I love to travel and when I first started to backpack in Europe almost 15 years ago, I was way over my head because I thought travelling abroad was as easy as crossing the city borders. Well, I hate to tell you this but not even all the money in the world could help you prepare for your first time abroad. The more I travailed, the more I realized that there were things that needed to be done in preparation for your travel and preparation also for what you need to do while you’re there. This kind of preparation will not only guarantee your happiness and comfort, but also guarantee safety.
Here’s a short checklist of what you need to know before you travel abroad:
1.) Be familiar with the laws, especially driving laws. It’s always important to read on about what’s legal and illegal in the country that you’re visiting. This is going to help you avoid encounters or arrests. Driving laws are also very important if you’re going to rent a car. You need to realize that the laws in Canada are similar to the laws in another foreign country. In Singapore, you can’t smoke just because it’s outdoors. There are designated smoking areas. You can’t even spit on the ground without getting fined.
2.) Know the important landmarks. When you’re planning your hotel, you have to be familiar with the landmarks, like hospitals, police stations, and ATM machines. These are important landmarks just in case something goes wrong. 10 years ago, a cousin of mine got her passport stolen and in the midst of everything, she didn’t know where to go. She didn’t even know where the closest police station was from her area.
3.) Bring extra money. Chances are, shops in your foreign country won’t convert your money. You have to bring your money and have it converted to their currency for convenience. Extra money comes in handy if your currency is a bit lower than the exchange rate for the foreign currency.
4.) Plan your itinerary. Do not believe that a philosophy of WINGING IT will help you enjoy the country more. You are missing out on a lot of things because you are undecided. If you plan what you’re going to do and what you’re going to see, you will be able to make the most out of your trip. Another option is to seek out tours that will allow you visit popular tourist spots for a few extra dollars.