Preparing for traveling can be quite tedious, but it’s still necessary so that you can leave without worrying whether you paid the bills and brought everything you need with you. Making a to-do list is always a good idea when there’s a lot to be done because that’s the best way to know how your preparations are going. Depending on how long you plan on being away, the content of your list may change, but there are some basics that you should take care of whether you’re going on a vacation or to yearlong travels around the world. Here’s a basic to-do list to prepare you for your travels.
Sort Out Your Budget
Whenever I talk to people about travel, one of their primary concerns is always money management. So many would like to travel as much as they can, but they believe they can’t afford it. Establishing a budget is a crucial point of your travel arrangements – you have to know how much your trip will cost you approximately when you put together all the basics like food, lodging, transportation etc. After that, you can think about all the splurges you’re allowed to have and try to be as specific as possible about this. Is there a field trip you’re dying to go to? Is there something you really need that can be found only in the country you’re visiting? Take everything into account to the best of your ability and sort out your budget so that you can have something to hold onto when you want to spend more than you have. Extra expenses will still inevitably happen, but at least you’ll be completely aware of how much you’re spending without just throwing money around.
Check In with Your Doctor
Avoiding doctor appointments is one of the skills I’m not particularly proud of and I know I’m not the only one. However, when you’re planning to get out of the country for a while, one the first things on your to-do list should be to check-in with your doctor. You want to know your health won’t be compromised in any way while traveling because you don’t want to get suddenly sick in the middle of your vacation. Schedule a checkup and get it over with so that you can set out into another adventure carefree. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to a Zen getaway or to a backpacking trip through the Alps, you want your body to be in optimal condition. Changing climates, time zones, and types of food can quickly exhaust your metabolism, so talk to your doctor about how you can take good care of yourself while abroad. Also, bear in mind that you need to be properly vaccinated to get into certain countries, so don’t forget to do that before you go as well.
Your Travel Papers
Before you step foot out of your door you need to be certain that your travel papers are in order. Forgetting to check your passport’s expiration date happens more often than we’d like to admit and you really don’t want to find out something’s wrong by the time you’re ready to board a plane. If you’re traveling to a distant exotic destination, then be sure to check visa requirements for your travels and have your visas at the ready as you travel. Carry with you whatever else you think might be relevant when it comes to documentation, but your passport is still by far the most important, which is why it’s paramount to be certain that everything is as it should be.
Notify the Bank about Traveling Abroad
One of the many precautionary measures bank practice is to block a bank account when they see there’s unusual activity abroad, this is their way of preventing identity theft and credit card scams. While this can serve you if you find yourself to be a target of cyber villains, having your bank account blocked is one of the worst-case scenarios when you’re traveling. That is why it’s a sound idea to let your bank know that you’ll be the one using the cards during your travels and if at all possible, name the countries you’ll be in. By doing this you don’t risk being left without any money in the middle of nowhere, which is particularly dramatic because most of the time, you have to reactivate them in person with lots of papers to sign, and how can you do that if you’re half the world away? Better safe than sorry definitely applies to this situation plus, you letting your bank know what’s going on will only take a minute, so you’ve got nothing to lose.
Do Your Research
Being an adventurer is great because there are so many amazing impromptu things that can happen along the way, but some planning of your trip is good common sense. If you’re heading out to a country you’ve never been in and you don’t know a lot about what’s going on there, do your research and prepare yourself. Of course, the internet can’t provide you with full information on what you should expect, how you should behave and talk, but there will be guidelines that will prove useful to you. Just finding out how to catch a cab properly and where not to buy food can save you a nifty amount of money and potentially protect you from food poisoning. If you’ve got friends who have visited the same country, ask them for their opinion and advice, they’ll gladly impart wisdom they’ve acquired.
There’s always room for improvisation and adventure on your travels, but some organization is still needed for things to go smoothly (or at least as smoothly as possible). Just doing these several things will allow you to have safe travels and will help you be calm and prepared for any situation. – Harris Forman
Author Bio: Harris is 35, lives in San Jose and has been a fitness instructor for a decade now. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or you need professional survival tips, he is the guy to go to. You can read his articles on http://www.prosurvivalist.com/ to find out all you need to know about how to be strong, healthy and able to tackle any survival situation.