5 things that you need to do before traveling somewhere

I think that everyone has similar wanderings before traveling to other countries: 

  • Do I need to have a visa, or maybe some vaccination?
  • How much money do I need to have for my holiday?
  • Which type of accommodation Do I need, and where can I book it?
  • Where can I find the best flight offers?
  • What can I take to and bring back from my destination?
  • Or maybe which currency do they use there?

Of course if you are booking your trips through a travel agency, they are the one that should give you all this information and book for you best accommodation, flight and even transfer from and to the airport .

However, if you are brave enough to do it yourself, here you can find some useful websites/platforms that could make your booking process easier.

1. IATA TRAVEL CENTER

IATA is an International Air Travel Association, which is responsible for standardization of  all air travel standards and documentation to do the flying experience safe, reliable and secure. Here you can check which type of documents and vaccination you will need as well as custom rules in the destination country.

2. Find a perfect accommodation

Finding a perfect accommodation for yourself is not an easy task. There are a lot of types of accommodation: B&B, hostels, hotels or even private apartments which have become  really popular lately. You can also find many different portals where you can find this information. You can find the differences between them in the standard of service as well as the price for a night.

I love to plan my trips by myself and I mostly use this three websites to find accommodation: booking.com (Click here to book your next accommodation) hotels.com and TripAdvisor, where you can check the prices  between the two previous websites. There you can find reviews and pictures from other travelers.

3. Transportation

Finally you found your dreamed accommodation. GREAT!!! Time to decide how to reach your destination ;). You have plenty of options.

  1. Train (mostly cheap, comfortable and environment friendly, however takes more time)
  2. Flight (the quickest way, different prices. I am used to use Momondo to look for the best deals)
  3. Hitchhiking (The cheapest way, not always safe. BE CAREFUL! Personally, I did it only 2 times in my life for a short distance, but I have a friend who usually travel this way and he loves it)
  4. Car (Freedom. You decide when and where to go. Many places are reachable only by car)
  5. Other (Here I will leave space for your imagination 🙂 )

4. Insurance

Before you go abroad remember to check if you have a valid travel insurance. Probably, if you are buying your trip through one of travel agencies, they will offer you one. However, before you decide to take it, check:

  1. Your home insurance.  I don’t know how it is in your country, but in Sweden most home insurances include travel insurance as well for all members of the family.
  2. Your credit card. Most banks offer travel insurance when you pay for your holiday using your credit card. Most of the time, it is enough if you pay only part of it for example plane tickets.
  3. If you are a resident of EU you can apply to your local social insurance company to get a special card as proof of health insurance in your country, which is valid in all EU countries. However, that is only health insurance and not travel insurance, so you luggage will not be insured and you can not get compensation if your flight is cancelled or delayed.

5. Take care about your plants 😀

Every traveler knows that the plants does not like it when we are out of home :). Remember to take care about them before you go. You can buy a special gadget to keep them hydrated, or ask someone who you trust to take care of them while you are out.