Traveling abroad checklist: Things to do before leaving your country
Traveling abroad is, no doubt, an incredible experience. Whether you’re doing it for pleasure (tourism) or business, living around people with a different background is certainly worth dying for.
But away from the excitement, a journey away from your comfort zone is certainly not for the faint-hearted. To think that some people spend close to three months planning ahead of a trip abroad says a lot about the kind of effort that goes into abroad travels.
Simply put, they don’t happen overnight. So if you want a hassle-free experience, you need to ensure that some things are set in motion even before you leave your homeland.
In this guide, we’ll show you what some of those things are.
So let’s ride!
Book your accommodation
If you already have accommodation waiting for you, then perhaps you don’t need to bother about one. But if you’re solely responsible for catering to your own accommodation, then it is more than crucial that you book your own hotel, Airbnb, hostel, dorm, or condo before leaving your country.
A few days or weeks ahead, spend a few minutes browsing about the hotels in the area, and make sure you find and book one. That way, once you touchdown at the airport, you’ll be driven straight down to your accommodation.
Get your ground travel plans ready
Another important thing you have to do before leaving your country is getting a car hire or rental service. Upon arriving at the airport, you’ll definitely need a car to transport you and your luggage to your final destination. To avoid being stranded at the airport, always check online for the car hire services operating around the airport you’ll be landing. Usually, there are many of them, so be sure to read online reviews before signing a contract with one.
For example, let’s say you’re headed to the Dublin airport in the Republic of Ireland. You will see many Car hire Dublin airport services operating in the region on the internet.
Order currency from the bank
Getting around your new country will certainly require money. And as you might expect, the currency being spent in the country you’re headed might be different from your country’s currency. Therefore, make sure you talk to your bank before leaving home to get your hands on the currency you’ll need.
Inform your bank
Back to the bank! It is highly important that you alert your financial institution about your travel plans so that they can put a travel notice on your debit and credit cards. This is so important because sometimes some banks might freeze your account once you’re out of their local jurisdiction and might require a special kind of “pass” to allow you to use their service in another country.
Check your passport
You won’t believe that a staggering 23% of travelers sometimes forget to check their passport’s expiry date before processing their travel plans? This is particularly common with seasoned travelers, many of whom inadvertently assume that their passports are good to go.
Don’t be like them! Take a pause from reading this post and go into your room to check your passport’s expiry date. When you’re done, you can come back to read this.
Research how to get from the airport to the hotel
Let’s say the hotel your team has booked for you is located in Charleville, Ireland. But your plane would be touching down at Shannon Airport. Without first researching the distance and routes between the airport and hotel, you might have a difficult time getting around. This is why it is highly advisable that you first check out all the possible routes you can follow to move from the airport to your final destination.
Thankfully, there’s Google map, so navigating using a Car Rental Shannon Airport service from your airport to the hotel should be a piece of cake.
Double-check your baggage allowance on the plane
As trivial as the thought of weighing your handbags, backpacks, and carry-ons might sound, it is one of the first few things you want to do when you’re leaving home. But without first checking what the allowance on the plane would be, there is no way you would know what weight of carry-on is actually accepted on that particular plane.
So before you leave home, be sure to double-check the baggage requirements of the airline you’re traveling with. Never for once, assume that all airlines have the same baggage allowance requirements because they don’t.
Upgrade your phone lines
For a few days, weeks, or months travel, you’re definitely going to need to make some calls. Unfortunately, your current local line might not be able to do that. So put a call through to your call care customer service and ask them if they offer an upgrade to cater to international calls and data. If they don’t, consider getting a cell line that does.