Whether you're frequentlly given into the wanderlust or setting out on a first time adventure, taking travel percautions is always a wise move. Take note of these travel tips when you plan on taking off on your next far away getaway.
Ensure you have all necessary travel documents Many countries will deny you entry if your passport expires near your planned return date, so it’s important to have at least a six month buffer. Although rare, some countries do require travelers get a travel visa. The amount of time you’ll need to submit your visa application varies by country so it’s important to get this information well in advance to allow enough time to get your situation sorted out. I also recommend you photocopy all your travel documents in case they get lost or stolen. Have one set of copies with you while you travel (stored separately from the originals) and leave a copy with family or friends.
Keep your eye on travel advisories for your destination The government provides updated information and advice on most countries and these advisories can impact your travel insurance. It’s best to check before booking the trip, before leaving, and periodically while on your trip.
Consult with your doctor
Book an appointment with your doctor or at a travel clinic to ask about country specific vaccinations you might need. I recommend making the appointment at least four to six weeks before your departure date as some vaccines require several doses.
Purchase travel insurance Insurance helps protect you against the unexpected. Costs related to lost luggage, health care, trip cancellation and the like can be very expensive and may require payment before services are even provided, so it’s a good idea to make sure you’re covered.
Ensure friends or family know where you’re staying and for how long In addition to sharing your itinerary, ask that someone drop by your home regularly while you’re away to keep an eye on things, and to collect your mail so your home doesn’t appear vacant.
Review your home insurance policy It’s always a good idea to review your home insurance policy to make sure the arrangements you put in place for home check-ups are acceptable to your insurer in the event that something happens while you are away.
Look up the contact number for emergency services If you run into a situation where you need to contact the police, emergency medical services, or the fire department, time is of the essence. While we all know to dial 911 here, the same three digits might not be of any use where you are travelling. Look up emergency service contact information in advance, and keep it with your important paperwork.
Become familiar with local customs and laws Gestures and behaviours you might consider normal and friendly at home could be interpreted as rude or disrespectful in other countries; some could even land you in jail! It’s always a good idea to do a little research before you land in a new place.