Traveling abroad may be a little more complicated than it used to be, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy the trip of a lifetime. If you’ve been planning a trip to another country, you can still have fun and be safe without going to extreme measures or spending a fortune. The key is to know how to prepare before you even buy your tickets. So, in today’s post, we are going to look at 4 tips to have a safe and fun trip abroad!
Let’s face it: navigating an unfamiliar airport can be an absolute nightmare. You may not know which exit will take you to arrivals or departures, and you may even encounter airport barriers if you take a wrong turn! That’s all before you’ve even parked and gotten in the terminal. Then, you have to check in, go through security, and find your gate in time to make your flight. So, make sure you know your airport ahead of time. When you buy your tickets, study the route to get to the correct parking lot or terminal. If you still need help once you arrive, you can always ask an airport employee for assistance.
Pretty much every airline on the planet has a weight limit for baggage. Though you can generally take larger bags on international flights, every airline varies in what it allows. You may even need to pay extra just to bring everything you need. In any case, you can learn about the weight and bag limits from your airline’s website. Before you leave for the airport, make sure to weigh your bags using a hanging scale (or even a traditional scale) to make sure that they come in under the maximum weight. If you don’t, you may be forced to throw out some of your items before you can even check your bags.
Every country has different entry requirements for tourists, especially in the wake of COVID-19. Most countries will require you to have proof of vaccination and a valid passport. Depending on your country of origin and the laws of the country where you will be traveling, you may be required to get a traveler’s visa in advance. Either way, you should know all of this information before you even buy your tickets. This way, you can apply for a visa and get any medical documentation well in advance.
If you’re traveling to a nearby culture that speaks the same language and shares many of the same cultural norms, you may not need to worry so much about this tip. However, if you’re traveling halfway across the world to completely unfamiliar territory, you should know a few of the do’s and don’ts beforehand. For example, some cultures expect women to dress modestly (like Saudi Arabia) or inflict stiff penalties for people who litter (Singapore). So, always try to learn about your destination to avoid any problems!