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Top 11 Questions to ask before your International Travel

By traveldecorum | International Travel

International travel is something we all look forward to in a big way! It is almost the highlight of our year. There are certain questions we need to ask before we head out. When you are travelling to a place away from home, there might be certain things you are not aware of or need to know before you land there. Any requirement of new protocol must be known beforehand not only for your knowledge but also for safety and to avoid any unknown hassle during the trip.

Here are the top 11 questions you need the answer to before your upcoming international travel.

Am I carrying enough currency to suffice the trip?
travel budget

International holiday means you will be requiring the native currency of the country you are travelling to. Do not carry too much cash! On the other hand carrying too little might end up making you withdraw cash there, which may or may not be available at that moment. Keep some cash handy along with a forex card or an internationally functioning debit card. This will help you to juggle any requirement!

What is the one important thing I’m missing out on?
save in flight

One very important thing that we often overlook is a travel adaptor. In this world full of important devices and gadgets we cannot function without, we forget that we might need a different adapter while charging it abroad. A universal travel adaptor will help you charge irrespective of the country you are travelling to.

How much baggage should I carry?
Every penny counts

Travelling light is always a good decision. But when you travel internationally, make sure you pack to suit your itinerary and how many days will you be travelling for. E.g. keep some comfortable shoes if you think you will be walking a lot or a sports gear for an adventure trip. Baggage will also be determined by the mode of transport for the travel. Airlines have some restrictions on the weight and number of bags you can carry.

Is it important to research my flight details?
Accommodation

YES! There are many things you need to know. E.g. how much baggage you are allowed to carry according to your air carrier and choice of seat, how many bags can you check in and carry, when are you expected to reach the airport to catch your flight, which gate will your flight be arriving at etc. Flight details are an essential part of your travel and knowing them will help any last minute confusion.

Is there any cultural difference I should be aware of?
Avoid car hires

Researching the travel destination especially if it is international travel is important. There could be certain mannerisms looked down upon as compared to your own country. Knowing the basic do’s and don’ts will help you cope with international travel better. E.g. In the Middle East there is a strict restriction on dress code in a lot of public places, tipping etiquette varies from country to country, greeting protocol in France is vastly different as compared to the US etc.

Is there really a perfect time to travel?
Keep the group small

There is no perfect time or season to travel but knowing the favorable weather conditions before travel is a must. You do not want to be in the hotel the whole day. And to explore the city or country, favorable and pleasant weather will greatly help you do that. So knowing what time is best to visit a particular country may be a good idea.

Which airline is the best for long haul travel?
Choose the destination

Major air carriers today are all very comfortable and offer a variety of options and entertainment services for long as well as short haul flights. Booking business class might help you secure some more comfort and level of service than economy. But irrespective, some of the best airlines are Delta Airlines, United Airways, British Airways and American Airlines.

Are there any applications that can ease international travel?
Research is Must

When you are travelling to an international destination, you might be lost for direction or there might be a language barrier. City Mapper is the best application available to help you scour the city easily at your own pace. It will help you with directions whether while you are walking, driving or using public transport. Another great application to have while abroad is Google translator to help converse easily and avoid any miscommunication.

Where should I travel to next?
Keep an open mind

The world is your canvas but still this remains a pertinent question among travellers. Your budget, mood and co-travellers hold the key to this question. If you are looking for some adventure, go for a place that has activities to fuel your rush. If you are looking for relaxation, book a resort spa in an island. There are a million travel options and only research can guide you effectively.

How much money do you need to travel the world?
Use Public Transport

Well, that depends on what is your vacation style! Some people travel all around the world on a budget while others spend a bomb only travelling to some. Planning your savings and researching your travel cities can give you the answer to this question. You might be able to squeeze the whole world in your budget if you plan some more.

Do I need a visa for my destination?
Budget the meals

Know whether you need a visa before you book your tickets! There is often a procedure to be followed to secure a visa for another country and it takes a stipulated amount of time to get it. This should be one of the first questions you ask yourself as this may change your timing for booking your tickets completely.

International travel is very exciting and fulfills our travel hunger way more than domestic familiar travel. It is important to experience new cities, cultures and ethics to live in a better way in this fast shrinking global world.

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