So, tomorrow is the big day? Off you go!
Travelling is a much awaited moment. It takes weeks, if not months, of planning and lots of anticipating. What about the patience it takes to hold on tight and wait for the day you can finally take off? Even if it is just a 3 days holiday or a few weeks long, traveling is one of the best things in life. To travel stress-free, make sure to tick off these 9 things off your travel checklist before you take off!
1. ATM Cards
Make a call to your bank and ensure that everything is in order with regards to your finances. The last thing you want on your travel is to have your funds cut off or not being able to access your account. These things happen and it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Also, if you are relying on ATM cards, you need to verify whether these cards may be used in the country you are visiting.
2. Phrase Book
Do have your phrase book in a place easily accessible? Do not bury the book under your pile of clothes at the bottom of the suitcase. How is it supposed to come in handy that way? A phrase book is a real life saver when traveling. Taxi drivers or servers at cheap food outlets might not understand English. The book can help you book a taxi, order for food or yet, get to know the locals.
3. Expenses Check
Have you anticipated the possible expenses you will have to cover during your travel? If you are like me and prefer paying at the hotel directly, you need to have that amount of cash available. When you are planning for your expenses, take into account the accommodation, food, transportation and entrance tickets prices. Make sure you will not run short on cash in the middle of your trip.
Your passport is the key to everything on your travel. Not only will you need it when checking in at the airport counter, but it will also be required when checking in at the hotel, booking train tickets sometimes and at police checks. Save yourself the horror of finding out that your passport is out of date. This is probably something you should do months in advance, otherwise your holiday could reach the end without even getting started.
5. Valid Visa
Do you need a visa to enter your destination country? Will you get one on arrival? This depends on where you are from. For instance, I am from Mauritius. Luckily, there are quite a number of countries that grant me a visa on arrival. When I travel to Malaysia, for example, I am immediately given a 30-days visa at the airport. During my visit to Indonesia in 2014, however, I had to pay about $50 for a one-month visa before I can even enter the country. Check the regulations for your country and apply for the visa well in advance.
6. The Weather
Is it summer or winter at your destination country? This determines whether you need to carry summer dresses or sweaters. Your holiday plans might get ruined if you arrive at your destination and realize it is freezing cold but you did not carry a single jacket. Buy one at the airport? That is going to take a dig at your purse.
7. Luggage Allowances
Once you have all your essential documents and ATM cards ready, you are all set to start packing. You start with packing that comfy sweater you like and at the end of an hour, you find yourself stuffing almost everything from your wardrobe right into your suitcase. Unfortunately, airlines have regulations when it comes to the weight of luggage allowed on board.Such a bummer! Make sure to comply with these luggage allowances and only pack your best outfits.
8. Health and Travel Insurance
You must keep a positive mindset when traveling, but you should also be ready in case anything should happen. It is always a good idea to check if your health insurance covers international occurrences. Travel insurance comes in handy in case something comes up last minute and you have to cancel or postpone your trip. If it is only for the purpose of your trip, it might be a wise option to buy a short-term policy.
9. Online Deals
If you are absolutely sure there is a place you will visit, why not check for the tickets online? You can easily get up to 20% discounts on online tickets than if you buy at the counter. For example, if you wish to go to Universal Studios in Singapore, you can benefit from 18% off e-tickets. When you book a hotel on booking.com, you are offered 10% off the suggested attractions such as museums and tours.
A word of Caution
Make the most out of your trip by traveling safe and worry-free. Taking care of these 9 things before your big day will leave you feeling prepared to have the fun of your life. Yet, it is always advisable to stay careful when traveling. Unexpected things like thefts occur all the time. Make sure you do not carry all your money on you at all times. Make a copy of your passport to keep with you instead of carrying the original. If your hotel room has a safe, use that to safe keep your valuable belongings.
P.S. Do you have any tips to share with us? Any opinions you’d like to express on the subject? Feel free to leave a comment below. I’ll be glad to read them.