Travelling is lots of fun. You see new places, experience completely different cultures, and taste different foods.
One should always be well prepared prior to embarking on a long (or short) trip abroad, be it how your luggage is packed, whether visas are needed, and whether you have travel insurance.
Most of the time, you would need a visa when travelling to other countries. Some countries provide visas on arrival, while others require travellers to apply for one a month before the arrival date. A passport allows you to exit your country, while a visa is like an entry-pass into another country. Some countries provide visas of specific validity periods, so enquire with their embassy or high commission, or your travel agent to determine this.
Additionally, check up on what items are prohibited in that country, and whether vaccinations are required.
Another essential item on a pre-travel checklist is your budget and projected costs. Aside from the return airfare, you should estimate how much you will be spending on the trip. This includes the cost of accommodation, local travel, food and drink, local attractions, as well as that for souvenirs and/or emergency expenses. Online research is extremely helpful when you need to estimate these costs, so take the time to do it, and ensure that your figures are up to date and in sync with the current currency exchange rates.
One of the most important pre-travel checklist items is travel insurance; yet, many people opt to travel without it. The fear is that preparing for something bad will cause something bad to happen somehow.
However, travelling without insurance, whether it is cheap travel insurance or a comprehensive policy, leaves you vulnerable to the possibility of having to pay hundreds if not thousands of dollars for medical treatment or medication in the event medical assistance is needed, or if your belongings are lost or stolen while travelling.
Claims for compensation can be made when you get home, but the security of knowing someone is looking out for you while abroad is priceless.
Lastly, you have to plan what you intend to pack. Make sure you have the essentials such as a basic first-aid kit, facial tissue (just in case), and enough clothes.
The rule of thumb when packing clothes is to lay out all of the apparel you will wear for the trip, and then halve it. This ensures you won’t sustain a back injury when lifting or carrying your luggage and that you will have space left over to accommodate your souvenirs.