a) Make sure your passport is not about to expire – Obvious isn’t it? Still you’d be surprised by the number of people who forget to do this. One time my friend and I were going to travel to China and what do you know? His passport had already expired. When did we find out about this? AT THE AIRPORT! Needless to say, I wasn’t a happy camper.
Some countries check if your passport is about to expire in 30-60 days. Make sure you do not fall in this category. If you do, make sure to apply for a passport as soon as possible prior to your departure.
b) Look into the visa for your country – Different places require different visas. Sometimes a visa can take months to get. You don’t want your travel plans interrupted because of this. Call the local embassy for more information.
c) Scan and email to yourself all important documents – It’s smart to make copies of your passport, insurance, diploma, driver’s license, etc. It’s even smarter to scan them and then e-mail them to yourself. So even if you lose everything, as long as you can access the internet, you’ll have access to all your relevant documents.
Now you may ask why you should scan your college diploma? Well, you never know if you’ll fall in love with a country and want to live there for an extended period of time. Having a copy of your diploma saves you the hassle of having to get someone email it to you. This goes double for any and all documents that you may need on your travels.
a) Making calls – Can you take the cell phone you already have and just buy a SIM card? Or do you have to buy a new phone? You may consider getting a phone that works in many countries then make calls using Wi-Fi.
b) Do you need a return ticket? – some countries will not allow you to enter without a return ticket. Make sure to have a return ticket. Google is your friend for finding out this information.
a) Money belts – When I first arrived in Colombia, one of the locals told me not to take out my wallet. Smart idea. Another smart idea is to buy a money belt, then put your im6portant documents and the majority of your money into it. If someone robs you at gun point then you can just hand them whatever is in your pockets. Hopefully they won’t tell you to get buck nekkid.
b) Mini locks – Use these to lock your zippers shut. If you’re traveling on a budget then chances are you’ll be sharing rooms with other travelers. Most travelers you meet will be cool. Others you’ll want to kick in the junk. And then there’s the SOBs who will take your stuff. The mini lock is the first line of defense against this. This way you’ll know no one rooted through your bags.
c) Travelers checks – Travelers check can be your emergency backup if you should happen to lose all your money and credit cards. If you’re staying in one place for some time, then keep your travelers’ checks stashed there. The beauty about travelers’ checks is even if you lose them, you can call up the bank that issued them and get them replaced.
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