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Travel Essentials

Read the whole book

It has been said that “the world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” With international travel so readily accessible and affordable, the world is waiting to be discovered by modern explorers. With some simple preparation and planning, traveling abroad can be an extremely memorable experience. Turn the page and read another chapter.

Before setting off

Pre-trip plans will set the tone for your time away. Being sure to make all the necessary arrangements, gather all proper documents, and consider all possibilities before you leave goes a long way to ensuring stress free travel.

Have your documents in order

Make sure your travel documents, such as your passport, are up to date. In the case of your passport, many countries will not issue a visa if there is less than six months remaining before it expires, or if there is not a clean page on which to put entry/exit stamps. Other documents may include a second piece of photo identification and contact details in case of emergency. It is a good idea to make copies of all important documents to bring with you; stored apart from the originals while you travel.

Purchases to make before departure

Be sure to purchase travel and/or health insurance before leaving. Find out if any special medical precautions should be taken before traveling to your particular destination. Buy a guidebook and make all your accommodation and travel bookings before you leave. Once you have planned out your travel, give a copy of your itinerary to a friend or family member, and let them know where you will be and when you plan to return.

Accessing money while abroad

Once you have arrived at your destination exchange money into the local currency. Remember the exchange rate to help accurately track your spending. There are many ways to access your money while abroad, which are safer than carrying large amounts of cash. Credit and ATM cards are widely accepted around the world, and can be used easily and conveniently. Travelers cheques may also be a viable option, however, research how easy it is to cash them at your destination. Be sure to have more than one way to access you money in case of emergency.

Simple security measures equal freedom to enjoy

Though you are trying to forget about home while you travel, be sure to send updates to at least one person back home. This ensures that someone knows where you are at all times. Learn how to contact local emergency services, and always carry the name, phone number and address of your accommodation, written in the local language. Taking this simple security measures means peace of mind and freedom to enjoy yourself.