The Twenty Somethin' Guide to International Travel

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The Twenty Somethin' Guide to International Travel

By: Briana Elmore

Traveling is such a great experience that all Twenty Somethins should experience in their lives. There are so many different cultures to grow from and experience in the world. We owe it to ourselves and to the world to being open to sharing ourselves through travel. There is so much creativity and perspective to be gained through traveling to new places outside of your comfort zone with an open mind. The benefits that can be received from traveling outside of your local community are endless in impact. There are so many benefits to be gained from traveling beyond your home to find new perspective.

All travel is fantastic, but there is something special about international travel. There is so much fun to be had while on an international excursion. Although enjoyable, there is much preparation that is required for a trip outside of the country. We want our Twenty Somethins to travel in style and have as much of a stress-free trip as possible. To have a vacation with maximized enjoyment, it is vital that you put your best foot forward through preparation.

Here are some of the top 10 tips to equip the Twenty Somethin with the best International Vacation Experience:

1.      Get your Passport

The first step in international travel is to have a valid passport to travel internationally from your country of citizenship. Without a passport you will not be granted access into the destination country. If you do not have a passport it is best to apply for one a couple months prior to your trip so that your passport can be administered in time as the process can be long. If you already have a passport, it is best to verify that it is not near expiration during the time of your trip as they expire every 10 years.

2.      Get your vaccinations

Some international locations are subjected to different illnesses that may not be prevalent in your place of residence. It would be best to make sure you are up to date on your vaccinations and research if you need any additional vaccinations to maintain good health in a foreign country.

3.      Get foreign currency prior to departure

If you are going to a country with another currency, you should go to your local currency exchange to get the best deal on exchange rates. This way you can have your budgeted amount of money that you want to spend on the trip available for you in the cash-type of the country you are visiting.

4.      Make sure you pack efficiently

When traveling you want to make sure that you utilize your space in your suitcase as efficiently as possible. Make sure you have travel size toiletries to have the most room in your suitcase and to comply with the airport restrictions for carry-on items to add versatility to your luggage.

5.      Bring your own cleaning supplies

It is a good practice to have some disinfectant wipes and Lysol along with you. The disinfectant wipe can assist in a quick sanitizing of bathrooms along the way. The Lysol will assist in the disinfecting of your bed in your hotel room.

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6.      Pack plenty of snacks

Having your snacks packed will help you keep food during the flight and your stay. It is particularly helpful to have snacks in case you do not particularly like some of the cuisine you are experiencing while on your stay or if you are having a long day of planned activities.

7.      Bring medications

It is a good practice to bring simple over the counter medications that can assist you in the event that you are not adjusting well to being in a new environment. I recommend bringing Pepto Bismol and Ibuprofen.  These items can help make your transition smooth as you try different cuisines and activities.

8.      Bring clothes that will be versatile for any weather condition

Always check the weather forecast ahead of time to know what kind of clothing to pack for your trip. Regardless of the weather report, pack a jacket, a pair of pants, and an umbrella just in case.

9.      Purchase a Travel Adapter

A travel adapter will allow the plug outlet in the foreign country to be compatible with your electronic devices.

10.   Have entertainment for the plane ride

It is important to have books, magazines, podcasts downloaded, and great playlists prepared for your trip to keep you occupied for the duration of your traveling method to your international destination.

These tips will serve you well as your prepare for your international trip. They can also be applied for domestic trip preparation. With these tips you will be able to fully enjoy your trip with the confidence that you have everything that you need to get the most out of your vacation.