Essentials to tick off your list before travelling!
1. Exchange some currency before you reach your destination
Before reaching any destination, exchanging the currency of said location before you arrive is not only a time-saver, but can also be a money saver, since exchanging at the airport when you arrive is almost always overpriced. It can come in quite handy if any unforeseen circumstances arise and you don’t have enough time to use a credit card. Plus, after a long flight, the last thing you'll want to worry about is getting cash to pay for your taxi to the airport! Stop by at your local bank to exchange just enough to cover your first day. It may take a few days for the bank to order the amount of money so make sure to plan ahead.
2. Travel Credit Card
While there are some countries that use cash as their method of exchange, getting a travel credit/debit card is a viable option for money transactions in most places. It is crucial to sign up with the right bank and plan to ensure your card has no international transaction fees. You don’t want to look at your bank account to see a crazy amount of money taken out because of fees! Another benefit is that a lot of these cards come with travel insurance too!
3. Mode of Communication
At some point in time, you’ll want to phone a friend or text someone about the crazy adventures you’ve been having. There are plenty of social media apps that are available for you to use internationally via wifi (which I highly recommend you download). However, if you're travelling for more than a few weeks, getting a sim card and data plan could be the way to go. It comes quite in handy in case you need to whip out google maps, use ride-sharing apps, and just about anything else. There are several options for getting one. You could check your own cell provider to see if they have international data plans. If you are already abroad, find a popular phone provider to see what data plans they offer. Having a phone plan is more of a convenience than a necessity. Past experiences however prove to me that it comes more in handy than you think.
4. Is your phone locked or unlocked
If you go ahead and get a data plan before your arrival, double-check if your phone is locked or unlocked. Receiving a new data plan requires changing out your original sim card. Some service providers “lock” your phone so you are only restricted to using the said provider. It prevents you from installing a different sim card. Most countries do not lock phones, but it doesn’t hurt to double-check with your cell provider beforehand. Once that’s all set you will be on the next step to travel abroad.
5. Layers layers layers!
When you are travelling, you never know what unexpected travels or changes might come your way! Make sure to pack some layers no matter what climate you are going into. A sudden change in the season or a day excursion to another destination would not be nearly as enjoyable if you aren’t prepared for it all! Having a spare sweater and a pair of long pants could make all the difference. By having a layered wardrobe, you’ll always be prepared to take on any destination you choose.
Now that you’ve checked all of these off, why not make your next adventure with INTRO! Check out more info on our group tours here!