5 Things to do before you travel
Whether you like to travel on a firm itinerary or be spontaneous and take things as they come, there are some things you just have to organise ahead of time. Here are five things you need to have done before you can jump on that plane to ensure everything goes smoothly.
1. Buy travel insurance
Well, you’re in the right place! We know we’re a little biased, but the truth is you simply shouldn’t travel without insurance, it just isn’t worth the risk. Get your insurance as soon as possible after booking your trip so that your flights are covered. The good news is, your travel insurance is about to become the easiest part of your holiday. To get a quote visit Woolworths Travel Insurance– you’ll be done in just a couple of minutes. Then you might like to come back and continue the list.
2. Get your paperwork in order
First, check your expiry dates – if your passport and/or visa has expired or running close to being expired (check the rules for the country you’re travelling to), you simply won’t be allowed on the plane. Second, take copies of your passport and any visas you hold. Scan one into your computer and have it on your mobile device with you and give another copy to a trusted family member, just in case. Lastly, if you’re planning on driving overseas you’ll need to organise an international drivers’ licence.
3. Money, money, money
Research the currency you’ll be using on your trip, and consider downloading an app to take with you if conversions are tricky. Have a think about the best way to handle money while you’re away. Will you travel with a small amount of cash and use credit and debit cards for the rest? If you’re planning to do this ask your bank about access to your accounts in the country you’re heading to.
4. Get the right travel gear
It’s time to go shopping! Do your research on bags and suitcases – which will be the best option for the type of trip you’re taking? What’s the best quality you can find within your budget? Then look at the other types of gear you’re going to need. That might mean good walking shoes, new swimmers, a hardwearing camera bag or snorkelling equipment. Last but not least, buy any new items ahead of time so you can wear them in and get comfortable. It’s hard to have fun with blisters on your feet!
5. Start absorbing yourself in the culture
It’s great to know at least a few key phrases before you leave, so grab a phrase book or listen to a podcast to brush up on your languages. You should also read up on the cultural expectations of the country you’re heading to. If there are strict dos and don’ts, dress codes, or other things like language or gestures that are likely to offend, you need to know about them before you go.
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