So you’ve finally managed to make time for that much-awaited overseas holiday? And because it’s the first time you’ll be going abroad, I bet you’re more excited than ever to travel.
You probably can’t stop thinking about how it would feel to set foot on a new land, which places you would explore, what things you would do, and what kind of food you’d be gorging on!
Whether you’re heading out solo, with your friends, or your family, there may be certain things related to the trip that might be making you a tad anxious. And why not? Most people travelling beyond their homeland’s boundaries for the first time do get a few jitters.
There’s not much to worry about, however. If you’re mindful of a few important things, you can ensure that you have a successful and a fun-filled sojourn.
Wondering what they are? Look no further for in this post we list a few tips that help you get it right the very first time.
1. Decide on the Number of Days
While this aspect may seem as simple as waking up one day and deciding that you want to go away for 10 days, it isn’t that simple. The thing is that you need to factor in your spending power in order to start saving accordingly.
If you plan to take a 10-day luxury trip, you’re probably going to end up spending a lot. So you’ll need to start saving way in advance.
So before you start deciding on other things, pick your destination and figure out how long you’re going be staying there.
2. Estimate Your Costs
Once you’ve decided where you want to vacation, it’s time for some cost-related research. Doing so will enable you to get a fair estimate of how much money you’re going to need to be able to afford your destination(s) and style of travel.
You can read about it, ask other travelers on travel forums, or just check it online. Factor in your ticketing, accommodation, domestic transit, sight-seeing, shopping, and dining expenses to get a complete idea.
3. Check the Weather
One of the most important factors that can singlehandedly make or break your trip is the weather at your holiday destination. Take it for granted at your own peril.
Checking the weather condition is especially essential to help prevent unforeseen troubles. You never know when that unseasonal downpour will submerge your sightseeing plans, or how the sudden heat wave may put a damper on your shopping trip.
4. Book Your Flight and Accommodation
As obvious as this is, a lot of people tend to leave it for the last moment. It is always recommended to book them beforehand to avoid the rush and the added costs later.
Before booking your flight and hotel, make sure you’ve checked all the good travel websites and considered their holiday packages and deals as you stand to save some money from them.
Apart from that, do not forget to book an airport pickup, especially if you’re travelling with your family. You don’t want to spend your first moments in a new land scouting for an elusive taxi ride to your hotel. Engaging a pickup service just makes things easier.
5. Automate Your Bill Payments
The last thing you want lingering on your mind when on a long vacation is the thought of the approaching deadlines for paying those recurring monthly bills. Simply set up and use the on-line bill payment option and rest assured that none of your payments will be missed.
6. Buy Travel Insurance
Most of us relate travel insurance with just medical protection, when actually it is a lot more than that. Depending on the type of insurance you buy, you will be covered by it if your flight gets cancelled, a family member dies and you have to return, and if you get robbed, among many other benefits.
Make sure your travel insurance (especially your health plan) covers you and your family in the country you’re preparing to visit.
7. Learn the Laws
It is best to be abreast of all the important laws of the other country before visiting it. Check out the official website of the country in question and educate yourself about their local laws, customs, languages, and other details to avoid culture shocks or unpleasant surprises.
8. Check with Your House Sitter
If you’re planning to go away for a long time and do not want your house to be left unattended, you may want to hire a house sitter.
Similarly, if you have a pet that you do not plan to take along for whatever reason, you should consider contacting a pet kennel.
Approach both these parties well in advance so that their availability is guaranteed.
9. Pack the Essentials
Needless to say, you need to pack enough clothes and toiletries for the trip, but do not forget about other essential items as well. Do carry along your medicines, if you take any. Make sure they’re considered legal in the other country. If not, ask your doctor for substitutes.
Your adapters/chargers – be it for your phone, laptop, camera, or iPad, along with a universal plug adapter should definitely be taken along. You don’t want to reach your destination and realize you can’t use your gadgets just because your plugs won’t fit into the wall sockets, do you?
Travel documents such as tickets, passport, visa, reservation receipts, travel itinerary, etc. along with their copies need to go with you too.
Other than that, a good guide should be helpful in a new place. You can also download a few reliable maps and other apps to your phone.
10. Carry Something to Read
Do carry something interesting to read with you to keep boredom at bay, in case you’re required to wait due to flight delays or other reasons.
Traveling to a new land can be exhilarating and rejuvenating, or it can be a nightmare! Don’t let it be the latter. It really doesn’t take more than a little presence of mind, common sense and advance planning to make your maiden journey abroad a memorable one. With the above tips in mind, you’re sure to have a gala time.