Trips are a great way to get some rest from your everyday routine, gain some amazing new experiences and even learn something new about yourself. However, they can also be pretty stressful with a lot of things you need to take care of beforehand. In order to make it easier for you, we’ve come up with the six things you absolutely must do before you travel to your next destination.
Make Copies of Your Passport
Losing your passport while traveling can be a living nightmare! Talk about wrecking your entire trip in a matter of minutes, no matter how careful you are, sometimes it just happens. One of the ways that you can make the experience a little more bearable is to make hard copies of your passport before you leave. Yes, actual paper copies, so that in the event you lose it or it’s stolen, it will easier for staff at the embassy to get you a new one ASAP.
Get Some Cash
With unknown exchange rates and transaction fees, the best way to handle purchases abroad is with cash. You never know who will actually accept credit cards. Additionally, credit card companies just love to reject your card when traveling abroad! Make sure you stop by an ATM to get some cash before you set off to your destination and in the local currency when you arrive.
Mind the Weather
A rainy climate coupled with some strong wind can absolutely ruin your trip, which is why you should always check the weather broadcast before planning a vacation. Be sure to see if you are traveling in high or the low (rainy) season, and it’s always to good pack an umbrella either way. It doesn’t matter how excited you are about your vacation, getting soaked to the bone is sure to take care of all that initial enthusiasm.
If you really want to have a good time on your trip, you’re going to have to spend some time beforehand on researching the country you’re visiting, and everything that you’d like to see while you’re there. If you just “go with the flow” and make your plan up as you go, you’re going to waste a lot of time on simply deciding what you want to do. We definitely recommend creating at least a basic plan and doing some research before you take off, as it will make things a lot easier for you.
Protect Yourself from Public Wi-Fi
If you have a smartphone or tablet, chances are that you’re going to be spending a lot of time connected to open public wireless networks. Since these networks tend to be a bit insecure due to the large number of devices connected to them at the same time, you’re going to want to equip your smartphone or laptop with some kind of protection, like a good anti-virus app or a VPN to make your connection more secure and private.
Plan Your First Day
The moment that you land at your destination, there will be a lot of things that you may want to do immediately. Make a game plan from the moment you arrive and have a mini itinerary planned. Surely you’ll want to freshen up and change clothes up at your hotel, get a bite to eat and check out some of the sites near by. Because traveling can generally be a bit tiring, it’s best to plan out all of this beforehand so the exhaustion from journey doesn’t take away from your first day.