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How to prepare for your first vacation abroad

Posted by Royal Sundaram on 09 Apr 2013

Your first trip abroad is going to be the most memorable trip you have. So make sure you remember it for all the pleasant moments. This you can do by preparing well for the trip. Here’s what you need to add to your check list while preparing –




Essential documents –

Have a photocopy of the first few pages of your passport and make a list of all the credit and debit cards you are carrying it with you. Also, carry a list of all the toll-free customer service numbers and keep the information separate. This will help in case of you unfortunately lose your passport or wallet.

Cell phone –

Staying connected is very important when you are on a trip, especially abroad. So, contact your network provider to see if they provide service in the place you plan to visit. If they do, you’ll need to activate international roaming in your service. Also, find out the cost you will incur on the calls you’ll make.

Book in advance –

If you think you’ll just land at your vacation destination and then look for a hotel to stay in, think again. Hotels tend to get overbooked. This can spoil your entire vacation and not be a good experience for a first timer. So, make your hotel reservations well in advance.

Plan your trip well –

Often it happens that we tend to get ambitious with our vacation and aim to visit more spots than time can allow. This will make your vacation tiring rather than fun and relaxing. Also, you’ll be spending more on travelling from one destination to another. So make a list of the destinations you want to visit with a practical mind. Search the time it will take to travel to the place from one location to another. Remember vacation is not just about sightseeing but relaxing as well.

Money matters –

Currency exchange is important to consider on a trip abroad. Sure you’ll consider paying by card safe, but you do need to carry some money. Also, when you withdraw money, make sure to use your Debit card at the ATM and not your Credit card. Withdrawing from a credit card is considered a cash advance and you will be paying a huge interest for it starting from day one.

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