For many of us, going away on vacation simply means traveling to a country on the same continent. This kind of “local” travel is very easy to organize, and you won’t have quite as much extra prep to sort out before you leave.
However, if you are feeling quite adventurous and decide to head to a destination on a different continent, there is quite a bit of extra planning that you need to consider before you leave home.
All of this is absolutely necessary as it will keep you safe when traveling. Here are some tips to help you organize your cross-continent trip.
Visas And Travel Documents
You will probably need to get a visa to travel to a country on a different continent.
Generally speaking, it is fairly easy for citizens of neighboring countries to travel between them, but when you start to look at far-off destinations, you will need to have official identification documents and permission to pass through borders.
You can use sites such as this one to find out if you need a visa or other documents for the country you are traveling to.
Something else you will need to arrange before you leave for your trip is travel insurance.
This will cover you if you fall ill or have an accident while you are on your vacation. It is very important that you don’t travel without insurance when you are so far from home, as foreign medical bills and emergency services can be extremely expensive.
And if you don’t have the correct insurance, you will have to find all that money yourself somehow! So don’t risk it – it will work out a lot cheaper to buy the insurance in the first place.
During your travels, you might visit some countries that don’t have quite as good hygiene and sanitation as back home.
That means, your health could be at risk from various diseases and illnesses. However, there is an easy way to travel safely through these developing countries – you just need to make sure that you get some travel shots.
Six months before you leave, you should visit your doctor, and he or she will let you know which shots are necessary for your destination. It is important that you go this far in advance of your trip as some courses of shots take a few months.
Always Carry American Dollars
The chances are that you will need to change your currency to the country’s local one. When you do get your money changed, it is worth getting some changed into American dollars as well.
You don’t need many, just $50 should do. This is because you will probably have to transfer during your flight. All airports accept USD, so you will be able to pick up something to eat and drink while you are waiting in any airport.
It’s a better idea to get your money changed to USD rather than the airport’s local currency, as USD is a major currency, and you will have many chances to use it on your trip.