How To Take The Headache Out Of Traveling For The Coming Holiday? ~ Written By: Abby Bezuidenhout
Dear Wamex readers, can you believe… December is like in a few weeks from now! Do you know what that means…. yes you guessed it! HOLIDAY time!! 🙂 🙂 Whoop Whoop!! Are you ready to travel for the holidays?
If you decide to travel to another country for the holidays, I am so jealous. Enjoy it! You worked hard and deserve the break. Having a holiday abroad is always fun and exciting. You get to learn new cultures, eat great food, and meet interesting people. However, if you are visiting friends or family or going solo, you need to be prepared for the trip. Today’s article will give you a few tips on how to make your holiday travels pain-free!
Many countries require a passport with a photo ID. This allows you to be in that country for a period of between 30 to 90 days depending on the country itself. Remember home affairs is not phased on your timing. You work sadly, on their timing! Make sure that you apply at least 3 months before you go on holiday. There is an expedited option that you can take. But it is extremely expensive! Should you wait until holiday time to obtain your passport it is going to take much longer, even for the expedited option.
You need to make sure your passport and all other important travel documents are kept safe. This my dear friends you don’t want for it to get lost or some sticky-fingered pickpocketer making your life difficult. If you are travelling aboard, many of the embassies are short staffed during the holiday season, or closed.
Make an electronic backup! Email all the documents, this includes copies of your passports/visa’s any travel insurances you may have taken out; drivers license; credit cards your holiday itinerary (include your accommodation bookings, car rental vouchers, airline, train or cruise tickets) and health information and should include any vaccinations that is needed for your travel. Email it to yourself and next of kin. Keep a copy as well on a flash disk. Store them in dropbox, google/Microsoft cloud or any online cloud services that you prefer.
Backup… backup and more backup! You want to make sure all angles are covered. Keep two copies, one for you, which you can keep at home and one for a relative or friend.
Depending on where you are going on holiday, there may also be certain types of vaccinations that are required by that countries laws. Plan ahead! Find out what vaccinations are needed for your upcoming travels. (Some countries require you to have these vaccinations 6 to 8 weeks before you travel.)
Schedule an appointment with your health care practitioner at least 8 weeks before you depart for your holiday. Sometimes you may need to complete a series of vaccinations and your body will need will need to build up a resistance to the potential health risks of that country.
For example, if you going to take a holiday in Bali, it is important that you are vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B, influenza, typhoid, rabies, and cholera. Yes, it is a beautiful holiday destination but at the same time, it can be potentially dangerous towards your health. So make sure you understand all the risks that are involved in your holiday destinations. Do you see why it is important not to leave your vaccinations for the last minute?
When travelling abroad you may have to deal with a different currency. Ideally, get your money exchanged at your local bank before you leave. This will save you time in trying to take care of it when you arrive in the other country for the holidays. There may be language differences that you need to consider as well.
Be careful what you pack when you travel for the holidays. Most modes of transportation have strict guidelines on the size of your luggage. They normally restrict you on how many bags you can have, as well as the weight of your luggage. I can assure you because of the holiday season, they will be enforcing these restrictions due to the huge volumes of people travelling this time of the year. You don’t want to have to get rid of some of your items or purchase more bags at the gift shop.
Make sure you are aware of how much luggage you will have for your return trip. It is always fun purchasing items on your vacation but you need to think about how you will get them back. It may be a good idea to pack an extra bag in your luggage when you go so you can fill it up for the trip back. Alternatively, you can have the items shipped back home, but that can be very costly.
Travelling to another country for the holidays can be exciting, but, you need to remember that your destinations customs can be significantly different to your country’s. Always be respectful of such differences to avoid any conflicts while you are in that country. It is important to read about the various customs that will be in place so you won’t reach them by accident.
Once everything is in place remember the most important thing!!! HAVE FUN, enjoy the holidays, relax, go site seeing and enjoy the foods and customs of your holiday destinations.
YOU DESERVE IT!!
As always we love to hear from our readers? What are your plans for the upcoming holidays? Are you going somewhere exciting? Or are you enjoying the local scene. Please feel free to comment. We would love to hear from you! 🙂 Happy Travels!!