Are you traveling outside the country for the first time? Don’t worry, with these traveling tips you’ll be a traveling wiz in no time. From researching events to buying travel products, you can plan a trip you’ll remember forever. Without further ado, here are ten tips for traveling outside the U.S:
1. Do Your Research
Research is always important when traveling but especially so when traveling outside the U.S. Understanding what documentation is required as well as the necessary vaccinations needed if any is key. Also, recognizing customs law and import laws of your destination is essential when traveling from place to place.
It’s a good idea to read up on your destination before traveling in order to get a good idea of where you’re going. Books about your destination’s history, crime rates, local atmosphere, culture, and other related topics are a good place to start. In doing so, you might want to pick up a few local phrases to better orientate yourself with your destination. Phrases like, “where’s the bathroom?” or “can you help me find…” could be useful to you in your travels.
2. Have a Copy of Your Passport
When traveling outside the U.S, your passport identifies who you are. It’s an important document that you should always have with you. However, since life isn’t always fair, it could get stolen, lost, or even damaged. That’s why it’s always good to have a copy of your passport on hand. Whether it’s a physical copy or an image on your phone, keeping a copy of your passport ensures that you always have a way to be identified.
3. Have Local Cash
Since not every place accepts credit cards, it’s a good idea to have local cash on you. You can go to an ATM, bank, or a conversation center to receive cash. Since some ATM’s and banks will charge you fees, it’s best to do your research once again. Before traveling find out which banks or ATM’s you can go to without being charged a fee.
4. Wake Up Early
Whenever you’re on vacation, sleeping in is almost required. But if you want to see some of the most scenic sights without the disruption of mass crowds, it’s best to get up early. By getting up early, you can enjoy the peaceful views in the morning sunshine. Also, you can find the cutest breakfast places! Who doesn’t like pancakes, right?
5. Buy Event Tickets in Advance
Okay, let’s be real who likes waiting in line? While many events require tickets to be purchased; the process is often slow and tedious. With some tickets racking up large sums, event tickets can be expensive when obtained at the event location. Buying tickets in advance not only saves you time but can also save you money. Since some online deals may be fitted to your price range, you’ll get a better deal for planning ahead.
6. Don’t Over Plan
When your on vacation in another country, it can sometimes be overwhelming. Going to events, and sighting is important on any trip, but it’s also essential that you take your time to relish in your surroundings. Instead of jumping from one attraction to another, soak in the atmosphere around you and get lost in it for a while. Stroll through a market or leisurely walk through some shops. Find what’s unique to you about your destination.
7. Make Friends with the Locals
Making friends with locals is an excellent way to get to know your destination. With stories to tell and heartfelt antidotes, they can share more about your given destinations than books. While many people go to see the scenic sights to enrich their understanding of a particular culture; however, the locals offer a wide range of knowledge that is often overlooked.
8. Bring a Scarf with You
Travel scarfs are a godsend. With different styles from longer wraps to thick blanket scarves, there’s always a style to fit your destination. You can wear one for sun protection, warmth, or comfort to ease traveling woes. However, with various patterns, you’ll look stylish for any occasion.
9. Bring a Filtered Water Bottle
As many people know, tap water is not always safe to drink in some regions. While water bottles are commonly offered, bringing a filtered water bottle can help save the environment. Since you won’t be discarding plastic or drinking contaminated water, you can feel good about what you drink. With different styles and customizations, you can find the perfect water bottle for you.
10. Have Fun
Whenever you’re traveling, having fun should be your first priority. Whether you’re visiting Rome with family, traveling to Tokyo with friends, or going on an adventure by yourself, you should enjoy your travels. By seeing the scenic sights or strolling through the cobblestone streets, you can delight in the wonders of the world.
Now off you go, traveling bees go have fun on your next vacay!