There is always a feeling of excitement and happiness that one feels as the holiday period is approaching. The thought of traveling to one’s favorite holiday spot conjures up feelings of joy. However, planning for a travel is very tasking.
The way a travel is planned can make or break it. Little mistake or omission can keep one uncomfortable throughout your stay in the place you travel to. If you are looking forward to having the best of travel, it is important that you take the planning very seriously.
Here are some tips to help get started whether you are planning for a holiday, excursion, business trip or a conference.
Getting your travel document ready
If you are traveling across the border, you need to get all your traveling documents ready before the schedule date of the travel. Get an international passport if you don’t have any. If you have one, check if it will be valid throughout your stay in the foreign country.
If you are going to require a visa for entry into the country, then you have to apply for a relevant visa. When you have gotten all your travel documents, make four copies each of them. Create four files and put each one of the copy in a file. Keep one file at home, another in your carry-on. Keep one at home and give the fourth file to a trusted friend or relative.
The original copies should be kept together in a file which you will be kept in your carry-on. The reason for having four different copies kept separately is to ensure that you have extra copies with you and at home. If you lose the original, you will still have copies to use for the procession of a new one.
Meet with your doctor
Before you travel out of the country, it is advisable that you meet with your doctor for advice on how to stay healthy while abroad. Your doctor should also give you all the necessary medications that you will require during your travel. Find out if you require any vaccination and ask your doctor to vaccinate you if you require any. You should also try to read about various health issues in the country you are traveling to and how to deal with them.
Make all necessary financial arrangement
Before you travel, it is necessary that you make all necessary arrangements so that you will not lack fund while abroad. Find out the acceptable currency in the country you are traveling to. Inform your bank of your proposed travel and your plan to use your credit card abroad.
Request for a credit card that is universally accepted if you do not have any. With such a card, you will able to withdraw funds from ATMs in the country you are traveling.
Purchase travel insurance cover
Travel is full of uncertainties and so, it is important that you cover yourself against some risks such as health, accidents and the likes. There are different kinds of travel insurance policies. Check the various options and choose a type that will meet your requirements.
Book for accommodation and flights
Having a suitable accommodation is as important as the travel itself. So, you should make necessary arrangement for accommodation on time. There are travel agents that will help you book for accommodations. The same thing is applicable to flight.
It is advisable that you make reservations for both accommodations and flights in advance. Most hotels and airlines give discounts to customers that make reservations in advance. So, if you book your accommodation and flight ticket on time, you may get some discount.
Keep your receipt together
It is important that you keep all your receipts including accommodation and flight tickets, insurance receipts and receipts of all items you purchased for your travel together in a file. You should also make copies of them and keep them differently as advised above. They may be useful to you in case of theft or misplacement of luggage.
Start packing for your trip on time
As a rule of the thumb, it is advisable that you start packing on time. Make a list of all the items that you will need during your travel and then start getting them one after the other. Buy a travel bag that will accommodate them all and pack them all together. It is recommendable that you pack light. Travel with only the essential items. You may decide to buy certain things such as toiletries in the country you are traveling to in order to reduce weight.
Buy some edibles
If you are embarking on a long journey, you should buy some edibles especially if you are traveling with children.
If you are confused about how and what to prepare, what to pack or what to do during the preparatory stage for your travel, this travel checklist will be of help to you.
Who is traveling? Are you traveling alone, with your family, kids, baby or with your employees? The answer to these questions will determine the items you will purchase for the travel.
Where are you flying to? The answer to this will determine the travel document you will require and the means of transportation.
What is the expected weather? The weather condition will determine not only the activities to embark on but also the type of clothes you will require.
What are the accommodation options? There are various accommodation options but your finance, as well as the people you are traveling with, will determine what constitutes a suitable accommodation for you.
Planned activities: The purpose of your travel will determine the activities to embark on.