Although in general we all get excited
about a trip, nothing compares to the excitement of planning and preparing for
a trip abroad whether it is for business or pleasure.
Thoughts of meeting new people, learning
new cultures, disconnecting from the normal activities and scenery you are used
to may result in you packing your bags without thinking of some important
That said, take some time out to carefully
plan for your trip taking into consideration the essential things you require
since proper planning will help ensure that your trip begins and ends
If this is the first time you are
traveling abroad, or even if you just require a refresher, here are some top
considerations to make when traveling abroad for business or pleasure together
with a number of ways on how you can do research for the safety of a
destination in today's increasingly dangerous world.
Double check requirements for Visa and Passport:
It may appear
like a simple matter but carefully doing research relative to passports and
visas can significantly save you both trouble and time.
For a first time
passport applier, give yourself a period of four to six weeks to acquire it. In
some countries, the regulations are stricter and a plane ticket and a passport
may do for you. Nonetheless, prevention is always better than cure and as such,
ensure that you have this aspect handled before you travel.
Map Out Important Locations:
On arrival to your destination, the hustle
of locating your hotel and other important places may seem like a forever task
especially due to fatigue if the journey was very long.
Familiarise yourself with key areas before
boarding and lucky for you, we are in the Smartphone era where traveling has
been made easier through GPS and travel Apps. As such, everything should be
simpler when you arrive and and pick up transport or a hire car
Review Travel Warnings and Alerts
It is vital to check for travel warning
and alerts prior to traveling internationally. There may be significant alerts
inspired by such matters as political unrests or criminal activity. Although
the occurrence of such alerts may perhaps not even disrupt your trip, they can
go a long way in saving you time and panics in your trip.
Where to look
In the planning stages consult the
Wikitravel page for information on the area you are visiting. Despite the fact
that at times it may be somehow outdated, the page has very vital information
all outlined in an organised manner.
Information such as places to stay and safety
tips are found here.
Reading Guide Books
Guide books contain a lot of detailed information
about a destination. Such books will have sections relating to the culture,
history, hotel and restaurant reviews and much, much more. These books are
invaluable, especially for a first-timer.
Read posts written by Travel Bloggers who have visited the
If you are looking for a great way to
learn about a destination, travel blogs are one good way.
There are numerous travel blogs and it
just requires the touch of a button for a Google search and you can locate a
blog on your travel destination.
Travel Blogs are reliable since they give
first hand perception of a destination. Identify a blogger with a similar
budget, interests and style of travel as you since their information and advice
may be better suited for you.
Whether you are traveling abroad for
business or for pleasure, it is vital to take your time to research and do your
homework on the key important things you need to consider and do some research
related to your destination.
Once you have put into account all the
considerations and researched well on your destination, you can be assured of a
good trip from beginning to end.
Good luck and remember, Mayfair Cares