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8 Things To Consider Before Traveling Abroad

Vacations should be a time for relaxing and making memories. However, without the right planning, they can also cause a lot of stress that turns your dream trip into a nightmare. To avoid this, check out these essential things to consider before taking a trip abroad:

1.    Get the best price

Don’t pay over the odds for your getaway. In short, make sure you compare prices and search deals before committing. There are tons of destinations suited to your budget, and you may find you that booking separately for short-haul breaks is more affordable, whereas packages give you better options for long-haul trips. Check out the variety of Exoticca vacation packages to plan your next trip. 

2.    Get the right insurance

It’s surprising how many people don’t have adequate insurance when they jet off on their vacation. Insurance is essential to ensure everything is covered if things go wrong. It’s not just suitable for lost belongings and delayed flights either. Making sure your medical policy covers you in emergencies abroad is also vital.

3.    Make a copy of your passport

Losing a passport is a traveler’s worst nightmare. So unless you want delays in trying to sort it out while you’re away, be sure to make copies. Take one copy with you and leave one with someone you trust at home. 

4.    Don’t always rely on plastic to pay for items

In some destinations, they won’t take credit cards, and if you don’t have any local currency, you could face issues. Having a small amount of cash on you for incidentals such as bus/train or taxi fares will ensure you don’t run into any problems. 

5.    Make sure your bank knows your traveling

It’s less common now, but in some cases, banks may deactivate your card if you start spending in another country. As security has tightened with card transactions, it is less likely, but why not consider banking apps and accounts such as Monzo to make spending abroad stress-free and straightforward. 

6.    Do some research 

Unless you’re flying directly to a resort and not leaving it for a few weeks, researching the local area is a must to get the most out of your break. Searching information on an area isn’t just good for places to go; it’s also ideal for avoiding certain situations too. Make sure you download apps and guides before you head off. Otherwise, you could be faced with a hefty carrier charge on your return.

7.    Don’t forget your chargers and adapters 

Phones and gadgets are a significant part of our lives now, so ensuring you have your charger is essential to stay connected. Getting the right adapter is also crucial because some areas may have different voltage to your standard plug. Plus, there’s nothing worse than not being able to charge your phone!

8.    Remember to relax

The stress of planning and even going on vacation can put pressure on the whole trip. So take a step back, breathe it all in and remember to relax and enjoy your time away. 

Victoria Brewood
vbrewood@gmail.com

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.

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