by Merissa Moore
As the best time for traveling approaches, let us revise some travel tips. We’ve spoken to travel experts on their advice on how to spend your long-awaited holiday best and how to have a worry-free experience abroad. The secret is, they all agree, to deal with first things first.
1. Be Mindful of Entry Requirements
Many countries have very different requirements for entry. While some may grant you entry visas at the points of entry, others may take months to process your visa application. Many countries require obligatory vaccination against tropical diseases before admission, and recent developments have only made the list of countries asking for vaccination longer. Make sure to ask around and get the right details before booking your tickets to Aruba or Seychelles.
2. Taking a Pet to a Foreign Country
Many countries will require your dog to have a passport of its own, all obligatory vaccines, and the EU may also ask that the dog be chipped to be in line with their regulations. Depending on where your dog’s passport was issued, you may have to have a certified translator translate it into English or the local language spoken in the destination you want to take your four-legged friend to. Make sure to hire a reputable translation service company. This way, you make sure there are no unexpected events at the airport.
3. Be Efficient at the Airport
Dress casually and comfortably. The shoes you wear should be sporty and easy to take off and put back on. Have all your electronics in your backpack or your carry-on luggage and all your documents in a small pouch easily accessible. Wear no jewelry, piercings, and metal of any kind, as this can significantly slow you down during the check-up stage. Another way you can skip some lines and guarantee fast access is by joining the Global Entry Program or the Trusted Traveler Program.
4. Plan Well and Plan Ahead
If you plan ahead, you should have extra time that should serve so that you can include any last-minute ideas into your itinerary. It can also save you some money because you will always be first for any bookings that you would like to make. Many people travel to purchase a piece of property abroad. Ensure that you understand how to choose a property before even embarking on that plane. Do your research and always look for recommendations and reviews.
5. Book Early, Save Cash
It is no secret that booking tickets early saves a lot of money. Avoid waiting for a week or two before your trip to buy those airplane tickets. Book months in advance if your plans allow you to do so, and save some cash in the process. The same goes for train tickets, bus tickets, and even event passes.
6. Take Care of Safety
Prepare copies of your documents, have them handy in times of need or the case that the real deal gets stolen. Prepare enough medication for your trip, carry it in a see-through ziplock bag, and pack up some other necessities: probiotics, ibuprofen, and extra chargers and memory cards for your smartphone. Medical emergencies may happen on a holiday trip so it is useful to be prepared at all times. You can now obtain a CPR and First Aid certification completely online without disturbing your daily obligations. Save yourself a lot of time and stress.
7. Take Care of Your Health
You only have one health, and that one seems to leave you when you travel? Take good care of it, especially before going abroad: a well-balanced diet, vitamin supplements, and stress-free time can do wonders. This way, you’ll only worry about hitting your sights on time.
With the great reboot finally behind, the borders are opening once more. If you feel that your traveling skills got somewhat rusty over the past year, make sure to apply our expert tips and make any headaches go away. Enjoy your vacation just as you always wished: with not a worry on your mind.
Merissa Moore loves traveling and classical music. The two go hand in hand very well, as she uses her passport extensively to visit the capitals of European classical arts: Rome, Vienna, Florence… She argues that the inner child is best nurtured abroad.