International Travel is thrilling, exciting, and a bit nerve wracking at the same time. As you board the plane you are so excited to explore a new destination but yet you may have some reservations about the trip. Worries and fears about what happens if you get sick, lost or something weird happens while you are traveling.
Today we are sharing our International Travel Tips. We have been blessed to visit many countries and explore the world. We have seen the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly of international travel. From falling asleep in a hotel lobby in Dublin because jet lag was so bad to exclaiming with joy over seeing a new city.
International Travel Tips
1. Give yourself more than enough time at the airport.
It is easier to spend the extra time relaxing than having to freak out and try to get through security quickly. Plus the cost of changing your flight if you miss it can be quite expensive.
2. Print every document you may need and then a back up copy
You can also save a copy to drop box or OneNote so you can easily access it while traveling. Set up an easy to find file folder in your email with all of your travel documents. Check your phone or laptop before leaving to make sure you can access the email folder.
3. Different cultures handle lining up a lot differently
Depending on where you are in the world lining up in a line may be a dream scenario. Be prepared for pushing, shoving and mad chaos in certain areas. This is normal and no one thinks anything of it. Keep an eye on your purse/wallet and dive into the fray if that is what it takes.
4. Print hotel info in the language you need.
If you are traveling overseas see if you can print the hotel address exactly as it is on their website. This will help with cabs and other transportation.
5. Print common questions in language needed or type them in your phone
– Where is the bathroom
-I need a Taxi
6. Make sure and pack any medication you need along with extras.
If only a specific headache med works make sure you have it with you. You may not be able to find what you want depending on where you are traveling. On the flip side of that if you get sick check with a local pharmacist for help on what to take. We have been sick in many foreign countries and always received amazing care and help from local pharmacist.
7. Download travel apps before you leave
Download a currency exchange app like XE.com or a language app before you leave. Depending on your data plan it may be extremely expensive to download an app while traveling.
8. Take a photo of your hotel when you leave the first day
This way you have a photo to show your taxi driver if they are not sure where the hotel is located.
9. Take a photo of your rental car license plate and any damage found on the car
Make sure you have any damage documented prior to leaving the rental car lot. Take a picture of the license plate so you know which car is yours in the parking lot.
10. Use social media to document your favorite sites.
Check in via Facebook at your favorite sites and attach a photo. This will help when you get back and need to know the name of a city/temple/attraction.