If you are traveling abroad, there are several things you should add to your checklist before boarding the plane. First, consider that it takes quite a few weeks to get a passport if you do not already have one. You will want to check in with your doctor and your insurance carrier and make sure that you have all the proper vaccinations necessary to travel and know how to obtain medical coverage while abroad. This is a great time to renew any essential prescriptions for ailments or medical needs. Also, you may want to look into the local plugs and adapters needed for charging your mobile devices.
Be sure to familiarize yourself with the monetary conversion rates and local currency equivalents. You will always want to carry money in several denominations as not all establishments accept credit card. Take note of the advancements in credit cards as some European banks switched to the more secure chip and pin technology to replace the old outdated magnetic strip cards. Contact your credit card provider and inform them of your travel plans so that your card is not blocked, and recall that there is a usually a foreign transaction fee for using credit cards overseas.
if there are specific places you want to visit, try and buy admission in advance and shop for discounts and other online deals. It also helps to download any apps to your phone beforehand, provided you have an international calling plan. Take the time to study the location of hotspots, festivals, ceremonies, landmarks and even the top local restaurants.
Last but not least, keep in mind that traveling overseas sometimes requires more than one flight and not all flights serve meals. When possible pack light and be aware of the weather and seasonal changes.
Heather Rome Development Alternatives Inc is an international businesswoman who has worked for several global corporations, including Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI). She has international travel experience in over 30 countries.