You can travel safely and stick within your budget by following a few basic, savvy travel tips. Being prepared before you go can save you hours of costly headaches later.
1. Stay up-to-date on all the latest travel information. You may even be able to subscribe to travel updates so that you can stay current on weather, travel advisories, and other information for your destination that can help you have a safer, more enjoyable trip.
2. Purchase travel insurance that can protect you from unforeseen events and expenses. A comprehensive travel insurance policy should cover emergency medical treatment and evacuation, hospital care, personal accidents and liability, legal expenses, trip interruption or cancellation, and lost baggage or property.
3. Register your travel plans in case of emergency. You can often do this online online before you depart or after you arrive at your chosen destination’s consulate, embassy, or high commission.
4. Obey the laws. Become familiar with the laws of the country in which you will be travelling so that you will not inadvertently be in violation of them. Understand that you will not receive special consideration simply because you are a visitor or not a citizen.
5. Ensure you meet the entry and exit requirements and have correct visas for each country you will be travelling through or visiting. Travel websites can be very helpful in regards to this.
6. Have copies of all your valuable paperwork, including your traveller’s cheques, passport details, visas, travel insurance, and credit card numbers. Take a copy with you, and carry it separately from the originals. Leave another copy with a trusted friend or family member at home.7. Have your health information up-to-date. Specific or current vaccinations may be a requirement for some countries. You will also need to ensure any medications you take regularly are legal in the countries into which you are travelling.
8. Check that your passport is current and valid for at least six months beyond your planned return date. Keep extra copies of your passport photo in case your original passport is lost or stolen and you need a replacement.
9. Give friends or family members a copy of your travel itinerary and stay in contact with them throughout your trip.
10. Determine whether you are considered a national of the country you are entering. If you are, discover whether your dual nationality will affect your travel.