If you are planning an international trip and have never traveled abroad, it can be intimidating. There are a variety of factors that can influence your international travel plans, and it can be confusing on what you need to do in the airport, when you get to your destination and planning your trip.
Have a copy of your passport
No matter what country you are traveling to, make sure that you have a photocopy of your passport. You would hate to lose your passport, and be in a difficult situation. Make sure to keep the paper copy of your passport in your suitcase, and your actual passport in your purse.
It is crucial to know how the United States dollar converts to whatever nation’s currency you are traveling to. Something might seem really cheap to you in a country, but after you do the conversion, the picture might look differently. A simple Google search can tell you what the current conversion rate is.
Uber? Lyft? Taxi?
Regardless of the country you are traveling to, you should research what ride services are available. I recently traveled to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. They didn’t have Lyft. If I had not looked into it beforehand and downloaded Uber, I would have been a sticky situation when I landed.
Reality of where you are going
Regardless of where you are going, you need to have a realistic perspective of exactly what area you’ll be in. Read reviews on where you are staying and the surrounding establishments.
Basic local customs
When going to a foreign country, look up what their basic customs and manners. You do not need to know everything about their customs, just the basics.