The key for smooth and successful international travel is good preparation. It is different from domestic travel so you need extra time and effort to prepare it. With good preparation, you can avoid making mistakes or meeting major hassles before, during, or after the trip. The global pandemic has caused major shift to travel industry. Even when the pandemic ends, some shifts are likely to stay. Therefore, international travel post pandemic will be highly likely different from before.
What to prepare for international trip after pandemic ends
Health and security will be two of the most important factors in the future travel. People will pay more attention on how to travel safely and take necessary cautions. People who work in travel industry are starting to make some adjustment and improvement to deliver travel experience. For international ravel, these are things you will have to prepare:
Up-to-date visa and passport will stay as one of the requirements travelers should fulfill to travel internationally. Those documents should be valid up to six month after your return date.You are strongly suggested to update your passport no less than nine months before its expiration date. Hence, start checking your passport now to see its expiration date. Aside from visa and passport, you also need to prepare an international driver’s license especially if you plan to drive at your destination.
You will be required to fulfill vaccination requirements not only for covid-19 but also other diseases such as yellow fever, cholera, Zika virus, etc. You also need to prepare your own prescription if you have particular health problems. You need to consult with your doctor to get the guidance and prescriptions you will need for the trip. Also, always tune in recent information given by your local authority regarding to travel warning and guidelines.
International travel means you are going to visit different country. It means you will need different currency to make transaction without hassles. It is best that you prepare acceptable payment methods. Bring credit card or two if necessary and notice the issuers so your cards won’t be denied in later use. Leave any cards you are not going to use to avoid fraud risk.
Travel to another country means you need to pack the right items. If you plan to travel to conservative countries, avoid packing too revealing clothes such as miniskirt or tank tops. If you plan to do outdoor activities, pack good pair of shoes to protect and support your feet. Learn about the norm of giving tips at your destination beforehand.
It is highly recommended that you also learn some phrases in language of your destination. Those will useful later when you interact with the locals. It can be a way for you to connect more with them and show your respect to their culture. Also, always practice good hygiene regardless of your destination. Even if you travel after the pandemic ends, good hygiene practice should remain as habits of yours such as washing hands and wearing mask.