So you booked your holiday. You think you are all ready to go. Well, I hate to tell you, but there are some things you should do before you go. So here are some tips to prepare you for your holiday!
Make sure you do this on time as you might need to buy/order something!
Some people like to research a lot and plan everything to the minute. That is part of this step. You booked your trip and now have to make sure you can go on the trip and make the best out of it. There are quite some things you can do before you go.
Double-check your passport
A lot of countries want proof that you will be leaving again. They do this with the expire date of your passport. Your passport needs to be valid until 3 or 6 months after leaving the country again. This changes per country, so make sure you check it and renew your passport on time.
Inform your bank
Make sure your debit card is set on ‘worldwide.’ This way you won’t have a problem getting money from an ATM.
If you are going to make a long trip, tell your bank about it. Otherwise, they will notice weird transactions and maybe block your card. So, make sure that does not happen. It can be as simple as a phone call or an e-mail.
Getting your vaccinations
This is also very important to do well before you leave. Some vaccinations only work if you get it 2 or 3 times. There is supposed to be sometime between each shot. Sometimes even 2 months.
So, make sure you get the ‘obligatory’ vaccines. I also advise you to take the ‘recommended’ vaccines, but that is your own choice.
Nowadays a lot of vaccinations are valid for a few years or even your entire life.
Check your insurances
Never and then I really mean Never, travel without insurance. I really hope you never need it, but make sure you have it.
For longer trips, double-check if your travel insurance will be valid long enough. Some are only valid for 30 or 60 days. So if you are going on a longer trip, check out travel insurance special for backpackers and other travelers.
I worked as a travel guide and met some people without insurance. Their bags got lost, and they had to spend 3 weeks with only 1 suitcase. They were a family of 7. In cases like this, your insurance will find your bag, but also give you the money back of some of the necessary stuff. You can buy a swimming suit, a toothbrush, and some shirts. Just so you have something. (They got their suitcases back on the day they were leaving again)
Check if the company you fly with has a frequent flyer program. Collecting miles can save a lot of money in the long run. Or you will be able to sit in the fancy lounges instead of the standard ones.
Sign up and start saving those miles!
Learn the language
Make sure you learn a few words or sentences in the local language. A simple “please,” “thank you,” “I’m sorry,” “one/ two beer/wine” and the famous “where is the bathroom” is enough.
The locals will appreciate you trying and help you.
Of course, if you are a quick learner, add some more words to the list.
You can do this with a dictionary, google the words or use a language learning app like Duolingo.
Book the tickets
Double-check if you need to buy tickets before you go or if it is possible to buy it on the spot. There are a lot of attractions that are so popular, that you have to book 6 weeks in advance. So check for the attractions you want to go to if it is necessary to book beforehand. Most of the time you can do this online on their own site or on a site like get your guide.