Our aim is to give you, the traveller, some things to think about before and while you travel around to and from your holiday destination. No doubt most of the tips will be familiar to yourself, but as they say two brains are (usually) better than one. There may be some ideas new to you that you have never thought about, and we hope that you find these before travelling tips very helpful in one way or another.
Before Travelling Do Research
Another saying over the years has been, ‘a little knowledge is dangerous’. Well, if nothing else, a little knowledge could lead to embarrassment, or frustration, so do not assume anything, be sure! It really does pay dividends when before travelling you do research in order to find out as much as you can about your holiday destination. Depending on which country you plan to take your vacation in, find information about that particular land, and even the different regions of it, if you plan to travel around inside it.
Word-of-mouth from friends or relatives, and maybe even peoples Internet blogs, may give you an unbiased opinion about the place you are travelling to. Beware of travel agents advice, unless you can check it out thoroughly, as they have a vested interest in all holiday destinations that they offer. Taking a look at your own Governments website can be very useful to find information about certain countries, especially if their happens to be problems in those places, in that case even more so before travelling do research.
Before Travelling Make a List
Assuming that you have chosen your destination, what will you put on the before travelling list that will be of benefit in planning ahead for the event? You will want to include certain things that you have found out about during your research. Perhaps you have discovered there are some things you will need for the vacation, as a memory aid make a note of those. Write down a plan of action, and list things that can be ticked as done, then you will have a better idea of what you need to do next. Go through the list with others just in case they think of something you missed.
If travelling abroad then the passport is number one on the list. Is it current? If not, do not leave it until the last minute to renew it! Vaccinations are another list topper if you are going where there is any risk of disease or infection. Also, make sure nothing else is required in order to enter into the country of your destination, don’t take it for granted. Next will be the money, ensure the credit card has plenty of time left on it, and that it is credit and not a debit card. Exchange any money in good time, and it may be a good idea to notify your bank about the vacation. They may think that your card details have been stolen and prevent you from using the card. Travel insurance will be needed, but it can be cheaper to arrange your own, however make sure it covers all possible needs while abroad. Hopefully some of these tips have been useful to before travelling get yourself organised!