If it is your first time travelling to another state, you should not have to worry;  here is  list of things you can do before you take off for the trip

Take care of your security and health

You need to check in with your insurance carrier and doctor to make sure you are healthy and have all the needed vaccinations.  You should also ensure that you have renewed the needed prescriptions.  Do not forget to ask the insurance carrier if the policy you have with them applies to the country or state you are visiting and for certain emergencies. If you do not have extra coverage you could consider an insurance supplement.

Do not forget to bring several copies of your passport; if the original gets lost or stolen you will be sure that you can get back to your country and prove your citizenship.  Also, leave a copy of you passport at home. This acts as a backup. You can make an electronic copy which you should store on your email account. Register with your embassy to make it easier for your government to get you to safety and contact you if there is an issue in the future.

Financial issues

Before you go, make sure you know the money exchange rate of the country. Finding out the currency exchange will be extremely beneficial to you.  Doing the math will give you a sense of the rate and help you spend your money precisely. Also, make sure your credit card works in the country you are about to visit.  Some banks have completely switched to secure chips and pins which means that fewer businesses are accepting magnetic strip cards.

For currency conversion, you should go to an ATM or bank instead of the conversion centres at the airport. Most of them are a huge rip off. They will charge you much more than you should actually get.  Having local cash makes it easier for you to do transactions with the local businesses.  Remember, not all places will take credit cards for payment.

Talk to your bank and credit card provider when there is a fraudulent transaction while you are visiting another country. They will turn off your credit card to prevent any other financial issues. Some countries require entrance and exit fees so make sure you are completely set.

Locality

Only buy tickets to places you want to visit and you have heard about. Buying in advance is great because you get t skip the long lines once you are in your destination.  Make sure you have a guide book because it will be easier for you to move around and find your way

Electronics and luggage

This may go over your head, but do not forget to bring a charger adapter for your phone. Different countries have different voltage and plug size. It will make charging your devices easier for you.  Activate the global capabilities on your phone. Make sure you look up the airline rules on how many bags you can carry and the fees. Pack extra sets of clothing and bring snacks in case you find it hard to adapt to the food in different countries.

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