I am an extremely organised person and I like to have everything right especially before going abroad. Here’s a few things I like to keep in mind:
Planning is essential before you go anywhere as it definitely gives you more confidence because you know what to do. It’s not ideal to be in a situation where you have no idea what you are supposed to do.
Therefore, it’s good to make an itinerary and have it on paper! Now, this doesn’t have to be a proper schedule with exact times and dates (if you want to do that, that’s fine as well). I personally like to have a structure but not too much of a structure if you know what I mean. So if I’m going abroad for a couple of days I will usually do my research on what to see, where to go and assign a few things to each day. Make sure that you don’t over-do it and try and cram too many things in one day because then you won’t be able to appreciate everything fully – you’ll just be doing/seeing it for the sake of it. Make a flexible itinerary and leave some spare time in your days to explore because you never know, you might come across something that you didn’t even think of.
Another thing to consider is getting around whilst your abroad. Many people prefer to just use taxis and I have done so before too but I do feel that with public transportation I definitely get to see more of the city and have a better, more local experience.
This is very important. The obvious costs include flights, travel insurance, accommodation and any visas that you may need. But before booking these, make sure you have enough money to pay for all that and more.
It might be a good idea to make a list of some of the costs you may incur while you will be abroad. These may include public transport costs, tickets for specific places and maybe even restaurant prices – just to have an idea of how much you will be spending.
After you have booked your flights, print off the boarding pass and keep it with your passport in a safe, but obvious place because you don’t want to misplace it and be looking for it the night before. Make sure your visas are sorted it you need any.
You need to check your luggage restrictions – I have had a lot of things thrown away because I didn’t know about the restrictions 😦 It’s much easier if you’re travelling within the EU because the airlines usually allow one or two carry ons and they don’t tend to weigh them but you never know. So it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Inform your bank that you will be travelling abroad as they tend to block your card if they see any suspicious behaviour and you definitely do not want to be dealing with any bank issues on your holiday.
Depending on what country you are going to, you may need vaccinations so do your research or ask your doctor/GP regarding this.
Check your flight departure time and be at the airport 3 hours before if it’s and international flight and 2 hours if it’s a domestic/EU flight.
Make a list! I usually do it on my iPhone – that way, I won’t be able to lose the list. Pack as light as possible because it’s easier and you might want to buy things abroad. Therefore, don’t pack things you might need. If you’re in doubt, don’t pack it.
You NEED to pack/wear a pair of comfortable shoes. I know you want to look good on your holiday but it’s much more important to feel good! You do not want to be really tired or have aching fee due to the wrong footwear. Maybe you can invest in shoes that feel as good as they look? You won’t regret it.
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Don’t leave your packing to the last minute because it causes unnecessary panic. I know I’ve thought to myself that it’s not a big deal if I pack a couple of hours before. Well, packing last minute means more chances of you forgetting something. Or, what happens when you thought you could fit everything in your suitcase but you actually can’t?
If packing liquids make sure they are small bottles no more than 100 ml and just fit them all in a plastic bag. It saves so much time and hassle at the airport security. I usually use the zip-lock sandwich bags – if your liquids don’t fit in there, you’re taking too much!
These are just some of the things to consider before travelling and I hope these tips have been helpful. Questions? Comment below!