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Tips For Traveling Abroad {First Time}

Tips For Traveling Abroad

Tips For Traveling Abroad
Post Last Modified – March 26, 2024 ยฆ

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Things To Prepare For Traveling Abroad

International Travel is in full swing and many people are Traveling Abroad for the First Time. In fact, my wife and I embarked on our โ€œTrip of a Lifetimeโ€ abroad to ๐Ÿฆ’ Africa in September of 2023. After preparing our ๐Ÿ“ checklist for this trip, I’ve put together a few helpful …

🌺 Tips For Traveling Abroad 🌺

especially for first time travelers.

First Time International Travel – Checklist

Tips For Traveling Abroad


Tips For Traveling Abroad #1

Tips For Traveling Abroad

This is without a doubt, the most important document for allowing you to travel abroad.

If you have a valid passport already, be sure to check the expiry date. Most countries require your 🛂 passport to be valid for at least 6 months beyond your travel date.

Check the dates on your passports and if you have to renew, like we did, be sure to find out from your local government passport office, just how long it will take.

Tourist Visa

Tips For Traveling Abroad #2

Tips For Traveling Abroad

You may need to apply for a tourist visa in advance, depending on the country you are visiting.

Be sure to check visa requirements you may need, well in advance of travel. A few countries will allow you to obtain a visa upon your arrival, while others require you to apply before your arrival.

With the internet these days, a number of countries allow you to apply online and obtain an e-visa for a specific number of days.

For example, have a look at my post โ€ฆ

โœˆ Travel To India From Canada {Helpful Tips}, โœˆ

outlining how to apply for a tourist visa online and for extended stay.

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Now that you have all your documents prepared, including any other important information you do not want to misplace, itโ€™s time to take ๐Ÿ“ธ photos of everything with your ๐Ÿ“ฑ cellphone.

We then ๐Ÿ“ง email them to ourselves and place them in a separate created documents folder, in your email account.

This was the case a few years ago with a family member, who unfortunately lost his passport in a ๐Ÿš• taxi while traveling abroad. Luckily, he had a scanned 📸 photo of his passport in his email documents and was able to receive a quick replacement from the local embassy, in the country he was visiting.

Without this, it would have been a real problem!

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Tips For Traveling Abroad #4

Tips For Traveling Abroad

Certain โš• vaccinations may be required and/or recommended, on where you are traveling to. The last thing you want is to become seriously ill by neglecting to take necessary precautions against diseases.

My wife and I will be traveling to ๐Ÿฆ“ Tanzania in Africa in 2023, and there are vaccinations that are strongly recommended for health and safety. Your local pharmacist and/or travel professional can easily find out what shots may be required to enter a country. They can also assist on where you can obtain vaccinations.

Be sure to read my detailed post here on โ€ฆ

๐Ÿ’‰ Vaccinations Before Traveling Abroad {Guide} ๐Ÿ’‰

Travel Medical Insurance

Tips For Traveling Abroad #5

Tips For Traveling Abroad

This is something Iโ€™ve always preached to everyone for years. The cost is minimal compared to what it may be, if you travel without insurance and need medical attention.

Iโ€™ve always said โ€ฆ

โ€œIf you can afford to travel, you can afford travel medical insurance.โ€

If your health is good and you have no recent health issues, or taking any new prescribed medication within the last 6 months, travel medical insurance is relatively inexpensive.

With no outlying or prior medical issues, the cost is minimal and should you travel more than once a year, you can even save on purchasing an annual policy with a certain number of days allowed for each trip.

Donโ€™t leave home without it!

First Night Accommodation

Tips For Traveling Abroad #6

One of the many things weโ€™ve learned over the years traveling abroad, is not arranging at least your first nights accommodation.

For example, youโ€™ve just come off a very tiring โœˆ long haul flight in economy class. Youโ€™re exhausted and thereโ€™s a significant time change you have to deal with. The last thing you want to do is start hunting for a place to stay for your first night.

Especially if itโ€™s in the middle of the night!

On our trip to India a few seasons back, I pre-arranged our accommodation upon arrival in {New Delhi} back home in Canada. I booked using ๐Ÿ›Œ Airbnb ๐Ÿ›Œ and even arranged for the owner to pick us up on arrival at the airport, for a small extra fee.

We arrived at 3 am local time, after a 13 ยฝ non stop flight from Vancouver, exhausted! It was great to see our host greet us at the airport and take us to his home for the night on our arrival.

Exchanging Money

Tips For Traveling Abroad #7

Tips For Traveling Abroad

This is debatable depending on where you’re traveling to, but we’ve always found the best option for exchanging currency is at your chosen destination.

We try to use a local bank ๐Ÿง ATM whenever possible. Depending on the ๐Ÿฆ bank you use at home, many have {reciprocal agreements} with other banks around the world.

Using their ๐Ÿง ATM, you’re not charged any transaction fees. Check with your local bank, and see if they do in fact have agreements in places with other banks around the world.

I do not recommend using ๐Ÿ’ต money exchange booths at airports or elsewhere, unless you absolutely have to.

Respect The Local Culture

Tips For Traveling Abroad #8

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This is something I canโ€™t stress enough when traveling anywhere in the world. ๐ŸŒŽ Be sure to respect the local culture and customs of the country and people you are visiting.

Try to interact and experience with the local people as much as you can. Get a feel what life is like in this new foreign country you are visiting.

Always be ๐Ÿ™ respectful and never judge or compare to what you may expect at home. Take things as they are, enjoy where you are and you will have a wonderful experience abroad.

The locals will be warm, welcoming and eager to interact with you, as they are as curious about your way of life, as you are with them.

Emergency Contacts

Tips For Traveling Abroad #9

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Make a point of sending out our ๐Ÿ“ travel itinerary to at least one family member if you can.

Itโ€™s also wise to record the โ˜Ž number of your local ๐Ÿข embassy in the country or next closest to. Just in case of emergency, or you run into any unexpected problems.

With the ease of the internet and ๐Ÿ“ถ wi-fi these days, itโ€™s always good to stay in touch with family or friends as well.

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Weโ€™ve interacted and met with some wonderful people while traveling, both locals and with other travelers along the way. Go with an open mind, don’t compare to what you have at home, interact with the locals and experience all that you can while you are away.

Traveling Abroad will fill you with experiences and memories that will last a lifetime!

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