Going on holiday is wonderful; we get to travel and see the world, investigate other cultures, brush up on our language (and employability) skills, and most importantly have fun whilst doing it. You can make plenty of friends abroad, and keep in touch as pen pals, and it’s great knowing you’re known on a worldly scale. But sometimes, we have no idea where to start. There’s lots to take into consideration! So we’ve been looking for the tips and tricks for the perfect holiday for a long time, but what about the checks you need to make when you come back from travelling and want to go again? Here’s some considerations for you to ponder.
Look Up Some Advice for Where You’re Going
Each country is different and has their own social conventions, and thus abiding by these is integral for a good trip away. Try trawling through some review sites forums for unbiased reviews by real people, and even contact them via this method if you want more information on the kind of experience they had. Usually, people are happy to help if it means others won’t go through something bad.
Often, government websites will have official travel checklists which you can use to read up on your chosen country. Verified information is more likely to be on these sites so be sure to check out for weather tips, health risks, and more.
It’s also recommended that you find the nearest embassy to go to in case of an emergency, as well as a nearby hospital. Look these up before you go to get a good sense of orienteering about you, and try to book a hotel or camp spot nearby to them.
A good rule of thumb when you’re going away is to always abide by the behaviour you’d use at home. This makes sure you’re not acting outside of your comfort zone, you’re polite to the people you meet, and you don’t go off with strangers who you aren’t at least a little acquainted with.
Is Your Passport Still in Date?
So you thought you had 3 months left on before your expiration date, and thus you rock up to the airport with your luggage in tow, look down at your passport and realise you can’t actually use it. Sound like something that could happen to you? Make sure to check and double check
Getting a passport renewal can be simpler than you think, and is good for your peace of mind to keep up with. Entry requirements are always going to take a passport, so never be without it when you’re on holiday. Also, usually there will be a necessary 6 month period in which your passport has to stay in date after you go away, so make sure you can comply with this stipulation as well.
To continue on about passports, make sure you have emergency information labelled clearly and up to date in them. Contacting a next of kin is going to be very important in the case of emergency, whether it be for physical needs or for another entry requirement.
Do You Have or Need Insurance?
Travel insurance is incredibly useful to have on your side, but of course it can be extremely pricey. If you’re only going away for about 2 days, it may be fine to risk the trip without any insurance, depending on where you’re going.
If you’re travelling within your own country, you’re not going to need travel insurance. Similarly, if the expenses you’ve forked out for before hand on a trip are ones you know you can pay back, and thus are relatively cheap, you probably won’t need travel insurance either.
Of course, if you’re travelling for business or with a company to a forum or convention, usually those flying you out there will have insurance to cover you. However, it’s not guaranteed, so always check the travel stipulations of these kind of trips as well.
Do You Know the Emergency Services Number?
A good five minute check to make before you go away is that of writing down all the possible numbers you could need for the country you’re going to. Make sure all the numbers you find are securely stored on a sim or in your phone just to make the hassle a little easier when it comes to dialling a number when you’re stressed or indisposed.
If you’re travelling to a country within the EU, remembering a number is a lot more simple; just dial 112 if you need an ambulance. Coincidentally, online you can find lists of all the emergency numbers around the world.
Don’t worry if you think you won’t be able to speak in a native language to the operator, they’re always required to know a little english, and will usually have a translations service implemented.
Can You Speak the Language?
No, you don’t have to be fluent. However, being able to use some common phrases when you’re out and about is essential. It’s not guaranteed that the people you come across are going to speak English, and they’re not required to either. If you’re in a foreign country, make an effort to get to grips with the language when it comes to dining out, asking for directions, checking in at the hotel, and other touristy things you can get up to.
Be able to say hello, goodbye, please and thank you, and also sorry or excuse me. These are the most basic phrases you should remember, and they’re typically simple to keep track of. You can learn verb conjugation and the formal/informal debate later on when you have the time.
These are just a few of the possible checks you can make, depending on how much you want to know or how worried you are, but they are the most important ones to tick off in a planner. Stay safe and in comfort for your next trip when you know you’ve crossed off the big guns on a travel list.