Venturing abroad as a first-time traveller is one of life’s greatest milestones. But with so much to remember before you even step foot on the plane, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Establishing a plan beforehand can protect you from the dangers of unknown territory and prevent you from making a number of costly and time-consuming mistakes. Continue reading to familiarise yourself with everything you need to know you jet off to a foreign country.
Ensure you have a valid passport
Before you leave the country, you must ensure you are in possession of a valid passport. If you already own a passport, you must confirm it is valid for the entire duration of your trip. It can take a number of weeks for a passport application to be fully processed. By submitting the relevant documents months in advance, you can relax knowing your passport will arrive in time and will not delay or disrupt your first ever holiday abroad.
If you are planning a trip to a popular tourist destination, you must make reservations ahead of time. This can guarantee entry into some of the world’s most sought-after sights and give you something to look forward to. By booking as early as possible, you may also be eligible for a discount. Queueing up to purchase tickets on the day can end up wasting valuable time and money and you may not even be guaranteed entry. To find out which attractions you would like to visit, establish an itinerary ahead of time.
Organise travel insurance
Travel insurance is one of the most important factors to consider ahead of your first ever holiday abroad. It can protect you from any unexpected problems that may arise during your trip such as missed or cancelled flights, loss of baggage or important travel documents, sickness or hospitalisation, and evacuation. To ensure you don’t forget your travel insurance, you must organise cover ahead of time. You can choose from a wide range of plans to suit you and your travel plans.
Contact your bank
Before you travel, you may need to contact your bank to inform them of your upcoming travel plans. Failing to do so may lead to your account being flagged for suspicious or fraudulent activity. You must also make a note of your PIN code in the event you need to withdraw cash while you are abroad. If your bank account is frozen whilst you are on holiday, you may be forced to make alternate plans at the last minute or even cut your trip short to deal with the problem.
Make copies of your travel documents
Travel documents are one of the most important things to remember when it comes to travelling abroad. Without them, you may not be allowed to leave the country. But as well as ensuring you have completed the correct documents, you must also make copies. This includes your passport, flight ticket, and boarding pass. This can enable you to reach your destination in the event that you lose the original version. By storing copies on your smartphone or device, you can relax knowing you have a back-up plan in case you misplace them, or they are stolen from you during your travels.
Travelling abroad for the first time as a solo traveller or as a group is a great way to make memories and see the world. But before you go, you must ensure you have a valid passport, make reservations, organise travel insurance, contact your bank, and make copies of your travel documents.