Being in a strange place can be both eye opening and invigorating. From the moment you’re picked up by the Limousine from the airport to the time when you’re in your hotel room thinking about the places you’d like to visit, there’s definitely a lot of thought put into having fun, but not into your personal safety. So regardless of what type of trip you’re one, there are quite a few things you’ll need to consider abroad not only to make your stay there a lot more fun, but also a lot safer.
Hotel business cards
One of the first things you should do when you check in at the hotel is to take a business card from the front desk. This way, if you’d ever get lost, you can easily take a taxi and tell the driver to take you to the address on the business card. Also, for added safety, you should also take a picture of the business card so that you have it on your smartphone as well. As you know, you can never be too careful with these things.
Most of the times people will get money overseas by using local ATMs, yet the truth is that if you’re with a US bank, the withdrawal fees are quite steep. While some people do take out a larger amount of money at the airport ATM so they only pay the fee once, carrying a lot of cash with you is not such a good idea. On top of that, there’s also the risk of having too much local currency on you at the end of your vacation. To make sure that will never be the case, get a checking account that has no minimum balance requirements and can also refund you for all ATM fees.
The 6-month passport rule
A lot of people have gotten in trouble when trying to depart from their destination country because their passport was expired. If you’re from the United States, then you probably know that you can use your passport up to the date written on inside the cover. The bad news though is that depending on the country you visit, you’re going to be denied if your passport expires in less than 6 months. The reason for that?
Well, it’s all about safety as they’ll tell you, so you’d need to be patient for a few more days or even up to a week sometimes until your passport is verified and validated so you can travel back to your country. On the other hand, if you don’t want to put up with all this stress, it’s best to renew your passport about 9 months prior to its expiration date.
One of the biggest pains travelers have to deal with when leaving their country is international data roaming and having to pay exorbitant fees if they want to call someone in their destination country. Well, the truth is that you don’t need to worry about that at all, since if your phone is a SIM phone, then you can just buy a local SIM card and use it to call your friends there. Also, make sure that as soon as your phone detects and connects to a foreign cell tower, to turn off data roaming immediately. This way, you won’t be surprised with a hefty phone bill when you eventually get back home.
Before you depart to your destination country, it’s best that you get in touch with your bank in order to let it know the name of the country you’ll visit, the specific city or cities, but also your exact departure and return dates. This way, they won’t block your credit card, leaving you with no money in a foreign country where you probably know nobody.
Pack some medicine
It goes without saying that when you travel to a foreign country, you should also bring some medicine with you. Think medication for cold, fever, stomach aches, headaches and so on. After all, it would certainly be a nightmare to suddenly get a splitting headache in the middle of the night and have no way to make it better.
Traveling to foreign countries is a great experience and not only do you learn more about the world, but also about yourself. To make sure everything’s going to be perfect and you’ll have a great time, be mindful of these tips prior to going on vacation overseas.