italianbeachsmYou’ve made it, finally! You are able to book that incredibly dreamy vacation that you have been longing for! You have the destination picked out, but that is as far as you have gotten. You still have the task of getting everything squared away for departure day. Your best foot forward will be to do some additional research about your actual destination (even if you have booked through a travel agent/agency). There are plenty of areas to your travel that will require some prep work, so in other words, the more you know, the more you can prepare, and the less headaches you will encounter.

Prepping for The Launch

The most vital part of you taking your vacation in another country is getting the permission to do so, prior to booking any solid travel arrangements. There are visa requirements in numerous countries, so yes, you do need a passport, but you also may need a visitor’s visa as well (if you do, this will be inserted right into your passport once obtained from the foreign country’s office). While you are waiting for approval with your visa, you should be looking into the time of year that the destination country has undesirable weather conditions (if any at all) to make sure that you are not landing smack-dab in the middle of a stormy season. While you are pondering the average weather conditions that are locally anticipated for when you want to vacation there, you should be making notes about clothes to bring with you that will line right up with potential weather. Allow for chilly evenings (no matter where you are vacationing, as even tropical destinations get chilly at night) and hotter days. Raingear, an extra set of excellent walking shoes, and a very small first aid kit will be ideal (you will not easily find any bandages while strolling through ancient ruins). Learning a few key words of the local language wouldn’t hurt either (please, thank you, this food is delicious, where is….?).

Temporary Settling

You are likely going to seek out local attractions, beaches, and fun eateries while on vacation. As for beaches, you should check out as much as you can about the beaches that you plan to hit, as some beaches in other countries permit nudity and others have small lists of ‘what not to do and what you can do at this beach’. Leaving your accommodation to take in sights, tours, and walkabouts should be made as safe as possible by you. Do not be tempted to carry ALL of your valuables with you in a bag; it is smart to ‘spread out’ your monies, jewellery, electronics, etc. Have one cross-body bag that you will use when you are out and about exploring (some cash, one credit card, and your small first aid kit & camera). At your accommodation, cleverly place your other cash, credit cards, unworn jewellery, and such either in your room’s safe, or the safe at the main lobby of your accommodation. Unpack your belongings with the intent that you will be staying for awhile; some travellers do not like to fully unpack their belongings, but this seems to give off the air that you are leaving soon. You are not leaving soon because you just arrived! Make your room(s) as comfortable as possible, and at the end of every day, you will feel more at ease with where you are staying and the comfortability that your room/space is providing.

Proactive Gusto

Being safe while on vacation all starts and ends with you. Be proactive and make certain that you have all your T’s crossed and all of your I’s dotted. Use common sense to guide you while in another country…or use what you were taught when you were a child. Do not be overly friendly with strangers, keep your bag close to your body, be alert to your surroundings at all time, do not walk around alone on dark streets, and so on. Use good judgement; if strangers are approaching you, then they have targeted you as a tourist and probably want to sell you something…or worse. Be nice and polite, but decline offers of ‘alternate tours’ that may take you away from your set itinerary and the areas of safety.

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You’ve made it, finally! You are able to book that incredibly dreamy vacation that you have been longing for! You have the destination picked out, but that is as far as you have gotten. You still have the task of getting everything squared away for departure day. Your best...