Planning a trip or vacation especially when it will be in another country is usually overwhelming. Accommodation, thought of signing up for adventurous or guided tour, choosing a destination, research to prevent stress, restaurants and other activities are the things that bring up questions during the planning. This checklist will help you to prepare and plan for your trip.
CHOOSE YOUR DESTINATION
Choosing a Destination sometimes can be stressful looking at the various things and circumstances you have to consider. Choosing a destination involves determining what you want. Know your interests and make a list of the places that you have in mind. Research travel destinations through travel blogs, tourism websites, travel guides and so on to know what each destination entails.
PREPARE YOUR BUDGET
Preparing a budget is like a task with calculations without an end. Travel can be expensive and it requires saving up ahead of time. The first thing to consider is your mode of transportation- whether you will travel by flight, cruises or train. Compare the cost of transportation tickets. You will also need to note the cost of local transportation when you reach your destination; lodging expenses, food costs, travel insurance, incidental funds and other extra funds such as entertainment cost.
UPDATE YOUR PASSPORT AND OBTAIN NECESSARY VISAS
Check and ensure that your passport has not expired and it is updated. Make your passport valid for at least six months after reaching your destination. Obtain tourist visa based on the rules and regulations of various nations of the world and depending on your destination.
It is necessary that you get vaccination against various diseases because your destination may be different from your country health -wisely. You can get a comprehensive list of medical recommendation from www.cdc.gov.
DUPLICATE YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
Make colored copies of your passport most especially your passport’s ID page separate from your original passport Ensure that it is kept somewhere safe. Other travel documents including visas, hotel reservations, and flight or train tickets and so on should be saved in your email (digital copies) devices such as computer or phone which will not need Internet connection to access. Make sure that you have a strong password for email and phone to protect your information from intruders.
KEEP A FLEXIBLE ITINERARY AND SHARE IT
Make your schedule flexible so that completing the tasks on your checklists won’t turn into a rush hour. A copy of your itinerary should be shared with your family so that they can be aware of your movement for safety reasons.
BRUSH UP ON THE CULTURE AND LANGUAGE
Try to do a little research and learn the culture and customs. Read about necessary things about the country and learn a bit of the language. You do not need to be fluent. Just know little phrases like “hello and thank you” and so on.
Too much luggage makes travel stressful. Pack the necessary things and keep your clothing options simple. Do not pack the things that you will not use.