When it comes to international travel, it’s critical to have a well-thought-out plan for preparation and how to conduct yourself while on holiday. There are so many possibilities for experiencing different tourist hot spots across the globe-; even more than you might experience traveling to the different states across the US. And for the most part, you can expect relatively standard foods, laws, and language across continental America. Imagine how much more variety you can expect traveling outside our borders. The following is a list of useful tips from i49 that will help you prepared for international travel no matter the specific destination:
It’s not only your passport that you need to start processing well in advance of your trip. Many countries require a travel visa for US citizens who are planning to visit. Even our neighbors to the south, Mexico, require a visa if the expected stay will be more than 72 hours or too far inland from the border. Every sovereign country has the right to establish its own requirements, so with every country, you expect to add to your agenda, check for the most current visa requirements. The last thing you want is to spend your valuable vacation time stuck in customs.
While you’re looking up logistical information, look to see if there are any recommended vaccinations. Our bodies are very accustomed to life as we know it. When we venture outside our everyday experience, we may encounter diseases or sicknesses that our body is just not well-suited to fight off. This is another effort that you can’t afford to wait till the last minute. Some vaccinations may require a series over a prescribed amount of time, so you’ll need to count back from your intended travel dates to be sure you meet this health goal if you intend to inoculate yourself.
Most places you visit will expect you to use the local currency. Some of the more popular tourist attractions worldwide may accept your US Dollar, but it’s easier just to pad your wallet with the local currency. The exchange rates fluctuate constantly, and the various vendors who offer the service of making the conversion also may vary their fees significantly. The easiest and most affordable way to gather foreign currency is at a bank or by using the local ATM. As long as you’re not visiting a third-world locale, there’s a good chance that you’ll be able to use your credit card for most purchases. If this is your plan, give your credit card company a heads up so that your international charges don’t inadvertently trigger a precautionary freeze on your ability to make changes.
What is considered normal in one place could be considered offensive in another. Do some research to learn what the norms of politeness are for where you are going. There are many travel blogs, travel guides, and websites out there with lots of suggestions on conducting yourself in an international company. Not only will this enhance the experience among the local populace, but it will also bode well for any other American travelers who may travel to the same location. Basically, making an effort to conform to the local culture is a universal way of communicating respect for the hosting country.
You need to plan and prepare so many things when it comes to any vacation travel but even more so with international excursions. These reminders should help to make you’re planning a bit easier as you navigate these considerations. Bon Voyage!