When you are about to embark on a journey, especially to a new country, you may get carried away with the excitement and forget to look into a few crucial details. Plus, there are many other details that you may not even know about. Here are some tips and advice from seasoned travel experts to help you sort out the details and issues so that you do not face any kind of problems when you are on the go!
Check your passport: Is your passport about to expire within the next six months? While many countries like the US may not have a problem with the same, there may be other countries that can bar your entry if there is only six months’ worth of validity left on your passport. This is to avoid any kind of illegal settlers who may stay back. Therefore, apply for your passport renewal, if there are only six months or less remaining on it. This is especially important for those who will be going abroad for studies or for a short-term work project. Always try and hold at least nine months of validity on your passport before you leave the US or your country of origin.
Fraud checks: There is a small provision that not many travelers know of when it comes to avoiding fraud. You can alert your credit card company about the countries you are traveling to so that you can avoid any frauds. How? Well, most of the banks and credit card companies happen to have a list of such fraudulent parties for many countries. That way, you will immediately get an alert or your card will be blocked if you mistakenly happen to swipe your card at any such place or its affiliates. This can save you from a potential identity theft and many dollars as well.
Medication: One of the best tips and advice that one can adhere to includes the medication that should be in your luggage when you travel outside your country. Like the US, there are many countries where you can only get medication on prescription, and further, there are other countries where you may not find the medication that you need at all. So carry anti-allergens and a small prescription of antibiotics as well as skin creams and other such over-the-counter medication with the prescriptions so that you do not fall ill in a foreign land. You may also want to carry medication for an upset stomach as well as loose motions so that you can try out the local cuisine without having to worry about anything!
Roaming facility on your cell phone: Get an inert national roaming and data pack in your country so that you do not pay for one in foreign exchange. This will help you remain connected even as you pay for it in your local currency. You can also get a prepaid phone locally, in case it is cheaper than your country’s roaming data plan.