Okay, this is the less interesting part. But if you are planning an international trip, you need to take care of these important things. So just get it over with!
A. Do you have a valid passport?
If you don’t have one, make sure you get one in time.
Check if your passport is valid until at least 6 months after your return home.
B. Do you need a visa for your travel destination?
Many countries require you to have a visa before you can enter the country. Visa requirements vary from country to country.
Check if your destination requires a visa, and what the conditions are to get approved. What you need to do to get one.
Get your visa in time! It might be quite a hassle, so start your application soon.
C. Do you need to get vaccinations before you leave?
For some destinations, they encourage it to get certain vaccinations and for other countries certain vaccinations are compulsory.
This website has an overview of all countries and the vaccinations you need.
D. Will your debit/credit card work while abroad?
Check your banking app or dashboard to see if your debit and credit card work abroad. Check how much commission you have to pay for transactions and ATM withdrawals abroad.
We noticed our bank wanted a big extra for each ATM withdrawal and store transaction abroad, so we got some travel cards, which ended up to save us a lot of money! Plus, it is always good to have an option B if option A fails. (Which happened to us multiple times)
E. Will there be extra costs for your using your smartphone?
You need to check how expensive calls become if you use your phone abroad. Don’t forget to check the price of your data.
We used to turn roaming off to avoid extra costs.
When staying in a country for a lengthy period you might consider getting a local sim card. So if your phone is a dual sim, this is probably the best option.
Most accommodations offer free wifi so you can use Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype or something else to keep in touch with home base.
F. Contact the right people and agencies of your international trip
Do you have any pets? Ensure that someone takes care of them.
Apart from family and friends, there may still be a few agencies that should know your departure, certainly if you leave for a longer period. For example, think of your bank, your insurance, your healthcare, etc.