Imagine that you’ve just won a free trip to Thailand, but you have to get on the plane and leave today. Would you be able to go, or would you have to forfeit going on the vacation of a lifetime? While the previous example was a bit dramatic, it does illustrate the fact that the majority of people are not at all prepared to travel to a foreign country. Few people have valid passports and others don’t have their immunizations up to date. That’s not to mention that only a small number of travelers consider the merits of trip cancellation insurance. In order to be well prepared and ready to go jet setting, you have to consider every possible scenario. This is the best way you can go about making foreign travel less complicated than it needs to be.
Get Your Passport Before You Book Your Trip
So, when you find a travel date where there are hotel rooms with availability and plane tickets are at their cheapest, you have to stop and think about whether or not you can get your passport in time. Travelers need to get passports if they don’t already have them, but they also need to be renewed from time to time. Getting a passport isn’t as simple as walking into an office whenever you want. Passports have to be obtained months in advance of foreign travel, so take steps to get one now if you don’t already have yours.
See Your Doctor Early
Immunizations are also required to gain entry into most foreign countries. No government wants to risk the health of their population, so travelers have to get screened for various diseases and get the ‘okay’ from their doctors before they can travel abroad. You can get this clearance right from your primary care doctor, but you also have to consider timing. Are you going to be travelling during a time of year where it takes you weeks to get a doctor’s appointment? Tell your physician about your travel plans as soon as you can so that an appointment can be scheduled.
Check with Human Resources
This next tip is mainly going to apply to people who are working full-time or going to school, but the advice could be handy in other situations too. Unless you want to come back home from a trip to Thailand unemployed, you’ve got to get clearance from your employer. For the most part, employers are okay with their employees going on vacation if they are consulted ahead of time. On the other hand, you also need to understand that you may need to be flexible with your travel dates. For instance, if you work in retail, then your employer might not approve time for you to go on an extended vacation during the holiday shopping season.
In a nutshell, you just need to plan and be organized if you want your trip abroad to be complication free. Check on your health, get your passport, and run your plans by your employer. These are the key things you must do to travel the world, one foreign destination at a time.