Traveling is an exciting experience, but it requires thorough preparation. Before embarking on your trip, there are several things you need to check off your list to ensure a smooth journey. Here’s a checklist of things you need to do prior to your trip.
Firstly, make sure that you and anyone you’re traveling with have up-to-date passports. Many countries have a six-month rule, which means that on the date you enter another country, your passport needs at least six more months of validity before expiration. Otherwise, you may be turned away during passport control and have to return home. Therefore, it is best to start the renewal process of your passport long before it is due to expire.
During the pandemic, the U.S. State Department, which issues new and renewed passports, fell far behind in processing when many of its offices were closed. While they have nearly caught up again, it can still take 8-12 weeks from the time the State Department receives your application (not the date you mail it). Expedited service, which had been suspended, is available again for an additional $60 fee and should get your passport to you in four to six weeks (sometimes even faster though you cannot count on that).
Double-check whether you need a visa for entry to any country you’re planning to visit. You can visit http://www.travel.state.gov/ to find out. Enroll in S.T.E.P. (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program), a free State Department online program. By enrolling in this program, you’ll receive travel alerts and instructions in case of any disaster or civil unrest, as well as a point of contact in case of a family emergency.
Travel insurance is highly recommended, as it provides additional protection for your trip. Consider investing in travel interruption or cancelation protection, medical insurance, and evacuation coverage. This will give you peace of mind during your travels, knowing that you’re covered in case of any unexpected events.
Another important thing to remember is to contact your banks and credit card companies to inform them of the dates and destinations outside the country. This will ensure that you don’t have a sudden inability to access your funds or credits if the financial institutions suspend activity thinking something is amiss.
Finally, make digital copies of vital documents such as your tickets, passport, credit cards, vaccine record (where needed), prescriptions, driver’s license, and medical and travel insurance. This is important as it will allow you to access these documents easily in case you lose the physical copies.
Following this checklist prior to your trip will ensure that you’re prepared for any eventualities that may occur during your travels. It will also give you peace of mind and allow you to enjoy your trip to the fullest. Don’t let travel stress dampen your experience. With these tips and tricks, you’ll be well-prepared for a smooth and safe journey and we’ll take care of everything else, at Adriatic Allure we’ve got you covered every step of the way.