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The Most Important Tips For Your Travel Preparation

The Most Important Tips For Your Travel Preparation

Nothing is more annoying than being on a trip and forgetting something important. Some things are not so easy to buy later or acquire abroad. Especially with personal documents, it could lead to a small disaster if you don't have them with you. So that this doesn't happen to you and your trip isn't ruined by forgetting items, we've created a guide for your travel preparations.

Travel preparation: Information, documents and money

Before the fun part of preparing for the trip begins, you should first deal with the organizational things and take care of them. Once you've started and read up, you'll have it done faster than you think!

Entry requirements

Once you have chosen a travel destination, you should first take care of the entry requirements. So what conditions you have to meet in order to be allowed to enter the country. This can vary greatly depending on the country and continent. You hardly need to worry about traveling to member states of the EU and it is easy to get across the borders. Your identity card is also sufficient as a travel document. For countries outside the EU, however, things get a bit more complicated. You need a passport and many countries require a visa . You should also find out which vaccinations you need for your travel destination. You can find a good overview of these things for the individual countries in ourItineraries. It is best to take care of this as early as possible, because they often take a little time. Some countries also make it more complicated to apply for a visa than others. If you don't have a passport yet, allow time for this as well - processing can take up to six weeks. We have summarized all the important aspects for you so that you can start your next trip perfectly prepared!

Insurances

Probably one of those subjects that none of us likes to grapple with. Nevertheless, you should not neglect the topic of insurance when preparing for your trip! Insurance is essential, especially if you are planning a longer and expensive trip. If you are traveling outside of Europe for a longer period of time, we strongly recommend that you take out international health insurance. So you can go to the doctor there and the costs will be covered if you present the receipt to your health insurance company. Most international health insurance policies also offer you security if you should fall ill with Corona on your trip. If you book a more expensive trip or flight, it is also worth thinking about travel cancellation insuranceto complete. This covers the costs in the event that you cannot start your journey. If you decide to rent a car, it is also worth taking out insurance here . It is best to do this on site and find out which insurance policies are accepted at the place where you want to rent the car.

Money, money, money

Yes, money always plays a role and so does your travel preparations. Of course, you should think about what your budget is at the very beginning. How much money do you have for your trip? Is it also sufficient if unexpected circumstances arise on site? So always plan a little more money. Especially with work and travel trips you should have a certain amount of start-up capital. When entering Australia with a work and travel visa, you even have to be able to prove that you have a certain amount of capital.

In addition to your savings, you should of course also find out about the currency used in your destination country when it comes to money. This is important so that you know if you need to exchange money locally and how much the currency is worth compared to the euro. There are currency calculator apps to help you find out.

If you don't already have one, you should get a credit card before you travel. This is absolutely necessary if you are traveling outside of Europe. Check out our article on international credit cards for more information . Again, you have to do some reading and it will probably take some time to find and apply for the right one. So take your time and don't stress if it takes a while.

Documents

As you will have already noticed, documents and their validity play an important role when traveling. Of course, travel documents are always individual and therefore there is not one list for everyone. However, we have created a checklist for you with the most important and most common travel documents, which you can use to check whether you have everything ready:

  1. Passport
  2. Tickets and booking confirmations
  3. visa
  4. Insurance Cards/Contracts
  5. vaccination card
  6. Driving license and, if applicable, international driving licence
  7. credit card, cash

Travel Planning

Planning is an important step in preparing for your trip. Even if we love spontaneity, it can have nasty surprises in store. That's why it's best not to leave everything to a spontaneous course and devote yourself - at least to the basics - to planning your trip.

But don't underestimate the planning of your trip. There is a lot of information here that can be overwhelming and overwhelming. Where can I find the cheapest flight, the cheapest accommodation or a rental car? Approach the matter calmly and especially if it is the first time that you are booking alone: ​​take your time with your travel preparations! Plan enough time to inform yourself about everything, talk to experienced people and, if in doubt, turn to experts.

Weather

Before your trip, you should definitely inform yourself about the local weather and weather conditions. You should not only pay attention to the season and how warm or cold it gets, but also whether it is raining or dry season. The travel time is particularly important for countries that experience extreme temperatures and weather phenomena. For example, avoid Caribbean countries during hurricane season. You will find a large selection of climate guides for different countries on our website. Maybe your travel destination is there too!

Accommodations

After you have booked your flight, you should also take care of accommodation. Depending on your travel plan, your accommodations may also look different. Whether hotel, hostel, host family or campervan. It is important that you have a place to stay after your arrival. Depending on the length of your trip, you don't have to book all accommodation directly from home. However, you should have made provisions for the first few days so that you can arrive relaxed and then continue planning in peace.

Itinerary

Your travel preparation also includes rough planning of an itinerary or the things you want to see and experience. Of course, this also depends on the duration of your trip. If you are planning a shorter trip then think about what you want to see and when. This way you can save time and take as much as possible out of your trip. But don't stress about having to go through all the attractions. A trip is something individual and you should design and experience it in the way that is most beautiful for you. So don't let Instagram and Co. influence you too much and plan your trip the way it suits you best!

Pack

The final step in preparing for your trip is packing. Once you have arrived here, there is not much separating you from your adventure!

How and what you should pack depends of course on what kind of trip you have planned. Whether you prefer to travel with a suitcase or a backpack, for which climate you take clothes with you and depending on how much you need because your trip is rather long or short.

For us, packing lists are the be-all and end-all when packing. Think about it and write down everything you could use. It is best to start with this a few days or weeks before your trip so that you have enough time to think about everything.

For a little inspiration we have put together a few packing lists for different trips on our website.

Conclusion

Even if we love the experience of spontaneous travel experiences, thorough preparation is essential for some trips.

Especially if you are planning an adventure overseas, you should plan enough time for your travel preparations. You often have to apply for a visa, passport and credit cards, which takes a certain amount of time.

The various planning steps of your trip can be time-consuming and complicated. But the effort will pay off once you've set off! The more you inform yourself and organize before your trip, the less likely it is that you will have unpleasant surprises.

With all the organizational things, it should not be forgotten that the best travel preparations are still the anticipation and excitement of the upcoming experiences!

Rudolfus Kikkert
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