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March is a good month to plan upcoming trips for whole year. Traveling overseas can be a very exciting time, but you need to make sure you have done everything you need to before setting off. As a trip can be stressful when planned at the last minute, we compiled a list of the the top tips that we would like share with you, a simple routine to do before traveling overseas.
Passports And Visas
Check that your passport is current and that there will be enough time left on it for you to travel home. Generally, most countries expect you to still have at least six months left on it before they will let you enter (for example Australia or Mexico). Some will let you in with less, and all this information is available on the State Departments website. If your passport is anywhere near its expiry date, you should renew to be on the safe side.
With visas, it depends on what country you are visiting if you will need one or not. Many nations insist on them and they often have a time limit that expires after 90 days (for example Poland). They are usually very easy to obtain online, but remember, if you are traveling around Europe, for instance, you may need one for each country on your itinerary.
Vaccinations and Medication
Check out what vaccinations you need before entering any country. Each time when we are travel to Africa, we are checking online that. Some of them are very strict about this and will not let you enter unless you can show you have had them.
With medication, you need to ensure that you have more than enough for your whole trip. You may not be able to get the same when you are abroad. It is also not a bad idea to have some in a travel bag with you so that if your luggage gets delayed you are not without the medication you need.
Not all health care policies will cover you while you are abroad. You need to check this out and purchase travel insurance of this is the case. Every year we are doing research about this topic. Generally, apart from covering any treatment while you are abroad, the policy would also pay a company like Air Evac International if you needed an air ambulance to get home and will cover the costs of any cancellations you have had to make.
Everyone hopes that they will not be taken ill or have an accident while they are on vacation, but if it happens and you are abroad, you may be very glad to be brought back to a hospital nearer home.
Check Out Your Driving License
It is illegal to drive in most countries without a valid license and insurance. Many of the places you are likely to visit do not recognize an American driving license (especially in eastern Europe or in Africa). If you are hiring a car, generally the car hire companies arrange the insurance, but you will need an International Driving Permit for them to be able to do this.
It is also a wise move to check out the driving laws for the locality you are going to as they do differ from place to place.
This is we are highly recommended it. You should take two copies of all the documents you will be traveling with. Leave one lot with a trusted friend or relative at home and take the others set with you. Keep them separate from the originals, so if they get lost it is simpler to arrange replacements.
Hopefully, you will have a wonderful trip overseas, and it is more likely to be hassle-free if you are prepared before you leave.
What about you guys? What kind of things you do Before Traveling Overseas? Let us know your experience in a comment!