- Copy your Travel Documents
While on holidays we don’t plan to lose our passport, but it’s a good idea to make some backup copies just in case: one to bring with you and one to leave at home.
- Imprint the itinerary and confirmations in hard copy
Do not believe that Wi-Fi is always at your fingertips to pull up your itinerary or travel confirmations-always brings a hard copy with you in case only.
- Check for travel advisories / sign your trip
There may be unforeseen travel advisories that you should be aware of, depending on where you are traveling to. Your travel or health insurance may not be valid at times when there is an actual travel advisory.
- Contact your bank
It’s important to call your bank (the number on the back of your bank card) before you leave and let them know you’re going to be traveling. This allows you to make transactions with your card while you are traveling.
- Have cash on hand for emergencies
Just because you’ve got your bank cards ready, this doesn’t mean they’ll be accepted at any establishment. In the local currency it is good to have some extra cash on hand, especially for smaller purchases.
- Determine which documents to enter the country
Most countries need a passport which is valid six months or more after the date of return. You can also need a visa to enter the country, or special documents.
- Test with your doctor or health insurer
It is best to consult with your doctor or insurance company before traveling to see if you will need any prescription drugs or vaccines before your journey.
- Study what you can and can’t bring within the country
The last thing you want to do is reach your destination and find out some of the things you’ve packed are not allowed into the country. That may be seeds, or some food, scan ahead to prevent unwanted interruptions.
- Test our weather forecast before you leave
You should do this about a week before, then just a day before, to make sure I’m prepared properly. If it’s cold at home but you’re traveling to a warm climate, chances are you don’t need to bring a heavy jacket.
- Study local customs and sign you are visiting
It’s always a good idea to read the local customs, culture and etiquette a little, so you’ll know what to expect when traveling around the world.
- Events and festivals of science happening while you are in town
It’s good to know if there are any major events happening while you’re in town. You might want to attend a concert, a festival or just be aware of what’s happening in the city in general.
- Flip via manuals
Some travelers prefer not to consult travel books, but I always like to flip through them to get tips, see what sights or attractions are worth visiting and so on.
- Get adapters / converters for your appliances
This should be self-explanatory, but the voltage is not the same for every country. If you forget, you can always pick up one from the airport, but there you’ll pay more. Instead, before your trip, I recommend picking up a world travel adapter.
- Learn some primary expressions in the local language
One of the best things you can do is learn, in the local language, at least one keyword or sentence. Even if you don’t sound a native, your efforts will still be appreciated by the locals.
- Watch a video on how to use the public transit system in town
Most of the metropolitan towns have a strong public transit system. Instead of paying the high taxi price, try learning how to use public transit through the city. You’re going to save money, and get around town faster than by car.
- Determine your cell phone schedule
Always turn off your mobile data when you leave the country, and switch to airplane mode. And use Wi-Fi in the city to make calls and text via applications such as Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger.
- Buy tickets for places to visit / see before leaving
Even if you purchase your tickets in advance you can get a discount. That also helps you to skip the ticket line and save time while on vacation.
- Study how to get from the Airport to your hotel
It’s a good idea to research the best way to get to your hotel from the airport to avoid paying high taxi prices. Taxis also give a flat rate which you will know in advance if they want to rip you off.
- Investigate nearby tourist scams, where you can stay
Chances are you should be able to spot a fraud but that is not always the case, sadly. It’s a good idea to consider what to look for so you can stop being a victim of a scam.
- Pack some over-the-counter medication and toiletries with you
We understand that some people want to pack lightly by leaving home their toiletries, assuming they can buy them at their destination.