Whether you’re in the early stages of planning your adventure abroad or about to get on a plane, we’ve listed some great resources that you can check out.
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Traveling within your own country tends to be much easier with much fewer potential headaches. That doesn’t mean it’s entirely stress free.
These resources can help help make your trip as smooth as possible.
- A passport: While you don’t need a passport to move around within the USA or the UK, or even Australia, having one can make your life easier. For example, the USA is starting to require citizens to get a new Real ID to fly domestically. If you have a passport, you don’t need to worry about that.
- A credit card: Even if you love paying everything with cash, many hotels require a credit card (not a debit card). Also, they are great to have in case you get into a jam and run out of or lose your hard currency.
- A smartphone: While this may seem obvious, you have no idea of how useful having a smartphone is when you are in a jam. You have GPS at your fingertips and you also have the ability to book a room at a hotel or through a service like AirBNB on the fly. That’s all icing on the cake of course to having the ability to call emergency services if needed. While it may be chic to ditch your smartphone for an old style cellular, if you are hitting the road, go with safety over style.
International travel can give you memories you’ll never forget. But, if you are unprepared those memories might not always be pleasant.
Here are a few resources to help ensure an enjoyable trip.
- A passport: You won’t get far without one, so don’t leave home without it. And, when in country, make sure to have a photocopy to carry around with you in the case you leave the passport in your room safe.
- A credit card: Cash is nice, but a credit card is a great safety net. Plus, many hotels require one. Make sure to get one that has zero international transaction fees.
- A smartphone: For all the same reasons listed in the domestic travel section above.
- Hard copies of your plans: While you probably have all of your hotel bookings on your smartphone, having hard copies can save you some serious headaches. You’d be surprised how unorganized many establishments are.
- An itinerary: You don’t need to have your trip planned down to the minute, but having a rough idea of how you’ll spend your time will make your trip much more enjoyable. By putting a little time into planning you force yourself to do some research. You’ll often find something new in the process. And, you can save yourself from making the mistake of assuming everything will be open all the time as many places have odd schedules.
See you on the road!
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