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9 Things You Must Keep In Mind Before Embarking On An International Trip

by Sanju Sharma Blogger

We all get excited about hearing about vacation especially when we have finally decided to go to our dream destination that we have desired for so long. However, in all this excitement, we often forget to acknowledge one fact and that is the planning. This is the most important part of any trip and especially if you are heading towards a foreign destination. You decide to go to an exotic location and start packing your bags but that is certainly not enough as you need to be prepared for every kind of situation that you might face in a foreign country. Well, worry not because here's a list of all the essential things to keep in mind in order to ensure a stress-free experience in a foreign land. 

1. Passport and Necessary Visa

Almost all the countries will require your passport to be valid after 6 months from your return date. So, it is best for you to look at it and verify all the details before you start making any kind of travel plans for a foreign trip. So, if the expiration date is approaching, you might need to renew your passport before your next foreign trip. 

Although it is not a universal requirement but tourist visas are a must in many countries. The application process varies from one country to another and you need to verify whether you will be required to apply for a visa for a particular country and for how much time would you need to stay there. You should also note that applying for visas can be very time-consuming and expensive so it is better to get started with it right away if you are planning on making a trip to a foreign country. 

2. Proper medication and vaccines

In order to be safe, get all the special vaccines and medications to prevent yourself from any kind of disease that might occur when you are visiting a foreign country. In addition to this, if you have any kind of serious medical condition, then make sure to be extra careful and whether or not the climatic conditions of the country will be suitable for you. If you are on a routine medication then make sure to have enough stock of medicines while you are planning to go on this vacation.

3. Be prepared financially

It is always advisable to be ready financially because foreign trips can be expensive and everything should be planned out from the very beginning in order to get an estimate of the cost. There are many tour packages that charge you a particular amount before the trip and you are good to go. However, if you are planning for a trip on your own, it is necessary to have an idea of everything such as exchange rate, travel expenses, and even be up-to-date with your credit card and bank balance. 

4. There should always be copies of travel documents

There should be at least one color copy of the ID page of your passport which is to be kept safely in a place away from your original passport so that you can get a hold of it when the original one goes missing. Along with this, copies of visas pertaining to your current travels should also be made. Hotel reservations, train ticket confirmation, and all such documents should also have a photocopy. In the digital age, you can always store this information or photocopies on your device such as your phone or laptop. However, if you are doing so, make sure to keep these devices password protected and that too, with very strong passwords to keep them secure from intruders. 

5. Get yourself an international driving permit

Now, this is only required when you are willing to go on a road trip to a foreign country. If you don't plan this correctly, chances are that you will not be able to fulfill your wish for that international road trip. This is because it is illegal to drive without a valid driver's license and insurance in many countries. The car rental companies offer insurance but for the license, you are required to obtain an international driving permit. It is also advised to contact the local embassies of the place you are willing to drive because they'll help you know the rules and regulations regarding driving in that particular place. 

6. Get all the electrical equipment

Nowadays, we cannot go a day without our electronic gadgets. The electrical outlets present in the world are different and so you need to carry your own adapters that enable your devices to get plugged into foreign sockets. It will be best if you buy an adapter with different settings that can adjust to most outlets so that you will only have to worry about one adapter rather than one for each country. Along with this, don't forget to buy portable phone chargers and spare batteries that can be charged and swapped into phones, and your devices are fully charged while you are on the go. 

7. Learn a bit of vocabulary

Now, this is one of the most important things to keep in mind while traveling to a foreign country because the more you know how to speak the local language of a place, the better you will be able to communicate with the people there. This can help you a lot during any kind of emergency while you're on an unknown land. 

8. Buy insurances

This is a very vital part of traveling which we always tend to ignore. Before you decide to go for a foreign trip, do check your health insurance policy and check whether it includes international coverage. If it does not cover, then consider buying a short term insurance policy that covers your medical emergencies while you're on this foreign trip. Anything can happen when you are away from home and so you should be prepared for it.

9. Get yourself registered

Now, this becomes very necessary if you are traveling to a remote country or outside industrial countries. You should register yourself in the country so as to let the government know of your presence. This will help the authorities to contact you in case of any emergencies or your family will be able to get in touch with you through them for any kind of accidents that might happen. 

Now, this brings us to the end of the list. If you are having difficulty planning a trip then the online circuit planner tool might be of help to you. Adotrip is an excellent app for this purpose because it brings all the information about your travel destination under one roof. So, you might want to check that out.

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