How To Prepare For First International Travel Trip

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It’s happening! You have made the decision to travel this year. Going abroad for the first time can be exciting and scary. Regardless, how much you have traveled in your home country travelling to a new destination is always fascinating. It is often difficult to choose your first international destination from your ever growing bucket list. On the off chance that you don't know where to travel then choose a destination based on your personal interest, it’s fine if you skip making a trip to most well-known spots. While choosing your destination remember few focuses:

  • Whether you want to stay close or far from your home country? 
  • How long will you be staying? 
  • What would be the most exciting part of your trip? 

Travelling abroad is not that confusing if you still feel you don't know enough how to plan your trip you can hire travel agency as they have wealth of experience and offer deals on nearly everything from flight, hotels, tourist guide, car rentals.

Here are some best travel tips to make your vacation smooth and memorable as well as complete your first international travel goal like a pro.

Valid Passport

This is the most vital step for foreign travel. If you don’t have a passport, apply for it now as this procedure can take time and surely you would prefer not to destroy your get-away. Ensure that your passport has 6 months of travel permit legitimacy and enough clear pages. Keep your passport up-to-date if any of the information is changed or inaccurate please update it immediately. 

Check Visa Requirement

You are honored in the case that you have solid travel permits like (Germany, US, UK) you probably won’t need to apply for a visa for several countries. For rest obtaining a visa can be a stressful task in your dream vacation. You need to find out if the destination you are travelling requires a visa or issues the visa upon your arrival. Be careful and check out essential documents before you apply for visa application as a slight mistake can prompt to visa dismissal likewise, documents required by embassy can vary according to the type of your visa. 

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Local Research

Travelling abroad can be a remarkably simple effort when you’re prepared. Do a research about your destination and find out everything you need to know before going. Learn about the culture, monetary system, important festivals, interesting events, specialty dish and local markets. So that you won't miss the big events going on the city and experience strong culture when you are there. Seek interactions with and suggestions from the locals whenever you can.

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Advance Booking

This is the biggest question for a first time traveler, how far in advance to book your trip? Choosing right season to travel can make a lot of difference don't think expensive hotel and flights are the only alternatives. If you are travelling abroad pre-booking of big things (flights, accommodation) can actually save a lot of cash. The lowest air flights are offered 4 months in advance. Most people don't know advance booking for rail passes, cruises, concert ticket, event passes, car hire can cut additional expenses and avoid last minute hassle when you reach.

Travel Insurance & Vaccination

Yes, you should buy travel insurance. Getting unexpected medical care when you are on a holiday could turn out to be expensive. In such circumstances, travel insurance can be very profitable. When a flight gets cancelled or delayed, the insurance policy will simply cover most of the additional expenses. In further, travel smart protect yourself by getting vaccinated before you travel. Talk to your physician about vaccines and antibiotics you require based on travel destination to keep yourself safe & healthy on your trip.

Security

Keep your passport safe and close nearby. Possibly you are not asked for identification but carry it all the time during travel days. Also, keep duplicates of your travel permit in print and spare in an email for the situation your passport got stolen or lost in addition to confirming your citizenship. Give a duplicate of your identification back in the home or somebody whom you can trust. You don't know what you might need on your trip so gather and backup all your duplicate documents and file in your backpack. 


Money

Make sure you check the conversion rate and do little maths to get a sense before you travel. Cash is easy to work with and accepted everywhere, you can exchange your currency at the airport. However, you generally get better rates at a local bank than an airport. Make sure you don't keep all your valuables and cash at same place distribute it in different bags. The simplest would be using your current (chipped debit or credit card) cards. Check if your cards are accessible in the country you are travelling and in some cases you need to inform your bank about the dates and country you will travel. So that they do not block your card considering some suspicious activity as per security measures.

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Luggage & Packing

Ready to get started? Every airline has own set of guidelines make sure you must go through them to avoid additional charges. Start packing with necessary things first and if possible make a checklist and keep adding things to that list whenever you memorize anything. Take the weather into account and pack your clothes accordingly, roll clothes to save more space rather than folding and wear bulky items don't pack them. Save some space for gifts or souvenirs. Carry either a zip lock or any sealable plastic bag for any toiletry items like liquids or gels (shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, perfume). Weigh your bag & luggage before you leave for the airport.

Local Language & Pocket Map

Before travelling to abroad, learning basic phrases and words in a local language can be extremely helpful. Communication with locals can open up new potential encounters or experiences. The basic phrases to know in any language are hello, thank you, please, excuse me, how much, help and so on. Also, there are many travel applications which will keep you updated about route and major attractions.  However, always carry a pocket map as you will not feel lost even there is no network access and it will simply help you figure out where you are. 

Don't Be Scared

It's great to socialise with other tourists, there is so much you can learn from the people from different countries and cultures. Talk to hotel staff, taxi driver, a stranger who helped you and others this can give you instant bonding to the home crowd and another way to experience the vibe of place you visit.

"The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life."

Now you are prepared to go? Whether you have a limited budget or not, Travelling abroad on your own can be the best adventure of your life; you decide the itinerary and the plans. Keeping yourself or companions safe is the top priority while travelling to another country. First trip can be bit daunting but you adapt quickly.

We appreciate if you share your first international travel experience.


By anubhav tiwari| 7 Mar, 2017. Posted In Travel Tips.

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