As you prepare for that trip abroad, you may begin to feel overwhelmed by all the things to do.

Preparing for a trip is very boring, but you have to do it and it can have a huge impact on the success of your trip. Good travel is the result of good planning. That applies to any trip you take.  It can be tempting to book a ticket and start fantasizing about your getaway, but there’s work to be done.


Get a passport :  Most countries won’t let you in if the expiration date is less than 6 months away. If you need a new passport, apply right away, don’t wait.

Apply for any necessary visa :  some countries offer visas on arrival while some require visas for entry. Depending on your nationality each country has different arrangements, and requirements can change. Waiting for a visa can take a month or more, so submit your visa application early and ensure it will be valid for your entire stay.

Working : the next thing you would need to consider is if your working while your away or not. It is important to weigh the financial cost of the trip and whether the money you have saved would be enough to last you through out your trip. If you are planning on working in a country, make sure you apply for a working holiday visa.

Vaccinations : If you have any medical problems you should speak to your doctor before going for advice. It may be a good idea to arrange medical and dental checkups, if you are going to be away for a long period of time. Also if you were to end up in places much more remote and isolated before you begin the journey make sure you take the appropriate vaccinations for your trip.

Money : It is always a good idea to arrive in a country with some local currency – not all airports or even countries have ATMs.

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