1. Before traveling abroad it is vital that you have checked which legal documents you will be required to present to customs upon entry, be it a passport, visa or work permit. Every country has its own specific requirements depending on the nature of your trip, therefore it is vital to ensure you have obtained the correct documents before you leave else you may face the possibility of being denied entry at customs.
Many countries charge an entrance fee at customs, either for a visa or visa waiver scheme, therefore it is important to ensure you have enough local currency to pay before you arrive in another country.
2. Checking the expected weather conditions in your destination before you leave can help to improve your traveling experience in a number of ways. Not only will it make it easier to pack appropriate clothing, but it could also prepare you for any potential delays to your journey, such as flight delays caused by storms.
3. Check what currency is used in your country of destination and then find out the official exchange rate before converting your native currency. Informing your bank regarding your travels is important, in order to ensure their services, such as credit or debit cards, will work abroad.
4. Health-care systems vary dramatically across the world, from the free at the point of use models commonly found in Europe to the extremely expensive insurance funded model of the USA. Ensuring you have a comprehensive medical insurance policy before you travel is therefore extremely important, otherwise you could be left with huge bills in the aftermath of an accident.
5. Leave copies of your itinerary, passport data page and visas with family or friends, so you can be contacted in case of an emergency. Bringing copies of these documents with you is also a wise idea to protect yourself in case the original documents are lost or stolen.
6. Check with your local doctor before traveling to find out what, if any, injections or medication are required for your time abroad.
7. Every country has its own set of laws and depending on where in the world you are traveling, these can vary dramatically. In order to avoid unwittingly breaking the law when abroad, try to familiarize yourself with the key components of your destinations legal system.
8. Statistically people are far more likely to be the victims of crime when traveling in another country than they are at home. Therefore, protecting yourself and your belongings with a comprehensive travel insurance policy should be treated as a top priority before going abroad.
9. Ensure you take the correct adapters for all of the electrical products you intend to use whilst abroad, as electronic sockets differ depending on where in the world you are traveling.
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