As travel has again started, it’s the right time to plan those getaways. A stress-free trip is all about good planning and preparation.
The details have the supreme power either to make or break the trip. It becomes even more important when planning an international trip. Traveling always is exciting, yet there are chances of things going wrong or not as per the plan.
Ensuring that you have a stress-free holiday abroad, here are 12 helpful travel tips to enable your holiday to go with a zing:
- Book Flights and Accommodation in Advance: The last-minute flight booking usually turns out to be an expensive affair. It is recommended to book the flight tickets in advance. You can check out various travel portals and accordingly make the best flight deal. Moreover, you may also book the accommodation before you leave. Going to a new place and hunting for suitable accommodation could be tedious and at times it tends to be a costlier deal.
- Check Your Overseas Medical Services: In any country, you travel to, find out how the medical system works and the procedure for getting a doctor’s appointment. In some countries, it is not as simple as walking into a doctor’s clinic. Ideally, before traveling you need to ensure that you have travel health insurance that will protect you against the unknown medical risks while traveling.
- Carry Important Documents: Anyone traveling to an international location should ensure to keep all the important documents handy and safe. Keep a scan of all your major documents such as your tickets, passport, visa, travel insurance, id proof and so forth. In case of any issue, where you lose the physical copy, you have a ready reference stored in your phone/email. This can save you a lot of unnecessary trouble in case the physical copies are lost or stolen.
- Stay Updated on Guidelines and Restrictions: In today’s times, it’s important to know the restrictions, guidelines, and travel advisory about the destination. Knowing all of these will be much helpful to make the plan and most of your travel in the rapidly changing landscape.
- Familiarize Yourself with Local Conditions and Laws: Every country has its customs and social etiquette. To avoid unknowingly offending someone, it is always better to take out some time to learn about the etiquette of the country you are traveling to.
- Know the Local Language: Traveling to a destination can sometimes be alienating if the language and culture are different from yours. It goes without saying that before you leave, find out a bit about the culture and customs of the destination. Learning to say simple words, such as a ‘hello’ and ‘thanks’ in the native language of the country, never fails to bring a smile to the locals’ faces. Learning the basic words in the local language can be helpful.
- Rent a Car: Most countries provide an option of renting a car that you can use to drive around and explore the cities. This is a preferred option, especially if you are going to travel from one city to another. Hence, make sure you know the international road signs.
- A Medical Kit is Important: Carry a basic medical kit with you – some medicines for fever, cold, stomach ache, etc. You are generally allowed to carry certain medicines if you have a doctor’s prescription from your home country. Many foreign countries do not approve of over-the-counter medicines unless you have a prescription from a local doctor.
- Find Out About the Indian Embassy: Know where the Indian embassy is in the country you are traveling to. In case of loss of passport or any such unfortunate event, you will know where to head to.
- Don’t Leave Your Belongings Unattended: Keep your bag on your lap or a chair next to you. Make it a practice to take a quick check just before you leave to ensure you haven’t left your keys or wallet on the table or your jacket hanging on the chair.
- Don’t Keep All Your Money in One Place: If you lose it, you lose it all. Split the money between you and others traveling with you. Always keep some in your luggage back at your hotel room all locked up as a backup. It is suggested to leave valuables like jewelry, expensive watches, bracelets, etc. at home to avoid hassles on the move.
- Leave Copies of Itinerary and Passport with Friends: Leave copies of your itinerary, and hotel contact details with family or some friend, so you can be contacted in case of an emergency.
Wrapping it Up
Remember, the key to any memorable trip is planning. Planning your travel always helps to manage everything effectively. Have the rough travel itinerary of the complete trip before you go ahead to book anything.
Ensure you have a travel insurance policy in place before you step out on foreign land, as medical expenses are extremely high overseas. Uncertainty does not come with a deadline. Having a travel insurance policy also seems to be helpful in case of loss of luggage, passport, flight delay, etc. To have a truly hassle-free travel experience, choose from our range of overseas travel insurance plans.
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This is quite a good article, found it interesting! A handy reference for first timers and a good pre-travel checklist.
I have a travel tip to add – if you decide to take up some adventure sport, check the credentials of the adventure company. Safety comes first!
We’re glad that you like this article! That’s a useful tip you’ve got there. Safety first should indeed be the first travel mantra for anyone travelling abroad!