What You Need To Prepare Before You Travel Overseas

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Exploring a new place offers a wide array of benefits to a person's life; it helps to reduce anxiety and stress levels in your body, it boosts your self-confidence, it allows you to understand other beliefs, culture, religion, and tradition, improves your communication skills, and a lot more. If there is a time to travel, never miss that chance ever. Do it while you are still young and able to.  

What You Need To Prepare Before You Travel Overseas

Before you consider traveling overseas, here are the things you need to prepare. 

  • Money


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Money is an essential factor in life, whether it is for personal, business or traveling. Before you travel overseas, make sure you check the exchange rates. Get your currency in your place to avoid hidden fees. Moreover, make sure that your atm and credit card are working fine, just in case you run out of cash. Call your bank and ask if your atm and credit card will work to the place you are going. 

  • Passport


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You can never travel internationally without a passport. Prepare it ahead of time because there are documents you have to submit. If you have dual or multiple citizenships, you can use different passports without difficulty. See to it that you make a lot of copies of your passport. Bring one or two with you just in case your passport gets lost or stolen and leave the rest at home. Get a passport holder to protect it from wear and tear. 

  • Check up with your doctor


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Before traveling overseas, it is a must that you undergo a physical exam in your selected clinic or hospital. They will check your vital signs, your appearance for indications of any possible medical conditions in your abdomen, chest, and head, and will carry out laboratory tests to see if there is any problem in your liver, kidneys, etc. It is hard to enjoy a vacation if you feel there is something wrong inside your body. Also, do not forget to get a vaccination. 

  • Do a research


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Researching about the country you will be visiting should be in your what you need to prepare before you travel overseas list. Know the best places to stay that is within your budget, the tourist spots worth checking out, nearby restaurants, what you can or cannot bring inside that country, their custom, etiquette, and tradition, etc. 

  • Bring your gadgets


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Besides your mobile phone, do not miss bringing its charger adapter because not every country has the same voltage and plug. Make sure that you can use your mobile phone overseas. To do this, go to your telecom company and ask how you can use your mobile phone and sim's full potentials. Bring your camera, too, so you won't miss any moment or event.  

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  • Pack Smart 


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When you travel internationally, one thing you should keep in mind is to pack smart. Pack what you only need to prevent paying for extra charges, and check your baggage allowance with your airline. Also, know if how many bags can you carry or check in for free. Give them a call to be sure. 

  • Get travel insurance


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Some people think that buying travel insurance is a waste of money. But it is not. It comes in handy when you have to cancel your trip abroad because you get sick or someone in your family passes away, or when your flight gets canceled, your luggage is lost, and the list goes on. Compare plans and get the best one for your travel needs. 

  • Make sure your visa is up-to-date


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There are places in the world that demand you to get a visa to enter. First, all you need to do is check the website of your government and see which countries need one, then visit your embassy, prepare the necessary documents, and lastly start applying. The process may take a few months, so make sure to do it ahead of time. 

  • Check for travel warnings


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Check for travel warnings before you go by checking with your embassy, reading the news online and on print, etc. Avoid high-risk countries as much as possible. Also, check for the weather and the events so you won't miss any celebration, festival, etc. 

  • Learn a few words or phrases


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There are places where there are people who can barely speak and understand the English language. Learn a few words or phrases so you can at least communicate. Know how to say hello, goodbye and thank you in their local language. Also, how much does it cost, I need a doctor, help, where is, etc. Bringing a travel guide book with a translator would be nice, too. 

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Final Thoughts

Besides this list, keep in mind to avoid doing hand gestures or touching someone of the opposite sex, etc. Always keep safe by knowing the do's and don't and do not trust anyone especially if you are traveling solo. It is best if you have a company or you have a friend or relative residing in the place you will be paying a visit. 

Thank you for reading, guys! God bless us all

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