Overseas Travel Today

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 details. 

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 smoothly. 

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.

Top Considerations

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

Wikitravel Articles

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 Despite the fact that at times it may be somehow outdated, the page has very vital information all outlined in an organised manner.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 destinations: 

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



Stay safe when attending the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games

Are you planning to visit Brazil for the Paralympics and Olympics or any other reason? If so then you should know what to avoid as well as what to do so that you remain healthy during your visit and after you return.

The dates for the Olympics are 5-21 August, 2016 while the Paralympics will follow on 7-18 September, 2016. The summer events promise to be spectacular and will see many thousands of participants and fans travel to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil from all over the world. If you are among those who are going to enjoy the summer games then a healthy and safe stay should be your top priority.

It is recommended that you check with your local travel agencies and government sources to inquire about health dynamics in Brazil. Furthermore, the internet is another reliable source of this critical information so this article examines some of the most vital considerations for you as a visitor to this vibrant, exciting city.

 Essential vaccinations

There are a number of routine vaccinations that you should know before booking your plane. It is advisable that you get all relevant travel medicines and vaccines based on your doctor's recommendations. This will help you to avoid particular diseases in Brazil.

Additionally, consider what you will be involved in and the duration of your trip. This is a basic safety tip for all of you. Some of the vaccines that you should not ignore include: Polio vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and chickenpox vaccine. The annual flu shot is another valuable precautionary measure.

Typhoid and hepatitis A vaccines

You should avoid contaminated water and food while in Brazil. In case this might be more difficult than it sounds, you should be vaccinated against typhoid. Furthermore, this will be handy as you visit smaller cities, eat heavily, tour villages and stay with family and friends. In addition, there is a risk of contracting hepatitis A regardless of your food joint via contaminated water and food. This makes hepatitis A vaccination a necessary requirement for you.

Hepatitis B

This is another health hazard that will compel you to do avoid certain activities. Blood products and contaminated needles are some of the major causes of this disease in Brazil. To add to this, sexual adventures will increase your chances of getting hepatitis B.


Malaria is a deadly disease. Your Brazil visit should be free from any mosquito bites. You are advised to take precautionary measures depending on travel time and destination not forgetting the time you spend outdoors. Some medical professionals will advise you to take medication during the stay, before and after the Brazil tour.

Yellow fever and rabies 

Some parts of this fabulous country have the potential of exposing you to yellow fever. Everyone who is nine months onwards should be vaccinated to prevent yellow fever infection.

More so, mammals especially bats and dogs are the main source of rabies. This is not a great concern but you should be vaccinated if you fall in any of the following categories of people:

• Those working with animals or involved with animals in any way

• Remote area outdoor activities where you can easily be bitten by animals

• Children because of their playful nature

The Zika Virus

This virus has been in the news consistently in recent weeks and advice continues to develop but you need to be aware that Brazil is one of the 58 countries and territories which to-date report continuing transmission of Zika virus by mosquitoes. While mosquitoes are the primary vectors, a person infected with Zika virus can also transmit the virus to another person through unprotected sex.

Zika virus disease usually causes mild symptoms, and most people will not develop any symptoms. However, there is scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly (children being born with unusually small heads) and other brain malformations and disorders in babies born to women who were infected with Zika virus during pregnancy.

This virus will be the subject of a later blog in July when we will relay the most up to date advice but it is certainly something to be aware if you are planning to go to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this summer.

In Conclusion

The Olympics will only be a lifetime experience if you are safe and healthy. Speak with your doctor, take all the necessary precautions and you will enjoy the trip of a lifetime at the world’s greatest athletic event in one of the world’s most exciting places.

With acknowledgements to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel  and https://www.passporthealthusa.com as well as https://www.who.int