Travelling can be one of the best adventures you will ever embark on if you are savvy about how you choose to travel. Many travel plans can go wrong if you’re not careful.
This article will look at some of the most important do’s and don’ts for travelling abroad, to save you hassle and to ensure you have the adventure of a lifetime.
#1 Research the rules and regulations of the country you are travelling to
Rules are different in each country and sometimes, the most surprising things can be illegal, like feeding pigeons! Make sure you conduct research and be aware of the basics for the places that you travel to. The last thing you want to do is end up in trouble, or jail!
#2 Obtain the correct permits
This step is vital if you are planning on travelling long term, and perhaps even working abroad. The type of application you have to complete will depend entirely on what kind of what you are doing and the offer you have received. For example, in the UK, you must show evidence of the placement, and obtain a UK sponsor licence or work permit.
#3 Photocopy your documents
Photocopy (or take a photo on your smartphone if it is backed up by cloud-based software) your passport and important documents such as insurance and accommodation details. This can save you a lot of time, money and hassle in the unfortunate event that you lose them.
#4 Visit non-tourist places
With Instagrammable places being the new trend, it is inevitable that if you visit the common places while abroad, they will be swarming with people and you will miss their beauty. Make sure you include places that are not tourist hotspots on your itinerary. Do your research or speak to the locals for the beautiful and untouched spots.
#1 Spend the whole time on your phone or behind a camera
Even if you are a professional photographer or videographer, make sure you spend some time away from phones and devices and take in the beauty. It is normal to want to take pictures and videos of everything you do because there are usually many beautiful moments when travelling or working abroad. However, take breaks once in a while and enjoy the present moment.
#2 Leave your phone on roaming
One easy mistake to make when abroad is to leave your phone on roaming. This will mean you return home to astronomical bills, and no one wants that. Make sure you always connect to the local WiFi (or find the hotspots) and get yourself an overseas mobile plan.
#3 Transfer money or pay with cash
Where possible, always pay for things, including food and accommodation, with a credit card. This is the safest way to pay for items when you are abroad, as well as provide you with a paper trail if you run into any issues.
#4 Leave your items lying around
Make sure you only take out essential items with you and leave the rest of your valuables in the safe provided by your accommodation. You don’t want to be left with no valuables, thousands of miles away from home.
Of course, some of these may seem like common sense, but it can be easy to get caught up in holiday mode and forget. Anywhere you choose to work or visit will have rules and etiquette that is completely different to your home country, so it is important to research and understand them before you go.