Got extra time on your hands given how most activities are shut down at the moment? Craving a getaway as soon as borders open up? Why not use this time to prepare for your next trip (or two!)? If you want to get planning but don’t know where to begin, read on, because we’re walking you through some handy steps to help you get ready to pack your suitcase and go on an adventure!
You’ll need to decide how you’re getting around on your vacation. Some destinations are just made for a road trip, and of course, renting your own car will give you freedom to go wherever you want on your own schedule. You’ll need to check to make sure your driver’s license is valid in the location you’re going to, make sure you’re comfortable driving on the opposite side of the road if applicable, and study up on local road signs and traffic rules.
Don’t be afraid to take public transportation, either! Trains and buses are often a cheap and easy way to get from A to B. Just make sure you research whether or not you’ll need to buy fares in advance.
There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing where to stay on your next trip, and some of them depend on your transportation of choice. For example, if you’re renting a car, don’t forget to make sure that your lodging comes with parking! If you won’t have a car, you’ll either want to stay inside a city center close to public transportation, or be sure the country you’re visiting has apps like Uber.
If you’re looking to save a little money on your vacation, consider staying a bit away from the popular touristy spots. An added advantage is that you’ll also get a more authentic feel for the area and see how the locals live! Also, try to get a place with a kitchen or kitchenette. Preparing a few of your own meals will save you a lot of money.
Other Nuts and Bolts
There are a few very important things you need to check on for every trip. They may be less fun to research than local must-see sights and must-try flavors, but they’re nonetheless essential preparation:
· Visa Requirements: Depending on where you’re going or how long, you may need to apply for a visa for entry. Check here for resources for American citizens.
· Passport Requirements: Similarly, many countries require your passport to be valid for at least six months past the end of your trip. So, make sure you have plenty of time left on your passport!
· Travel Insurance: Insurance has always been important for travelers, but the pandemic has really taught us just how essential it can be. Check here for more information on how to choose a smart plan for you.· Vaccinations: Some destinations are going to require that you get certain shots so that you don’t get sick on your trip, and depending on what vaccination you require, you might need to start getting the shots at least six months in advance. Check out this page for more details!
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