Beginners Travel Guide

September 10, 20210 Comments

Preparing for a foreign country can be one of the more stressful experiences you will go through: it is like moving, only with less physical labour and typically much higher costs. Here is a guide to help those who are planning on travelling internationally by teaching them how best to prepare themselves.

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Before beginning your planning process, there are some things you should keep in mind whenever travelling abroad.

Travelling Checklist:

  1. Do Your Research

Find out about the region’s memrise, history, holidays, and cultural events so you can plan visits during appropriate times. This will help avoid any cultural mishaps or inconveniences when visiting the country.  For example – If you’re going to Mexico in April, don’t schedule anything major to happen around Easter time because most Mexicans will take this holiday very seriously.

  1. Passport Regulations

Your passport must not expire within six months of your planned departure date. Also, your passport should contain at least two blank pages that cannot be damaged or removed. If this is not possible, many countries will allow you to still enter without the extra pages; however, double-check your destination first just to be safe.

Passport Copies

Although not required by all countries, it is strongly advised that you travel with a photocopy of your passport.

  1. Power and Weather

The location where you are staying should have power outlets for both types of electric systems to avoid voltage problems. Check the local weather station, so you know what to pack for your trip.

  1. Research Possible Diseases

Check to see if the country has any active cases of diseases that are preventable by a vaccine (i.e., Hepatitis A, Typhoid, etc.). You can find this information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.  If there is an issue with a particular disease in their specific region, it will be clearly stated as such.

  1. Rules For Pets

Generally, many people would advise anyone against bringing pets into a foreign country unless they’re coming from somewhere like America, where it’s relatively easy. That said: do your research and check countries’ specific rules about bringing into their borders before deciding – there are many countries where no pets are allowed whatsoever.

  1. For The Smokers

If you’re a smoker, you should take the time to check what the local regulations about smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products are before going – they can range from being banned entirely indoors to being sold over the counter without a prescription. 

In some cases, even possessing the product could land you in jail for several months as it’s treated as part of a drug trade.

  1. Alcohol and Limits

Alcohol laws differ from region to region as well. Everything from prices and availability to legal age limits can be affected by these rules. Make sure that if you plan on drinking during your trip, do so responsibly and look up specifics beforehand so you don’t get caught off guard and given an insane fine or put behind bars.

As always, check the laws of any region you plan on visiting to avoid breaking any local rules and having to deal with the consequences. These can include social ones (i.e., lose friends or be looked down upon by people in your host country) or legal ones (the fines are no joke in some places!)

In Conclusion

It is highly recommended to prepare yourself as much as possible before departing. This means researching the destination nation itself to learn more about their culture and environment.

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