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Departure Checklist

1. Do I need a passport and/or a visa to travel abroad?

A passport is required both for purposes of entry into a foreign country and for readmission back into your country of take-off. Entry requirements will vary depending on whether you are studying or working abroad, travelling as a tourist, or a citizen of a foreign country.

2. How do I find information on safety and health conditions abroad?

You can get in-depth information about the safety and health conditions of the country you are travelling from the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They issue a travel advisory, too, letting you know about potential hazards such as crime, road safety, political instability, and terrorism.

3. Do I need special shots, medications, or other health precautions to travel abroad?

Depending on where you are travelling (especially for less-developed regions), you might need vaccines against hepatitis A and B, chickenpox, pneumonia, typhoid fever, yellow fever, meningitis, Japanese encephalitis, or rabies and special medication against malaria. You may also need to be careful about eating and drinking.

4. Why I should get travel insurance when I travel?

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5. What should I pack?

The answer depends on where you are going and for how long. The minimalist packing wardrobe contains one pair of jeans, one other pair of pants (hiking pants that convert into shorts), or a long skirt, one pair of comfortable walking shoes, one other pair of shoes (sandals, hiking boots, sneakers, dress shoes), a handful of layer-able tops short-sleeve T-shirts, long-sleeve T-shirts, tank tops, heavier sweater, fleece, sweatshirt, a water-resistant jacket, a week’s worth of socks and underwear, sleep clothes, swimsuit, gloves, sun hat.

6. Should I get a cell phone?

Your cell phone contract will not work overseas without an international plan. Most cell phones abroad use pre-paid SIM chips that can be inserted into any phone. If your cell phone also uses a SIM chip and has dual- or tri-band settings, you can bring it along and will only have to purchase a new SIM chip and the pre-paid minutes for it.

7. Do in-depth research about your destination

Get to know your destination thoroughly before you arrive. Read traveller reviews and consult with locals for information about the safest neighbourhoods, places to stay and incidents of crime. Check the Foreign Affairs Ministry website for country updates.

Know whom to call in an emergency. Get the contact information for the nearest embassy or consulate, police station, and other local emergency departments.

8. Make copies of important documents

You never know when you might need a copy of your passport, driver’s license or another form of identification. Scan these documents to save online and print out several hard copies.

9. Keep your friends and family updated

No matter whether you’re going, on an overnight trip or a month-long international journey, always let friends or family back home know. Leave them a copy of your itinerary so that they know about your whereabouts. Check in regularly with your contacts.

10. How to avoid paying bank fees while travelling?

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11. How to book cheap flight tickets? Check this out

12. I just arrived in a city and I am completely lost. Where do I go to find maps and other information?

A good budget-oriented guidebook accompanying any trip is a great help. (Let’s Go, Lonely Planet, etc.) can guide you to tourist information bureaus, alert you to must-see sites, and help you find low-cost accommodations.

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13. How do I choose where I am going next?

I can read a lot about it, watch videos on it and talk with people about it.

14. Can families travel long-term – and on little money?

Many families travel long-term and on very little money, indeed. Check this page out

15. Do you have to be rich to travel the world?

Travel is accessible to everyone, in some form. You don’t have to go far to experience a new culture. Most flights can be made affordable, by being flexible, searching on new websites like Skypicker and Fareness, or just by planning.

16. How can I find the best travel deal?

It’s best to check multiple types of sites before you book, including the provider’s website and websites of online travel agencies (Expedia, Orbitz, Kayak, Tripadvisor)

17. How do you cope living out of a backpack?

The more they travelled the easier it became. They’ve gone from having huge wardrobes of clothes that they never wore to have a small selection of clothes. Secondly, we’ve become expert packers.

They also have awesome bags which are spacious and well-designed. They now find living out of a backpack liberating rather than restrictive.

18. How far in advance should I book?

For domestic travel, you will typically find the best fares one to two months before your trip.

For international itineraries, you will often want to start searching for fares a bit further in advance, especially if your dates are firm or you are travelling at a busy time of year. Know the best time to book a flight: 57 days in advance for domestic flights, and 117 for international.  Check out our Top Travel Destinations. If you have specific concerns consider posting questions on travel forums such as Viator.

19. How to find cheap accommodation?

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20. How to find the perfect apartment on sites like Airbnb?

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21. How to plan a trip to a place I know nothing about?

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22. How to research your solo travel destinations?

Travelling the world as a solo female? Do you think it’s dangerous? Many women travel the world alone and thrive. Check these articles out

23. I’d rather not plan my entire trip. Can I just show up in a new city and expect to find a place to sleep?

It is usually possible to find accommodations right when they show up at their destination. However,  it might not be easy in large tourist centres like Rome, Venice, Paris, or Barcelona and a booking is to be made a few days in advance. Sharing inexpensive hotel rooms (1 and 2 stars) can be much cheaper than youth hostels and have better facilities. How to get cheap accommodation Check This Out

24. What are some of the best travel locations that most people have not heard of?

What are some of the best destinations I haven’t heard of in well-known, heavily trafficked cities – say, Canal St. Martin in Paris and Shoreditch in London?

25. What are the best travel destinations, and how do I know if they are safe?

If you want to go where the excitement is look for locales with big events such as major sporting competitions, festivals, and museum openings. Check with the local tourism bureau.

26. What are the most beautiful beaches in the world?

Antigua is to have 365 beaches, but other strips of sand are as beautiful as the Caribbean island. Here are some suggestions, from an underrated island in the Philippines to a majestic beach in Hawaii.

27. What are the most beautiful places in the world?

Budapest the capital of Hungary is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

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28. What can I expect to pay each day while travelling on my own? What are the best ways to cut costs?

Food and accommodations usually make up the largest part of my budget. The cost of food can be reduced by shopping at grocery stores. I get to be careful with museums, tourist attractions, pubs, and nightclubs. They seem small but add up quickly. Spend wisely.

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30. What’s the hardest part of travelling long-term?

For them, the hardest part of travelling long-term is missing important events.

They’ve missed the birth of their nephew, the weddings of some of their very closest friends, birthdays, and anniversaries.

31. Where can I find the cheapest airfares?

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32. Where should I go for a cheap holiday?

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