International Itinerary – 5 Essential Tips for Your First Trip Overseas

International Itinerary - 5 Essential Tips for Your First Trip Overseas

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Going overseas for the first time is so exciting, but if you haven’t done it before, it can be a little nerve-wracking too. There are a few things to think about, and there’s a lot of practical stuff to get right. 

One of the best ways to enjoy the lead-up to the trip (and the trip itself) is to get all the practical stuff sorted out and ready to go well ahead of time. Getting all your ducks in a row is so helpful for travel, especially on your first overseas adventure. 

To help you prepare, here are five essential tips for a successful international trip: 

Learn the Lingo

Knowing at least a little bit of the local language will help you get around and make the most of your time overseas. You can do this by using a language app, taking classes, or even by getting some one-on-one online tutoring. You don’t have to be able to speak fluently – you just need to know basic phrases and common words for a much easier trip overall. 

Check All the Latest COVID-19 Advice

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At the moment, the advice on traveling in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic is changing all the time. In America, the CDC regularly updates its travel advice pages, but you’ll also need to check the guidelines in your home country and destination country. If you booked your trip through a tour operator, they should be able to give you all the latest advice and may even be able to help you arrange quarantine accommodation and COVID-19 testing if you need it. 

Get Insured as Soon as You Book Your Trip

According to a recent media report, the top claims for travel insurance are for: 

  • The trip getting canceled
  • Medical expenses
  • Reimbursement for trip delays
  • Interruptions to the trip 

Having great travel insurance will give you the best chance of getting money back from a claim. More importantly, you need that insurance in place from the moment you book your trip so that you have cover should anything happen prior to your departure. 

If there are events (covered by your insurer) that cause the trip to be canceled or changed (and the changes impact the trip negatively), you will have coverage for those eventualities. 

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Do You Have Your Essential Documents in Order? 

To travel from the UK to America, you need a Nonimmigrant VISA. Many countries require the same sort of document to allow you to travel within their borders. 

You may also need vaccination proof (COVID-19 and other essential vaccinations), medical supply declarations, proof of savings, and other documents, depending on where you are headed and for how long. You will also need a passport that is intact and at least six months in date. 

Allow Plenty of Time

It is so important to allow for any eventuality when you are traveling overseas by leaving plenty of time for the logistics of the trip. Airport queues, traffic, security checks, hotel check-in, passport checks – the list of travel areas that can be delayed are almost endless. 

Assume the worst-case scenario and allow for that, ensuring that no traveling and transitional times (like connecting transport) are left with too tight a time frame to complete. It’s always better to be early when it comes to overseas travel. 

The tips above will help you get ready for your overseas trip. With everything in order and in place, you’re free to get excited about this huge milestone in your life where, with any luck, (and lots of prep) everything will run smoothly and you’ll have a great time. 

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