Is your passport up to date?
Before booking any tickets, you definitely wanna make sure that your passport is up to date and valid for six months after your return date. I’ve before travelled around Europe without realizing that my passport has expired. Now it wasn’t that big of a deal back then because I never had to show my passport, but if you’re travelling to other continents, you can get in real big trouble without a valid passport.
Do you need a visa?
When you’ve checked that your passport is up to date, it’s time to apply for a visa if necessary. Most countries allow you to enter the country for up to 90 days without any prior registration, whereas you for other countries, like the US, need to preregister. Finally, for some countries, like China, you’ll have to apply for a visa. You can find the necessary information about visas on the embassy’s website. Some of these visa applications take a while to process and you need many documents for it to be approved, so definitely start doing this a month or two in advance. The first time that I travelled to China for a summer school, I wasn’t accepted to the programme until two weeks before the trip, and I didn’t receive the visa until the day before leaving. Don’t put yourself in this situation. So stressful!
Do you need any vaccinations?
Your number 1 priority when travelling should be your own health. Before your next trip you should definitely make sure to pay your physician a visit. Tell him where you’re going, for how long, and also let him know whether you’re planning on spending a lot of time in forests or doing adventurous things.
Have some cash ready
Although I have a credit card that I can use wherever I go without any extra cost, I always make sure to bring cash with me. You never know if you’ll arrive in the airport and none of the ATMs are working, and you have no cash to take you from the airport to the place you’re staying at.
Do you have any additions to the list?