So you’ve already made plans to travel abroad this year. You’ve already decided on your destination and travel dates and duration. You’ve already booked your plane tickets and accommodations as well. And you’ve already even made a draft of a detailed itinerary.
Naturally, you feel like you’re all ready to go, right? Well, you’re partly correct, but it takes more than dealing with these details to prepare for traveling outside of the country adequately. Take a look at three of the many important things you need to consider when planning a trip abroad.
One of the things you need to take into consideration an out-of-the-country trip is the weather in your intended destination. The weather will affect the activities you’ll do and the things you’ll bring for your trip. If you’re going to the Alps during winter, for example, you’ll probably engage in snow activities, so you should pack your Bogner men’s vests, jacket, skis, and other snow gear.
Conversely, a trip to a tropical country like Thailand during its hot season will require you to bring lightweight, light-colored and breathable clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen. You’ll need these items and then some to keep you cool and protect you from UV rays while you hit the beach or go sightseeing.
Another thing you should bear in mind when traveling abroad is the language/s used in the destination of your choice. English may be the universal language, but it still wouldn’t hurt to learn a few useful phrases of the place’s local language.
You can always bring a dictionary or just have Google translate on the ready for this. If you’re going to Japan, try to learn to say Kon’nichiwa (Hello), Ikura (How much), Ni wa dō yatte ikimasu ka (How do I get to), and Arigatōgozaimashita (Thank you).
When in Russian, these words and phrases Zdravstvuyte (Hello), Skol’ko (How much), Kak mne dobrat’sya do (How do I get to), and Spasibo (Thank you) may also prove useful. You’ll find that local folks will warm up to you more quickly and be more willing to help you if you make an effort to speak their language.
Lastly, you must also take into account the customs (and laws, for that matter) of the destination you’re going to visit. Knowing a place’s customs will not only prevent you from offending the sensibilities of the locals, but also help you stay out of trouble.
Burping, for instance, is frowned upon in most Western countries but is considered a compliment for the food served in many Asian countries, particularly China. In Singapore, the selling of chewing gum is illegal and, in effect, the actual chewing of a piece of gum — with a few exemptions — so you better remember this when you’re visiting the city-state.
Making your travel arrangements is probably only half of the preparations you need to make when traveling abroad. There are still other things, like the weather, language, and customs, you need to deal with to help ensure an enjoyable and hassle-free out-of-the-country adventure.
And, of course, you should also prepare yourself for any eventuality that can occur while you’re already on your trip.