3 Essential To-Do’s Before an International Trip

Posted by on April 13, 2018

The beauty of international travel is that it allows you to experience different cultures, languages, and cuisine. If you’re a frequent flyer, you know the importance of being informed and prepared before you travel to another country. However, if you don’t travel very often, you may not realize some of the important things that you’ll need to do before you get on that flight to your destination. Here are three essentials that will make your international travel adventure easier and safer.

  1. Get Familiar with Customs Requirements

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The one part of your trip you’ll have to go through, no matter what, is the customs section of your destination’s airport. It can be quite tiresome, lines can be long, and various forms may need to be filled out. To make the process smoother and help you better prepare yourself, check the customs requirements for your destination to see what you’ll need and what you can or cannot take along on your trip. It’ll relieve you of a headache and you’ll also avoid being the person who is holding up the line. For safety’s sake, it’s also a good idea to learn about any travel advisories or information or health conditions that could affect you.

  1. Check Overseas Phone and Credit-Card Use

It’s best to check on whether your phone and credit card can be used while you’re overseas. Some phone carriers include international use in their plans, but others may charge an extra fee for using their network outside of the United States. Also, you should check with your phone provider to see what, if any, restrictions may be on your calling and data plans if you travel overseas. Credit cards can be tricky to use in another country as well, and the risks of losing your card or having it stolen can be high. Check with your credit card company for tips on how to use your card properly in another country.

  1. Learn Basic Phrases in a Foreign Language

Going to another country without a translator or at least some knowledge of the language can be confusing and make communicating with locals hard for you. It’s important to take time out of your busy schedule to learn some key phrases. That way, you can ask for basic needs, such as where to find food, water, and the nearest restroom. You can use programs like Duolingo to learn the language in the country you are visiting, or buy a dictionary of the language of choice to carry with you throughout your vacation.

While these are all essential things to do before you fly to another country, there also are other things to keep in mind. Be sure to check on whether your travel documents are up-to-date. If your passport is about to expire, or it has expired, you will need to find a way to renew it and take a new passport picture to send with the application.

Nevertheless, wherever you plan on going, have a great time at your destination and always practice safe traveling.


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