What you need to do when planning a trip

There are so many things to keep in mind when planning a trip to a (new) place. For that reason, I created this list to help you. Enjoy!

Budgeting when planning your travel

Let’s start with the annoying part first. Money.
There are a couple of monetary and practical things to keep in mind before you leave your home country.

  • Learn about the fees for ATM usage: Some banks charge an amount when withdrawing money abroad. Make sure to check in advance if your banks do so, and how much cash you will need.
  • Figure out the exchange rate: This helps you to have an idea of your local costs.
  • Make sure your credit card has plenty of budget on it: So you don’t max out when you are in another country.
  • Start planning your use of local public transportation. How much will it cost you and are there cheap alternatives or passes.
  • Tell your bank you are going abroad. Banks often block credit cards with suspicious transactions. Like transactions abroad.
  • Phone charges and local cards: Maybe it’s interesting to buy a local sim card?

Health and safety to keep in mind

You don’t want to return homesick. Or get sick during your trip. So take the right precautions!

  • Vaccinations: Some countries and regions need specific vaccines. Inform yourself about them and get the shots. Not only for your own health, but also for the health of people back home.
  • What safety tips to keep in mind: Read about it in guides and blogs. Some countries aren’t as safe as home unless you take the right precautions.
  • See if the tap water is potable: Taps are a great source for your daily water, but make sure it won’t make you sick!

Passport and entry laws while planning

Different countries ask for different laws. So make sure you are aware of them while planning your trip.

  • See if your passport is still valid: Is the expiry date still far enough?
  • Are there enough blank pages in it: Cause you will need room for those stamps!
  • Do you need a visa: Some countries ask you to buy a visa, so make sure to inform you about these in advance.

Local customs and norms

You probably think your neighbor has weird habits, let alone people who are 1000 miles away from you. So check out their habits and adapt.

  • How do they greet: Greeting in Belgium is very different from greeting in the UK or Botswana.
  • What languages do they speak? Hopefully a language you speak too, but make sure to check what your lingual options are.
  • Habits involving food: In some countries, you have to eat with chopsticks, or spoons, are by hand. See what they do.
  • Personal space: Just so you know if they are friendly or actually trying to get in your space.
  • How to dress: Not all countries are as liberal as you are, so adapt to their clothing style. Even if you don’t agree with it.
  • Power adaptors: You might have to bring a universal power adaptor.
  • Tipping: Sometimes waiters depend completely on what you leave on the table. So be sure to give them what they deserve!

Itinerary and planning your trip

Planning the activities you are going to do can be stressful. With these tips you will manage everything perfectly!

  • What you want to see and do: First, make a list of everything you like to do and see.
  • What are the prices: Research the entry fees. Sometimes it can be a better value for your money to buy a pass.
  • Opening hours: This helps you plan better. Some museums open and close earlier than others.
  • Holidays: Because shops, museums, and restaurants might close that day.
  • Closing days: Research when shops and restaurants often close.
  • Research your way from the airport/train station to the city center/hotel
  • How big are the distances: Maps can be deceiving. Make sure to check out the actual distances. Some cities are bigger than others, but you won’t see that on a 2D map.

Disclaimer: There is none, I just really wanted to write this piece of content for you. <3

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