6 Important Travel Tips When Traveling Outside the United States
- By admin
- May 31st, 2012
When planning to travel outside the United States of America, it is important to be well prepared for the trip. Regardless of whether the trip is a business one, or a vacation, or even a charity mission, you need to have a number of things set before you take off. Below is a brief discussion of some of the important things that you should consider before taking a trip:
Some Travel Tips When Going Outside The US
1. Your health
To start with, you should find out about any health risks that you may encounter in the country you are traveling to. Get inoculated against some of the possible diseases. Make sure to also identify the best health centers that are near your travel destination.
You should also get the relevant insurance as you prepare for your trip. Start by getting yourself travel and health insurance. Again, insure your luggage so that you are on the safe side in case it gets lost in the course of the trip.
3. Plan for emergencies
Sometimes, things may not go as planned during your trip. You may, for instance, get sick, lose your luggage, lose your travel documents, or even worse, find yourself in a war zone especially if you are traveling to a country that is in political turmoil. It is very important to have an exit or a reaction plan in such situations. Start by knowing where the American embassy is within your destination country. Also have their contact details including the telephone numbers. This may be your only way out of such emergencies.
4. Learn the language
Traveling to a foreign country will most likely come with language barriers. You should invest some time in learning some basics of the local languages used in the country you wish to visit before you leave the US. This way, you will be able to communicate a little with them as you learn more.
5. The safety of your passport
Before you leave the US, make sure to make copies of your passport and other itineraries. Leave these copies with your family, friends and your travel agent. Also carry one copy with you besides the original. In case you lose the original, notify the nearest embassy or consulate immediately and then either give them the copy of the passport you have, or have one faxed to them. To increase its safety, guard your passport by having it under your clothing in a neck safe and carry it with you everywhere you go.
6. Your luggage
Check with your choice travel airline to know the limits in size and weight of the luggage you are allowed to carry on such trips before you start packing. Again, to ensure that your luggage is safe and will not be opened along the way, purchase a TSA approved lock. Security officers in the airports have master keys that are able to open these locks. They are also required to put a note in your luggage if they open it. These locks have a green dot on the front that turns red if the bag is opened. You can get these locks at Walmart, Boscovs, and other stores in the US.
All said, make sure that you keep all your travel documents safe to avoid identity theft from the many unscrupulous people who try to get into the US illegally. This way, your travel outside the US will be fun all the way.
**Photograph “Brought a Travel Wallet” by Mroach under Creative Commons Attribution
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