Whether you are going on a business trip or on your dream holiday abroad here’s a list of some important tips you should do or take with you.
Security and health:
Take copies of your Identity Document and passport with: If either one gets stolen or lost you want to be sure that you can still get back into the country, or be able to prove your citizenship.
Leave a copy of your passport with a family member or close friend: Just in case, leave a copy of your passport with someone you trust. Consider also making an electronic copy that you can store in your email account as well.
Register with your embassy: If there’s an issue in the country that you are visiting, it will make it easier for your government to contact you and get you to safety, South Africans will register with the Registration of South Africans Abroad – ROSA.
Check in with your doctor and insurance carrier: Triple check and make sure that you have all the proper vaccinations and that you have renewed all essential prescriptions. Also ensure with your medical insurance provider that your policy applies overseas for emergencies. If it doesn’t and you want to add extra coverage, consider supplemental insurance.
Make sure you look up the monetary conversion before you go: Ensure you do your math before you travel to get a sense of where the conversion rate is.
Go to a bank or ATM in the country you’re visiting: You won’t get charged the phenomenal fees as you would if converting in the airport or the city.
Always have local cash: Not every place takes credit or debit cards. By ensuring you have cash on you, you will never get caught in a sticky situation.
Check the country’s entrance/exit fees: Some countries require travellers to pay to enter or leave the country. These fees are not normally included in the price of your airline ticket.
Buy tickets in advance for places and sites you want to visit or see: By buying in advance you will be able to skip long lines and queues as well as you will be able to find more deals targeted for you.
Get guidebooks: Guidebooks usually include maps, key words or phrases as well as they give you enough detail on important sites.
Download apps before you travel: Avoid downloading when you are in another country as charges will be crazy.
Research events going on while you’re there: This will ensure that you’re not missing out on anything big going on in the city.
Take an adapter: Majority of countries have different size plugs and voltage. So if you want to use your iPod, make sure you can charge it by taking the correct adapters.
Check the voltage of your electronics: Nothing is worse than having an adapter and still not being able to charge your smart-phone or hair dryer because the voltage isn’t high enough for that country.
Activate your phones global capabilities: There’s usually a charge when doing this however it is normally less than the roaming charges you’ll get if you don’t.
Luggage and packing:
Pack an extra set of clothes in your carry-on bag: Just in case the airport loses your luggage, you will at least still have a change of clothes.
Luggage guidelines: Each airline has its own set of guidelines as to how many bags can be checked or carried on for free. Make sure you look up what the airlines rules are to avoid incremental fees.
Bring Snacks: Travelling abroad is fun, but eating in a foreign country can sometimes become a task. Take small snacks that will put you at ease until you find that perfect restaurant.