You Should Always Do These Things Before Travelling Anywhere

You Should Always Do These Things Before Travelling Anywhere

Whether you’re travelling only a short distance possibly a neighbouring country or state or half-way across the world, there are a few things you should always do before you go. This post will help you out so you can be sure you’re ready to go:

Triple Check Your Details

Make sure you triple check your details before you travel anywhere. Make sure you’ve put in the right name, passport details, and any other important details before you get to where you’re going. You don’t just want to check for those things either. Make sure you check whether you need a visa, vaccinations, and things like that too. These things are easily forgotten about but can land you in a lot of trouble!

Book Your Airport Parking

Book your airport parking to make getting to and from the airport really easy and stress free. You could even use a airport parking coupon to save money. Make sure you book in advance so you get the dates you need.

Research The Culture

If you’re traveling somewhere totally new, you must research the culture before you arrive. It’s important that you respect local customs so that you can fit in well and avoid offending anybody on your travels. Something that seems innocent enough at home may actually be offensive somewhere else. Remember that!

Speak To Your Bank

Imagine arriving at your destination and not being able to buy anything because your card has been blocked? This will happen if your bank suspect suspicious activity on your account. It’s always a good idea to tell them where you’re going so you can avoid something annoying like this!

Drink Lots Of Water And Eat Healthily

If you’ve got a long plane journey ahead of you, drink lots of water and make sure you eat simple food. This will help you to avoid feeling rubbish once you get off the plane, and should help you avoid jetlag too. You may also want to take a small pot of intensive face cream on the plane with you, as it can really dry out your skin and leave you looking dull.

Find A Way To Communicate

There are a few different ways you need to do this. If you want to keep in touch with friends and family, find a way to communicate with them once you arrive. Will you use Skype, or get a separate sim card to use? Also, make sure you know how you will communicate with the locals where you’re going. You can buy phrasebooks that can be really helpful, and download apps too. The locals will usually really appreciate you learning a few phrases of theirs!

Make sure you do these things before traveling anywhere and you’ll have a much smoother ride. You’ll feel better, be able to get around better, and you might even make some friends. Travel can be stressful, but if you prepare properly in advance, it doesn’t have to be. Do you have anything you’d like to add? Leave your thoughts below.


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  1. I’d add ‘know where your accommodation is’ to the list. The number of times I’ve got just an address and no internet to check a map, or a map of the hotel area but no idea how to get to that area…you’d think I’d have learnt my lesson by now! Thankfully most times I’ve been lucky and found someone to ask for help, but there have been a couple of times when I’ve just had to wander for a bit hoping for the best!

  2. January 5, 2017 / 2:17 pm

    This shouldn’t happen often but check the airport code of you booking especially when making a booking online. We read someone booked a flight from Birmingham to Las Vegas. Only its Birmingham Alabama, not the city of the midlands!

    • I very nearly booked car hire from Reykjavik airport instead of Keflavik airport when I visited Iceland…it was only as I checked over my booking that I realised my mistake!

      • January 6, 2017 / 12:55 am

        Oh gosh. Lucky you checked!

      • April 15, 2017 / 11:16 am

        We booked car hire from the centre of Tromsø instead of the airport by mistake once; which turned out to be for the best as the guy in in the airport office of SixT was so helpful and offered us a car there and then, with a very reasomably priced upgrade.

  3. January 5, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    Like the tips you have put together. Nice read!

  4. Angela Michelle Thibert
    January 6, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    So mad at my bank, when I mentioned they just shrugged it off and said it wouldn’t be a problem to use my card. Then, when I ran out of cash I tried to use it and nope. Good thing my friend had extra cash!!

    • January 10, 2017 / 9:02 pm

      I can understand why you would be mad! The fact you tried to let them know and your card was still blocked! What if you’re friend had been in the same position? It happened to Mr ESLT on our honeymoon in Thailand, I could have cried. Luckily we could use online banking to transfer money from his account to mine and then we used my card. He made an official complaint when we got home but got nowhere with it! Luckily it has never happened again

      • Angela Michelle Thibert
        January 10, 2017 / 10:08 pm

        ugh thats what I should have done! I should have made an official complain. The teller said that they could track the chip in my card… somehow. oh well, I know next time.

  5. January 6, 2017 / 7:30 pm

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing ?

  6. April 15, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    Some excellent tips there Vicky! Even the most experienced traveller needs to be reminded once in a while.

    I *almost* made a huge mistake this week when booking a flight to India. I wanted to come back very late on a certain day (having booked ground arrangements and domestic flights in India already) and found one that went at 00:30. Perfect. That would give me a little spare time in case my 21:50 arrival domestic flight is delayed. Just as I was about to press BOOK, I realised that I obviously had to book it for the FOLLOWING day! That could have been a very expensive mistake.

    I would also add to check the temperatures in your destination. Having met other travellers in Libya in March a few years ago who only packed summer clothes (we were wearing hats, gloves and winter coats), and myself many years ago arriving in winter garb in Geneva in October to find sunshine and 28°C.

    Another one is checking import restrictions for the country you are visiting (co-codamol is banned in UAE and other Middle Eastern countries, pictures of the Dalai Lama are not permitted in Tibet, alcohol is not allowed in some Muslim countries etc).

    And of course, not to forget to check if any vaccinations are compulsory or malaria prophylaxis is recommended.