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Research Your Destination

To get the most out of your trip, you should research your destination. This includes:

  • Customs and Culture - Are there any customs or cultural norms that you should be aware of? For example, in some countries, it's considered rude to give people gifts without expecting something in return (like money). You'll also want to know if there are any local laws that could affect your experience--for instance, some cities have laws against taking photos in public spaces or wearing certain types of clothing.

  • Language Skills - If English isn't widely spoken where you're visiting (or even if it is), take time before going on vacation so that at least one member of the family can speak basic phrases like "hello" and "thank you." This will make things easier when communicating with locals during your travels!

Create a Packing List

As you're preparing for your trip, it's important to create a comprehensive list of items you will need to bring with you. This can help ensure that all of your bases are covered, and nothing is forgotten.

  • Check the weather of the area you are visiting and pack clothing accordingly. If it's going to be cold or hot, pack accordingly!

  • Check if there are any special items needed for activities like hiking or biking that will be part of your itinerary and make sure those things get packed too!

Check Your Travel Documents

  • Check that your passport is valid and up to date.

  • If you need to apply for a visa, make sure you have enough time before your departure date.

  • Make sure that the name on both your passport and airline ticket match exactly (this is important!).

Make Copies of Your Documents

It's a good idea to make copies of your passport and other important documents. You can store the copies in a secure online storage system, or bring them with you in a secure place. Make sure that you have a way to access the documents if needed.

Research Travel Insurance Options

Travel insurance is a great way to protect yourself from unforeseen circumstances. Before you leave for your trip, it's important that you research different travel insurance options and find the best one for your needs.

If there are any activities or activities that require extra protection (such as scuba diving or skiing), make sure that this type of coverage is included in your plan. You should also make sure that medical expenses are covered by your policy; otherwise, they could end up costing thousands of dollars out-of-pocket if something happens while abroad!

Learn Basic Phrases in

the Local Language

Learning a few basic phrases in the local language is always a good idea when traveling. You'll be able to greet people, thank them for their help and order food at restaurants.

  • Greetings: Hello! (formal) / Hi! (informal)

  • Thank you: Merci beaucoup! (French), Grazie mille! (Italian), Muchas gracias! (Spanish)

  • Help me please: Pouvez-vous m'aider s'il vous plait? (French), Potresti darmi una mano per favore?(Italian), Por favor ayudame por favor.(Spanish)

Familiarize Yourself with Local Currency

  • Before you go, research the currency of the country you are visiting. This will give you an idea of how much things cost and how to convert between different currencies.

  • Familiarize yourself with the exchange rate for each country's currency, so that if something seems too expensive or cheap compared to what it should be priced at in your home country, then it might just be a good deal!

Set Up Your Phone for International Use

Before you go, make sure that your phone is set up for international use. This means checking with your carrier to see if you need to purchase a local SIM card or buy an international data plan. If so, get those things squared away before leaving home so that when it comes time for travel, all of the logistics are taken care of!

Check Your Bank Accounts

Before you leave, check with your bank to make sure your credit and debit cards will work in the country you are visiting. If they don't have international networks, it may be best to get a new card that does. Also, if you plan on using ATMs while abroad, find out if there are any fees associated with using them (some banks charge up to $5 per withdrawal). If possible, notify your bank of your travel plans so they won't freeze or cancel any suspicious transactions made while abroad. You may also want to set up an international bank account before leaving--this can be done quickly and easily online through many providers such as Capital One 360 or Charles Schwab Bank

Stay Safe

  • Familiarize yourself with the local laws and customs.

  • Research any areas that may be unsafe to visit, such as war zones or high crime areas.

  • Stay aware of your surroundings and be aware of any potential dangers.


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