actual documents. And keep documents handy. Leave a copy of the documents for an extra backup, at home or with someone you trust.
Register with your embassy
If there’s a problem in the country you are visiting, this initiative will make it easier for your government to contact you and make you safe.
Try to pay your bills ahead of time, which are coming during your traveling days. Or you can go for an automatic payment system. This initiative will give you a relaxing tour.
Learn common phrases of local languages
Simple phrases like “Hello”, “Please,” “Thank you,” and “I’m sorry” in the local language goes a long way. You can try for more, if possible.
Guidebooks usually include maps, keywords or phrases, and give you enough detail on certain sites. You can download apps before you travel.
Share your main travel plan
Share your travel plan before traveling and you can keep your location on, using Google Map with some relative/friend for safety.
First aid kits
A small first aid kit with basic medicines that we may not always have easy access to when traveling put in the backpack.
Prepare for jet lag
Being a new traveler or not, jet lag can affect you. Be prepared for the change.
Activates phones global entrance
There’s usually a charge for doing this, but it is much less than the roaming charges you’ll get if you don’t.
Keep an extra battery or power bank of your phone
This is an essential thing. An extra battery or power bank can come out as a vital thing in some time.
Bring a charge adapter
Different countries may have different sizes of plugs and voltage. A charging adapter can be a good option in this case.
Bring a multi-purpose cloth
Take scarf or sarongs, that can be used as a wrap when you are cold, a towel, a curtain, or a piece of clothing that can be worn in dozens of different ways. Pack off your backpack wisely. Put multi-purpose cloths, which are comfortable also. Don’t fill with unnecessary things for just showing off.
Taking electronics, medications and other essentials
A few important items should always go in your carry-on. So that you don’t have to hassle for when there is an urgent.
Make notes of important information
Write down the important information on different pages and keep in purse/backpack/pocket or save online so that you can find these easily when needed.
Ask locals for help
Ask the locals about the best restaurants, awesome spots to watch the sunset, the best coffee shops, etc. This is more useful than a guidebook.
Aware of skin and health care
Use moisturizer and sunscreen. This is just something to do every day, but it’s especially important while traveling.
Having an open mind
You should have an open mind about their customs and traditions. Don’t judge other customs. You are a visitor. Be respectful.
Usually, the most you’ll have to worry about is pickpockets and petty theft. To avoid becoming a victim, always keep an eye on your belongings and hold your bag tight. A crossbody bag or fanny pack may not be the most fashionable but they’re the most effective way to deter pickpockets.
Have some foreign currency ahead of time
Not much, but try to carry some currency on hand before landing on that country. This will help you if you face a problem reading your card at the airport or in any terminal which has no facility of having cash.
Notify your bank
Before traveling, inform your bank about the trip, where you are going. By doing this, you’ll be free from the future hassle. This way, they will not consider your card as stolen and shut it off just when you need it the most.
Currency conversion app
By using a currency conversion app, you can avoid the complexity of dynamic currency conversion complexity.
Take notes in English and local language
Write down your hotel address, places to go and other necessary information both in English and if possible, in the local language. You can take a hotel business card for this purpose.
Always have local cash
Not every place takes credit cards. Especially important places like trains or buses. Thus put some local cash in the pocket.
Never carry large sums of cash. You may face risk having too much local currency left over at the end of your trip.
Wake up early to avoid crowds
Rise before sunrise to have the best attractions, while avoiding large tourist crowds. It’s also a magical time for photos and it’s usually easier to interact with locals.
Slow down to enjoy your trip
All the good stuff happens when you really take the time to explore. Take time to enjoy the travel intensively.
Backup your files and photos
For safety case, back up your files & photos on an external hard drive as well as online.
Now get prepared for your trips overseas. All you have to do is pack your bags and be sure to arrive at the airport early because custom lines can be extremely rapid or torturously slow. Have an amazing trip and inspire others to explore the wonderful planet earth.