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Making the Most of an Incredible Trip Overseas: A Guide

Traveling broadens your horizons and gives you the opportunity to expand your life experiences and open your mind to new things. Spending time in different cultures with people that you wouldn’t ordinarily meet teaches you valuable life-changing lessons that you will carry with you forever. So, whether you are planning a fortnight vacation in a far-flung destination, or embarking on a backpacking trip spanning several months, read on to find out how to make the most of your trip.

Your Travel Documents

Planning a trip is exciting, you have flights, accommodation and an itinerary to arrange, and of course, local currency to source; however, do not make the mistake of failing to check that your travel documents are up to date. Most countries require your passport to be valid for at least six months after the final date of travel. Double check, triple check, and make sure that your passport is valid.

You also need to check whether you need a visa to enter the country. Some countries allow your visa to be gained on arrival, but others require visas to be arranged before you touch down. If you are unsure, check online with the country’s embassy. Do not take another travelers’ word as gospel. You do not know if they are traveling on the same passport as you; they may have dual nationality.

Your Itinerary

This is your trip, and you want to make it an incredible time, and when friends and family find out about it, they will give you recommendations for things to do. However, this means that you are in danger of having duplicate experiences. You want your trip to be different and do things that are a little off the beaten track. The good news is that sites such as can provide you with details of things to do that aren’t necessarily in the guide books and can be tailored to meet your specific likes and interests. Use the internet to research an itinerary that will give you maximum enjoyment.

Your Technology

Smartphones are great for keeping in touch with friends and family while you are away, but they can also be a distraction and take you away from living in the moment. Most places have internet cafes that you can use to contact home, so there really is no need for you to take your smartphone. Your trip can be the ideal opportunity to go on a digital detox, so leave your technology at home, invest in a camera and experience life without viewing it through a screen. 

Traveling is a wonderful way to escape the ordinary. Your trip will inspire, motivate and shape you for many years to come, so make the most of it! Planning your itinerary is essential so that you make every second count, but don’t forget to leave time for relaxation too. You will need time to recharge and reflect on what you have learned about your host country and, most importantly, what you have learned about yourself on this journey. 

Victoria Brewood

Although very much British, Victoria always felt like she was meant to be living the 'American Dream'. She loves the US and has travelled to over 14 states.

  • Sarbeshwar
    Posted at 03:39h, 20 March Reply

    So agree with you on this ! But I feel one needs a local number in the smartphone with data for navigation at least, since I love walking the streets of whichever city I am visiting.

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