5 travel tips before traveling abroad

5 Tips YOU NEED TO KNOW before Traveling Abroad

We want your next trip to be as stress free as possible. Along with travel comes the worry that you might forget something very important to do. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you. Here are 5 things to check and have ready before you travel abroad.

1. Check your expiration date.

Make sure your passport’s expiration date isn’t within the next 6 months of your arrival (some countries have a 6 month cut-off for foreign entry).

U.S. Passport Information – Department of State

Get vaccinated before going abroad | Hepatitis A

 

2. Get the Hepatitis A vaccine.

While you should check with each country what vaccines they require, Hep A vaccine protects you from food and water contamination. Food and travel usually go hand in hand so protect yourself and you could prevent a big problem. It allows you to enjoy your trip worry-free. Always check with your doctor before getting any vaccines.

Travelers’ Health Information – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Keep valuables in your carry-on or on your person

 

3. Keep all priceless mementos in your carry-on.

Never assume that an airline wont lose your luggage. I have some jewelry that isn’t expensive but very sentimental to me, I never carry it in my luggage because losing it would break my heart. I travel with about 3 necklaces on but it’s worth it.

4. Download the Google Translate App.

Best. App. Ever. This app can single-handedly get you around any country, from showing cab drivers directions, to translating menus, to telling a doctor, “I’m not sick. I think it’s Poison Ivy.” This app makes you thank the Google team multiple times a day. (God bless y’all, wherever and whoever y’all are.)

Google Translate for Android Devices

Google Translate for iPhones

5. Always have a back-up plan with money.

You have many options to consider. Exchanging money at the airport before you leave is one, though you usually don’t get a great rate. You can go to a foreign bank to exchange when you arrive, but keep in mind they usually like the newest, crispest bills. Another option is to withdraw money at the ATM with your debit card when you arrive, but be aware of the fees you will likely pay on both ends. Last but not least is of course using a credit card, which will probably be fine for bigger places like hotels and nicer restaurants, but may not be available to use everywhere you go.

Great article at IndependentTraveler.com about carrying money overseas.

These are five tips we thought would help before a big trip. Getting these things in order will allow you to relax, enjoy yourself more, and keep you safer. What are your favorite travel tips? Leave the best travel tips in the comments below!

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