I cannot believe how fast time flies! It is Tuesday again and that means it is time for a new post 😀
Hey guys! I hope you are all well and are having a great start to the week. I’ve been sitting in my little office coming up with ideas of what to write about and I keep finding myself thinking about my travels; I honestly cannot get it out of my head! I’m obsessed. As some of you may know, I absolutely love travelling, seeing the world. It is such an amazing feeling! Even though I have not been to many countries in the scheme of things, I feel like I have traveled a fair bit and I do feel like I have quite a bit of experience when it comes to traveling. In two months I’ll be heading back over to Spain and although this time I will not be travelling for a holiday but something extremely exciting either way I thought I would write up a list of travel essentials that you must look into a few weeks before or even a few months before you leave. Some of these were given to me and others I decided for myself as I felt they could save me some time and stress while I am getting prepared for my holiday.
This will most probably be the most obvious to you and you’re probably thinking “no shit.” but honestly you will be surprised as to how many people think of their passports at the very last minute and then stress big time, and on top of the stress having to pay for urgency. Checking that your passports are in date is extremely important. You want to check this out at least 3 months prior to your travel date so that you have enough time to renew it if need be and avoid the nail biting wait to see if it arrives on time. Also, I did not know about this when I first traveled on my own, but ensure that your passport has 6 months validity beyond the date you plan to leave the visited country. This is also very important as some countries may refuse you entry if you are not holding a passport with an extra 6 months on it!
Check and double-check your travel documents! I cannot stress this enough. No matter if you go through a travel agent to book your holiday or if you take everything in your own hands and book it online, mistakes DO happen! This has happened to me and it was very stressful. This is why I am telling you to not only check once because everything seems fine at the time of booking. I had received my documents two weeks before I was leaving for my trip and there was an error with the hotel transport taking me to the wrong airport I was meant to be leaving from in Paris! If you are an anxious person like myself then you can imagine how nervous I became when this happened only weeks before my travel date. In saying this, please know that things can be fixed. All you have to do is speak to your travel agency and with their help things can be put in place to sort things out. As well as checking dates, times and hotels, always make sure that your personal information is correct.
These cards are like a debit card and are essential for traveling to different countries. You load it up before you leave with the currencies that you need for each country that you are going to visit. Generally, these cards hold up to 5 different currencies but to make sure please check with the company from which you purchased your travel money card. Always take a look at the currency exchange rates before you load up your card as this could save you some money. If you find that the exchange rates are really good on a particular day, make sure you change as much money as you think you will need and a bit more to be safe on that day. But also don’t wait too long and keep thinking “I’ll wait until the rates go down a bit more…” because chances are they’ll only increase and then you will be kicking yourself that you did not take advantage of that particular day. Trust me… I have done this many times 😦
I would not only rely on your travel money card or your credit card (I would definitely take both of these cards with you by the way). I advise that you take some cash on you just in case. Things do go wrong, for example the eftpos machine is not working or will not accept your card, which is highly unlikely but it CAN happen. So 100% take cash with you in the currency that corresponds to the country you are traveling to.
From only being able to take 20kg for your check-in bag to 30kg, every airline has different luggage allowances. I recommend searching up the airline you are flying with or even giving them a call to be sure that you have the correct information. I wouldn’t just take someone’s word for it because they may have traveled with a different airline.
This point is self-explanatory but just thought I would pop it in anyway as I know many people, like myself in previous years, do not write ourselves packing lists. I wrote myself a packing list the last time I traveled and let me tell you, it saves so much time! A packing list makes it so much easier for you while you are getting things together to put into your suitcases because you can tick things off your list as you pack them away. Also, check the weather forecast of the places you will be visiting a couple of weeks before! This way you will have a better idea of what you should be including in you packing list and what can be left at home. By doing this, it helps you with taking up kilos that you could have used for things that you actually need instead of things that you could go without.
Now it is time to surf the net! Research the location of your hotels and of the places you are dying to visit. By searching the easiest ways of getting from A to B prior to your travels could save you time AND money while you’re there. If you know exactly where you want to go and exactly what you need to do in order to get to your desired destination, then researching this will make life so much easier and your holiday much more enjoyable and stress free. I always make a list of places to see and things to do before I go and then research away 🙂
Airport and hotel transfers may cost a little more from home however it saves you the stress of having to organize your own transportation while you are in a different country and also the potential nerve-racking language barrier. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather have everything completely sorted from home where I 100% understand everything that is said to me and I know the dates, times and locations the tranfers will be picking me up.
Last but definitely not least, HAVE FUN with it! Organizing everything for your trip is all a part of the exciting travel experience!
Any tips that you would like to share? Leave them in the comments below 🙂
“The world is a book,
and those who do not
travel read only a page”
– Saint Augustine