Author: Kathryn Ray

Golden Rules For Your Trips Abroad

For some traveling, it can be to know the world, for others to identify themselves, to reconnect with the family, to look for lost treasures, to get lost in the jungle or to de-stress from a hard year of work.

Whatever the meaning for each person, what is certain is that traveling is one of the most important things for most people.  It is also inherent in traveling the fact of having to manage all the preparations of the trip: look for means of transport, accommodation, make the route of roads, a selection of the most critical places in the city, where to eat and even what outfit we will wear. However, it is almost impossible that we do not forget anything. There are so many preparations! And each one more decisive.

When the journey you are going to make is destined for a foreign country, the preparations increase and have to be much more careful, since some of them are vital for you to travel to certain countries or so that once there you can enjoy without worrying about what you forgot so far The issue of documentation that should accompany you is, for example, much more cumbersome when traveling outside the border of your country. That’s why we give you a series of travel tips that will help you make your trip perfect.

Check the validity of your documentation:  Check the expiration date of your ID if you are traveling to any country in the European Union or your passport if you travel outside Europe. At the time you are going to board, and you realize (instead the customs workers will notify you) that your passport or identity document is expired, the shipment will be canceled entirely and there will be nothing to do. Nothing will be of any use to the airport staff; it is an irremovable rule. That is why you should be cautious and check this before undertaking anything else.

Photocopy the documentation: first, you will have to keep your documentation well. But, just in case, it is better that you carry a copy (in addition to the original) or several distributed in the different bags of luggage that you sell. Also, thanks to the technological development you will be able to scan your documentation and take it with you in your smartphone or your email account. This way your documents will be in the cloud, and you will not have problems to prove yourself in cases of theft or loss.

Vaccination: we recommend that you inform yourself beforehand about the health policies of the country to which you are traveling as, in some cases, you will not be able to do so if you do not have the necessary vaccinations. In other cases, it is not mandatory, but it is recommended. If you are a person suffering from different allergies (to insects, pollens or plants), it is recommended that if you are going to travel to the Central American jungle, where there are vast amounts of tropical mosquitoes, take the appropriate measures regarding vaccination.

Money: keep your money safely in small compartments of your belt, clothes or backpack. Also, try to distribute it among your handbags (those that you will have control at all times) because if you suffer the theft of the wallet or a bag, you will have money in another.

Travel insurance: get travel insurance when you go abroad. The insurance will cover both medical expenses and legal expenses or theft. There are many comparators where you can get insurance at an excellent price. Detect your needs and choose the best coverage with which to cover them. Remember that in the case of traveling through Europe, if you have a medical problem, you can use the European Health Card.

Unforgettable Rules For Your Trips Abroad

Knowledge of the language and culture:  if you go to a country in the antipodes of yours regarding culture and also has a foreign language for you, try to learn about the culture previously and acquire some knowledge about their writing. If not, in any case, you can carry a pocket dictionary or use one of the mobile apps that act as a dictionary.

Set up your phone:  talking about the phone, do not forget to activate roaming to make calls from abroad. Regarding the data rate, the best recommendation is to remove it while you are traveling. Most bars, shops, hotels, and train or bus terminals have their Wi-Fi. Get all the keys and forget about spending extra money on the data rate.

Manage your luggage:  remember to bring a phone, tablet, and computer in the carry-on bag that you are going to have control. And of course, the chargers of electronic devices. Imagine that you lose your pocket and you do not even have underwear to change. You should have fired towards the first store you cross!

Protect your luggage:  with a security tape or using the luggage packing machines that you will find at the airport. Remember also to label your luggage with your name, so that if it gets lost, it will be easier for the authorities to locate you and it will take less time to do so.

Costumes:  wear comfortable clothes for the trip if it is going to be extended. Wear full garments with which you can move and adapt to the seat and shoes that you can take off. If it is a very long trip try to rest and sleep as much as you can so that you do not weigh much the hours of travel in the body. For this remember to bring a small inflatable pillow that does not take up space. Although on transatlantic flights, flight attendants often provide you with a pillow and a blanket. Try to know the temperatures of the city you will visit to accommodate your clothes to the destination and not die of cold or heat when getting off the plane.

Get involved:  to know as well as possible the country you are going to be part of in your culture. One of the best ways to do it is by tasting its gastronomy. You will save money, and you will know the essence of the country if you eat like an autochthonous one, and you move away from the restaurants for tourists. Along with cultural immersion, you should attend parties in the country where you are since it is one of the best ways to know how its people are and how they like to celebrate life. You will learn much more than if you only visit tourist places where you will only find other tourists like you.

Apptualízate: use the full potential of your mobile. Make the update and download of previous applications that you need so that everything goes on the wheel. Remember that there are applications for everything. You can search for accommodation, see the weather, know the best places in the city or agree to pay the fees that the town establishes for parking in areas in the town by just entering the registration number of your vehicle in the mobile application. The issue of technology when traveling makes the whole process easier and, at the same time, it is more challenging to remain incommunicado, without money or that we miss any event that we want to attend because we have to manage fines or paperwork — all the procedures at your fingertips.

As you can see, these are just some simple topics to keep in mind when traveling. There are many more things that you inevitably have to control, but if you follow to the letter what we tell you here is more likely that there are no problems and enjoy as you had planned. All this becomes simpler and more effective with new technologies both in the case of applications and in the case of technological advances when traveling or identifying. We are sure that your trip will go as you wish!