Travelling abroad isn’t only about choosing your destination and packing your bag. There are lots of information you must learn and things you must do before deciding to travel abroad in order to have the best possible travel experience.
1- Make sure that your credit card will work in your destination country. Fewer businesses are accepting the magnetic-strip cards and many countries are shifting now to the chip-and-PIN technology.
2- Make sure to always have local cash money for emergencies or for situations when you won’t have access to banks and ATMs.
3- Try to find guidebooks including maps and details about certain sites.
4- Plan what you will be doing in your first day. The day is usually lost in transportation and accommodation. Try to explore the area where you are staying in and find about near attractions.
5- Check the weather in your destination country in order to figure out what type of clothes you should be packing and the time and nature of your activities.
6- Check if your destination country has a banned-to-bring list. Some countries ban sorts of foods and medications so check this matter ahead to avoid unpleasant surprises.
7- Get to know the local customs and etiquette as body gestures can have different meanings across cultures.
8- Learn about necessary emergency phone numbers in your destination country.
9- Make sure to carry converters for your electronic devices.
10- Learn some basic words and phrases in your destinations country’s language especially the ones used in the street when lost or in cases of emergency.
11- Carry necessary medications for flu and other regular illnesses that you may occasionally catch.